The official 2014 Boston Marathon charities are now listed on the BAA’s website! Rather than make you, dear reader, have to open up a million tabs, as I have open now, I thought I’d try to make life a little easier for you by putting all the information in one place, on one page. I will try to keep this updated as applications become available online and deadlines are announced. Where the name of the charity doesn’t necessarily describe what the charity does, I include a brief description. If you like what you see here, please be sure to Like my Facebook page so you can get updates as they come in!
The application is online here. There is a $50 application fee.
As part of our 2014 team, you will receive:
Receive a personal training program tailored for your running level, professional coaching, and fully-supported weekly team runs through the Boston 2014 training season.
Get fundraising ideas, strategies, support and one-on-one fund raising coaching to help you easily meet and easily exceed your personal commitment! You’ll also get access to a personal online fundraising site and a press release tailored for publication opportunities in local media.
Team Info Sessions
Get expert advice on training, injury prevention, nutrition, race strategies and more at our monthly meetings in our Watertown, MA office.
Wear your official, complimentary Run to End Alzheimer’s singlet with pride. In addition, our online store has additional Alzheimer’s team gear at reasonable prices.
Including special get-togethers during the training season, a pre-race recognition banquet and post-race celebration.
Qualified Runners: Please Join Us!
Each year, qualifiers bring their Boston Marathon Bib number and personal passion to our team to participate as qualified runners on the Run to End Alzheimer’s Team. As a qualified runner, you will receive all the benefits of a charity runner, with a lower fundraising minimum.
Run to End Alzheimer’s Boston Marathon participants are as passionate about the cause as the event. Most have a personal connection with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why the majority of our runners exceed the charitable fundraising minimum of $4,000 per runner for non-qualified entrants and $1,750 for qualified entrants.
· Applications open Monday, September 9th at 9am - To apply, go towww.liverteam.org, click apply, and submit the application – expect a call or email from a staff member within 5 business days of submitting your application
· The fundraising minimum is $4,000 – You will be raising these funds throughout the season, with May 21, 2014 being the last day to submit funds (a month after the marathon). Once you register with the team and sign the fundraising commitment form, you are committed to the minimum.
· There will be a team registration fee ($175) – this will be paid during the online registration process after you’re accepted
· There will be a B.A.A race entry fee of $325 – this will be due in December (details on payment will be communicated after you’re registered to the team)
2013 Run for Research Team benefits:
- Access to our seasoned coaches
- Training plans catered to specific ability levels
- Saturday team runs
- Two long runs on the Boston Marathon® course
- Team meetings at the Westin Copley
- Team socials
- Personalized fundraising webpage
- Fundraising workshops and assistance
- Discounted hotel rooms at the Westin Copley
- Pre-Marathon team brunch celebration
- Luxury buses to the start line
- Post-Marathon Party
- Post-Marathon complementary showers and massages
- Race day singlet
- Team gear
- Dedicated Event Manager
To apply: visit the application page. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
Team Red Cross is proud to partner with coach Dan Fitzgerald and Heartbreak Hill Running Company to provide expert training and guidance for our runners.
The application process for Team Red Cross 2014 opens on Monday, September 9th. The application may be found here. Completed applications will be reviewed and runners will be accepted to the team on a rolling basis. There is a $4,000 fundraising minimum required for each bib provided to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts by the Boston Athletic Association Charity Program. There is a $40 application fee to apply.
Team Red Cross welcomes qualified runners join our 2014 team! A $1,500 fundraising minimum applies for qualified runners. A registration form is available upon request.
3. Best Buddies
Marathon Coalition Member
The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To accomplish this mission, Best Buddies Massachusetts works directly with more than 105 school-based chapters throughout the Commonwealth, and 60 employers throughout Greater Boston.
Craig S. Welton
The team application may be found here. All sections of the application must be completed and returned by October 31st, or applications will continue to be accepted until all spots are full. Upon submission of electronic applications, Best Buddies Massachusetts will automatically charge a $40 application fee. A minimum donation of $4,000 is required to join the Best Buddies Boston Marathon® Team and receive an individual entry for the 2014 Boston Marathon®. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be charged to your credit card once you have been accepted onto the team, verifying your acceptance. The deposit of $100 will be applied toward your fundraising minimum and holds a Boston Marathon number in your name until February 1, 2014, when the remaining balance is due, unless prior arrangements have been made.
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than $12 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.
You can download the application here: Boston Bruins Foundation Application. The deadline to apply is October 15.
- access to experienced coaches & a detailed training program
- indoor meeting facility near the starting line on race day
- team clinics and receptions
- opportunity to partner with a Boston Children’s patient for inspiration
- the knowledge that you are supporting Boston Children’s Hospital
Interested in running the Boston Marathon? Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association and has 15 bib numbers for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Download the application here.
All team members are required to:
- Raise a minimum of $4,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
- Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee
- Pay a $100 non- refundable deposit to cover the Boston Marathon Charity Program Invitational Entry Fee
- Pay a $325 non-refundable registration fee to the Boston Athletic Association
- Be 18 years or older before April 21, 2014
- Be capable of running a marathon in less than six (6) hours
Benefits of joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Marathon Team:
- Participate in the world-famous Boston Marathon
- Join a running group, specifically designed for non-profit team members, and receive coaching, advice from experienced runners, weekly practice runs, events and an organized training schedule for the marathon
- Have your own fundraising webpage and access to fundraising training, support and tips to be successful
- Special discount at local sports store
- Social gatherings and periodic meetings with teammates
- Team apparel
- Make a difference in the lives of 4,000 members!
Dana-Farber Running Programs
- $4,000 minimum fundraising commitment, though the stated goal is to raise an average of $8,400/runner
- Team Fee: $75 (independent of race entry fee and billed during registration)
- $250 deposit towards $575 race entry fee. $250 due upon registration, remaining $325 to be paid at a later date, all sent to the BAA. [Editor's Note: The $575 appears, for the moment, to be limited to DFMC runners, but I have confirmed that it is the race entry DFMC is saying is required. I have not seen this figure associated with any other charity.]
Cops For Kids With Cancer is a charity that gives money directly to families who are dealing with the challenge of having a child sick with cancer. The volunteer charity board consists primarily of Police Officers and/or retired Police Officers who want each family to feel the positive reinforcement that someone else cares. These families are each awarded $5000 to help relieve the stress of financial burdens and hopefully put a small smile on their face. If you can imagine, you can understand. Cops For Kids With Cancer does not have salaries or expense accounts, all monies are returned to the families in need.
For the past eight years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 800 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp. Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.
Camp Shriver will begin accepting applications for Team Camp Shriver, as part of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program for 2014, on September 9th. The application can be downloaded here. The application fee is $40.
Members of Team Camp Shriver will raise $4,000-$6,000 to help low-income children with and without disabilities participate in an inclusive summer sports program. Together, we will ensure that all children, with and without disabilities, have an opportunity to learn, grow and have fun as equals.
Members will receive access to:
- a comprehensive marathon training program with the support of a professional running coach in partnership with several other Boston Marathon charities,
- sponsored weekly training runs, including water stops and a 21-mile long run from Hopkington into Boston,
- kick-off event on November 27th at the Museum of Science and Marathon Day amenitities including a meeting room at the Westin Copely hotel near the finish line,
- fundraising support, including a fundraising event hosted by Camp Shriver for runners to use for their fundraising goals,
- weekly posts on the Chasing Unicorns blog from running/fundraising professionals for support and encouragement,
- Camp Shriver running gear, and
- additional team meetings and events to be announced!
The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, The Neely House, and The Neely Cancer Fund exist for one reason – to help cancer patients and their families during their treatment.
The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people and families affected by autism. We are dedicated to increasing the awareness of autism and the unique challenges of families who are faced with it everyday. Funds raised by Dougie’s Marathon Team will be put toward supporting these families by helping them find the resources they need and by funding advocacy programs as well as educational, therapeutic and recreational opportunities.
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation’s application can be found here. There is a $35 application fee and applications are due by December 1, 2013 or as long as spots remain on the team. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. There is a $4,000 minimum fundraising requirement. Completed applications should be sent to the address below or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org:
52 Russell St.
North Andover, MA 01845
12. Dream Big
The mission of Dream Big! is to help low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.
888.291.7664 ext 701
This year’s goal is to raise an average of $6,000 per runner. Set your fundraising sights high — beyond the basic commitment — and give your fundraising plan careful and serious consideration, as this plan is an integral part of your application. The application can be found here.
Team Requirements for Dream Big! Marathon Team Numbers
- $40 non-refundable team registration fee
- $4,000 basic fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
- $300 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)
Team Requirements for Runners With Their Own Marathon Number
- $40 team registration fee
- $1000 basic fundraising commitment
Dream Big! Team Members receive
- A personal fundraising web page and on-line tools that make fundraising easy
- An invite to Dream Big! Sports Gala & Auction
- A training program designed by an experienced marathon coach
- Weekly training group runs and presentations beginning in December
- Dream Big! apparel and team singlet
- Fundraising recognition items
- The opportunity to run for a Dream Big! athlete or program
- And much more!
Registration Opens September 9th, 2013 and Deadline to apply is October 31, 2013 or until all spots are filled.
The Franklin Park Coalition brings diverse park constituents together to advocate for and steward the park, working on park management and maintenance, woodlands restoration, public safety, and cultural programming. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help the Franklin Park Coalition provide excellence in athletic endeavors including restoration of the cross-country track, basketball courts, and Ellicottdale little league diamond. Funds will also support the Summer Youth Conservation Crew, which provides educational, athletic, and work opportunities for underserved local high school students.
The team application may be found here. There is a $35 application fee.
15. Hale Reservation
Utilizing an amazing 1,130 acre natural resource, Hale Reservation develops youth leaders and stewards for the natural environment through year-round outdoor education opportunities. In the summer, over 4,400 children from 70 communities in Greater Boston attend camps; between 800-900 come from Boston. During the year, over 7,000 children visit Hale for education based programs. Through challenge course activities, a natural classroom setting, and creative educational programming children are encouraged to develop their own unique leadership style and discover a connection to nature.
The application may be found here, there is a $35 application fee. Applications will be reviewed immediately and the program anticipates sending out notifications by October 15.
The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton is an Official Charity Partner with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) in 2012, 2013, and 2014! As part of the program, each year just fifteen runners will represent the Boys & Girls Club of Newton and raise $7,500, or more, towards the overall fundraising goal of $250,000. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help provide quality educational programs and athletic activities for Club members so that they are equipped with the crucial skills needed to become healthy, fit and successful adults.
Call or email Dave Sellers at 617-630-2066 or dsellers@newtonBGC.com for an application. Please see below for details.
The Club has an application and interview process, with running times as only part of the equation. A genuine affinity for the organization, ambassadorship, and commitment to helping youth and B.A.A.’s shared mission to promote fitness through athletics will also be considered. Applications are only for athletes who are capable of running a marathon in less than six hours and additionally agree to meet the minimum fundraising requirement. The Boys & Girls Club’s goal for each runner is $7,500 or more. A $40 non-refundable application fee must be provided upon submission. If selected to join the team a $400 race entry fee will be charged and paid to the BAA on your behalf. All fees do not count towards $7,5000 fundraising goal.
Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will be directed by JDRF toward funding research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications and to develop transformative treatments that enable people with type 1 diabetes to live healthier, safer lives until that cure is found. In addition, the funds will support JDRF’s local Outreach programs for individuals and families with a type 1 diabetes connection. Together, we can deliver better treatments and eventually a cure. Partnering with JDRF holds the promise of helping to bring about the day when type 1 diabetes does not exist.
The TNT application can be found here.
Why run with the TEAM?
All Team In Training (TNT) runners will enjoy:
Boston Marathon entry fee paid by Team In Training ($325 savings).
Individualized coaching from certified coaches with multiple years experience coaching for Boston Marathon.
Weekly group training runs on the Boston Marathon course, supported by volunteers at water stops and cheer stations.
Weekly track workouts in the Boston-metro area.
Personalized fundraising website, as well as multiple fundraising resources based on our 25 year old fundraising program.
Mentoring from past participants.
Inspirational pasta party and victory celebration.
Need a Number?
Do you want to run the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014? As a member of Team In Training you can complete the historic and prestigious course while helping advance and accelerate a cure for cancer! Open to athletes of all abilities* including first time marathoners, veterans and qualified runners who do not receive race entry from the BAA.
Requirements for TNT Runners (Non-Waivered)
-$150 registration fee
-$4,000 fundraising commitment (as set by the B.A.A.)
Support raised through the Museum’s Boston Marathon® team has enabled Traveling Programs to purchase new fleet vehicles, a star-lab portable planetarium, and more. Our runners help us fund scholarships for schools across New England and develop exciting new interactive programs for students of all ages. To learn more about the Museum’s team, our coach and Traveling Programs, please visit our website.
The team application can be found here. There is a $50 application fee and applications are due no later than November 20, 2013.
Acceptances to our team are made on a rolling basis. Our team coordinator will contact you upon receipt of application for follow up conversation—we want to get to know our team members! All accepted Museum of Science Boston Marathon team members commit to raise a minimum of $4,000, and are required to provide a valid credit card to ensure their place on the team. A non-refundable $100 team fee is required of all accepted team members.
The team application may be found here.
The mission of the The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center is to create a home away from home for children and adults with disabilities, a place that offers parents time off from the emotional and physical care needed by their children. The Respite Center now provides intensive support services for families including daycare, after school care, adult day programs, overnight respite care, supervised residential placements and community employment supports.
To apply to be a member of Team Respite please contact Brandon Rhoads at email@example.com or call (508)435-1222.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region. We provide support and advocacy programs for melanoma patients and their loved ones and work to increase public awareness of sun-safe behavior and the importance of early detection. Since our first runner crossed the finish line in 2005, our Running for Cover marathon team has raised over $1,000,000 to support our mission of education, prevention and support in the fight against melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. If caught early, most melanomas can be cured. Our goal is to make New England melanoma free.
The team application may be found here.
- Guaranteed Race Entry for the 2014 Boston Marathon
- Celebratory team events with Running for Cover members
- Exclusive team training clinics and Fitcorp marathon training program
- Training support from seasoned marathoners, Kevin Morrison and Dr. Robin Travers
- Meet and Greet with Honorary Team Captain, four time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers
- Fundraising tools and support to help your exceed your fundraising goals. Additionally, you will have a unique fundraising website where you can share your story and accept secure online donations.
- Private pre-race team space in Hopkinton where runners can stretch, eat and get ready for their run
- Fundraising contests and incentives
- Exclusive Running for Cover apparel
- Cheering section for family members and supporters along marathon course
- Sunscreen and Lip balm for protected running
- The knowledge that you are running to support MFNE’s mission of education, prevention and support!
- and more!
Requirements for invitational runners:
Invitational runners have not received an official race entry through another source.
- Raise a minimum of $4,000 by May 1, 2014. While the required minimum is set at $4,000 per runner, additional consideration will be given to runners who are willing to make a more aggressive fundraising commitment.
- Submit a non-refundable $15 application fee upon apply to the team. If accepted, this fee will be applied towards your fundraising.
- Submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee and valid credit card information upon acceptance to the team. This fee will not be applied towards your fundraising.
- Pay a BAA race application fee of $325 in addition to your fundraising minimum.
- 18 years of age or older by April 21, 2014.
- Capable of running a marathon in less than 6 hours.
To inquire about registering for Marathon Strides Against MS, please email Nancy.Dlugoenski@nmss.org or call the Chapter at 1-800-344-4867.
The application may be found here. There is a $25 application fee. If accepted,the fee will be credited towards the $75 team fee.
Our hands-on, traveling education programs reach 45,000 children in diverse communities every year. Funds raised through the marathon team will be used to support these outreach programs, giving children and families from underserved neighborhoods what is often their first experience with marine life, including touch tidepools and free Aquarium admission. Each program incorporates conservation messages to help area youth understand the importance of nature, why they need to help protect the oceans and the simple things they can do to make a difference. The programs also encourage young people to be active in the natural world.
The team application may be found here. The online application process must be completed no later than October 25th but team members will be selected on a rolling basis beginning on September 10.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 1994 to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants and the donation of signed memorabilia to charitable causes, as well as from Patriots players who offer their support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. In 2012, the Foundation will work to raise volunteerism awareness through the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on our cornerstone programs, including the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students, and the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving inner city children and teens each summer. The team charity also supports the new Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury, The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 40,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods as well as The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Founded in 1999, Tenacity, Inc. serves over 5,000 City of Boston students annually with high quality programs that impart the skills and resilience needed for under-served youth to lead productive, successful lives. The Tenacity Pathway to Post-Secondary Success is comprised of year-round programs serving students aged six through college graduation with academic enrichment, tennis instruction and competition, and other life enhancing experiences. Over 98% of our Middle School Academy graduates earn their high school diploma; 70% of those students pursue post secondary academics. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Official Charity Program directly support the free programs Tenacity, Inc. offers City of Boston youth.
The application can be found here. There is a $50 application fee. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until December 31.
“Tedy’s Team,” is a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association through their training for the Boston Marathon® and many other major road races. Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 4 leading cause of death. Tedy’s Team is striving to reach as many people as possible in its message of recognizing the warning signs and acting appropriate when seeing them – calling 9-1-1 immediately.
The 2014 team application may be found here. The minimum fundraising requirement is $5,000.