Mattie’s Foundation

Posted on: January 30th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 2005 to continue the work of the late teen poet and peace activist, Mattie J.T. Stepanek. During Mattie’s “almost 14 years” of life, he penned seven NY Times Bestselling books of “Heartsongs” poetry and ”Just Peace” essays, and served as an ambassador for many peace and disability-related organizations. Mattie died in 2004 due to complications of a rare neuromuscular disease.


The mission of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is to continue spreading Mattie’s message of hope and peace by providing access to the message, promoting understanding of the message, and motivating people to action in sharing the message. Mattie’s Foundation offers educational and recreational programs, activities, and resources that support an understanding of peace for individuals and communities, and for our world, and that encourage peacemaking as a deliberate choice. We celebrate Mattie’s belief that “We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts, to nurture, to offer, to accept.” Like Mattie, we believe that “Peace is for all people!” and that “Peace is possible!”



Website Guide

(index of pages) 



Click on the links below to learn more



 Mattie’s Foundation: 1-page PDF

Mission-Vision-Values: 1-page PDF

Programs-Activities-Resources 1-page PDF

Quick Guide to Our Programs webpage

Our Programs: 1-page PDF (being updated)

Peace Certification: 1-page PDF (being updated)




Our History (Foundation Timeline)

Our Mission & Vision

Our Values & Motto

Our FAQ Responses

Our Board of Directors

Our Teaching Peace Links

Our Programs & Resources

Our Activities & Events

Our Committees

Our Volunteers

Our Brochures




Your Involvement & Support

What You Are Saying

Peace Shop Guide





Please NOTE: We do not share or sell any information about any of our Peace Club or Peace Network participants, nor do we share any information about Peace Champions who support Mattie’s Foundation financially or through purchases in our Peace Shop. All information is kept private in a secure data base.











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