Fighting for a world where women live

Boldly & Fearlessly


of women have been harassed while running


women are assaulted every day

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1 in 3 women experience sexual violence in their lifetime

Vanessa's Story

On a summer afternoon, Vanessa left her family home to go for a short walk. She was tragically killed by an act of violence. Her attacker is imprisoned for her murder.

Vanessa’s senseless death fuels our need to speak out. More than 600 women are assaulted each day. We need to fight back. We need to step up. We need to advocate for a world where women are safe and free to live boldly, which is what the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation is all about.

Our Mission

women have participated in our workshops
"Thanks for providing important safety & empowerment workshops!"
reported increased confidence and knowledge of safety measures from our workshops
"This self-defense workshop was great! The prevention strategies and hands-on practice give me confidence."
participants in our annual 5k run/walk
“This 5K is one of my favorites. It is FUN for both serious and recreational runners, and there is a great sense of community.”
raised for educational programs and organizations
“The programs you support make me more confident and give me PERSONAL POWER.” -Girls, Inc. participant

Our Impact

The Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation is proud to provide sponsorship and programming in the following areas:
  • Self-Defense Training for Women

    Instructing women on situational awareness, empowerment and practical self-defense techniques.

  • Mentorship & Programming for Young Girls

    Sponsorship of Project BOLD & Media Literacy at Girls Inc., offering personal safety and media-focused critical thinking curriculums.

  • Boys Programs

    Helping boys fend off future negative behaviors by addressing gender equality, promoting character-building skills, and teaching bystander intervention techniques.

  • Domestic Violence

    Providing financial and programming support to domestic violence organizations.

Upcoming Events

August 6 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Early College Worcester Academy

August 18 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Falmouth Road Race

October 12 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Boston 10K for Women