Next Gen USA Leadership Foundation, the major charitable arm of Next Gen USA, has officially received 501c3 non-profit charitable designation from the Internal Revenue Service, effective immediately.
“This is a milestone in the growth of the Next Gen USA brand,” said Tony Williams, Next Gen USA’s co-Founder and President. “We’ve been working with members of our Board and Steering Committee to make this dream a reality and enhance our efforts to raise opportunities for youth in underserved communities.”
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Foundation, which is led by Richard Portogallo, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, is focused on youth development through the sport of soccer and the coordination of educational and leadership training services for youth. Headquartered in Burlington County, New Jersey, the Foundation aims to empower children and families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and supportive services to as many exceptional middle and high school students as possible.
mISSION, VISION & IMPACT
The Foundation’s mission is to enable underserved youth to secure educational enrichment, leadership, character, health and wellness services through the Next Gen USA youth development platform. By 2020, the Foundation aims to provide educational enrichment and workforce development opportunities for 300 middle and high school students; offer career-specific skills training, job counseling and mentoring programs for more than 1,000 high school students; and foster dialogue and discovery through athletic events and other cross- cultural exchange programs for 20,000 children and families. Foundation initiatives such as the Next Gen Leadership Academy and Urban Promise Program are a direct reflection of the Foundation’s mission and vision, and are programs which foster free-thinking, dynamic inspirational learning environments for children and families who seek instruction and mentoring that is deliberate and intuitive to the needs of each student-athlete.
SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION
Donors may opt to support the Foundation in a variety of ways, by electing to make a tax-deductible gift or pledge to the Scholarship Fund or Annual Fund. Matching gift opportunities are also available for donors who would like their employers to match their contributions to the Foundation. Further information about giving is available online at www.nextgenusa.org/donate.
Recently, Next Gen USA and the Foundation joined forces to present the very first Character of Champions Celebration of Excellence Banquet Gala, which was held at The Madison and presented by Navigators Insurance. More than 230 guests joined together to celebrate various academic, athletic and leadership achievements of the Next Gen USA community, which included student-athletes from across the Tri-State area along with service and leadership awards to Richard Portogallo, Vincent Tizzio and members of the Banquet Gala Committee. Upwards of $50,000 in net proceeds were generated from the Banquet, all of which will be directed to the Foundation’s Next Gen USA Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships and other financial assistance to underserved student-athletes who face barriers to entry into higher educational opportunities and plan to enroll in the Next Gen Leadership Academy.
“The success of our first Gala Banquet is indicative of the people engaged in our community,” said Williams. “With the Foundation now firmly in place, we will expand our outreach efforts to raise awareness of the needs of our community and the impact that the Foundation can and will have on children and families who need assistance to become our next generation of leaders and trailblazers, on and off the field.”
With a committed Board of Directors, a thriving Urban Promise Network, and an enthusiastic second year of operations set to begin next month for the Next Gen Leadership Academy, the Foundation seeks partners and collaborators at every level to invest in its mission and help support evidence-based educational programming that offers youth participants a meaningful experience that enriches and fosters a love for, and connection with, sport and academic enrichment.
For further details about the Next Gen USA Leadership Foundation, please contact Douglas HOMER, Chief Advancement Officer, at (571) 275-9215 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.