Julie and I are passionate about generosity and using what we have been given to impact the world around us. The Bible says in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be expected.” We are grateful for the privilege to play in the NFL, but also believe we have a responsibility to manage well what we have been given, and to be generous with it.

The Julie & Kirk Cousins Foundation is called to Transform Worldly Resources into Heavenly Riches through Extravagant Generosity. We have highlighted some of the amazing organizations we support below. We encourage you to learn more about each of them. For more information on working with the Julie & Kirk Cousins Foundation, please email generosity@kirkcousins.org

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International Justice Mission is addressing one of the most heartbreaking issues of our time, modern day slavery and violence against the poor. They are working around the world to end slavery of all kinds including sex trafficking and forced labor slavery. This is a dark problem that many do not want to face. Men, women and children are being abused and held captive in the name of profit and selfish ambition because there is no one to advocate for them. The Bible makes it clear that every man, woman and child is valuable in the sight of God and that we are to defend the oppressed. We are grateful for IJM and the dedication they have to freeing those who are unable to free themselves.

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Urban Homeworks

When we came to Minnesota, we wanted to partner with an organization that was making a significant impact in Minneapolis. Urban HomeWorks provides equitable urban housing solutions in Minneapolis and St. Paul. They provide affordable housing, but equally important, they connect people and build community in the areas they serve. Their slogan says it all: “Rebuilding neighborhoods. Reconnecting People. Reclaiming Hope.” They value relationships and personal connections the way Jesus did and they want to support people in every arena of life.

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Compassionate Heart is a ministry that is very close to us. Based in my hometown, its name describes the mission – to have a heart of compassion like Jesus. They serve individuals with disabilities and their families by providing opportunities for meaningful relationships and activities. We have learned so much from the team at Compassionate Heart and from the wonderful people they serve. They care deeply and provide a safe and fun environment for men and women with disabilities to have mentors, be accepted and be themselves.

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Holland Christian Schools

Holland Christian Schools is committed to excellent education from a Christian perspective. I attended Holland Christian Schools along with my brother Kyle and my sister, Karalyne. Their mission, Equipping Minds and Nurturing Hearts to Transform the World for Jesus played a powerful role in my education and in my personal faith. We support Holland Christian because we believe the world needs men and women who have strong minds and hearts that are shaped by the truth of the Bible.

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Discovery Church

Discovery Church is in Orlando, Florida and is committed to making disciples of Jesus. My dad, Don Cousins, is the lead pastor there. He has spent his life impacting people through ministry and we are excited about what is happening at Discovery. They have three campuses in the Orlando area. The church is non-denominational…it is simply a Bible-teaching church that is committed to prayer and compassionate connection with people in need in both their community and around the world.

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