One of the central commitments made by FSG ownership in 2002, was a pledge to be active participants in the communities where they operate. Today, those communities include all of New England, Southwest Florida’s Lee County, and Liverpool, England. FSG has successfully funded, run, and operated two well-established team charities that have become exemplary models in sports philanthropy.
Red Sox Foundation
After their acquisition of the Red Sox was finalized in 2002, FSG owners made a promise to the Attorney General of Massachusetts that a charitable foundation would be established and infused with at least $20 million within 10 years. The Foundation well surpassed that pledge within its first 10 years and to date, has contributed over $100 million in charitable contributions to date making it the largest team charity in American sports. Founded and initially funded by Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, then-Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino, and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation was established as the official Red Sox team charity. The Red Sox Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that has donated to over 1,900 organizations since its creation, and focused on making a difference in the lives of children, families, Veterans, and communities in need by improving their health, education, and recreational opportunities.
Liverpool FC has been supporting its communities for over 30 years. Since FSG acquired the Club in 2010, LFC’s community responsibilities have gone from strength to strength. FSG restructured the Club’s community arm shortly after their arrival and created the LFC Foundation which became the official charity of Liverpool Football Club. Chairman Tom Werner and Linda Pizzuti Henry sit on the Board of Trustees and have been instrumental in the Foundation’s development. The organization has since grown to over 50 full-time staff, 25 part-time staff, and 200+ registered volunteers. The Foundation focuses its work in three key areas of health and wellbeing, skills and education and community development to help deliver long term and sustainable change both in Liverpool City Region and on an international scale through its global charity partnership with Right To Play. It delivers over 30 community programs across Liverpool City Region and engages with over 35,000 children and young people each year. In addition, the Foundation raises its own funds to support its programs and the work of local grassroots organizations and partner charities.
FSG’s charitable commitments have recently extended beyond their missions of their foundations and has used the powerful platforms of its two sports teams to engage in meaningful dialogue related to social and racial justice causes. Additionally, recognizing our role as part of the civic fabric of our communities, in October 2020, Fenway Park operated as an early voting location for City of Boston residents to cast their early ballots for the 2020 election. Throughout 2020, efforts have been underway to alleviate hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting students with their distance learning needs and helping families in need through food relief efforts.