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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February Spotlight

In-Kind Support

Celebrating our "in kind" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with services and materials. Thank you ezStorage, Montgomery Printing, Parcel Plus, and Potomac Valley Brick! Read more...

Nourishment Support

Celebrating our "nourishment" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with food and services. Thank you Botanero Restaurant, Fontina Grille, Safeway, Coffee Republic, and Red Hot & Blue! Read more...

Community Support

Celebrating our "community" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with commitment and participation. Thank you City of Rockville, King Farm Citizen's Assembly, Kick's Karate & Mix 107.3! Read more...

Champion Support

Celebrating our "Foundation Champions" -- sponsors and volunteers of all ages who support Mattie's Foundation through donations, brick sponsorships, participation in our activities and events. Thank you!!! Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek