OVERVIEW: The Ertz Family Foundation supports sports opportunities, youth, education and families in Philadelphia, the Bay Area of California, and Haiti.
FUNDING AREAS: Sports opportunities, youth, education, families
IP TAKE: This is a new foundation in Philadelphia’s philanthropy scene.
PROFILE: Established in 2018, the Ertz Family Foundation is the philanthropic foundation of Julie and Zach Ertz. Julie Ertz is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, and Zach is a member of the NFL Philadelphia Eagles football team. He was inspired to start the foundation after a trip to Haiti with Eagles teammates. The couple met in college and married in 2017. The foundation aims to “empower others by sharing faith, learning through sports and advancing education to build supportive communities. Grantmaking includes creating sports opportunities for people, providing educational opportunities for youth, and providing hope and opportunity to families who need it most.
The foundation hosted launch events in Pleasanton, California, in July 2018, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in November 2018. Youth sports grants go to programs that help youth learn the value of exercise, nutrition, work ethic, leadership, teamwork and accountability. Education grants support teachers, schools and students. Family grants fund restoring hope and building communities for families in need. In Philadelphia, the funder has partnered with Chegg, Inc., a student-first learning platform, to launch a charitable campaign.
The foundation website does not yet have a grantmaking database to inform grantseekers about past giving. The current geographic focuses of this foundation are Philadelphia, the Bay Area of California, and Haiti. However, the foundation plans to expand to other places both nationally and internationally in the future. The couple does not provide autographed items for outside fundraising events or auctions.
The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, and it does not provide application forms on its website. Send personal requests for school visits, appearances and motivational speeches to the U.S. Women’s National Team for Julie Ertz and to the Philadelphia Eagles or ZachErtz86.com for Zach Ertz. Direct general questions to the foundation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via online form.
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