To honor Martin’s message of peace by investing in athletics, education and community.
- To challenge youth and adults to take action and to foster greater togetherness, compassion, peace and kindness in their communities through activities that build bridges and bring people together
- To motivate and enable people to be agents of change, thinkers, bridge builders and peacemakers.
Founded in 2014, the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after his death, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” was shared over the Internet and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace.
Martin’s view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To Martin, peace meant togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and simple acts of kindness. Growing up in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, Martin experienced first hand the value of community and what it means to be a good citizen, a good neighbor, a good friend. His Foundation strives to encourage both youth and adults to improve the lives of others and become bridge builders, peacemakers, leaders and change-makers by being kind, compassionate and committed to inclusion and the acceptance of diversity.
CHOOSE KINDNESS. BUILD BRIDGES. DO MORE.
The Martin Richard Foundation commits to and stands up for kindness, inclusion, and peace across the Commonwealth and contributes to a stronger democracy and more united community through our service and model of leadership and respect for every member of our community. By encouraging and empowering young people to choose kindness and to work for inclusion and the acceptance of diversity in local communities, we may cultivate a generation committed to these values with an obligation for the cause of social justice and responsibility for active, positive, civic engagement.
We embrace our duty to commit to a cause greater than self, to engage as citizens, to be kind as neighbors, and to model the human decency needed for a united, compassionate, and generous community.
Choose kindness. Build bridges. Do more.