Colin's Joy Project

Colin seated
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Colin’s Joy Project was formed by the McGrath family in 2018 after the death of 2-year-old Colin McGrath. Colin’s life was full of love and laughter, and he lived every minute to the fullest.

The mission of Colin's Joy Project is to enhance play spaces and sponsor children and family programming in the South Boston and surrounding communities. Colin's Joy Project has several active play space projects in development in South Boston inspired by Colin's Creativity Squad, an initiative that engages children in the community to design their own exciting, creative play spaces.

Knowing that longitudinal relationships were key to building Colin’s legacy, the McGrath family and Colin's Joy Project formed multiple partnerships with community-based non-profit organizations that support children and family programming. Since 2019, Colin’s Joy Project has donated over $1.2M through these partnerships, fulfilling their mission to bring joy to families the way Colin brought joy to all who knew him.


Colin playground

A donation to Colin’s Joy Project will support these long-lasting partnerships and future play space projects. Learn more about our work on our website,, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@colinsjoyproject) for updates!

Checks may be made payable to The Boston Foundation with “Colin’s Joy” in the memo line, and mailed to: The Boston Foundation, P.O. Box 843027, Boston, MA 02284-3027. Should you be interested in gifting securities or other assets in support of the fund, please contact Julie Smith-Bartoloni at