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. Martin’s view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To Martin, peace meant togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and kindness.
The Martin Richard Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and communities to live out the values of peace, justice and kindness.
We envision a place where people recognize the humanity in others and model the decency needed for a united, compassionate, and inclusive community.
CHOOSE KINDNESS. BUILD BRIDGES. DO MORE.
Kindness Inclusion Compassion Diversity Justice Peace Empathy Community
The Martin Richard Foundation stands up for kindness, inclusion, justice, and peace through community service. By encouraging people to choose kindness, work for inclusion, and embrace diversity in local communities, we aim to influence a generation to live out these values through positive civic engagement.
We strive to:
- Challenge youth & adults to take action & to foster greater togetherness in their communities through service & activities that reflect our values.
- Motivate & enable people to be thinkers, up-standers & peacemakers.
- Choose kindness. Build bridges. Do more.