The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $95 million to support programs serving children and families across New England. A 501c3 nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises most of its funds through special events and charitable donations. The Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2017, Red Sox Foundation will celebrate its 15th Anniversary Year of Making a Difference.
The Jimmy Fund
For more than 64 years, the Red Sox relationship with the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been the model for sports teams. Over $114 million has been raised in partnership with the Red Sox since 2002 to fund life-saving cancer research.
Red Sox Scholars Program
The Red Sox Scholars, presented by BID, is a college scholarship and enrichment program managed by the Red Sox Foundation. With the selection of the newest class in April of 2016, the Red Sox Foundation has opened the doors of opportunity to 262 academically talented, economically disadvantaged students from the Boston Public School District. Selected to the program in middle school, the Red Sox Foundation awards each Scholar a $10,000 college scholarship. In addition to the scholarship funds, becoming a Red Sox Scholar offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects, enrichment activities, and career exploration field trips throughout middle and high school.
RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities)
The goal of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is to increase participation in baseball and softball, encourage school attendance and achievement, develop self-esteem and life skills, instill values of teamwork, tolerance, and respect for others and teach safe and healthy choices to at-risk youth. Organized by the Red Sox Foundation, the RBI program serves 700 inner-city boys and girls, aged 9-18, from Brighton, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, the North and South Ends, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, and West Roxbury. In addition to the sport itself, the Red Sox Foundation program underscores the importance of good decision-making. We seek to ensure that every boy or girl participating in the program will have a stronger sense of themselves and their future potential.
New England Service Scholarships
The Red Sox Foundation oversees the New England Red Sox Scholarship awarding $1,000 college scholarships to talented public high school seniors who have shown an exceptional commitment to community service in all New England states. In 2016, the Red Sox Foundation will award a total of 145 scholarships to high school seniors in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut.
Massachusetts Little League Initiative
In celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary in 2014, the Red Sox Foundation announced a partnership with Massachusetts Little League to support all 200 leagues throughout the Commonwealth, which serves more than 67,500 children. Little League offers boys and girls between ages 5 and 18 the opportunity to participate in baseball and softball, regardless of their athletic abilities. Each year, the Foundation helps to assist leagues with uniforms, support their Division Tournament and the MA Little League Volunteer of the Year Award presented at Fenway.
The Home Base Program, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Partnership:
The Home Base Program treats soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress—the invisible wounds of war. Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner originated the idea of the program and since its founding in 2009, the program has directly served more than 9,000 veterans and family members. Its clinical and community education programs have reached more than 25,000 clinicians and more than 1,800 school and community leaders.
The Dimock Center
The Dimock Center in Roxbury is Boston’s largest health and human services agency. Dimock ensures essential health services to Boston’s most vulnerable communities. For the past 13 years, The Red Sox Foundation has supported Dimock’s after-school programs, GED preparation, and behavioral health services.