Mass. Nonprofits Raise Millions through 118th Boston Marathon
April 22, 2014 More than 130 Massachusetts nonprofits fielded runners in Mondays 118th running of the Boston Marathon, supported by thousands of volunteers and donors, to raise millions of dollars for causes focused on health and wellness, youth, education, homelessness, disability, and civic life.
The Boston Athletic Association
, a nonprofit that seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle through the support of charity, youth, and year-round running programs, and organizer of the annual running event, had expected 30 charities to raise more than $13 million.
John Hancock Financial Services, the Marathons principal sponsor, through its Marathon Non-Profit Program donated guaranteed entry 'bibs'the race numbers that runners would otherwise have to qualify forto nonprofit organizations.
More than 1,000 runners and 100 organizations participated in John Hancock's 29th annual nonprofit program. As of midday today, the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program had raised $25.5 million. Last year, its Marathon Program, its most successful till then, raised $7.8 million.
This years surge in fundraising and participation, including 36,000 runners, 8,000 more than last year, cheered on by a record number of onlookers and supporters who lined the 26.2 mile route that started in Hopkinton, was widely seen as a defiant response to last years bombing at the finish line in Boston, which killed three spectators and injured an estimated 264 others.
Here are some of the nonprofits that raised funds via yesterday's Marathon:
Boston nonprofits Lingzi Foundation
, formed to perpetuate the life example of Lu Lingzi, who was killed at last years Marathon, and Discovering Justice
, which has a mission to prepare young people to value the justice system, jointly raised $29,502 from 90 donors who supported three runners.
The Melanoma Foundation New England
, which aims to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region, has participated in the Marathon for 12 years and expected to raise more than $400,000 this time around. Its team included 50 charity and qualified runners, thousands of donors, and 30 volunteers.
College Bound Dorchester
, a nonprofit that aims to equip students living in the Dorchester section of Boston with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college, part of a training group of 13 charities called the Marathon Coalition that jointly expected to raise more than $1 million, projected that it would raise $60,000 itself through the efforts of 10 runners, including three board members, 500 donors, and countless" volunteers.
Bostons Pine Street Inn
, which provides housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to homeless men and women, a 10-year Marathon participant, had five runners in the race who expected to raise more than $25,000.
This year marked the fourth time that the Trinity Boston Foundation
, which works to unlock opportunity for Boston youth, raised funds through the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program. The nonprofit had 12 runners, supported by 418 donors, who raised about $72,000.
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
, which works to ensure that children, youth, and families have the resources and supports they need to achieve greater economic success and social well-being, marked its third time in the Marathon with two runners supported by 180 donors who gave $21,000.
Medicines for Humanity
, a Rockland-based organization dedicated to saving the lives of children in impoverished communities worldwide, expected to raise between $28,000 and $30,000 in its third running of the Marathon. Its team of eight runners raised the funds through pledges and from a Pub Night and Raffle event. They were supported by a professional running coach, two people from the organization's Development Department, plus four primary volunteers.
, a Somerville-based nonprofit that is working to end domestic violence, whose team could not cross the finish line last year when the race was shut down due to the bombings, had five runners breeze past the Boylston Street finish line on Monday. Four volunteers and 350 runners helped the organization raise $23,000, the most since it began running the race seven years ago.
Wake Up Narcolepsy
, a Worcester-based nonprofit that promotes research about and awareness of narcolepsy, an autoimmune neurological sleep disorder, running for the fifth consecutive year raised $81,251 from 614 donors who backed a team of 14 runners.
Mass Mentoring Partnership
, a statewide organization based in Boston that aims to provide quality mentoring to youth, projected that it would raise $70,000 in its fourth Marathon fundraiser based on the efforts of 12 runners, 697 donors, and 14 staff volunteers on race day.
Healthworks Community Fitness
, a nonprofit based in the Dorchester section of Boston that provides high-quality fitness opportunities and health education for women and children in low-income neighborhoods, raised nearly $50,000 in its second Marathon fundraiser. Four runners and three alternate runners were backed by eight volunteers and 420 donors.
, a national nonprofit based in Boston that partners with middle schools to lengthen the school day for children in low-income communities, with a goal to raise $20,000 logged $31,827 as of today and expects to end up with about $35,000 by the end of May. Five people ran in the organizations third time running the race, supported by 317 donors from around the United States and Canada, thousands of donors, and 100 volunteers.
Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter
, based in Watertown, which participates every year in the Boston Marathon, raised a record $434,000 through the efforts of 48 runners from around the United States and Canada, who were backed by several thousand donors and 100 volunteers.
A team of six runners, including two who weren't able to finish last years Marathon, ran for Friends of the Public Garden
, which works to protect and improve the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, raising $27,321 primarily through individual contributions.
, a womens giving circle that supports Greater Boston nonprofits, supported Marathon charity runners by posting links for 110 runners and 46 different charities to inspire giving to all charity runners. During the time the links were active on SheGives Roll Call, an additional $219,819, including $54,114 for the One Fund and $11,676 for the Martin Richard Foundation, was raised, much of which SheGives attributes to its efforts.
Boston based Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries
, which helps individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency achieve independence and dignity through work, raised $95,000 to benefit its Youth Initiative, the tenth year it has raised funds through the Marathon. The organization fielded 24 runners, who were supported by more than 100 donors.
The Ellie Fund
, based in Needham, which provides support services to women suffering from breast cancer and their family members across Massachusetts, raised $16.805 via the efforts of two runners and nearly 200 donors through fundraising events that included spinning classes, concerts, and a bowling party.
in Boston, part of a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and others to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, raised $41,000 in funds to support 10 runners in its its fourth running of the Marathon.
, which represents four charitable organizations in the townthe Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, and Brookline Teen Centeras of today had raised $243,000 of a projected $260,000 through the efforts of 41 runners, 65 volunteers and 2,646 donors. This is the second year that Team Brookline raised money to support the selected charities as part of a formal Boston Marathon team.