“In order to plan your future, you must know your past” – Earvin “Magic” Johnson

what we have learned

The HIV/AIDS epidemic that is ravaging communities of color throughout this county is directly related to the educational trajectory of children and youth. Education is key. We have found that by increasing knowledge and academic achievement in areas with disproportionately high levels of HIV/AIDS infection rates, we can positively influence this trajectory and effectively address the social determinants of health.


Magic Johnson Foundation’s successes include:

  • Tested over 41,000 individuals for HIV/AIDS
  • Granted over $10 million to HIV grassroots organizations
  • Awarded over $3.2 million in financial support to our Taylor Michaels Scholarship Students (excludes UNCF contributions)
  • Awarded over $6 million in technology hardware and software grants at our Community Empowerment Centers
  • Improved the academic performance of over 20,000 youth at our CECs
  • Hosted over 45,000 youth through our social efforts
  • Donated over 300,000 toys through our annual holiday initiatives