Our Mission


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. 

No More Hurting People. Peace.


Martin and a classmate


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.

Thank you for your continued support as we explore new ways to invest in education, athletics and community in the upcoming year.

The Martin W. Richard Foundation has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Our Tax ID number is 35-2491896.

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