“…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 them. We are completely transparent with our donations and post receipts and/or acknowledgement letters after each donation is made. Donations are almost 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.
SEPTEMBER, 2020 – The Dragonfly
The Dragonfly Foundation: The Dragonfly Foundation delivers the best emotional, relational, and practical support systems for families affected by pediatric cancer. At their core, what they offer is community, the feeling that you are not alone during this alien, isolating experience that strips even the closest and best-intentioned family and friends from your ranks. They live to provide understanding, support, resources and opportunities families will rely and reflect on for years to come.
For more information about this charity or to make direct contributions, please visit Dragonfly.org.
Donation to be made on October 1.
AUGUST, 2020 – Black Lives Matter
United Negro College Fund (UNCF): The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was founded in 1944 to help more African American students attend and graduate from college. Since then, they’ve helped to more than double the number of minorities attending college. UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation.
For more information about this charity or to make direct contributions, please visit UNCF.org.
JULY, 2020 – International Space Station
Space Station Explorers: Space Station Explorers, the education arm of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, connects educators and learners with a growing community of partner organizations that make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning fun and exciting through connections with the ISS National Lab. Space Station Explorers collaborates with many partner organizations on innovative programs and resources for K-12 students, educators, and the public, including opportunities to design experiments to launch to space! Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of humans living and working continuously onboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, enabling research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will drive long-duration space exploration and benefit life on our planet.
For more information about this charity or to make direct contributions, please visit SpaceStationExplorers.org.
$14,000 donated on August 1:
[Donation Receipt Coming Soon – Donation was by check per request]
JUNE, 2020 – Koala Krawl
Australian Koala Foundation: The Australian Koala Foundation is the principal non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to the effective management and conservation of the Koala and its habitat. This charity’s main goals are to refine and update the Koala Habitat Atlas mapping of all wild Koala habitat and to get the Koala Protection Act enacted to ensure Koalas and their habitat are protected.
For more information about this charity or to make direct contributions, please visit SaveTheKoala.com.
APRIL – MAY, 2020 [BONUS EVENT!] – Coronavirus Relief
Direct Relief: Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 90 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Direct Relief is:
- -Providing assistance in the form of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health workers
- -Building an ICU medication model and mobilizing private resources to build a stockpile to assist with the anticipated spike in ICU patients
- -Boosting support to safety-net facilities to address existing chronic gaps that are likely to grow
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit DirectRelief.org.
MAY, 2020 – Last Alarm
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.
For more information about this charity or to make direct contributions, please visit FireHero.org.
APRIL, 2020 – Virtual Slides
Organization for Autism Research: The Organization for Autism Research (OAR)’s mission is the apply research to the challenges of autism. This charity strives to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers. The mission of “applying” research to answer questions of daily concern to those living with autism defines their goals and program objectives and shapes their budget.
In addition to funding research, OAR’s mission includes the requirements to:
- -Disseminate new and useful information to as many members of the autism community as possible, and
- -Direct all research and programs initiatives toward enhancing the quality of life for individuals with autism.
In simplest terms, applied autism research is “practical research that examines issues and challenges that children and adults with autism and their families face every day.”
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit ResearchAutism.org.
MARCH, 2020 – Warrior Women
The Women’s Memorial: The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (The Women’s Memorial), at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. Their patriotism and bravery are a part of our nation’s heritage. Visitors to the Women’s Memorial experience the collective history of women in the military along with individual stories of registered servicewomen.
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that depends on donations to equip and maintain the Education Center, theater and exhibit areas, expand the permanent artifact collection, and continue to locate and register eligible women.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit WomensMemorial.org.
FEBRUARY, 2020 – Gotta Go
Girls with Guts: The mission of Girls With Guts is to support and empower women with IBD (Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis) and/or ostomies through the building of sisterhood and self-esteem. The vision of Girls With Guts is to establish a national support network that assists women in their search for community, acceptance, and empowerment. Through sharing stories and experiences, Girls With Guts wants to give all women with IBD the strength to find their confidence, and keep it, despite having IBD or an ostomy.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit GirlsWithGuts.org.
JANUARY, 2020 – Always Time to Run
Give an Hour: Since 2005, Give an Hour has focused on providing free and confidential mental health care to those who serve, our veterans, and their families. They have since expanded their efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations. Through the generosity, compassion, and expertise of Give an Hour’s skilled volunteers, they are able to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit GiveAnHour.org.
DECEMBER, 2019 – Ugly Sweater
Sweats4Vets: Sweats for Vets provides sports-team hoodies (and other items too) that offer both warmth and pride to homeless veterans across the Greater New England area by rallying many dedicated volunteers and generous donors.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Sweats4Vets.com.
NOVEMBER, 2019 – Honor Flight
Honor Flight: Honor Flight is a charity dedicated to honoring our veterans by providing them with all expense paid trips to Washington D. C., so they can visit the memorials that symbolize the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of American heroes. Honor Flight is dedicated to transporting as many U.S. military veterans as possible to visit the memorials of the respective war(s) they fought at absolutely no cost to the veterans.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit HonorFlight.org.
OCTOBER, 2019 – Run of the Pets
Best Friends Animal Society: The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. They do this by helping end the killing in America’s animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. They believe that by working together we can Save Them All.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit BestFriends.org.
OCTOBER, 2019 [BONUS EVENT!] – Lend a Hand: The Bahamas
One Bahamas Fund: Creators of the ONE Bahamas Fund – Justin Timberlake, Tiger Woods, NEXUS Luxury Collection, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and members from the ALBANY community – have pledged $6 million toward Hurricane Dorian relief and rebuilding efforts to be matched by those who share their passion to help those impacted by the devastating hurricane.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit OneBahamasFund.org.
SEPTEMBER, 2019 – Area 51
This was a first for us here at Virtual Strides. For 57 consecutive months, we hosted a new virtual race with a unique medal and theme, and every month, we selected a charity that went along with the theme of that event to be the beneficiary. For this event, we reached out to multiple conservation charities that work in the Mojave Desert (where Area 51 is located), and for the first time ever, none wanted their name associated with our event, simply because the words “Area 51” were in the name of the event. Crazy, right?
Ultimately we decided that we would still make our planned donation, but we would not state the name of the charity until after the fact, nor would we linking to their website anywhere. The only thing we stated at the time was that we would be donating to a charity that works to protect public lands in Nevada. So that’s exactly what we did, as you can see in the donation receipt posted below.
For more information on THIS charity or to make a direct contribution, you will need to find their website yourself. 🙂
AUGUST, 2019 – Flower Power
Cancer Research Institute: The Cancer Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing our immune system’s power to control and potentially cure all types of cancer. They fund the most innovative clinical and laboratory research around the world, support the next generation of the field’s leaders, and serve as the trusted source of information on immunotherapy for cancer patients and their caregivers.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit CancerResearch.org.
JULY, 2019 – One Small Step
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation: In the wake of the Challenger accident in 1986, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) was founded. The AMF honors the past and inspires the future, memorializing those astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and the space program by sponsoring the national Space Mirror Memorial, and by implementing innovative educational technology programs.
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation captures the technology developed in the United States’ space program and applies it to the field of education. They partner with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to provide technology training to educators throughout the nation with a particular emphasis on space-related technology. In addition, at The Center for Space Education they offer space-related educational opportunities for individuals, and, in doing so, improve the quality of the workforce in the space industry.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit amfcse.org.
JUNE, 2019 – Glorious Gecko
Defenders of Wildlife: Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a major national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. They believe in the inherent value of wildlife and the natural world, and this singular focus defines the organization’s important niche in the environmental and conservation community and serves as the anchor for their organizational values. Defenders works on the ground, in the courts, and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife across North America and around the world.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Defenders.org.
MAY, 2019 – End of Watch
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.): C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. membership is over 48,000 survivors., including spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and co-workers of officers who have died in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. is governed by a national board of law enforcement survivors. C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.
C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by grants and donations.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit ConcernsOfPoliceSurvivors.org.
APRIL, 2019 – The Dragon Within
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: The mission of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit alzfdn.org.
MARCH, 2019 – Lady Luck
Ladybug House: The mission of the Ladybug House is to provide children, adolescents, young adults, and their families respite from the challenges of life-limiting illness. At any given moment in the United States, over 565,000 children are within the last six months of their lives. Many hospitals provide high quality hospice and palliative care. 80% of pediatric deaths occur in hospitals. The Ladybug House will provide quality of life and respite from the sometimes sterile and challenging context of traditional hospital settings. Ladybug House will provide support to families during the unimaginable in a home full of life, love and respect. They will meet families’ needs for as long as needed. Every day, every moment, and every life will be celebrated.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit LadybugHouse.org.
FEBRUARY, 2019 – Go Grand
Grand Canyon Conservancy: Grand Canyon Conservancy (formerly Grand Canyon Association) is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds, operating retail shops within the park, and providing premier guided educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region. Supporters fund projects including trails and historic building preservation, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat. Grand Canyon Conservancy inspires people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit GrandCanyon.org.
JANUARY, 2019 – Resolution Run
Donors Choose: Donors Choose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education. Created by a history teacher in 2000, Donors Choose is a website where teachers can post classroom project requests, and donors can choose the ones they want to support.
For more information about this charity or to make your own donations directly to the projects of your choosing, please visit DonorsChoose.org.
Virtual Strides Note: Donors Choose is different than all of the other charities we support each month. Instead of making a single donation to the charity, the Donors Choose website allows users to browse THOUSANDS of requests from teachers across the nation. With so many projects to choose from, it was difficult (but fun!) deciding which classrooms to support. We donated to a couple of local (Melbourne, FL) classrooms and then focused on the “Most urgent projects” list from around the country, in particular the ones that had matching donation offers (more bang for our bucks!) and the ones where our single donation could complete the projects’ funding. When all was said any done, we donated over $1500 between February 1st and 4th to 21 different classrooms and directly to the Donors Choose platform itself, helping buy stools, desks, sports equipment, robots, tablets, computers, general classroom supplies, and lots and lots and LOTS of books! This is a very cool website and we encourage you to check it out.
DECEMBER, 2018 – Reindeer Run Over
Toys for Tots: The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The goal is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas to America’s less fortunate children.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit ToysForTots.org.
DECEMBER, 2018 [BONUS EVENT!] – Lend a Hand: California Wildfire Relief
California Fire Foundation: This non-profit organization provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Formed in 1987 by California Professional Firefighters, the California Fire Foundation’s mandate includes an array of survivor and victim assistance projects and community initiatives.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit CAFireFoundation.org.
NOVEMBER, 2018 – Eat More Pie
The Hunger Project: Founded in 1977, The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Their vision is a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity. The organization’s mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit THP.org.
OCTOBER, 2018 – Return of the Run of the Dead
Boys and Girls Clubs of America: Boys and Girls Clubs of America provides a safe place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time. This charity offers life changing programs and services to youth across the nation and on U.S. military installations worldwide. They seek to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
When you give to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, you create opportunities for young people who might be heading to their Club for a game of basketball, a hot meal or a safe place. But, with your help, they receive so much more than that — academic support, leadership opportunities, workforce and college preparation, healthful skills and lifelong mentors.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit BCGA.org.
SEPTEMBER, 2018 – Unicorn of the Sea
Whale and Dolphin Conservation: Founded in 1985, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is a global organization which has led the charge on protections for whales and dolphins in all our world’s oceans. The WDC is guided by a simple principle – whales play a critical role in the health of our marine and global ecosystems. WDC’s mission is protecting whales and dolphins, to ensure they survive and thrive as key contributors to our shared planet. Projects include putting a stop to whaling, reducing the number of whales and dolphins in captivity, and increasing the number of protected areas for these magnificent creatures.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Whales.org.
AUGUST, 2018 – The Future’s So Bright
Project Happiness: The World Health Organization declares depression the leading cause of suffering worldwide. Project Happiness provides schools, organizations, and communities engaging, easy-to-use science-based wellness solutions. Happiness is not just a state – it’s a skill that anyone can learn. Project Happiness’ school curriculum has been downloaded in 120 countries and reaches 2.5 million people daily through social media.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit ProjectHappiness.org.
JULY, 2018 – Bend the Knee
Arthritis National Research Foundation: The Arthritis National Research Foundation’s mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Since 1970, the Arthritis National Research Foundation has funded arthritis research to understand the causes, prevention and development of new treatments for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis and other related autoimmune diseases.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit CureArthritis.org.
JUNE, 2018 – Tiki Run
International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit rescue.org.
MAY, 2018 – Because of the Brave
Operation Homefront: Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, the organization has provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit OperationHomefront.org.
APRIL, 2018 – Run Like the Wind
Donate Life America: Donate Life America is focused on increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives through transplantation while developing a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility. Over the past 25 years, Donate Life America and the Donate Life Community have registered nearly 138 million organ, eye and tissue donors in the United States – more than 56% of the adult population.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit DonateLife.net.
MARCH, 2018 – Find Your Fitness
Doctors Without Borders: Founded in 1971, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works to help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit DoctorsWithoutBorders.org.
FEBRUARY, 2018 – Solving the Puzzle
Autism Society of America: The Autism Society of America is a national source of information, advocacy, and support that reaches local communities with a one-of-a-kind nationwide network of autism knowledge and support. An organization with over 50 years of heritage and heart, the Autism Society, and its system of 90 affiliates, is dedicated to providing trustworthy, respectful and caring services that truly impact the lives of individuals on the spectrum.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Autism-Society.org.
JANUARY, 2018 – Time to Run
VolunteerMatch: VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference by making it easy for good people and good causes to connect. Since its launch in 1998, they’ve facilitated over 13 million nonprofit-volunteer connections, and have helped more than 113,000 organizations better leverage volunteers to create real community impact.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit VolunteerMatch.org.
DECEMBER, 2017 – Southernmost Point
Seacamp: Seacamp Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to marine science education. The organization’s mission is to create awareness of the complex and fragile marine world and to foster critical thinking and informed decision making about man’s use of natural resources. As a residential summer camp and educational program, Seacamp Association offers extended sessions of hands-on, interactive education, taking advantage of the variety of marine environments surrounding their beautiful location in the heart of the Florida Keys.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Seacamp.org.
NOVEMBER, 2017 – Eagle Pride
USA Cares: USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans and their families.
For more information about this charity or to make an additional, direct contribution, please visit USACares.org.
OCTOBER, 2017 [BONUS EVENT!] – Lend a Hand: 2017 Hurricane Relief
One America Appeal: 100% of the GROSS proceeds from this virtual race will be donated to One America Appeal. One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All funds collected through the One America Appeal will go into a special account at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar donated goes to hurricane recovery.
For more information about the One America Appeal or to make an additional, direct contribution, please visit OneAmericaAppeal.org.
OCTOBER, 2017 – ReRun of the Dead
The Bone Marrow Foundation: Founded in 1992, The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, comprehensive resources, educational information, physician referrals, and emotional support programs.
Transplants treat over 70 life-threatening illnesses including cancers, genetic disorders, and other diseases. The Bone Marrow Foundation is the only organization of its kind that does not limit assistance to a specific disease, type of transplant, or age range. All of the Foundation’s programs and services are offered to patients and their families free of charge.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit BoneMarrow.org.
SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Bee Healthy
Planet Bee Foundation: Planet Bee Foundation is a 501(c)3 environmental education nonprofit based in San Francisco. Their mission is to create a green-minded generation and inspire environmental stewardship through the teaching lens of the struggling honey bee and the power of individual action. Through their school programs, corporate team building workshops, and public education, Planet Bee inspires people to care for our environment and empowers them to take action to positively impact on our interconnected world. Since receiving their nonprofit status in 2015, they have taught over 12,500 students in schools at no cost!
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit PlanetBee.org.
AUGUST, 2017 – Quest for the Lost Scroll
Ocean Conservancy: Our ocean faces many threats like the onslaught of ocean trash, overfishing and ocean acidification. Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges by creating science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife communities that depends on it.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit OceanConservancy.org.
JULY, 2017 – Let Freedom Ring
Keep America Beautiful: Keep America Beautiful (KAB) inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. They’re working to end littering, increase recycling and to beautify America’s communities to fulfill a vision of a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live. The organization is driven by the passion of more than 600 state and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals.
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit KAB.org.
JUNE, 2017 – Eyes of the Dragon
Sightsavers: Sightsavers is an international organization that changes lives for the long term, working in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and supporting people with visual impairments so they can live independently. Sightsavers is able to perform cataract surgeries for $50 and trachoma treatments for $11, can provide glasses for only $2, and is able to treat neglected tropical disease for a mere 11 cents per person, so your participation in this event will make a real difference for people in need!
For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Sightsavers.org.
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.
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: