ACBL Charity Foundation Corporation

The ACBL Charity Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in all our communities:

  • by providing effective grants on a rotational basis through its 25 districts,
  • by providing good stewardship in the management of funds received through its charity games and
  • by assessing and responding to emerging and changing needs as defined by the membership.

The American Contract Bridge League Charity Foundation Corporation, hereafter referred to as the ACBL Charity Foundation, was incorporated in 1964 in the State of New York. The headquarters of the corporation are at 6575 Windchase Blvd., Horn Lake MS 38637-1523.

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The ACBL Charity Foundation is managed by five trustees; all of whom must be American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) members, and at least one of whom must not be a current member of the ACBL Board of Directors. Current trustees and the year their term expires are:

Trustee Term
Nancy Strohmer, President 1/2021
James Sternberg, Vice President 1/2022
Russ Jones, Treasurer 2/2023
Jackie Zayac 1/2023
Cindy Shoemaker 1/2024

Trustees are elected to four year terms, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Trustees are elected by the ACBL Board of Directors. ACBL members wishing to stand for election as a Charity Foundation trustee should contact Kelley Trejo at ACBL headquarters for information. Kelley’s e-mail address is

Trustee Meetings

The ACBL Charity Foundation Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year, at the Spring and Fall NABCs. Click on the following to view minutes of board meetings held during the past four years.

Financial Information

Year Financial Statements Tax Filings
2019 Financial Statements Tax Filing
2018 Financial Statements Tax Filing
2017 Financial Statements Tax Filing
2016 Financial Statements Tax Filing

Charity Foundation Income

Money to fund the donations made by the ACBL Charity Foundation is raised primarily from the charity games held in clubs and units. In addition, there are two ACBL-wide charity games held annually in clubs, one in March and the other in November. Occasionally, individual contributions are made.


Much information about the ACBL Charity Foundation can be found in its bylaws. Click ACBL Charity Foundation Bylaws to view the Bylaws.

Charity Foundation Grants

Since 1964, the ACBL Charity Foundation has made substantial contributions to a wide range of charitable organizations. To make a donation or find out more, call 662-253-3129, or e-mail

In an effort to respond to the needs of charity in our local areas, in 2005 the ACBL Charity Foundation began issuing grants to districts rather than granting one $100,000 contribution to a national Charity of the Year. The ACBL Charity Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and contributions are fully tax deductible.

The districts are included in a four-year cycle with the exceptions of Districts 1 and 2, where charity funds are collected by the Canadian Bridge Federation (see below). Districts 18 and 19 share one grant because their membership is split between Canada and the U.S. During the previous cycle, District 19 received a 60% share and District 18 received a 40% share.

  • For recipients of 2020 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2019 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2018 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2017 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2016 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2015 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2014 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2013 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2012 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2011 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2010 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2009 district grants, click here
  • For recipients of 2008 district grants, click here

Districts receiving grants:

Due to the current pandemic 2021 grants and new grants are suspended until further notice.

2021— 4, 14, 16, 18/19, 22, 25

 Authorized Grants:

Each district will be allowed to allocate $30,000. This sum can be divided into no more than five separate grants, each of which must be made to a qualified 501(c)3 organization.
The check will be written after the appropriate documentation of the 501(c)3 status has been provided, and the checks will be distributed directly to the recipients. Requests for checks will be made by the district director. The relevant district boards or their designee shall allocate the district grants.

Requests for grant allocations must be made by November 15 of each year or the unused portion will be forfeited and the funds returned to the general fund of the ACBL Charity Foundation. Distribution of funds may be delayed due to availability of liquid assets, and the districts shall be promptly notified of any such delays.

The Canadian Bridge Federation (CBF) Charitable Fund decides grant recipients from charity money raised in Canada. Districts 1 and 2 are both Canadian districts, and parts of districts 18 and 19 are in Canada.

Each Charity Foundation trustee is entitled to distribute up to $3000 per year to charities of his/her choice. Each member of the ACBL Board of Directors who is not also a Charity Foundation trustee is allotted $1000/year to give to charities of his/her choice. The ACBL Charity Foundation also sets aside $5000 to be contributed to a qualified charity at each NABC. The local tournament committee decides the recipient.

Applying for a Charity Foundation Grant

In addition to District/Board of Directors/Foundation Trustee grants, the ACBL Charity Foundation occasionally donates to charities who formally apply for grants from the Foundation. To do this, please click here and complete the Grant Application Form and send to:
ACBL Charity Foundation
6575 Windchase Blvd.
Horn Lake, MS 38637-1523,
attn: Kelley Trejo

ACBL Charity Foundation President Nancy Strohmer presents a $5000 check to San Francisco Tournament Chair Jim Leuker, whose committee selected the Ceres Community Project as the local recipient of the donation. With them is District 21 Director and Charity Foundation Trustee Jackie Zayac.