In remembrance of the gift of life given by Josh Richards, the Joshua J. Richards Charitable Foundation raises awareness and actively supports the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation program. As Josh was an athlete, assistance is also provided to youth sports programs in Northern Wisconsin. We will accomplish this through charitable fund raising activities.
The Joshua J. Richards Charitable Foundation, “Josh’s Foundation” was formed after Josh was tragically killed on December 8, 2013 in a senseless act of violence. Josh was a registered organ donor and saved 7 lives through his gifts of organs, restored sight for 2 and helped over 75 people, including his mom, with his donations of tissue.
According to the U. S Department of Health and Human Services, 22 people will die each day waiting for an organ transplant. In the United States alone more than 123,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, with over 23,000 of these living in Wisconsin. It is our mission to educate and promote the donation program by providing outreach and education whenever possible.
Josh was also an athlete and active gym enthusiast. He played semi-professional football for the Green Bay Blackjacks and participated in a body building contest just a few short weeks before his death. That is why, as part of his Foundation, we also support underprivileged children and organizations with funds to promote and participate healthy life choices. In 2014-2015 Josh’s Foundation contributed funds to the following:
Gillett High School: Funds were used to install a sprinkler system in the practice and playing fields along with funds to purchase first aid kits and helmet repair kits
Oconto River Kids: Funds were used to support children with life-threatening illnesses participate in fishing expeditions and hunting trips
Menominee Tribal Hoops Program: Funds are used to help kids in grades 6-8 participate in basketball
Jason Berken Baseball Camp: Sponsored 21 children that have been touched by the organ donor program or were unable to participate due to a lack of funding
NE Wisconsin Donate Life: Funds were given to the Donate Life Program for outreach and educational resources
Laps for Reese: Funds were used to help cover medical expenses for Reese who was awaiting a transplant
The Joshua J. Richards Foundation is a non-profit organization and is a 501(c)(3) under the I.R.C.