“…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — this is to have succeeded.”
–Not Ralph Waldo Emerson
Below is the list of the charities we have featured for each of our events, along with some information about each of them. We are completely transparent with our donations and post receipts and/or acknowledgement letters after each donation is made. Donations are always made within 24 hours of the end of each virtual race period. We typically donate in advance for medals left in stock, and we always round up.
We encourage you to visit the websites of each of these organizations to learn more about them. If you would like to make an additional contribution to any of these charities, please donate to them directly.
MAY, 2017 – Lest We Forget
National Military Family Association: The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. This organization understands better than anyone that “military families serve too.”
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit MilitaryFamily.org.
Donation to be made on June 1.
APRIL, 2017 – The Striding Dead
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. Since 1987, this organization has awarded more than $360 million to fund more than 5,000 grants to more than 4,000 scientists around the world. 100% of all donor contributions for research are invested in NARSAD Grants leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, and bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit BBRFoundation.org.
MARCH, 2017 – Shamrock Shaker
Make-A-Wish: On average, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 35 minutes. Wishes are more than just nice thing. A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with life-threatening medical condition. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles… wishes find a way to make the world better.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Wish.org.
FEBRUARY, 2017 – Heart of Gold
Joyful Heart Foundation: The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Mariska Hargitay in 2004, with the intention of helping sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim a sense of joy in their lives. The vision of the Joyful Heart Foundation is a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The foundation’s mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever. The mission is carried out through healing, education and advocacy. The foundation has raised over $32 million to support its programs and has directly served more than 18,500 individuals.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit JoyfulHeartFoundation.org.
JANUARY, 2017 – She Believed She Could So She Did
Action on Smoking and Health: Left unchecked, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has a long history of taking action against tobacco use and its devastating health and economic impact on people and communities around the globe. For more than 40 years, ASH’s goal of a tobacco-free world has remained constant. The tobacco epidemic is global and so must be the solutions. From advocating for bans on cigarette advertising and smoking in public spaces to challenging the influence of the multinational tobacco industry—ASH takes action on a global scale.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Ash.org.
DECEMBER, 2016 – Puppy Rescue Mission
Puppy Rescue Mission: The Puppy Rescue Mission (TPRM) assists in pet rescue, foster and re-homing when needed, in particular pets of soldiers, especially those deployed in war zones. The organization assists with requests, logistics, administration and fund-raising for the adopted stray dogs of war, rescued by and bonded with soldiers. This may include vet care, supplies, transport and related issues. TPRM works with or through other organizations that help our soldiers bring their companion animals home from war.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit PuppyRescueMission.com.
NOVEMBER, 2016 – Operation Enduring Warrior Virtual Run
Operation Enduring Warrior: Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded charity whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. OEW’s programs help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance. This ultimately enables the lives of wounded veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible. OEW is a 100% volunteer-run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and its various programs such as Skydive Licenses, SCUBA Certifications, Athletic events (obstacle course and road/trail races, handcycle races, etc.), Public Speaking, Adventure Trips, Veteran Outreach and more. OEW’s “Warrior Christmas” event is coming up, which facilitates a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spread encouragement and hand-deliver brimming Christmas stockings to recovering wounded veterans.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit EnduringWarrior.org.
OCTOBER, 2016 – Run of the Dead Virtual Run
Be the Match: Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need. As trusted leaders in advancing treatments for those facing life-threatening blood cancers, Be the Match provides the ground-breaking research, innovative technologies, patient support and education that save lives. Over the past 25 years, Be The Match has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. The steps you take and dollars you help us raise will help patients afford transplant, find a matching marrow donor and have a successful transplant outcome.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit BeTheMatch.org.
SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Battle of the Badges
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, this non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. The charity’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States. This nonprofit organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, where it built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse. More recently, the Memorial Fund has launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education.
AUGUST, 2016 – Shark Tooth Virtual Run
Wild Aid: Founded in 2007, Shark Savers is now a program of WildAid, a charity whose mission is to end illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement. WildAid’s strategy for achieving this goal is to reduce demand for shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn using the slogan: “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.”
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit WildAid.org.
JULY, 2016 – Fun in the Sun Virtual Run
The Skin Cancer Foundation: Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. The incidence of skin cancer can be dramatically reduced through education, behavior modification, and early detection. Skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease which is why The Skin Cancer Foundation emphasizes public awareness and education campaigns.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit SkinCancer.org.
JUNE, 2016 – Feet on the Street Virtual Run
Back on My Feet: Back on My Feet, a national organization operating in 11 major cities coast to coast, combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. The organization’s unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives.
Since launching in 2007, Back on My Feet has served more than 5,500 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness and engaged more than 100,000 volunteers and supporters. By combating homelessness through their innovative program, Back on My Feet proves that there is hope, that individuals can achieve things they never thought possible, and that there are people who will support them along the way.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit BackOnMyFeet.org.
MAY, 2016 – Honor and Remember Virtual Run
Honor and Remember: The mission of Honor and Remember is to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen heroes and their families. The organization pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized. The primary vehicle for perpetual recognition is a specific and dedicated symbol of remembrance created by this organization: the Honor and Remember Flag, which is intended to fly continuously as a tangible and visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit HonorAndRemember.org.
APRIL, 2016 – One Tough Mother Runner Virtual Run
Family Lives On Foundation: There are more than two million children and teens in the United States grieving the deaths of their moms or dads. 1 in 20 children experience the death of a parent before the age of 16 – that’s one in every classroom, and two on every school bus. Family Lives On provides ongoing support tools to these children, who are at much greater risk for psychological and behavioral problems than their non-bereaved peers. The Foundation’s Tradition Program encourages the healthy emotional development of parentally-bereaved children and teens by providing annual opportunities for intentional remembering, creating a safe haven for grief, communication and celebration.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit FamilyLivesOn.org.
MARCH, 2016 – Seize the Day Virtual Run
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE): Tireless in its efforts, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy won’t stop until a CURE is found for epilepsy. CURE is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. The organization was founded by Susan Axelrod and a small group of parents of children with epilepsy who were frustrated with their inability to protect their children from seizures and the side effects of medications. Unwilling to sit back, they joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure.
Since its inception in 1998, CURE has been at the forefront of epilepsy research, raising more than $34 million to fund research and other initiatives that will lead the way to a cure for epilepsy. CURE funds grants for young and established investigators and has awarded more than 190 cutting-edge projects in 15 countries around the world to date.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit CUREepilepsy.org.
FEBRUARY, 2016 – Piece By Piece Virtual Run
Autism Speaks: Autism affects 1 in 68 children and is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. There is no cure, but with continued research, there is hope to solve the puzzle, piece by piece. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
JANUARY, 2016 – Make Some Noise Virtual Run
Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation: The Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation was established by a child with cancer with one purpose in mind: to fund pediatric cancer research. To that end, the foundation serves as a vehicle to secure private funding to distribute to research facilities and promote awareness through its fund raising activities. The designation of funds to various research facilities is cancer specific and based on the foundation’s annual evaluation of the latest research.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit MakeNoise4Kids.org.
DECEMBER, 2015 – Run Free Virtual Run
National Mill Dog Rescue: National Mill Dog Rescue has pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the puppy mill industry and has saved more than 10,000 dogs since being established in 2007. Through widespread informative efforts, NMDR hopes to educate the public to acquire their companion animals through reputable breeders or better yet, from shelters and rescue groups across the country.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit MillDogRescue.org.
NOVEMBER, 2015 – STOP 22 Virtual Run
K9s for Warriors: K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. This charity’s goal is to empower these warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. 95% of the dogs used in the K9s for Warriors program are rescue/shelter dogs, and to date, K9s for Warriors has graduated 165 Warrior-Canine teams.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit K9sForWarriors.org.
$14,022 donation made on December 1…
Thanks to matching gifts, this donation was TRIPLED to $52,066!!!
OCTOBER, 2015 – Butterfly Children Virtual Run
Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation: Epidermolysis Bullosa is one of the most painful conditions known to modern medicine. Please watch the video that inspired our Butterfly Children event to learn more about this terrible condition.
Established in 1991, the EBMRF is a 100% volunteer organization and pays no salaries. All work, including executive, development and administrative, is done on a volunteer basis. The Foundation prides itself on its efficiency, keeping operating costs at less than 1% of incoming donations so that a full 99% of contributions can go directly to research programs.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit EBKids.org.
$7000 donation made on November 1:
SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Cranio Care Bears Virtual Run
Cranio Care Bears: Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the sutures between plates of a newborn’s skull close prematurely, causing problems with normal brain and skull growth. Premature closure of the sutures may also cause the pressure inside of the head to increase and the skull or facial bones to change from a normal, symmetrical appearance. The mission of Cranio Care Bears is to spread awareness, support & compassion through loving care packages to families of children facing surgery for craniosynostosis. Each care package includes items for the child and family to relieve the stress accompanying this very serious surgery. Cranio Care Bears also offers one on one support before, during and after surgery, and strives to bring awareness of craniosynostosis to families & the medical community for early detection.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit CranioCareBears.org.
$4000 donation made on October 1:
AUGUST, 2015 – Quest for the Golden Pearl Virtual Run
Water.org: Did you know that 1 in 9 people lack access to safe water and that a child dies of a water-related disease every minute? For more than twenty years, Water.org has positively transformed millions of lives around the world by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit water.org.
$14,000 donation made on September 2:
JULY, 2015 – Guts to Glory Virtual Run
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: The mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The CCFA sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality. The foundation also offers a wide range of educational programs for patients and health-care professionals, and provides supportive services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases. The CCFA receives no government funding and these programs are supported solely by contributions from the public.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit CCFA.org.
$3000 donation made on August 1…
Thanks to a matching gift, this donation was DOUBLED to $6000!
JUNE, 2015 – Aloha Run Virtual Run
Breast Cancer Fund: Founded in 1992, the Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. The Breast Cancer Fund is the only national organization focused solely on breast cancer prevention. The organization is part of a broad environmental, reproductive public health and justice movement and their unique mission serves as a mighty voice for breast cancer prevention.
For more information about this organization or to make a direct contribution, please visit BreastCancerFund.org.
$9000 donation made on July 1:
MAY, 2015 – Remember the Fallen Virtual Run
Special Operations Warrior Foundation: The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) was established in 1980 after a daring attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran tragically ended when a helicopter and a C-130 aircraft collided, killing eight American heroes and leaving 17 children without fathers. What started as a battlefield promise to take care of those children has become the noble cause of the SOWF.
The SOWF ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance and support to ensure that severely wounded personnel are able to have their loved ones at their bedside during recovery.
For more information about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation or to make a direct contribution to this organization, please visit SpecialOps.org.
$13,300 donation made on June 1
+ $1700 donation made on December 1:
APRIL, 2015 – Earth Run Virtual Run
EarthShare: EarthShare is a national non-profit federation with more than 25 years of experience in supporting critical environmental causes. This organization has raised more than $300 million for programs that care for our air, land, water, wildlife and public health in your community, across the U.S. and around the world. For more information about EarthShare or to make a direct donation to this organization, please visit EarthShare.org
$1600 donation made on May 1
+ $400 donation made on December 1:
MARCH, 2015 – Run Lucky Virtual Run
St. Baldrick’s Foundation: Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has hosted events each St. Patrick’s day where volunteers raise money for childhood cancer research and help spread awareness by shaving their heads. Since then, St. Baldrick’s has held almost 10,000 events and fundraisers, where nearly 500,000 participants have helped raise over $150 million for childhood cancer research. For more information about St. Baldrick’s or how you can raise additional funds for this organization, please visit StBaldricks.org.
$1100 donation made on April 3
+ $900 donation made on December 1:
FEBRUARY, 2015 – I Heart Running Virtual Run
American Heart Association: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, resulting in more than 600,000 deaths per year – that’s 1 in 4 deaths. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. The AHA funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.
Nationwide, the American Heart Association includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees. The organization’s mission is: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For more information about the American Heart Association or to make a direct donation to this organization, please visit heart.org.
$2300 donation made on March 1
+ $700 donation made on December 1:
JANUARY, 2015 – 2015 Resolution Run Virtual Run
Children International: For more than 75 years, Children International has been providing critical assistance to children and families struggling in terrible poverty. Their centrally located community centers provide resources, programs and services that allow them to reduce the burden of poverty on impoverished children and youth, invest in their potential and provide them with opportunities to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society. For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child of your own, please visit children.org.
$800 donation made on February 2
+ $200 donation made on December 1: