The philanthropic arm of the team, the Red Sox Foundation is committed to using the power of Red Sox Nation to create new and strengthened community partnerships that will improve the lives of children and adults across New England. The Foundation's efforts are primarily focused on improving health, educational and recreational opportunities, as well as social service programs in urban neighborhoods.
Initially funded through generous donations from the team's owners and partners, the Red Sox Foundation is a 501c3 federally recognized nonprofit, and the cornerstone of Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President/CEO Larry Lucchino's charitable commitment to this community and families throughout New England. Support from Red Sox players, their wives, corporate partners and fans offered through special events like the first annual "Welcome Home Party" and "Picnic in the Park" underscore the community commitment shared by the team and our fans.
Indeed, the strong sense of teamwork shared by Red Sox supporters and the team's corporate partners has helped the Red Sox Foundation generate over $50 million in donations to a wide variety of charities and non-profit programs over the past ten years. Although a relatively new player on Boston's philanthropic scene, the Red Sox Foundation has already become the largest sports foundation in New England and in all of Major League Baseball.
The Red Sox Foundation is committed not only to continuing the team's long standing charitable partnerships, like the Jimmy Fund's support for ground breaking research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, but also to creating news ones, like the Red Sox partnership with the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury and the Red Sox Scholars program, which provides college scholarships to academically talented by economically deprived Boston public school students. At the suggestion of John Henry, the Red Sox Foundation has also extended its outreach to children in group homes, or what were once called orphanages, in each New England state.
The Red Sox Foundation also funds youth baseball programs for over 700 children and inner city teens through the Red Sox Foundation RBI program. In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation and team owners were honored as the "Best Sports Charity" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.
In September 2009, the Red Sox Foundation launched a major new program to serve New England based veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress and their families. This new initiative is called the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program and is a philanthropic partnership between the Red Sox team charity and MGH's world-renowned medical professionals in Boston. The goal of the program is to provide evaluations and treatment to local veterans with PTSD and TBI (in addition to care that may be available to veterans the VA); family counseling and outreach for family members of veterans affected by these two conditions; ongoing research to improve treatments and community education of health workers, clergy, social workers, human resource providers and others. More information about the Red Sox Foundation and the new Home Base Program can be found on www.redsoxfoundation.org. The Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation is Red Sox Senior Vice President/Corporate Relations Meg Vaillancourt.