The Suh Family Foundation

Mission Statement

Built on a dedication to helping individuals on their journeys towards empowerment, the Suh Family Foundation works with communities to equip people with the resources they need to sustain long-term success.

What we do.

Founded by Ndamukong and Katya Suh, the Suh Family Foundation works hand-in-hand with communities to supply resources across three pillars that were pivotal to the Suh’s own success: education, health and wellness, and empowerment.


A focus on education was instilled in Ndamukong at a young age by his mother, Bernadette, who had a long career as a teacher. Katya’s family shared the same passion, which led to the pair meeting at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a recipient of past Suh Foundation donations. Access to education is at the forefront of the Foundation’s work, as the Suhs understand its value as a building block for success.

Health & Wellness

As collegiate athletes, Ndamukong and Katya both understood the importance of nourishing mind and body. This commitment led to Ndamukong’s 10+year career in the National Football League and Katya’s successful college basketball career and lifelong mind and body wellness journey. Programs within the Foundation work to engage and educate communities on health and wellness starting at a young age.


Creating a supportive and empowering environment for all people has always been a focus for the Suh family. Throughout her life and early career, Katya has especially focused on the empowerment of women while Ndamukong’s dedication centers on inspiring and supporting the next generation of young athletes and unexpected investors. The Suhs believe that through knowledge and education we can create and foster communities where all can celebrate their diverse, yet shared experiences.


What We've Done So Far

Portland Community

Backpack Giveaway Program

The Suh Family Foundation used funds from the BAE’s Fried Chicken x Suh Family Foundation Super Bowl LV Sunday partnership to give away 150 backpacks to PPS middle school and high school students. The kits included Jordan backpacks, provided by Haddad Brands; toothbrushes, provided by Quip; and general school supplies.

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Financial Literacy

Bringing Stash 101 to Portland Students

We’re facing a financial literacy crisis in America. We want to change that. With this new partnership, the Suh Family Foundation, The Big Yard Foundation, Brennan Scarlett, and Stash101 are giving Portland kids the hands-on financial education and money skills they need to set themselves up for success, and work towards building long-term wealth. Read more

Stash101 is offered solely for educational and informational purposes and is provided free of charge. While Stash101 is affiliated with Stash Investments LLC (“Stash RIA”), an SEC registered investment adviser that charges fees, Stash101 is not an investment adviser and is separate and apart from Stash RIA.
Portland Community

BAE's Fried Chicken x Suh Family

On Super Bowl LV Sunday, the Suh Family Foundation partnered with BAE's Fried Chicken to donate all proceeds from BAEs sales to the Suh Family Foundation - these funds will go back to the Portland community.

Alumni Support

$2.6 million-dollar donation to the University of Nebraska

Funds go to supporting the Athletics for its Strength and Conditioning Program and establishing The Ndamukong Suh Scholarship which annually supports an aspiring engineer at the UNL College of Engineering

We seek to advance education, health and wellness, and empowerment to better all communities.

Ndamukong Suh

A partnership between Thorne and the Suh Family Foundation

Thorne’s mission is to help individuals take a proactive and actionable approach to improve and maintain their health over a lifetime.

We both believe in the power of education to drive better health and wellness practices.

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Home Town

Supported the development of new athletic facilities at former high school

Donated $250,000 to former high school in Portland, OR to help pay for the construction of anew football field and track. A 2005 graduate of Grant High School, Suh was motivated to give back so future generations could enjoy the benefits of better facilities.

Suh's Crew

Hosted 93 youth guests at Miami Dolphins training camp

Kids were treated to food, beverages and provided special “Suh’s Crew” T-shirts for the kids. After practice, Suh visited with the group sharing laughs, stories and encouraging messages in addition to taking photos. The OYC is a youth development agency co-founded by Alonzo Mourning.

My Cause My Cleats

Fighting Social Injustice

NFL players reveal their passions beyond the game and wear their hearts on their feet through My Cause My Cleats. Players have the opportunity to pick a cause that is important to them and represent their chosen organization on custom designed cleats.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2020 D-Line Delivers Christmas

2020 D-Line Delivers Christmas"Getting these gifts and knowing that they care is great."The ninth annual "D-Line Delivers Christmas" event was made possible thanks to more than $60,000 in donations from the defensive line and Buccaneers Foundation Social Justice Fund. Learn more.