Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation. Since 1997, AM Charities has raised more than $7 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families. In addition to supporting other non-profit organizations, Mourning has focused his attention to stimulating the development of youth enrichment centers. With the help of donors, Mourning opened the first center in 2003 in the historic area of Overtown, in South Florida, known as the Overtown Youth Center. The next center is targeted for the city of Miami Gardens. A major component of AM Charities is the Honey Shine Mentoring Program that works to empower young girls to shine as women. The bi-weekly workshops and summer camp that make up the program helps develop and nurture the mind, body, and soul of young women, by providing experiences that enlighten and create balance in their lives. In addition, Zo’s Fund for Life mission is to empower individuals and their families who are affected by kidney disease and organ transplantation by providing hope through research, advocacy, and education. The foundation was formed in 2001 after Mourning was diagnosed with Focal Glomerularsclerosis, a rare genetic kidney disease that was diagnosed after a routine pre-season team physical.
AM Charities' mission is to build strong communities by supporting programs and initiatives that have a commitment to promote positive change.