Mattie’s Foundation

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by jeni No Comments

Mattie’s Foundation

Established in 2005, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation endeavors to make Mattie’s message of hope and peace available and accessible across time and space. The Foundation creates materials and activities for youth and adults that:


  • Encourage peacemaking as a deliberate and personal choice.

  • Foster an understanding of Mattie’s Heartsongs and our “reason for being.”
  • Spread Mattie’s belief that peace is rooted in balancing the basic needs of all people.


    Mattie J.T. Stepanek Library Exhibit


Since its formation, the Foundation has collaborated with other individuals and organizations promoting peace for our world. From 2005 through 2008, the Foundation worked with the City of Rockville, Maryland to create the Peace Garden in the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, complete with a life-size bronze of Mattie and his service dog, Micah. Since then, the Foundation has initiated peace-related projects, activities, and events for people of all ages and abilities, and collaborated with other peace-oriented organizations.


Jeni Stepanek with 2008 Global Teen Leader from Tanzania


In 2010, the Foundation initiated the For Our World Campaign which reached citizens around the globe. who translated or downloaded free copies of Mattie’s 9/11 peace poem. The poem is now available in more than 50 languages from Albanian to Zulu. In 2011, the Foundation launched the What Next? Projectrooted in Mattie’s Three Choices for Peace.



The Foundation is also further developing a Pathways to Peace Program and a Peace Certification Program. These programs offer developmentally-appropriate materials and activities for children and youth, as well as inspirational and informational materials and activities for teens and adults. Each ‘Pathways Station’ explores key elements of Mattie’s message, such as Heartsongs, hope, peace, life, mosaics, and choice. The Certification Program is for teachers, parents, leaders, families, schools, businesses — any individual or group seeking to learn more about peace, and Mattie’s message.





More about Mattie’s Legacy

Mattie’s Park & Peace Garden

Mattie’s Message Today

Mattie’s Cause for Canonization

Timeline — Mattie’s Foundation


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January Spotlight

May 5 at Botanero

Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta - FREE ENTRY - All Day Happy Hour & food specials, Music by DJ Genius, ZamDance performances -- join us for a fundraising party that celebrates peace and acceptance! Read more...

June 2 at Dawson's

Mosaics & Music: Make Peace the News -- join us for wine & apps, music & mosaic unveiling, conversation & celebration at a fundraising gathering to promote peace! Early Bird Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Read more...

June 21 and 22

Celebrating Mattie’s life & legacy – 15-year anniversary Mass on June 22 (11 am) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood, MD, followed by a reception hosted by Mattie's Guild - ALL ARE WELCOME. Read more...

July 13 in King Farm

2019 Peace Day Celebration – join us for a FREE street fair (1-5 pm), all day food & drink specials (1-8 pm), and a Happy Hour Dance Party (5-8 pm) – arts, crafts, music, performers, cake, moon bounce… Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek