Bill & Denise Richard founded the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation less than one year following Martin's death at the Boston Marathon in April 2013.  Touched and humbled by the outpouring of support received in the aftermath of the bombings, they decided to find a formal way to engage the community that embraced Martin’s message and helped their family and friends.   The Foundation fosters programming that reflects kindness, inclusion and civic minded activities and  partners with other non-profit organizations with like missions to spread Martin’s spirit of peace and bridge building.

Seven directors steer the Foundation and embrace their duty to mirror the values of the organization by committing to a cause greater than self, engaging as citizens, being kind as neighbors, and modeling the human decency needed for a united, compassionate, and generous community. Our seven directors are supported by a Youth Board of Directors comprised of eight young people between the ages of 11 and 15 who also serve as role models and use team building service projects and bridge building activities in our neighborhoods to raise awareness of key issues facing our community and to strengthen compassion and inclusion.

Denise Richard

Denise Richard

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Bill Richard

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John Hernandez

John Hernandez

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Erin O’Brien

Erin O’Brien

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Brendan McDonough

Brendan McDonough

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Vicky Shen

Vicky Shen

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Dot Joyce

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The Martin Richard Charitable Foundation honors Martin’s message of “No more hurting people. Peace” by investing in education, athletics and community.

Martin Richard Foundation is proud to support the following organizations:

  • ABCD (Summer Jobs Program)
  • Abington St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016
  • Adaptive Sports New England, Boston
  • Alexander County Family YMCA, North Carolina
  • All Dorchester Sports League, Boston
  • America Scores Boston
  • Amphibious Achievement, MIT
  • Athletes Serving Athletes, Lutherville, MD
  • Authorizing Action, North Carolina
  • Ben's Bells, Tucson, Arizona
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Boston Centers for Youth and Family
  • Boston Police Athletic League
  • Boy's Hope Girls Hope Ohio
  • Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester
  • Brookline Teen Center
  • buildOn, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Canton Challengers
  • Carl Hosea Helping Hands Foundation
  • Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation, Springfield, MA
  • Casa Nueva Vida, Roxbury
  • Cedar Grove Baseball
  • Christmas in the City, Boston
  • College Bound Dorchester, Boston
  • Community Boat Building, Boston
  • DJ Dream Fund
  • Dorchester Day Parade Committee 2016
  • Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner
  • Dorchester Education & Enrichment Program (DEEP)
  • Dorchester Street Hockey
  • Dorchester Youth Hockey
  • Dorchester Youth Soccer
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute
  • GenerationOn
  • Greater Ashmont Area Main Streets, Boston
  • Greater Neponset Flag Football League, Dorchester MA
  • Have A Sammi Kinda Day
  • Heather Abbott Foundation, Rhode Island
  • Hyde Park Pop Warner Cowboys, Boston MA
  • It Starts With Me!
  • Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation
  • JFK Library Foundation
  • John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton
  • Julie's Family Learning Program, South Boston
  • Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund
  • Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
  • MA Down Syndrome Congress
  • Neighborhood Children's Theater, Boston
  • Never Say Never Foundation, Clearwater Beach, Florida
  • New England Adaptive Sports
  • Newfound Lake Region Association
  • On the Rise, Cambridge, MA
  • Project 351
  • Salem High School Athletic Department
  • Savin Hill Baseball
  • Savin Hill Little League
  • Sole Train, Boston
  • South End Baseball, Boston
  • South Shore Special Needs Athletic Partnership (SNAP)
  • St. Ambrose Family Shelter, Dorchester
  • St. Ann CYO Basketball
  • St. Brendan's Voyageur's Club, Dorchester
  • The Fishing Academy, Brighton
  • The Magical Moon Foundation, Marshfield, MA
  • Title IX Girls, Cambridge, MA
  • UTEC, Lowell MA
  • Watertown Youth Baseball
  • YMCA Southcoast
  • Youth Enrichment Services (YES)
  • Zoo New England