The Boston Marathon has 36 official charity teams. Here’s how you can donate to them.

From the American Liver Foundation to Tufts Medical Center.

Charity runner for Children's Hospital relaxes inside the masonic Lodge in downtown Hopkinton on April 17, 2017.
Charity runner for Children's Hospital relaxes inside the masonic Lodge in downtown Hopkinton on April 17, 2017. –Bill Greene / Globe Staff

Most marathoners run for a reason. For a select bunch at the 2019 Boston Marathon, that reason will be one of the Boston Athletic Association’s 36 official charities.

Established in 1989, the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program provides entries to nonprofit organizations. The organizations then recruit runners, who must fundraise a minimum of $5,000 each. 

“It’s a very important part of the work we do and is one of the ways the B.A.A. is able to give back to the eight cities and towns along the route that do so much to support us,” said Nicole Juri, the B.A.A.’s manager of charity and community partnerships.


The 2018 charity runners raised $19.2 million, according to a July press release by the B.A.A. Combined with other fundraising, including the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the 2018 Boston Marathon raised a total of $36.6 million.

All participating charities focus on health, fitness, and the local community, with causes ranging from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s research initiatives to the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance to Armed Forces injured in combat after 9/11.

Donations can be made to any of the 36 teams through individual organization pages online. Here’s the list and links for the marathon charity teams:

261 Fearless

American Liver Foundation

American Red Cross of Massachusetts

Back on My Feet Boston

Boston Athletic Association Charity Team

Boston Bruins Foundation

Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Camp Shriver at UMass Boston

Cycle Kids, Inc.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Doug Flutie Foundation

Dream Big!

Esplanade Association

Girls on the Run Greater Boston

Good Sports, Inc.

Hale Reservation

Impact Melanoma

Leukemia & Lymphona Society

Martin Richard Foundation

Metrowest YMCA

Michael Lisnow Respite Center

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

New England Patriots Foundation

Red Sox Foundation

Scholar Athletes

Semper Fi Fund

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital



Tedy’s Team

Tenacity, Inc.

Trinity Boston Foundation

Tufts Medical Center


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