MISSION: The mission of the Mavs Foundation is to assist young people through programs stressing education, good health, and skills necessary for their future success.
The Dallas Mavericks possess a strong sense of social responsibility, acknowledging that a community is only as strong as its weakest link. Established in October 1996, the Mavs Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and motivating youth to take their education seriously, strive for healthy bodies and minds, become involved in community service activities, set personal goals, visualize their dreams, and take responsibility for their own lives and neighborhoods. It is a 501(c)(3) private charity, and although it is affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, is incorporated as a separate business entity.
It is the intention of the Mavs Foundation to do what it can as a grant-making organization to help the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex be a nurturing environment within which human beings thrive. Because of the high-profile nature of the sport of basketball and its athletes, we have the opportunity to assist local youth projects and programs in increasing the opportunities for our youth to live healthy, fulfilling lives. With a solid foundation, our youth can then go on to make significant contributions to society.
The Mavs Foundation supports the programs and organizations in the Metroplex which address the community’s most pressing problems involving youth, specifically education, good health, and community service activity. Visit www.mavsfoundation.com for a complete listing of previous award recipients and programs.
Regrettably, the Mavs Foundation receives many more requests for support than it can possibly fund, and some requests are therefore declined even though they may meet Foundation requirements. All applicants will receive a response to their grant request after the board meets (either late Sept. or early Oct.).
Grants will not be made to:
• Public, Private or Charter Schools
• National organizations that do not have locally, financially independent chapters
Grants will not be made for:
• Medical research
• Operational phases of established programs
• Political campaigns or fundraising events, including the purchase of tables, tickets or advertisements
The Mavs Foundation does not commit funds for continued support of long-term programs lasting more than one year, endowment campaigns, administrative costs, advertising or fundraising drives, intermediary funding agencies and/or research.
The Mavs Foundation does not fund multi-year grants.
If an organization is awarded a grant for two consecutive years, that organization will be ineligible for an award for one year.