2016 Boston Marathon Charities


Greetings readers! I’ve tried to make a habit of putting each year’s Boston Marathon charity information all in one place to make it easier to find information on each one, particularly where to go to apply as the BAA site’s given web addresses aren’t always the best place to go.  I’ll keep updating this list with more charities and information as it becomes available.  Good luck in applying!

American Liver Foundation

Since 1989, the Run For Research program has made a dramatic impact on the American Liver Foundation’s mission – to facilitate, advocate, and promote education, support, and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.  Last year’s team raised over $1.1 million and had team members from across the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. Team members receive a comprehensive training program presented by our seasoned team coaches for runners of all levels, informative team meetings and fun social events, weekly group runs, two long runs on the Boston Marathon® course, race day gear, and complimentary massages, showers, and snacks post-race. To help runners excel in raising funds, the American Liver Foundation also provides fundraising tips, resources and supplies.  Join us this season as we run to fight the over 100 types of liver disease!

Program Benefits

Our longstanding Run for Research program has been revered as one of the most supportive, energizing, and fun charity teams.  Team benefits include:

  • 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 & social events
  • Patient Runner Connection Program
  • Personalized fundraising webpage and fundraising assistance
  • Discounted Marathon Weekend hotel rooms at the Westin Copley Place Hotel
  • Marathon Weekend Events: Team Brunch Celebration, Post Marathon Party with complementary showers, massages, food & more!
  • Race day shirt or singlet

Daria Zavarelli
Campaign Manager
dzavarelli@liverfoundation.org
617-527-5600 ext. 2032

American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts, through its networks of volunteers, donors and partners, enables ordinary people to act in extraordinary circumstances by providing hope and care, and by preparing communities to face the unexpected. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts serves 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth with a population of over 6.6 million people.  Funds raised by Team Red Cross help support our vital programs and services across our service areas: Disaster Relief, Service to the Armed Forces, Health and Safety Training, Biomedical Services, Food and Nutrition Programs, and International Services.

Nicole Marcotte
teamredcrossboston@redcross.org
617-274-5243

American Stroke Association – Tedy’s Team

“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.

Elizabeth A. Perry
Vice President, Athletics
Elizabeth.Perry@heart.org
781.373.4515

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers. We are committed to excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and education, and to the health and wellness of our patients and our communities.

At BIDMC, our goal is to serve our patients compassionately and effectively and to create a healthy future for them and their families. BIDMC is home to a world-renowned academic research program where scientific discoveries are helping to transform medical care. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BIDMC has raised medical education to a higher level, with a strong program that enhances our ability to attract top faculty and residents. Our nurses have a longstanding reputation of leadership in patient care and compassion, and our focus on safety and quality patient care has helped establish us as a national leader in health care quality, safety, and transparency.

Team BIDMC Boston Marathon runners support these efforts to effectively provide outstanding personalized care for all of our patients.

Amy Fisher
ajfisher@bidmc.harvard.edu
617-667-7341

Minimum Fundraising Requirement: $6,000

Boston Bruins Foundation

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, the Foundation has raised more than $19 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.

Join our team on Marathon Monday and proudly wear the BLACK and GOLD to help raise awareness and funds to support those in need from our community.

The Boston Bruins Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2016 Boston Marathon Team. For the 2016 race, all runners must commit to raising a minimum of $5,500.00 for the Boston Bruins Foundation. In return, runners will receive some Boston Bruins race day swag, race day amenities, and viewing parties to help with your fundraising.

Applications are due prior to Wednesday, October 14, 2015. All submissions require a $50.00, non-refundable donation to the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Runners will be notified by Friday, November 13, 2015, if they were or were not selected to run the 2016 Boston Marathon on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation.

For any questions please contact foundationintern@bostonbruins.com or call 617-624-1981.

Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

The mission of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation is to extend the reach of the Celtics championship legacy into our community through programs that directly benefit children in need. To do this, the Foundation applies a team mentality much like that of the 17-time world champion Celtics – and relies on key partnerships with New England-based non-profit organizations who provide vital services to youth and to whom we offer funding and resources to help increase our collective impact in the community.

Cynthia Brennan
cbrennan@celtics.com
617-784-4342

Boston Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past 21 years. Boston Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. Funds raised through the B.A.A Boston Marathon Charity Program help keep Boston Children’s Hospital in the forefront of pediatric care, research, training and community service, ensuring the best care available to all children.

Ali Felcher
run@chtrust.org
857-218-3568

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

One hospital. Two extraordinary marathon teams. Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is excited to assemble two outstanding Boston Marathon teams: the Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. team, dedicated to raising funds across all disciplines and disease areas at BWH, and the Stepping Strong team, inspired by a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, and dedicated to fueling innovative research and clinical programs to advance trauma healing. A proud partner with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), our two teams are united in a powerful mission: transforming the future of medicine for patients and families here in Boston and around the world.

Caroline Duncan
bwhmarathonprogram@partners.org
617-424-4263

Minimum Fundraising Requirement: $5,000

Camp Shriver at UMass Boston

For the past decade, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 1,000 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.

Attending a day camp in the summer is a typical life experience for most children, but many barriers can impede the participation of children disadvantaged by socio-economic or disability status. For example, many camps in the Boston area are expensive or are unprepared to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Camp Shriver is unique in that it fully addresses both these potential barriers. While other summer programs may accept some children with disabilities or offer scholarships to lessen the cost to families, Camp Shriver provides the summer camp experience to an equal number of children with and without disabilities and does so at no cost to their families, who come from low-income neighborhoods or are otherwise disadvantaged.

At Camp Shriver, all children have the chance to learn and play – as equals.

Applications for our 2016 Marathon Team are now open and are due by October 31.

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 – the Boston Marathon Coalition,
  • sponsored weekly training runs, including water stops and a 21-mile long run from Hopkinton into Boston,
  • kick-off event in November at the Museum of Science and Marathon Day amenities including a meeting room at the Westin Copely hotel near the finish line,
  • fundraising support, including one-on-one phone calls / meetings with a development professional,
  • Camp Shriver running gear, and
  • additional team meetings and events to be announced!

Barbara Gildea
barbara.gildea@umb.edu
617-287-7247

Cops for Kids With Cancer

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.

William Coulter
ironman82@comcast.net
781-843-3904

CYCLE Kids, Inc.

CYCLE Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of strengthening the emotional and physical health of kids by inspiring them to lead active and nutritious lifestyles through a supportive, in-school biking and nutrition program. Through teamwork and goal-setting exercises, kids gain confidence, learn important knowledge and skills, and become more comfortable socially with peers and mentors. They begin to bike to school and engage in this fun activity with their family and friends outside of school hours, getting them active every day.

Thanks to the strong curriculum and the support systems that the program fosters, CYCLE Kids has seen 52% improvement in physical activity of students, 71% improvement in nutritional intelligence, and 48% improvement in personal and social growth. Our programs are primarily in low-income communities in Massachusetts, as well as in 8 states across the country. With 45 programs, we reach more than 3,000 students and families each year.

We are thrilled to be an official charity of the 120th Boston Marathon. A partnership between CYCLE Kids and the Boston Athletic Association in the 2016 Boston Marathon is a partnership for the health and wellbeing of children and families in our community.

To be considered for the 2016 CYCLE Kids Boston Marathon Team, you will need to download a packet of information that will include the 2016 CYCLE Kids Marathon Team Guidelines, an Application, and a Liability Waiver. Once you have read these documents and filled out the required information, please sign and date them and mail all three items to us by November 12th, 2015. You will be notified by December 1st, 2015 at the latest if you have been selected for the team. We will be notifying runners on a rolling basis.

A non-refundable $100 application processing fee will be charged to your card when you submit your application.  Minimum fundraising requirement: $5,000

Julianne Idlet
info@cyclekids.org
617-661-0908

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Help reach the ultimate finish line—a world without cancer—by running the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), a global leader in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Dana-Farber is acclaimed worldwide for its comprehensive approach to state-of-the-art, compassionate patient care and its “bench to bedside” continuum from laboratory research to novel therapeutics. The Institute is the top ranked cancer hospital in New England for the 15th consecutive year, and is the only cancer center in the country ranked in the top four for both adult and pediatric cancer programs.

The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) is a team of Boston Marathon invitational and time-qualified runners united by their personal commitment and determination to conquer cancer. Now in its 27th season, DFMC directs all funds raised to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, a critical Dana-Farber initiative at the forefront of transformative scientific discovery.

DFMC teammates have a rewarding, memorable experience while supporting a superb, pioneering institution:

•  Fundraising made easy and fun
•  The best training program around
•  DFMC Patient and In-Memory Partner Program
•  Marathon weekend festivities
•  Exclusive amenities and commemorative items
•  Unsurpassed camaraderie and volunteer support

Team Requirements for DFMC ’16 Invitational Entry Runners
For runners using a race entry provided by Dana-Farber

  • $75 team registration fee
  • $5,000 basic fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
  • $600 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)

Dana-Farber Running Programs
617-632-1970 or Toll-free 800-551-7036
DFMC@DFCI.harvard.edu

Doug Flutie Foundation

The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through our programs and partnerships, we help people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence.

Susan Hurley
charityteams@comcast.net
978-852-7891

Dream Big!

The mission of Dream Big! is to help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the basic items and program fees needed to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education, and overall well-being.

Dream Big! partners with organizations, schools and community health centers in economically disadvantaged communities to identify and fulfill the equipment, uniform, athletic footwear, program fees and training needs of girls from low-income situations, in elementary, junior high and high school in order to help them engage in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.

In addition Dream Big! works to create opportunities for girls to develop social connections with peers and mentors; maintain healthy, active lives; assume leadership roles; and grow physically, emotionally, and socially through sports, clinics, camps, sporting events and the annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference for female athletes from urban communities.

Dream Big! equipment donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conference impacted over 6000 girls and young women from 50 different sports programs and schools in economically disadvantaged communities last year. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help Dream Big! to further breakdown the economic barrier that currently prevents many girls from participating in sports and physical activities by increasing equipment, athletic footwear and sports attire donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and training opportunities available to girls in need.

Team Requirements for Dream Big! Marathon Team Numbers

  • $40 non-refundable team registration fee
  • $5,000 basic fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
  • $350 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)

Linda Driscoll
bostonmarathon@dream-big.org
857-404-0123

Family Aid Boston

FamilyAid Boston is proud to have the generous contribution of non-qualifying charity marathon bibs from the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program for the 2016 Boston Marathon. These numbers will be assigned to runners who are not time-qualified for the Marathon based on each applicant’s responses on the FamilyAid Boston application. Please return applications as soon as possible but no later than Friday, October 23, 2015.

Hale Reservation

The Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures program is a proud partner of Boston’s Public Schools Summer Learning Project (SLP). The four main goals include: (1) reversing summer learning loss in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, (2) helping students develop the vital social-emotional skills that research supports are necessary for school, college, and career success, (3) strengthening school-community partnerships through high quality programming, and (4) promoting student health and wellness.

The achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers is explained largely by unequal access to learning opportunities beyond the school day. Summer is an especially precious resource. Students who don’t participate in learning programs lose substantial knowledge and skills gained during the school year. This well documented “summer learning slide” most adversely affects low-income students, is cumulative across a young person’s lifetime, and represents an expensive leak in our educational pipeline. Mounting evidence suggests that quality summer programs can stem this loss and, in some cases, even accelerate students’ progress.

Today’s youth struggle with a mounting obesity epidemic and the lure of technology that typically discourages physical activity. Studies show that physical activity is directly linked to brain health. Additionally, time spent outdoors leads to mental stimulation and has numerous health benefits, including improved eye development and auditory processing. Being outdoors and active is paramount for healthy youth development.

If providing healthy outdoor living and educational opportunities for low-income Boston students resonates with you, we encourage you to apply and Run like Hale!

Paula McLaughlin
PMcLaughlin@halereservation.org
781-326-1770 ext. 18

Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Save the date! On Monday, April 18, 2016 – Marathon Monday – the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s “Team JAF” runners will take strides against cancer at the 2016 Boston Marathon® for the sixth straight year.

Team JAF is made up of charity runners, as well as those receiving entries through qualification or outside invitations. All fundraising by Team JAF members directly supports the Foundation’s mission of providing help, hope, and a reason to smile for cancer patients and their families.

To be notified when Team JAF’s 2016 Boston Marathon application period opens, email TeamJAF@joeandruzzifoundation.org.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Team In Training is the Society’s signature fundraising campaign. It is the first, largest, and most successful endurance sports training program of its kind. To date, Team In Training has trained over a half a million athletes and raised over $1.2 billion dollars nationally in the race to find a cure for blood cancers.

Why run with the TEAM?
All Team In Training (TNT) runners will enjoy:

  • 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 27 year old fundraising program. 
  • Mentoring from past participants. 
  • Inspirational pasta party and victory celebration.

Louise Popp
BostonMarathonTeam@lls.org
508-810-1341

Requirements for TNT Runners (non-Waivered)
– $150 TNT registration fee
– $350 B.A.A. registration fee
– $5,000 fundraising commitmen (as set by the B.A.A.)

Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation

The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation Inc. was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed during the April 15, 2013 bombings near the finish of the Boston Marathon.

In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” went global and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace. Martin loved learning, sports and the world around him. He participated in the BAA Children’s Relay on Marathon weekend for three consecutive years, was a school “peacemaker,” and recognized at a young age that while we are all different, we are all the same. The way Martin saw the world, anything was possible.

His parents, Bill and Denise determined it was fitting that the foundation should honor Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community.

The mission of Martin’s foundation is simple: The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation honors Martin’s message of “No more hurting people. Peace” by investing in education, athletics and community.

office@teammr8.org

Minimum Fundraising Amount: $7,500

Melanoma Foundation of New England

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, killing one person every 50 minutes. It is the 2nd most common cancer in teens and young adults ages 15-29. However, when caught early it is almost always curable. The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 with the goal to make New England melanoma free. 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.

Our runners will receive membership to Joint Ventures marathon training program, training support from our team captains, exclusive meet and greet with Honorary Team Captain Bill Rodgers, informative team meetings and celebratory team events, team long runs on the marathon course, Running for Cover team apparel, private pre-race team space in Hopkinton, and lots of sunscreen and lip balm for protected running! To help our runners exceed their fundraising goals, MFNE also provides fundraising tips, resources and one-on-one help. Team Running for Cover consists of both qualified and charity runners. Despite coming from different backgrounds and levels of running experience, each of our runners share a passion for our cause. Many of them are survivors, family members of survivors, or lost a loved one to melanoma. It is their dedication that helps spread awareness and educate others. Together we can outrun melanoma!

Amy Mason
runningforcover@mfne.org
978-371-5613

Requirements for Invitational Entry Runners:

Invitational runners have not received an official race entry through another source.

  • Raise a minimum of $5,000 by May 18, 2016. While the required minimum is set at $5,000 per runner, additional consideration will be given to runners who are willing to make a more aggressive fundraising commitment (in 2015, runners accepted to our team committed to $8,000-$10,000+).
  • Submit a non-refundable $20 application fee upon apply to the team. If accepted, this fee will be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee, valid credit card information and signed team contract upon acceptance to the team. This fee will not be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Pay a BAA race application fee of $350 (subject to change) in addition to your fundraising minimum.
  • 18 years of age or older by April 18, 2016.
  • Capable of running a marathon in less than 6 hours.

Team Benefits

Qualified and Invitational  runners will receive all of the same great team benefits!

  • Guaranteed Race Entry for the 2016 Boston Marathon
  • Celebratory team events with Running for Cover members
  • Exclusive team training clinics and Joint Ventures marathon training program 
  • Training support from seasoned marathoners, Dr. Robin Travers and Greg Earley
  • 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!

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Apply now to join Team MBHP 2016!

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis now through November 9. Spaces may be filled before then, so submit your application now!

Basic financial requirements to participate as a nonprofit runner include:

  • $5,000 fundraising commitment (minimum set by the nonprofit program).
  • $350 race entry fee (fee set by the B.A.A.).

MBHP welcomes qualified and other runners who already have a 2016 Marathon number and want their marathon experience to include transforming lives.

  • We will work with you to set and achieve a personal fundraising goal.
  • Contact Mary Jo Kane at at maryjo.kane@mbhp.org or 617.425.6705 to find out how you can join the team.

Members of Team MBHP receive

  • A personal fundraising web page and on-line tools that make fundraising easy.
  • An invitation for you and your supporters to attend our annual Marathon Celebration.
  • A training program and support from MBHP’s in-house marathon coach.
  • Regular team meetings and Team MBHP dinner.
  • Team MBHP singlet.
  • Support for fundraising and outreach efforts.
  • Incentives for achieving fundraising milestones.
  • And much more!

Application deadline is November 9.

MetroWest YMCA

The MetroWest YMCA responds to community needs through affordable wellness, educational and recreational programs that help strengthen and support MetroWest area children and families.

The Y is dedicated to providing programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. In order to achieve the Y’s overall goal of strengthening community, the Y focuses on three major areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The MetroWest YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization. One of every 8 people at the Y receives Y financial assistance. Team MWY Boston Marathon runners will raise funding for financial aid, to enable more children and families to learn, grow and thrive.

Miriam Kimball
mkimball@metrowestymca.org
508-879-4420 x53

  • Applicants must raise a minimum of $5,000 by April 24th or pay the balance in full themselves.
  • Runners will become members of the MWY Boston Marathon Running Team and will receive
    an individualized personal training program, including a training schedule, running group class, weekly group runs, positive encouragement, fundraising guidance and tools, injury prevention training and safety topics to help runners meet their marathon goals.

Submit your application today! Go to metrowestymca.org  and click on the  Boston Marathon link

The application fee is $25. Selection from applications for the Marathon number will occur on November 6th at which time a non-refundable deposit of $100 and a credit card number will be required. The deposit will apply toward the fundraising goal.  For questions, please contact mkimball@metrowestymca.org.

Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center

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.

Wendy Sousa
wendysousa@hopkintonrespite.com
508-435-1222

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 

Support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), recognized as one of the most significant innovators in cancer research. Founder Kathy Giusti was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, recognition for her leadership and the MMRF’s transformational way of developing and conducting medical research and drug development.

The work of the MMRF is dramatically improving the outlook for patients with multiple myeloma. Since its inception 16 years ago, the life span of a myeloma patient has more than doubled. The treatments being developed with funds from the MMRF are now being explored as treatment for 30 other cancers. The MMRF directs an exemplary 90% of its budget to research and related programming, consistently earning the foundation ranking in the top 1% of all charities by the nation’s leading charity evaluators, like Charity Navigator.

Jane Hoffmann
marathon@themmrf.org
203-391-4053

National MS Society

The Marathon Strides Against MS team is comprised of invitational and qualified runners who are dedicated to creating a world free of multiple sclerosis. Team members raise funds to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s leadership in funding cutting-edge research and treatments to stop progression of the disease, to restore all function lost to MS, and to end multiple sclerosis forever.

The Society’s Greater New England Chapter help 21.000 individuals and families affected by multiple sclerosis in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Eighty-four (84) percent of monies raised by the Chapter helps address the challenges of each person affected by MS through MS education, emotional support, public advocacy, facilitating independence, and financial assistance to help individuals and families keep their lives moving forward.

Nancy Dlugoenski
nancy.dlugoenski@nmss.org
413-659-0036, ext. 87301

Neurofibromatosis Northeast

Since 1988 Neurofibromatosis Northeast has had runners participating in the Boston Marathon and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for NF research and patient support.

If you would like to be considered to be on a future NF Boston Marathon team, please contact Diana Flahive, Director of Special Events at dflahive@nfincne.org and we will forward you an NF Marathon Team application when it becomes available.

Going forward, NF Marathon team members will not be selected on a first come, first serve basis, but through an application process. Space on the team is very limited and top consideration will be given to those applicants who commit to hitting fundraising goals at or above $7,500.

New England Patriots Foundation 

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. The funds raised by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Boston Marathon team will be earmarked for the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program. For more information about the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, please visit www.patriots.com/community.

Susan Hurley
charityteams@comcast.net
978-852-7891

Project Purple

Attention all runners! Project Purple is now accepting applications for the 2016 Boston Marathon team. We’re looking for runners of every stripe, so don’t be afraid to submit your application for consideration. At the moment, we are not making any decisions about team members. If you want to be considered once we start choosing runners, please submit your application soon. The selection process will start sometime in early fall.

Benefits:

  • Guarenteed Entry
  • Personalized Training
  • Coach Bus to the Start of the Race on race morning
  • Group Training runs in the Boston area
  • Customized web page for on line donations
  • Team Uniform
  • Pre Race Dinner
  • Post Race Party

Signing this application only serves to verify that you’re human. It doesn’t guarantee you a spot on the team or oblige you to participate if you are selected for the team.

If you’re having trouble with the application, or have questions about the team, please contact Elizabeth Mauldin atelizabeth@run4projectpurple.org.

Red Sox Foundation

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.

The Red Sox Foundation has won a number of awards including Major League Baseball’s first-ever MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project Patterson Award as “Best Team Charity in Sports.” We are honored to partner with the BAA and 100% of the proceeds raised through our charitable team’s participation in the Boston Marathon will be used to support the Red Sox Scholars program and RBI youth softball/baseball programs. For more information about our nonprofit cornerstone programs, please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org. We thank the BAA and all of the Red Sox Foundation’s Marathon runners and those who support them – with each mile, you are helping to close the opportunity gap for disadvantaged youth in our community.

Gena Borson
redsoxfoundation@redsox.com
617-226-6440

Run to End Alzheimer’s

As part of our team, you will receive:

Training Support
Receive a personal training program tailored for your running level, professional coaching, and fully-supported weekly team runs through the training season.

Fundraising Support
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.

Team Gear
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.

Team Recognition
Including special get-togethers during the training season, a pre-race recognition banquet and post-race celebration.

Fundraising
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 $7,500 per runner for non-qualified entrants and $1,750 for those who secured their own entry.

Team Brookline

Team Brookline is the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team. Established in 2012 by the Town and managed by Brookline Community Mental Health Center, the team benefits four local charities that play an integral role in strengthening and enriching our community: Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, and Brookline Teen Center. Since the program’s inception, Team Brookline runners have raised more than $650,000 – an amazing accomplishment that has made a true impact in the lives of all who live, work and study in Brookline.

Questions about Team Brookline? Interested in sponsoring the team or volunteering? Please contact team manager, Greta Teller.

Are you a runner with a passion for mental health? Want to run the 2016 Boston Marathon to expand access to care for adults and children in our community? As a member of Team Brookline, you’ll receive:

  • Official 2016 Boston Marathon number
  • Individualized coaching and training
  • Personalized fundraising support
  • Weekly training runs on the race course
  • Camaraderie of training with a team
  • Fulfillment of running for a great cause!

Applications due September 30, 2015. Please select Brookline Community Mental Health Center as the referring charity on your application.

Tenacity, Inc.

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.

Caroline Lane
caroline.lane@comcast.net
508-259-3594 or 617-562-0900

Tenacity will field a team of 15 charity runners. The minimum fundraising requirement to be considered for the team is to raise $5,000 by April 18, 2016. Tenacity Marathon Team runners typically raise $7,500 on average.

Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center is a world-class, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Located in downtown Boston, Tufts Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for adults and children and is the principal teaching hospital for the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Founded in 1796 as the Boston Dispensary, Tufts Medical Center is the oldest permanent medical facility in New England and one of the first hospitals in the nation. For more than 200 years, Tufts Medical Center has pioneered innovative programs in clinical care, biomedical research, education and health care delivery.

Team Tufts MC aims to raise funds through the Boston Marathon to support our mission to heal, to comfort, to teach, to learn, and to seek the knowledge to promote health and prevent disease. We dedicate ourselves to furthering our rich tradition of health care innovation, leadership, charity and the highest standard of care and service to all in our community.

Lauren Tedeschi
Development Coordinator, Events
ltedeschi@tuftsmedicalcenter.org
617-636-8974

Members of Team Tufts MC you will enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • Personalized training and nutrition assistance from our experienced team Coach
  • Team Tufts MC running singlet and runner gift
  • Team social outings and pre-marathon pasta dinner
  • Fundraising incentives
  • The ability to make a huge impact on the lives of our patients and their families

Minimum Fundraising: $5,000

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