January 22, 2019
Nonprofit Marathoners Brave the Elements for Worthy Causes

April 17, 2018 — Undeterred by cool temperatures, intermittent torrential rain, and persistent headwinds, more than 1,000 people ran in yesterday's Boston Marathon on behalf of more than 165 Massachusetts nonprofits, using the event to generate funds projected to exceed $30 million.

Thirty-four nonprofits participated in the Official Charity Program of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), a Boston nonprofit that seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running, which organizes the annual event.

Another 131 nonprofits raised funds via the Non-Profit Program of John Hancock, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Runners for these nonprofits did not have to meet timing qualifications for the 122nd Boston Marathon, as do other participants.

An undetermined number of other nonprofits raised funds on their own by fielding runners outside of the BAA and Hancock programs.

Here's how some Massachusetts nonprofits fared on the fundraising front yesterday:

The Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association, based in Woburn, anticipated raising $13,000 from 172 donors who were supporting three runners yesterday, the ninth time the organization raised funds through the Marathon.

The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter, headquartered in Springfield, with offices in Springfield, Raynham, and Worcester, had raised $422,000 prior to yesterday's 26.1 mile sprint, and was optimistic it would meet its $500,000. Thirty-six runners, supported by a 40-member volunteer committee, raised funds from 2,500 donors via special events, email, social media, and a Team End Alz Crowdrise page.

Four runners raised $43,000 from 200 donors for Boston-based Catholic Charities of Boston, which has participated in the John Hancock Nonprofit Partner for many years. The organization, which expects to boost that total to $45,000, utilized Crowdrise to raise funds, and drew on support from its Giving Tuesday and March Marathon Madness campaigns.

Friendship Home in Norwell put two runners on the trail yesterday, who raised $11,678 from 108 donors. This was the fourth time the nonprofit raised funds via the Marathon. A key component of its fundraising effort was soliciting online pledges to runners' donation pages.

This marked the seventh consecutive year that Boston-based Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) raised funds through the Marathon. So far it has raised $22,000 from 215 donors who supported two runners, who were backed up by 20 volunteers and MMP staff. The runners tapped personal networks and MMP helped plan a series of bar nights, matching challenges, and giveaways.

The Children's Room, based in Arlington, which has engaged in Marathon fundraising since 2010, fielded seven runners, supported by two coaches, raised $130,000 through their own efforts from 922 donors.

Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover raised $72,053, and still counting, based on the efforts of six runners who generated funds through direct solicitation of their networks using email and social media as well as special events, including selling Super Bowl Squares. The organization also included a story on its Marathon team in the Cushing Connector, a biannual newspaper that gets inserted into 20,000 local newspapers and direct mailed to top supporters. Its Cafe donated proceeds from chocolate chip cookies sales and its art program hosted a lobby sale at a company where one of its runners works.

This marks the seventeenth year Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Boston has raised funds via the Marathon, this time yielding $750,000 from 4,795 donors who supported 76 runners. Funds were raised through peer-to-peer fundraising, supported by BMC leadership and corporate giving.

Bay Cove Human Services in Boston raised $87,617 from 509 donors, toward their $90,000 goal, based on the efforts of six runners. Runners raised funds by soliciting donations from their friends, families, and other contacts.

Two runners for Boston-based Year Up raised $43,105 from 200 donors. They, too, solicited their personal networks, used social media to promote their campaign, and reached out to current Year Up supporters to ask them to donate.

The TargetCancer Foundation in Cambridge raised $58,480 as of today in its fourth year fundraising through the Marathon. About 245 donors supported three runners.

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center in Boston posted $28,145 in funds raised during its seventh Marathon fundraiser. Two runners were backed by about 100 donors.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) in Boston expected to raise $2,200 in its second year of Marathon fundraising, based on one runner supported by 33 donors. MSPCC sent emails and used Facebook posts to family, friends, and coworkers who donated directly through a personal fundraising page on MSPCC's website. ORG

MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown put three runners in the race to raise $15,800 from 200 donors. This was the organization's eighth year participating in Marathon fundraising. Runners reached out to friends, family, and their communities, and hosted a number of fundraising events

Team Brookline, which supports The Brookline Center, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, the Brookline Teen Center, fielded 34 runners who jointly raised $269,000 from 3,100 donors. This was Team Brookline's sixth Boston Marathon team, and was supported by 30 volunteers.

JDRF New England Chapter based in Wellesley Hills, in its seventh Marathon fundraiser, so far has raised $147,000 raised via eight runners, who raised money online and via social media and letter writing campaigns in addition to organizing various fundraising evenings and events.

United South End Settlements in Boston raised $11,475 in its third year participating in the Boston Marathon, sponsoring two runners, who were backed by 108 donors.

Eleven runners raised $141,081 for Horizons For Homeless Children in Roxbury. The funds were provided by 700 donors. Funds were raised through Crowdrise pages, small events runners held with their personal networks, and by emails to donors asking for support.

United Way of Tri-County in Framingham, in its second year of Marathon fundraising, raised, $6,461for its Call2Talk program, based on the efforts of two runners.

St. Francis House in Boston, participating for the seventh year in the Boston Marathon with five runners, raised $100,100 from 317 donors, surpassing its goal of $75,000. Helping to generate the funds were a Race to The Finish Line marathon-themed cocktail party honoring the five runners, team sponsorships, fundraising by the five runners, and other donations.

Boston Partners in Education in Boston expected to raise $30,000 in its seventh year with the Boston Marathon. This time three runners raised funds over five months from 240 donors, relying on special events, peer to peer fundraising, and the CrowdRise website, our runners raised money.

Last year, 32 participating nonprofits raised $17.96 million via the BAA Official Charity Program. The 34 nonprofits fielding runners this year were:
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • American Liver Foundation, N.E. Division
  • American Red Cross of Massachusetts
  • American Stroke Association - Tedy’s Team
  • Back on My Feet Boston
  • Boston Bruins Foundation
  • Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Camp Shriver at UMass Boston
  • Cops for Kids with Cancer
  • CYCLE Kids
  • Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
  • Dream Big!
  • Girls on the Run Greater Boston
  • Hale Reservation
  • IMPACT Melanoma
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Massachusetts Chapter
  • Martin Richard Foundation - Team MR8
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • MetroWest YMCA
  • Michael Lisnow Respite Center
  • Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter
  • New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
  • Red Sox Foundation
  • Roxbury Community College Foundation
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Tenacity
  • Trinity Boston Foundation
  • Tufts Medical Center
Last year, organizations running via the John Hancock Non-Profit Program raised $12.3 million, an average of $11,646 raised per bib. Participating this year were:
  • 826 Boston
  • Ace Bailey Children's Foundation
  • ALS Association of Massachusetts
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston
  • Autism Speaks
  • Bay Cove Human Services
  • Be Like Brit Foundation
  • Best Buddies
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Bill Belichick Foundation
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • Boston Debate League
  • Boston Globe Foundation
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Partners in Education
  • Boston Police Foundation
  • Bottom Line
  • Boys and Girls Club - West End House
  • buildOn
  • Camp Harbor View Foundation
  • Camp Kita
  • Cardinal Cushing Centers
  • Casa Myrna Vazquez
  • Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston
  • City Year
  • CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation
  • Corey C Griffin Charitable Foundation
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • David Ortiz Children's Fund
  • Doc Wayne Youth Services
  • Dreamfar High School Marathon
  • Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House
  • Ethan Lindberg Foundation
  • Expect Miracles Foundation
  • Family Aid Boston
  • Family Reach Foundation
  • Fenway Community Health Center
  • Fisher House Of Boston
  • Flying Kites
  • Foundation to Be Named Later
  • Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation
  • Golf Fights Cancer
  • Gronk Nation Youth Foundation
  • Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) [For Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA)]
  • Homestart
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • House of Possibilities
  • James W Foley Legacy Foundation
  • Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation
  • Joe Andruzzi Foundation
  • Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Journey Forward
  • Jumpstart for Young Children
  • Last Call Foundation
  • Lawrence Boys Club & Girls Club
  • Lazarus House
  • Learning Prep School
  • Lovin' Spoonfuls
  • Make a Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Many Hopes
  • Mass Mentoring Partnership
  • Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund
  • Massage Therapy Foundation
  • MDA
  • Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
  • Minds Matter Boston
  • More Than Words
  • Nashoba Learning Group
  • National Braille Press
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • New England Center For Children
  • Next Generation Of Giving And Philanthropy
  • Next Step
  • One Mission
  • One Summit
  • Pedro Martinez Charity
  • Playworks
  • Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project
  • Project Hope
  • Rett Syndrome Association Of Massachusetts
  • Rodman Ride for Kids
  • Ronald McDonald House Boston Harbor (Formerly Home Away)
  • Samaritans
  • Silver Lining Mentoring
  • South Boston Neighborhood House
  • South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation
  • Special Olympics Massachusetts
  • St. Francis House
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - Southern New England Affiliate
  • Targetcancer Foundation
  • Team Impact
  • The 15-40 Connection
  • The Children's Room
  • The Dimock Center
  • The Dream Program
  • The Ellie Fund
  • The Herren Project
  • The Hole in the Wall Gang
  • The Hoyt Foundation
  • The Lenny Zakim Fund
  • The Light Foundation
  • The McCourt Foundation
  • The Play Brigade
  • The Walker Home and School
  • Title IX Girls Running Club
  • Travis Roy Foundation
  • Tufts University
  • UMass Memorial Foundation (ALS Cellucci Fund)
  • United Service Organizations
  • United South End Settlements
  • United States Fund For Unicef
  • University of Massachusetts (Krystal Campbell)
  • Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation
  • Wake Up Narcolepsy
  • Wediko Children's Services
  • Year Up
  • YMCA
  • Youth Advocacy Foundation
  • Youth Enrichment Services

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