The Charlotte Hornets Foundation helps make up most of our Swarm to Serve initiatives. The Charlotte Hornets Foundation is a separate 501c3 with focuses solely on giving back to our region.


To be a catalyst of change in the areas of Education, Hunger, Military Care and Wellness.


Shaping the Carolinas through our Swarm to Serve initiatives.


NBA legend Michael Jordan acquired the Charlotte Hornets (then Charlotte Bobcats) in 2010. While there were many changes that came with a new owner, there was one initiative that relentlessly remained on top – reinvesting in the community this team calls home. And thus, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation (previously Cats Care under the Bobcats) was created.

The Charlotte Hornets Foundation aims to create a stronger Charlotte community. After research, surveys and discussions with community leaders, the organization selected four pillars on which to focus: Education, Wellness, Hunger and Military Care. Individual initiatives have been established in these focal areas that reaffirm our mission.

Since its inception, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation has awarded over 50 grants. With the help of over 90 partnerships, the Foundation has grown into the robust organization it is today.

In order to fund the numerous programs it supports, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation relies in large part on contributions from corporate partners and individuals, and fundraising events. The impact the Foundation has made is because of our partners, sponsors, fans, and supporters. For that, we thank you.

The Charlotte Hornets Foundation is dedicated to the needs of the Charlotte metropolitan area. With all administrative costs covered, 100 percent of your gift goes directly to benefiting our initiatives.


Each year, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation distributes around $100,000 in grants between our focus areas of Education, Hunger, Military Care and Wellness.

Education Grant - 2019-20 Neighborhood Libraries | 2018-19 Technology Lab

Hunger Grant - 2019-20 Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council | 2018-19 Friendship Trays

Military Care Grant - 2019-20 Purple Heart Homes | 2018-19 USO Center

Wellness Grant - 2019-20 Big Dig – Devonshire Elementary | 2018-19 Big Dig – Lebanon Road Elementary

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.



Michael Jordan


James Jordan


Fred Whitfield

Board Member

Joe Pierce

Board Member

Jim Dunlevy


Betsy Mack

Executive Director


Betsy Mack

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Charlotte Hornets Foundation

Tiara Brown

Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility

Bari Pasternack

Senior Coordinator of the Charlotte Hornets Foundation

Gabby Sims

Senior Coordinator of Corporate Social Responsibility

Dave Stogdill

Manager of the Literacy Programs