NBA Foundation Fifth Grant Round Recipients

NBA Foundation Fifth Grant Round – April 2022

Total Grant Docket: $11 Million

Number of Grantees: 40

Below is a full list of the grant recipients:


Black Girls Code

Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that Black girls can code and do so much more by building pathways for Black girls to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators and introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology. We lead a global movement to establish equal representation in the tech sector.


The mission of INROADS is to deliver innovative leadership development programs and creative solutions that identify, accelerate and elevate underrepresented talent throughout their careers.

Institute for Educational Leadership

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is a national expert in community-driven leadership development in the intersecting areas of education, health, and employment. The common thread in our work is supporting community and institutional leaders as they build systems around racial, disability inclusion, and economic equity goals.

The Marcus Graham Project

The Marcus Graham Project (MGP) is a national organization focused on developing the next generation of diverse leaders in advertising, media and marketing through training, mentorship and professional development opportunities to ensure the industry is more inclusive and better reflects the diverse world we live in. 


MobilizeGreen connects young people of color to paid internships, youth conservation programs, and professional development opportunities in partnership with government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations. In 2020, in response to the global pandemic, MobilizeGreen launched the VirtualIntern to create paid virtual internship opportunities for young people of color pursuing careers in the environmental and conservation sectors.

National Education Equity Lab

The National Education Equity Lab is an education justice nonprofit fiercely committed to advancing economic and social mobility opportunities to students of color at scale. The Ed Equity Lab partners with a consortium of top-tier universities to deliver and support career pathway college courses, for college credit, into teacher-led high school classrooms in underserved communities nationwide.

PeacePlayers U.S.

PeacePlayers builds peace by healing divided communities through the unifying power of basketball by offering sport programming, peace education, and leadership development to those living in communities of conflict across racial, geographic, and economic lines. Through its network, PeacePlayers challenges the status quo of systemic inequity by exposing youth to opportunities—both personal and professional—that have historically been withheld from them, allowing youth to realize their full potential as leaders.

Public Allies

Public Allies is a national nonprofit whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the leadership to sustain it. This mission is rooted in a commitment to the most vulnerable populations and to a redesign of the systems that fail to serve them. With a recognition that equity requires a fundamental rethinking of leadership, Public Allies has been developing equity-focused change makers and leaders for almost three decades.

Youth Guidance 

Youth Guidance is a national organization committed to creating and implementing school-based programs that enable children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and in life.


Partnership for Southern Equity

The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

Bay Area

Old Skool Cafe

Old Skool Cafe, a youth-run jazz club, is a workforce development violence-prevention program that provides job training, life skills, mentorship, education, and employment to at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster care youth ages 16-22. Old Skool Cafe provides a place of restoration and hope for youth coming from jail, foster care, and/or situations of abuse and neglect.

StreetCode Academy

StreetCode Academy’s mission is to empower communities of color (ages 4-90) with the mindset, skills, and access needed to embrace tech and innovation. We seek to realize a world where the digital divide is closed, catalyzing a diverse tech sector that is better able to solve global problems.

Tech Exposure & Access Through Mentoring

Tech Exposure & Access through Mentoring Inc. (TEAM Inc.), based in Oakland, Calif., is focused on empowering students using their passion for sports to build new STEM skills and expand opportunities for their futures.


New England Community Services

New England Community Services (NECS) provides life coaching, counseling and other supports so that youth and parents have the best chance possible to become successful permanent members of their families and communities.

Children’s Services of Roxbury

Children’s Services of Roxbury (CSR) is one of the largest minority-operated nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, serving more than 6,000 children and families annually, guided by our mission to provide peace of mind to children and families across Massachusetts. CSR places the family at the center of the system – concentrating on building a network of professional and community supports that can nurture trusting relationships, communicate respect, and teach the skills of empowerment.


The Knowledge House

The Knowledge House (TKH) is a New York City-based organization that builds an education-to-employment pipeline in underserved neighborhoods by empowering young people with the 21st century skills needed to launch careers or ventures that will have an uplifting impact in their communities. 


exalt is an organization based in New York City that elevates expectations of personal success for court-involved youth through a culturally relevant curriculum that emphasizes Critical Pedagogy, 1-on-1 support and paid-internships, and ensures they have an opportunity to advance in the areas of education, employability and criminal justice system avoidance.


The Academy Group

Fueled by the belief that talent is ubiquitous, the Academy Group unlocks opportunity for young people from the most resilient communities to realize their full potential.

Project Syncere

The mission of Project SYNCERE is to prepare the minds of underrepresented students and create pathways for them to pursue careers in STEM.


Greater Cleveland Partnership

Greater Cleveland Partnership is the region’s leading economic development organization and the largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation with more than 12,000 members. Guided by a board of corporate and entrepreneurial CEOs, GCP focuses on strategic initiatives, member services, and advocacy to accelerate growth and prosperity in Greater Cleveland and build a vibrant environment for all businesses. 

NeoSTEM’s Envision Excellence in STEM Education

The NeoSTEM Ecosystem is focused on ensuring that all students – especially historically underserved Black and Brown children –engage in meaningful STEM opportunities and careers. One of 100 ecoystems that make up the STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice, NeoSTEM works to promote the transformative power of STEM for individuals and entire communities.

The Presidents’ Council

As an engine for Black business growth, The Presidents’ Council supports, develops and advocates for the region’s current and future generations of Black entrepreneurs and leaders for sustainable wealth creation through business development, entrepreneurial support, ecosystem building (organizing and mobilizing), championing, thought leadership, capital formation and investments; affecting influence and accountability at all levels that directly impact Black-owned businesses and the communities they serve.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) is a nonprofit workforce development organization based in Cleveland, Ohio that serves teens and young adults ages 14-24 living in economically distressed areas in Northeast Ohio. Y.O.U.’s programs and services are focused on ensuring these individuals are ready to pursue a path to economic self-sufficiency through mentoring, employability skills training, industry-based credential training, career exploration, jobs, and internships. 


The Center for African American Health (CAA Health)

The Center for African American Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of the African American community by offering community-based, evidenced-based, disease prevention and disease management programs, events, and services.


InsideOut Literary Arts

Through creative writing, InsideOut Literary Arts inspires and equips young people to think critically, create bravely and share their voices with the world.

Los Angeles

Get Lit- Words Ignite

Get Lit – Words Ignite fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy on the page and in visual media and to cultivate enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities. Get Lit’s poetry and film curriculum engages young people by providing a creative outlet, community, and real-life work experience, transforming students into artists, activists, scholars, and stars.

Ghetto Film School

Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers. With locations in New York City (est. 2000), Los Angeles (est. 2014), and London (est. 2020), GFS annually serves 8,000 individuals, 14-34 years of age.


CMB Visions Unlimited, Inc.

The mission of CMB Visions Unlimited, Inc.  is to provide quality resources, programs and services to disadvantaged youth and families.  CMB Visions is a family supporting families in achieving their goals, and is Cultivating Minds of Brilliance via youth after-school, summer camp and teen college readiness and employment programs.


Operation DREAM

Operation DREAM provides developmental opportunities, mentoring and employment readiness support for more than 250 young men of color in Milwaukee through programs that correspond to the age-appropriate development needs of participants. 



Youthprise helps to increase equity with and for Minnesota’s indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth.

New Orleans

Boys Town Louisiana

Boys Town Louisiana works to change the way America cares for children and families.

Youth Empowerment Project

Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a New Orleans-based organization that annually serves more than one thousand children and young adults through community-based education, mentoring, employment readiness and enrichment programs. 

New York

America on Tech

America on Tech (AOT) is a national nonprofit decreasing the racial wealth gap in underestimated communities by creating pathways for BIPOC students into degrees and/or careers in technology to ensure their success in the innovation sector.

Urban Resource Institute

Urban Resource Institute (URI) is the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the country and a leading provider of homeless services in New York City. URI aims to empower individuals, families, and communities, particularly communities of color and other disenfranchised populations, to end cycles of violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency.


Tech Sassy Girlz

Tech Sassy Girlz (TSG) is a signature program of Collegiate Pathways, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Orlando, FL. Our mission is to empower underrepresented middle and high school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through college preparation, career readiness, mentoring and entrepreneurship.


ELEVATE Orlando’s mission is to build long-term, life changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.


REAP, Inc.

REAP is a year-round multicultural youth leadership program for students in grades 3-12 who represent our most marginalized student populations with a mission to proactively ignite, elevate and engage the next wave of leaders for the future now.

The Black United Fund Oregon

Since 1983, the Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) has assisted in the social and economic development of Oregon’s underserved communities and contributed to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.  BUF is focused on positively impacting BIPOC communities through equitable social, economic, and educational opportunities.