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.