Mission Statement

The Mission of All Stars Helping Kids  is to disrupt the cycle of poverty and encourage innovation by investing in emerging nonprofits in the Bay Area.


All Stars Helping Kids was created in 1989, when NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott gathered his friends for a dinner to benefit the local community. After raising more than $100,000 in one night, Ronnie and his wife, Karen, invested the money in several nonprofits fighting poverty in the Bay Area.  Since then, All Stars has invested more than $30 million in grants and resources to over 600 organizations, impacting the lives of thousands of youth by providing access to education, career readiness, and health & wellness programs.

Much like how venture capitalists invest in startups, All Stars invests in emerging nonprofits with innovative solutions to disrupt the cycle of poverty for Bay Area California youth, and increase the effectiveness of those organizations so that youth thrive, regardless of where they live.

The philanthropic approach that undergirds All Stars was borrowed from Ronnie’s experience playing football, where a coach, a scout, or team would recognize a rookie, a player with potential, and provide them with supports — coaching, mentorship with a veteran player, and training — to transform that rookie to an All-Star.

All Stars Helping Kids is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are committed to maintaining a professional working environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each intern, employee, donor, grantee and partner. We cannot grow effective leaders if we do not include the voices of everyone in inclusive and equitable ways.