Steve Nash Foundation
Formed in 2001 and given charitable status in 2004, the Steve Nash Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life. Like its NBA MVP founder, the Foundation is fast becoming a leader in assists . . . to a slightly shorter population.
Through grants to public service and nonprofit entities, the Foundation aims to grow health in kids by funding projects that provide services to children affected by poverty, illness, abuse, or neglect, and create opportunity for education, play, and empowerment. The Foundation focuses its resources on communities in Phoenix, Arizona, and British Columbia, Canada, but has recently begun to expand its scope to include areas of high need in other countries.
The Foundation also seeks to afford thoughtful solutions to community needs through its own projects. Equipping a neonatal intensive care ward in Paraguay to provide basic necessities for infants and their families, establishing an all-access, all-kids basketball center in the Greater Toronto Area to build hope through hoops for kids, and uniting civic outreach, corporate and social service organizations to show kids how to get involved in their communities are examples of the daily work of the Foundation’s small but dedicated staff.
Finally, we believe that corporations must share responsibility for the well-being of our communities. The Foundation encourages environmentally friendly office practices, and offers grantees assistance in developing their own recycling and energy conservation programs. We highlight the important work of other individuals and organizations, using our website links to increase their exposure, and contribute to their efforts. Further, we are proud to be working with young people that excel in their chosen fields. We contract services with new companies such as Media One and with individuals like Mike Hamilton, from whom we welcome energetic leadership and fresh voices.
Each year, the Steve Nash Foundation offers grants to youth-focused organizations that foster children’s development by addressing underlying conditions of poverty, medical need, and restricted access to those resources that contribute to their well-being. The Foundation looks for organizations that work directly with children, or those that work to benefit children through social change and policy reform.
The Foundation looks for creative, innovative projects that fill an observed need in a particular community. As a general rule, the Foundation does not provide funds for general operating expenses, and instead looks for capital and other projects that will directly benefit a community’s youth. Grant amounts depend upon the applicant organization’s project budget. Members of the Board of Directors and Foundation staff comply with the Patriot Act in making funding decisions.
In order to be considered for a grant from the Foundation, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that: