John Hancock Announces 2018 Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program Fundraising Partners


Charities have changed the way our sport operates.

In the US, charities in running events were a big concern in the 1970s and 1980s. During the 1980s, some runners and events reached out to charities and by the 1990s, events like the Rock N Roll series built events around the base of thousands of charities runners.

John Hancock provides a list of approved non-profit charities for fundraising. At @runblogrun, we like that. We do remember a simpler day, but we also appreciate that runners of this generation like to do more with their running, and that John Hancock and other organizations have reached out to provide runners with an approved list of charities makes lots of sense!

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John Hancock Announces 2018 Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program Fundraising Partners

BOSTON, MA, September 21, 2017 -- John Hancock, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon for more than 30 years, today named the organizations in its Non-Profit Program that will receive guaranteed race entries for the 2018 Boston Marathon. The organizations use these entries to recruit runners who will raise money on their behalf in advance of the 122nd Marathon on April 16, 2018.

This year 131 organizations were allocated entries. A complete list is attached below.

"We take great pride in the significant community support we generate through our sponsorship of the Boston Marathon, and we're pleased to partner with some of the most impactful community agencies and organizations in greater Boston," said Tom Crohan, AVP & Counsel, John Hancock. "Our Non-Profit Program offers organizations a unique platform to raise money and awareness for their causes, and we look forward to another successful year."

In 2017, runners with bibs obtained through John Hancock raised $12.3 million for their causes, with an average of $11,646 raised per bib in the Non-Profit Program.

Up to and including the 2017 race, the official Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Charity Program and John Hancock's Non-Profit Program have combined to raise more than $297 million for community-based organizations.

As part of John Hancock's program, the company provides its non-profit partners with onsite informational sessions, runner recruitment best practices, fundraising support, and runner safety tips. John Hancock also is continuing to utilize a centralized online fundraising platform on CrowdRise™,, with reduced pricing for all of its partners.

In order to become a John Hancock Non-Profit Partner, organizations must demonstrate the capacity and infrastructure to support their runners in the fundraising and training efforts, and commit to raising a minimum of $5,000 for each invitational entry received through this exclusive program.

In 2018, employees of John Hancock and Manulife will raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, the Ron Burton Training Village, and Easter Seals Camp Programs.


John Hancock 2018 Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program Fundraising Partners

826 Boston, Inc.

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 Inc

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 Inc.

Camp Harbor View Foundation

Camp Kita Inc

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 Childrens Fund

Doc Wayne Youth Services Inc

Dreamfar High School Marathon

Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House

Ethan Lindberg Foundation Inc

Expect Miracles Foundation

Family Aid Boston

Family Reach Foundation

Fenway Community Health Center, Inc.

Fisher House Of Boston Inc

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, Inc

Horizons for Homeless Children

House of Possibilities

James W Foley Legacy Foundation Inc

Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation

Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation

Joslin Diabetes Center

Journey Forward

Jumpstart for Young Children

Last Call Foundation Inc

Lawrence Boys Club & Girls Club Inc

Lazarus House

Learning Prep School

Lovin Spoonfuls Inc

Make a Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Inc.

Many Hopes Inc

Mass Mentoring Partnership

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund

Massage Therapy Foundation Inc


Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Minds Matter Boston

More Than Words Inc

Nashoba Learning Group

National Braille Press

New England Baptist Hospital

New England Center For Children Inc

Next Generation Of Giving And Philanthropy Inc

Next Step

One Mission

One Summit Inc

Pedro Martinez Charity


Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project

Project Hope Inc

Rett Syndrome Association Of Massachusetts Inc

Rodman Ride for Kids

Ronald McDonald House Boston Harbor (Formerly Home Away)

Samaritans Inc

Silver Lining Mentoring Inc

South Boston Neighborhood House Inc

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 Inc

Team Impact

The 15-40 Connection Inc

The Children's Room

The Dimock Center

The Dream Program, Inc.

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 Inc

Travis Roy Foundation

Tufts University

UMass Memorial Foundation (ALS Cellucci Fund)

United Service Organizations, Inc.

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 Inc


Youth Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Youth Enrichment Services Inc

About John Hancock and Manulife

John Hancock is a division of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were over $1 trillion (US$780 billion) as of June 30, 2017. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at

One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports approximately 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, college savings plans, and certain forms of business insurance. We also offer advice through Signator, a network of independent financial advisors. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at

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