About the Charlotte Hornets Foundation

The Charlotte Hornets Foundation helps make up most of our Swarm to Serve initiatives. The Charlotte Hornets Foundation is a separate 501c3 that focuses on building a stronger community, from our community, for our community.

Our History

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, Hunger, Military and Wellness. Individual initiatives have been established in these focal areas that reaffirm our mission.

Since its inception, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation has awarded over 250 grants, inspired over 10,000 individual volunteers and seen over 500 player appearances in the community participating in events. With the help of over 120 partnerships, the Foundation has grown into the robust organization it is today.

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.

Board Members


Michael Jordan



James Jordan



Fred Whitfield

Board Member


Jim Dunlevy



Betsy Mack

Executive Director

Grant Recipients

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


  • 2020-21: The Boost Pad
  • 2019-20: Neighborhood Libraries
  • 2018-19: Technology Lab Makeover


  • 2020-21: Community Culinary School of Charlotte
  • 2019-20: Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council
  • 2018-19: Friendship Trays


  • 2019-20: Purple Heart Homes
  • 2018-19: USO Center at Charlotte Douglas International Airport


  • 2020-21: Novant Health
  • 2019-20: Out Teach – Devonshire Elementary School
  • 2018-19: Out Teach – Lebanon Road Elementary School

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.


Hornets Venom GT Scholarship

An annual scholarship designed to assist individuals seeking to attend college, trade school or a similar education course to receive a degree or certification in the STEM, esports, game design or gaming spaces.

  • 2020: Kyra Kuyvenboven & Ajane Lawrence
  • 2021: Eric Darcey Floyd

Rick Bonnell Memorial Scholarship

An annual scholarship created in honor of the late Hornets beat writer who passed away in June 2021, designed to support a journalism student enrolled at a North Carolina college or university.

  • 2021-22: Noah Monroe