Our Cause

At the Mariano Rivera Foundation, our work is dedicated to providing children from impoverished families with life skills that will set them on the path to a brighter future.

Founded in 1998 by Mariano and Clara Rivera, along with our caring volunteers and generous donors we have strengthened communities and changed lives through college scholarships, back-to- school events and disaster relief. With access to STEM learning opportunities, mentorship programs, life skills and vocational training, students are prepared for college and empowered to enter the workforce with determination to succeed in high-demand positions.

Making an Impact, One Life at a Time

We mentor students, with core values that guide our efforts.


Faith is the portal whereby dreams can become reality. All things are possible for those who believe.


As an organization, we are committed to excellence, and we choose to partner with others who share our mission.


Honesty, transparency, and character development are core ethical principles we strive to model at all times.


Our goal is to lead underserved youth to a pathway to success by providing them with the skills and tools to secure a better future.


Our love for community is the reason we exist. It's where we live and where we serve the most vulnerable among us.


We believe in the spirit of giving, benevolence and accountability, using processes that are responsible and managed with care.

Program Director, Refuge Foster Care Emergency Center

Nichole Gomez

Resident Parent, Refuge Foster Care Emergency Center

Brent McField

Finance Officer, Ignite

Maria Godinez

Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera was raised in Puerto Caimito, Panama, growing up playing baseball with his friends. The obstacles he faced both as a child and as he entered his baseball career helped to shape his approach to life. Through commitment and perseverance, he developed skills and virtues that would become keys to his success, contributing to one of the most successful careers in Major League Baseball, and the only player ever to be unanimously selected to the Hall of Fame.