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Causes: AIDS, Children & Youth, Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.

Programs: Community empowerment centers (cecs)established in 2001 magic johnson foundation community empowerment centers (cecs) are the brick and mortar aspect of programming for mjf. Originally created as a solution to bridging the digital divide cecs now function as comprehensive one stop service centers that address the educational and empowerment needs of the entire family. In addition to technology hardware and software, cecs also provide access to programs that include literacy (reading, financial & health), entrepreneurship, workforce development and mentoring. Mjf currently has 16 fully equipped state of the art technology centers (13 in urban markets and 3 in the rural communities of south carolina. Our cecs are moving from the dependencies of place based program and are leveraging web based programs and content to meet people where they are. Mjf is committed to harnessing the power of technology to educate and empower. To date we have served over 250,000 unduplicated users and awarded over $6 million dollars in hardware and software to community based organizations.

taylor michaels scholarship program (tmsp)the taylor michaels scholarship program (tmsp), founded in 1998, is aptly named after taylor michaels, the inspiring chief operating officer for magic johnson enterprises who passed away earlier that year. Throughout her life, taylor displayed an intense passion and commitment to youth development. 2015 marks the 17th year mjf has carried her passion forward via our program. Mjf tmsp provides much more than a "cash and dash" approach. We pride ourselves on a wraparound approach that provides our scholars with skills that will allow them to be successful in their college, personal and professional lives. Over 450 minority youth have been served as part of taylor's legacy. Mjf has provided over $3. 6m in tuition awards and additional support services that include mentoring, internships and life skills conferences and empowerment webinars to our scholars.

social effortsmjf social efforts are to provide children and their families an opportunity to experience life beyond their geography and financial limitations. Social efforts are mjf's response to be our "brother's keeper". Leading our social efforts is the annual holiday party, now celebrating the 18th year. The annual holiday party is to provide assistance to families that are experiencing financial, health or other crisis during the holiday season. Mjf has also added holiday hope to our roster of social activities. Hosted in michigan, holiday hope delivers much needed food and personal effects to families in time for the season. In addition to holiday parties, mjf continues to provide youth access to sporting events and outings such as professional ball games, amusement parks and concerts. To date our combined social efforts have impacted over 60k disadvantaged youth and served over 4,500 families.

hiv/aids initiativesestablished in 1991, hiv/aids is the founding the principle of the magic johnson foundation. We have moved from being primarily a grant making organization to being a proactive champion in the fight to raise awareness and bring an end to the epidemic in communities of color. We continue to work with some of the most respected authorities and organizations in the country to educate high risk individuals. Since the program launched we have awarded over $14 million in grants and tested over 40k adults identifying positive results for over 1. 000 testers. Mjf hiv/aids efforts have mobilized over 89k individuals with the "i stand with magic" online campaign fight against hiv/aids and provided education to over 282,000 people (including teen summits) about hiv and risk factors associated with the disease and the importance of hiv testing. We continue to provide free hiv/aids testing and have educated over 300,000 individuals about hiv, risk factors associated with the disease and the importance of hiv testing.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jasmin M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Christmas Wish" Prayer" For The Greatest Mom In The World!

First let us tell you a little bit about why we have the Greatest Mom In The World. Our mom tries to help everybody family members and friends. Our mom took in 3 of her God children for over a year and took care of them. She didn't ask for any money from anybody for help. My mom treated us the same. Our mom tells us that she loves us 2 to 3 times a day gives us hugs and kisses every night before we go to bed. As well as when we wake up in the morning. In Maryland our mom did volunteer work helping the homeless, the Step Ahead Program for children, every 2nd and 4th Sat and Sun we helped feed the homeless, she taught children how to read, took them out on outing. Our mom was also the Director of our church Youth Group the Assembly of the Saints for years. Our father sister and mom dead about a year a part she took in our cousin and raise him. Our mom's dad was sick, she took him in and took care of him too. While doing all of these things helping others, our father would fight our mom. She also worked as an GNA/CNA Hospice Care. She made a promise to her client that she wouldn't leave her. Our mom kept her promise to Mrs. Hayes, she dead in Jan and we moved in Feb to Alabama. Here our mom still tries to help others. She is a foster mom of 2 little girls, one in which she will be adopting, she goes back to court in Jan for her. This old man don't have insurance to get home care so our mom does it for free, she cooks for him, take him to doctor appointments, make sure he takes his meds, check his sugar, blood pressure and more. We could go on and on about how great our mom is but we think you get the message. We had an Home Invasion Last year, now we are too scare to stay at home without our mom. The Home Invasion changed our life. Our mom had a good job, but she had to leave it and take a job with less pay so she could be home with us. Our mom never does anything for herself she says helping others gives her a job that no price can be put on it. In a lot of ways. We don't sleep good anymore at night and we used to love it here before that happen. Now when we hear sounds or the next door neighbor dogs barking we get up. We used to takes family trips FL, go to see our grandma in Uniontown,AL, go to Mich go to the Henry Ford Memorial and sight seeking taking our foster sister with us.Our mom and grand mom are really close they talk everyday,sometimes twice a day, our grandma is old as well as sick. We missed last year Christmas being with her and our family down there. It looks like we are going to miss this Christmas too. We know that our mom is sad and hurt because even when we lived in Maryland we never missed Christmas and New Years with our mom and grandma being together. We just want our mom happy again have our mom and grandma back together For Christmas and New Years. A house that we can call home again. Our mom smiles and laugh but it not like it used to be before the Home Invasion a year ago next month. Our mom tells us not to be scare but we cant help it. Now let us tell you the reason why we are writing to you in Hope That You can ( will ) help our mom because she needs an investor. The products are cups, mugs, base and basketball caps, wristbands, car tags, backpacks and more with this saying on it. Davison Turning Ideas in Products want to market and make the products. Our mom is offering 10 % the same that Davison is asking for in royalties for life to an investor. Our mom has also paid a lawyer to look over all the paperwork and he told her that they are good. If you can help us find an investor for our mom so we can give her the best Christmas Gift of her life than she can buy a home large enough to start a In Home Night Care Service for Single moms like her to have a Safe and Loving place to leave their children while they are working at night. Also she can offer more foster children a loving home like we have and be able to adopt some more of them too. Please help us make The Greatest Mom in the the world Dreams come true Helping others You Can text us at Jas @ 240 462 8292 and Sha @ 256 213 6187 call after 4:45 because we are in ROTC Mon- Thur. Davison Turning Ideas Into Products 595 Alpha Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 2911 and www.Davison.com. When you find an investor you contact us and we will give you the person name at Davison to contact and her direct phone number. The products are only step One. They are also talking about turning the Idea into a Reality TV Show. Like the lawyer told my Mom this is Something Big!!!!

Thanks In Advance 4 Blessed Girls Of the Worlds Greatest Mom.

P.S We can fax you proof ( verification ) of everything that we have said and more. Please, please help us give our Mom the Best Christmas That she has ever had. Please Reply Even If You Can Not Help!

Review from CharityNavigator


Rating: 5

heyyyy, my name is Michael, and i think these people went to far, way tooooo far.

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Rating: 1

Michael Jackson foundation is ridiculously overpriced and they ONLY accept money from African Americans.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Though this is my first year being a recipient of the Magic Johnson Foundation scholarship, the opportunities that have come forth from being a member already have benefited me in so many differents aspects of my college career. Every summer there is scholarship conference for the scholars which is very uplifting. It gave me the opportunity to be around young people that share a common good, whether that may be attending to the needs of low-income communities or helping unprivilaged families suceed through tough times, all while attaining degrees for ourselves so that all of those options may be possible. The professionals that surround the scholars during the summer not only inspire us to be sucessful, but also make the possiblity of becoming a better person within a reasonable reach. Magic Johnson scholarship has by far been one of the most significant in my life. This program is definately worth every penny!

TMSP-MJF Scholarship Recipient (2010)

Review from Guidestar