About The One Fund
One Fund Boston is a 501c3 organization started on April 16, 2013 at the direction of Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to help those most affected by the Marathon bombings. The outpouring of support was overwhelming. The Fund collected and distributed nearly $61 million in 75 days to over 230 victims and survivors. 100% of all donations were dispersed, with no overhead expenses, thanks to the extraordinary efforts made by volunteers, and companies who offered pro bono professional services.
The mission of the Fund continued, and the organization entered its next phase of building community, coordinating programs and services and collecting donations to help meet the significant ongoing needs of the survivor community. On September 2, 2014, the One Fund Boston distributed an additional $18.5 million in cash gifts to survivors and victim's families. This second cash distribution meant that a total of over $80 million in cash gifts, support programs and services were distributed by the One Fund Boston. This effort was made possible by unprecedented donations from more than 200,000 individuals, corporations and charitable foundations across all 50 states and more than 60 countries.
In addition to the cash gifts, the One Fund Boston gave $1.5 million to establish the One Fund Center. It is located at Massachusetts General Hospital with Massachusetts Eye & Ear and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in collaboration with the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and drawing on the experience and expertise of the Home Base Program. The Center's two-year mission is to provide personalized care and support for those injured in the Marathon bombings and their families, evaluate and address the limitations created by the invisible wounds, such as hearing loss, tinnitus and mental health, and work toward maximizing survivors' lifetime potential through proven programs and innovative treatments.