Colin's Joy Project

Colin seated
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Colin’s Joy Project began after the unexpected death of Colin McGrath in July 2018, just before his 3rd birthday.

 His life was full of love, laughter, curiosity, and learning. Always playing, singing, dancing, and asking questions, Colin lived every minute of his brief time with us to the fullest. His laughing eyes, beautiful curls, hilarious voice, and sense of adventure will never be forgotten. His smile made everyone's heart happy.

Though the grief Colin’s family felt was insurmountable, the uprising of kindness they experienced in the wake of his death was comforting and moving. Family, friends, and complete strangers rallied together to lift up the McGrath family and they were inspired to honor his spirit by creating a legacy of JOY in his name.

Colin playground

Since Colin's death, the McGrath family started Colin's Joy Project, which is focused on giving back and creating joy for children and families in Boston. Colin’s Joy Project at the Boston Foundation will be used to make grants that will rebuild local play spaces and fund family-focused programming.

To learn more about Colin’s Joy Project, please visit 

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