Major League Baseball Players Trust
Since 1996, the Major League Baseball Players Trust has touched the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people in hundreds of communities around the world.
The 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation -- the first in professional sports to be established and administered by the players themselves –- helps support the players’ individual charitable activities and augments them with a core group of community outreach programs.
The Trust is funded through contributions from all MLBPA members, a percentage of licensing revenue and special events such as the Players Choice Awards and the Players Trust Golf Tournament.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important issues affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. Buses for Baseball, Pride and Play, Banks of Hope, Medicines for Humanity, the Players Choice Awards and the Action Team youth volunteer program created in partnership the national human services organization, Volunteers of America, are all programs funded through the Players Trust.
An important feature of the Major League Baseball Players Trust is
its Matching Grant Program, in which the Trust matches player donations of up
to $2,500 to not-for-profit organizations