In only our second year, we’ve achieved some amazing successes!

To continue that trend, we have more exceptional programs planned for 2015! But they can’t happen without the generous support of motivated, energetic, innovative thinkers and doers like you. That’s why now, having received our federal tax-exempt status in August 2014, we are conducting our very first Annual Fundraising Campaign!

Please make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. Your support for these unique new programs will create meaningful progress in our overall mission. Thank you.


The Black Fives Foundation is a public charity that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible under Section 170 of the Code.


Currently developing an educational program with the Brooklyn Nets to reach 10 Brooklyn schools from January-May 2015. This is a pilot for future expansion within Brooklyn and into six other NBA cities where original Black Fives Era teams played (LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, Cleveland, Milwaukee);

Targeting an 800% increase in the number of presentations in schools and youth basketball programs, in addition to the Nets program;

Development of a downloadable Black Fives Era educational curriculum for history/social studies teachers in middle- and high schools;

Production of five portable graphic panel versions of the Black Fives museum exhibition, for use by schools to coincide with Black Fives Era history presentations, artifacts, show & tell, short video, and lesson discussions;

Launch enshrinement campaigns for important Black Fives Era pioneers Cumberland Posey, Jr., Ora Mae Washington, Hudson Oliver, and Clarence “Fats” Jenkins;

Procurement and placement of historical markers to honor five important Black Fives Era venues and sites;

Staging a 100th anniversary event to celebrate the forming of the pioneering New York Incorporators basketball team in 1915;

Procurement and placement of a tombstone for the unmarked grave of forgotten but pivotal Black Fives Era pioneer Will Anthony Madden;

Conducting of oral histories of the descendants of six important Black Fives Era pioneers;

Ongoing continual operations work including historical research, descendant outreach, and artifact preservation;

Ongoing continual administrative management including online engagement, intern management, event planning, website maintenance, and development.


(Photo: Nancy Borowick)