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National Basketball Wives Association


Welcome to the National Basketball Wives Association Incorporated, (NBWA). Inspired by the historical philanthropy by wives of professional athletes across the nation, the National Basketball Wives Association embarks on its journey to being the official 501(c)(3) public charitable non-profit organization representative of its membership, the NBA, Harlem Globetrotters and other professional basketball families, to combine our philanthropic capital causing an impact nationally and globally.

Our members are a diverse group of esteemed business professionals, educated scholars, Entrepreneurs, and most notable C.O.E.’s (Chief Officer of Everything)! We recognize the influence and power our membership embodies, and with the NBWA mission at our helm, we look forward to pouring our resources and efforts into underserved communities to improve the life chances for other families, especially women and children.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charitable giving continued its upward trend in 2015, as an estimated $373 billion was given to charitable causes. For the second year in a row, total giving reached record levels, and taking 2014 and 2015 together, charitable giving has increased over 10% (using inflation-adjusted dollars). This increase and the overall size of charitable contributions is further testament to the integral role charities play in our society, a role which continues to grow.

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The NBWA was established with the belief our unique membership has the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for women and children in our lower-income communities. Part of our mission is to help facilitate the chance for people in these communities to live a healthier, more productive life. The NBWA aims to give back not only by monetary means, but also by volunteering time and advocating for public programs that benefit healthier lifestyles, children’s education and women’s empowerment.

Through heightened public and social awareness, our members have raised charitable contributions that directly benefit the NBWA CARES Community Grant Fund.  Each year, the NBWA CARES Community Grant Fund awards multiple grants to eligible 501(c)(3) charities that align with NBWA’s Mission to service Education, Health & Wellness and Women Empowerment.  Past NBWA CARES Community Grant Fund recipients include: Each One Save One, Eden House New Orleans, CAST LA, The Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Children’s Assessment Center Houston, Ralph Lauren Cancer Center, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Circle of Promise and The Academy of Autism Orlando. Our aim is to build a bridge of support for each other while accomplishing the organization’s philanthropic goals.

Supporting Each Other

We can help change the world

Our distinct group of extraordinary women spans various generations and nationalities. We believe this diversity creates an ideal platform for mentoring and encourages the development of lifelong friendships.

With over nine collective decades of basketball history, the members joining the NBWA have come together to share their phenomenal journey in hopes of inspiring and empowering women everywhere.

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I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

- Maya Angelou

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.

- Albert Einstein

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