About The Rivard Foundation

The Rivard Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt private foundation. Donations to the Rivard Foundation are thereby fully tax deductible under IRS rules.

Our Mission

Improve the lives of those in need, both at home and abroad.


The Rivard Foundation was established in 2012 by our founder, John C. Rivard, MD. Dr. Rivard is a practicing anesthesiologist who participates in international medical missions to India, Kenya, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ethiopia, providing anesthesia for cleft lip, cleft palate, and other surgeries for children in these countries. Dr. Rivard formed the Rivard Foundation with the intention of establishing a permanent entity focused on giving financial support to charitable organizations he has vetted as competently and efficiently providing services in support of the Mission.


The Rivard Foundation meets annually to disburse donations to organizations that meet the criteria of the Board for responsible donation allocation and verified mission effectiveness. We have been in existence since 2012, and our current assets originated mainly from board member contributions, as well as outside donors.

Board Members

John C. Rivard, MD

John is an anesthesiologist. He has a BS in Biochemistry and Philosophy from the Honors College of Michigan State University. He has an MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He also completed a fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. John has participated in 15 international medical missions, predominantly with Operation Smile. He is currently in private practice in Ann Arbor, MI

Julie A. Rivard

Julie is a professional essay writing coach with a nationwide clientele. She has a masters degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Nicolas J. Rivard

Nicolas is VP of Strategy and Business Development for an acquisition and procurement consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and has extensive experience in the defense, oil and gas, financial services, and development sectors.

Elisabeth C. Rivard

Elisabeth received a B.A. from Northwestern University, and an M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College. She has held positions in numerous museums, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art in Evanston, IL.

Charlotte J. Rivard

Charlotte is an undergraduate pre-medical student at Boston College. She is expanding her medical experience by actively participating in international medical missions.

Scott D. Smoot

Scott is an Information Technology Consultant and the Owner of Big Sky Consulting, LLC, based in Santa Barbara, CA. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Finance from the University of Montana

Gerald S. Rivard

Gerald is a software engineer and Research Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University.


Financials available upon request.