Bill and Denise Richard founded the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation in 2014 in honor of their son who was killed when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after, Martin’s photo holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people, peace” was shared around the world. His message created a movement of kindness, inclusion, sportsmanship, and peace – values that have become the pillars of the Foundation’s mission to encourage future generations to live out through positive civic engagement.
Emblematic of the Foundation’s work is the building of “Martin’s Park” in downtown Boston which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. Martin’s Park will be a place for reflection and inclusive play, a space where children of all abilities can play side by side. The Bridge Builders program mobilizes schools and community groups to develop and implement service projects that advance the mission of the Foundation; they support inclusive athletics through the Martin Richard Challenger Sports program; and they have developed a robust volunteer network hosting multiple service days in communities throughout the state. Additionally, the Foundation partners with and awards grants recognizing the critical work of other like-minded organizations who provide hands on opportunities for young people - including at BSU where the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice is touching the lives of hundreds of young people each year.”
Choose kindness · Build bridges · Do more.