May 26, 2018
They Came, They Ran, They Raised Funds via the Marathon

April 18, 2017 — Massachusetts nonprofits ran and raised money for their organizations during the 121st running of the Boston Marathon yesterday – some for the first time, while others have raised funds before in tandem with the annual 26.1 mile run from Hopkinton to Boston.

Many nonprofit runners gained entry through the Official Charity Program of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), which organizes the annual event, and John Hancock’s Marathon Non-Profit Program, which provided guaranteed entry numbers (“bibs") to runners who did not have to meet timing qualifications. Many other organizations raised funds on their own by fielding runners in tandem with the Marathon.

Following are fundraising results reported by nonprofits as of noon today, with many still collecting additional funds.

New to the Boston Marathon was Boston-based Rosie’s Place, which fielded one runner, a longtime volunteer and recently-elected board member, who raised $13,655 from 21 donations from friends and family.

Also making its debut Marathon fundraiser this year was the Newton Food Pantry, which had one runner in the annual footrace. It collected $16,500 from 122 donors.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, which operates hospitals in Cambridge and Sandwich, had 80 runners, including two push rim athletes, on the course this year, raising $600,000 to date and expecting to surpass $615,000. This was the twelfth time the hospital raised funds through the Marathon, and this year relied on crowdrise pages, events, corporate sponsors, and donations from friends and family members. In addition, Spaulding hosted a Marathon Monday at the Mandarin event, which generated funds through ticket sales and a silent auction.

Casa Myrna in Boston raised $41,400 during its sixth running of the Boston Marathon as a John Hancock affiliated nonprofit team. Each of its three racers committed to raising $10,000, and each exceeded those goals. They solicited donations from more than 500 people with the support of Casa Myrna staff and volunteers.

Catholic Charities of Boston (CCAB), in its ninth time in the Marathon, raised $49,420, essentially meeting its $50,000 goal. Four of its five runners got bibs through the John Hancock program. Fundraising began last fall, when CCAB launched a digital marketing campaign on 2016 Giving Tuesday

Newton Schools Foundation blew past its goal to raise $5,000, posting twice that amount from 100 donors. The foundation had two runners this year, the third time it raised funds via the annual footrace.

Team Brookline raised $266,000 for five town nonprofits, based on the efforts of 33 runners, 25 volunteers, and 2,750 donors. Benefiting from the effort are the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, Brookline Teen Center, and the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Runners committed to raising at least $6,000 through their network; the estimated average raised per runner this year was more than $7,500.

College Bound Dorchester, based in Boston, had three people running in the Marathon, the fifth time it joined the event to raise fund. The nonprofit, engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising, raised $17,000 from 67 donors and expects the total to go higher.

Cardinal Cushing Centers, which has sites in Hanover and Braintree, raised funds for the fourth consecutive year via yesterday's run, so far generating $70,948. Four runners who took part in the John Hancock program raised funds, relying on direct solicitation, using e-mail and social media campaigns, as well as special events. The organization sent out two e-mail blasts to its constituents and included a story on its Marathon team in the Cushing Connector, a biannual newspaper that was inserted into 20,000 local newspapers and direct mailed to top supporters.

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), based in Boston, raised $19,710 and expected to reach $20,000 soon. MMP, which has taken part in the John Hancock program since 2011, received two charity bibs this year. Funds were raised from 200 donors via direct appeals, bar nights, raffles, and auctions.

Boston-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB), which has run the Marathon for the past nine years, fielded two runners this year, and raised $10,402 from 116 donors by reaching out to runners’ networks, and the BBBSMB network, and holding a runner-hosted fundraiser event.

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, which has locations in Boston and Quincy, (BCNC) had four runners in the field this year, the seventh time it has raised funds via the Marathon. So far it raised $26,113 from 417 donors, and expects more to come in. Each of four runners, two who qualified and two who received bibs through the John Hancock program, had an individual fundraising goal and raised funds through donations, events, company matching gifts, and individual/business sponsorship.

City Year Boston, based in Boston, a John Hancock charity for the third consecutive year, raised $60,458 from 477 donors as of this morning. Five runners raised funds through individual contributions from friends, family, and colleagues, including some matching gifts from donor workplaces.

Museum of Science, Boston, in its eighth year as a BAA community partner, aimed to raise $100,000, and so far had raised $105,546 from 250 donors. It said it expects to reach $110,000. The 17 runners used peer-to-peer fundraising strategies to complete their $6,000 fundraising minimum. The museum, which dedicates two staffers to this annual fundraiser, is a member of the Marathon Coalition, a branch of other local charity teams, which organizes Saturday morning training runs and provides water, sports drinks, and snacks.

Horizons for Homeless Children in Roxbury, which has run the Marathon for 17 years, had 10 runners in this year's race and raised $103,837 from more than 600 donors, and expects $116,000 in total. Runners hosted fundraisers and reached out to their personal networks to raise money for the team.

Roxbury-based Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries projects that it will raise $110,000 from 1,200 donors as a BAA Official Charity Partner, the thirteenth consecutive year it fielded a Boston Marathon team. Goodwill’s Running for Great Kids team had 22 runners on Monday, who raised money for its Youth Initiative program.

JDRF New England Chapter, based in Wellesley Hills, had eight runners in this year's Boston Marathon, who were supported by two coaches and the JDRF staff, and as of today had raised $160,000. This was the sixth year that JDRF had runners take on the 26.1 mile course.

The Dimock Center in Roxbury, participating in the Marathon for the second year, raised $44,549 to date from 300 donors, beating its $40,000 goal. It received four bibs through the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program and had one race qualifier on the team.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) in Boston, with two runners in the race, has raised $3,433 from 54 donors so far, and expects more funds to come in. Five volunteers supported the runners, each of whom had a fundraising page on the MSPCC website. Runners reached out to their personal contacts, and the organization promoted their efforts through its website and social media.

Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence raised $40,225 from 404 donors on the legs of four runners in yesterday's Boston Marathon, but will be collecting funds through the end of April. Funds were raised through individual donations.

The Children's Room (TCR), based in Arlington, blew past its $90,000 goal to raise $131,000 from 820 donors. This was the seventh year that TCR participated in the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, fielding eight runners on Monday. Two marathon coaches volunteered their time to coach the TCR team. In addition to runners holding their own events and collecting donations from individuals; TCR hosted a silent auction fundraiser.

The Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership in Boston, which has raised funds via the Marathon every year since 2007, projected that it will raise $63,000 this time from 500 donors. Five runners beat the pavement yesterday for the organization.

The following 32 charities comprised the BAA’s Official Charity Program:
  • American Liver Foundation, N.E. Chapter
  • The American Red Cross of Massachusetts
  • The American Stroke Association – Tedy’s Team
  • Back on My Feet Boston
  • Boston Bruins Foundation
  • Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Camp Shriver at UMass Boston Center for Social Development & Education
  • Cops for Kids with Cancer
  • CYCLE Kids
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Doug Flutie Foundation
  • Dream Big!
  • Girls on the Run Greater Boston
  • Hale Reservation
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Melanoma Foundation of New England
  • MetroWest YMCA
  • The Michael Lisnow Respite Center
  • Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • New England Patriots Foundation
  • Red Sox Foundation
  • Roxbury Community College Foundation
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Tenacity, Inc.
  • Trinity Boston Foundation
  • Tufts Medical Center

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