The Boston Marathon has 41 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.
Bill Greene / Globe Staff
Most marathoners run for a reason. For a select bunch at the 2021 Boston Marathon, that reason will be one of the
Boston Athletic Association’s 41 official charities.
Established in 1989, the
BAA’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.
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.
Many charities are returning from the
2019 Boston Marathon — such as Back on My Feet Boston and Boston Children’s Hospital. New charities include Community Rowing, Inc., Herren Project, John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, MEB Foundation, TB12 Foundation, and Thompson Island Outward Bound.
Martin Richard Foundation and Scholar Athletes were on the charity list in 2019, but did not return for 2021.
Donations can be made to any of the 41 teams through individual organization pages online. Here’s the list and links for the marathon charity teams:
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
Community Rowing, Inc.
Cycle Kids, Inc.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Doug Flutie Foundation
Girls on the Run Greater Boston
Good Sports, Inc.
John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton
Leukemia & Lymphona Society
Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Michael Lisnow Respite Center
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New England Patriots Foundation
Red Sox Foundation
Semper Fi Fund
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Trinity Boston Foundation
Thompson Island Outward Bound
Tufts Medical Center
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