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We are proud to announce the Official Charity Partners of the Los Angeles Marathon and LA Big 5K. Our partners work hard all year long to support their mission and improve lives and our community. Running for charity is one way you can help make a difference and give purpose to your run. There are so many reasons to run - which one will you choose?

Charity-website-icon-32.png?mtime=20180925160023#asset:2622 = Charity’s website and learn more

Charity-donate-icon-32.png?mtime=20180925160355#asset:2621 = Charity’s fundraising page to make a donation or to setup your own page & get started

Charity-3-icon-32.png?mtime=20181004134117#asset:2664= Charity has Charity Challenge Entries Available.The Charity Challenge is an exclusive option for our Charity Partners / Runners.The Charity Challenge starts at the halfway part of the course at 8:30am and finishes in Santa Monica (approximately 13.1 miles)

Discover your charity below!

Premier Charities

Angel City Pit Bulls

Angel City Pit Bulls is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better future for pit bulls through education, public advocacy, adoptions, and owner support.

For More Information or to join the Angel City Pit Bulls Team, contact:
Tracy Lopez - Team Captain | [email protected] | 818-497-0749

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Justin Turner Foundation

Since joining the Dodgers in 2014, Justin Turner has been a pillar of the team's community efforts, giving his time, energy and financial support to a variety of charitable efforts throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Justin frequently visits Cedars-Sinai Hospital to spend time with patients as well as to the Los Angeles Dream Center -- a nonprofit that assists homeless families with residential, foster care, medical, life skills and other services.

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St. Jude Children's Reseach Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

For more information or to join the St. Jude Team, contact:
Ryanne Tejada | [email protected] | 213-215-2679

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Los Angeles Community College District

WeRun4HomelessStudents is an important fundraising campaign at the Los Angeles Community College District, with 14,000-plus homeless and food-insecure students attending our classes. Our Stride4Life Program hosts this campaign, bringing together administration, faculty, staff, students and our community to help support economically disadvantaged students complete their education while our employees get healthy and fit.

For more information or to join the LACCD team, contact:
Katrelia Walker | [email protected] | 310-292-4306


Students Run LA

Students Runs LA (SRLA) is celebrating our 31st Season!

Each year, SRLA creates a safe, supportive community at 185 public schools across Greater Los Angeles, welcoming more than 3,250 students of all backgrounds and abilities to train alongside their volunteer teachers to complete the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Through this life-changing experience, students discover their best selves and learn how to make plans for the future.

For more information or to join the SRLA Team, contact:
Christine Pajak | [email protected] | 818-654-3360

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Team World Vision

Team World Vision is a community of people running for clean water and fullness of life for children and families in Africa.

For more information or to join Team World Vision, contact:
RichRel Reliford | [email protected] | 818-441-2583

Team World Vision / Team World Vision /

Train 4 Autism

Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with Autism. Train 4 Autism, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established by families of children affected by this disorder. Our mission is to empower the millions of Americans that are touched by Autism through involvement in endurance events. Our goals are to engage families, raise funds for research and direct treatment, while promoting awareness, education, and community support.

For more information or to join the Train 4 Autism Team, contact:
Rolf Henricksson | [email protected] | 310-259-2096

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Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund

The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund, founded more than 111-years ago, is non-profit charity dedicated to helping the families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty or facing other crisis.

For more information or to join the L.A. Fire Team, contact:
L.A. Fire Team Liaison | [email protected] | 323-259-5216


Featured Charities

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information or to join the Alzheimer's Association Team, contact:
Rachel Schall | [email protected] | 323-486-6447


Beit T’Shuvah

The Running 4 Recovery team supports the residents at Beit T’Shuvah who are working hard every day to turn their lives around. For three decades, Beit T’Shuvah’s unique approach to recovery has been helping people struggling with addiction to rebuild their lives. We have provided treatment to thousands of addicts and their families, most of which cannot afford to pay. When you join our team, you can be the difference in saving someone’s life.

For more information or to join the Beit T'Shuvah Team, contact:
Jillian Coventry | [email protected] | 310-204-5200

Beit T'Shuvah / Fundraising /

Kitten Rescue

Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to finding loving homes for homeless cats and kittens. We rescue animals from the streets of Los Angeles and from City Shelter euthanasia. Since 1997, Kitten Rescue has found loving homes for over 18,000 animals, while thousands more have been helped through our volunteer-fueled education and outreach programs.

For more information or to join the Kitten Rescue Team, contact:
Sandra Harrison | [email protected] | 818-339-1029

Kitten Rescue / Kitten Rescue Donation /

Strength United - CSUN Community Agency

Strength United is dedicated to ending abuse, empowering families, and developing leaders. Our work provides services, support, and education to prevent sexual and domestic abuse, child maltreatment, and violence directed at any marginalized group. Please join Team Strength United in helping the voices of all survivors to be heard in their journey to live abuse-free lives.

For more information or to join the Strength United Team, contact:
Gail Hynick | [email protected] | 818-800-6832

Strength United / Strength United /

Students Off And Running (SOAR)

Support a life changing tradition of proven excellence! For more than a decade, Students Off And Running (SOAR) has provided a fully supported, no cost LA Marathon training experience to hundreds of kids in need living in the Santa Clarita Valley, reporting an astounding 100% marathon completion rate since their first students took to the streets of LA in 2007! Thank you for your generous contribution!

For more information or to join the Students Off And Running Team, contact:
Kevin Sarkissian | [email protected] | 661-877-7024


Teen Cancer America

Our mission is to improve the experience, outcomes and survival of teens and young adults with cancer by providing facilities and programs designed especially for them in hospitals throughout the USA.

For more information or to join the Teen Cancer America Team, contact:
Michelle Meyer | [email protected] | 310-208-0400

Teen Cancer America / /

Participating Charities

ALS Golden West Chapter

The Golden West Chapter supports people living with ALS and their loved ones in 31 counties throughout California and the state of Hawaii. Everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and a cure for ALS. Join Team Challenge ALS and help defeat ALS!

For more information or to join the ALS team, contact:
Gillian Wallengren | [email protected]

ALS / ALS Donation

American Cancer Society / Team DetermiNation

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program will help you achieve your personal race goals and change the course of cancer forever. The American Cancer Society will help you finish your upcoming race and together we can achieve a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.

For more information or to join the American Cancer Society Team, contact:
Adriana Serrano | [email protected] | 818-480-4841

 American Cancer Society / Team DetermiNation /  American Cancer Society / Team DetermiNation /

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. We engage in the following core strategies:
* Funding scientific research
* Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
* Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
* Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

For More Information or to join the AFSP Team, contact:
Amy Robinson - Team Captain | [email protected] | 323-627-0797
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American Indian Community Council

The American Indian Community Council, a 501 (c)(3), is a community based organization in Los Angeles whose mission is to strengthen the overall wellness of the Los Angeles American Indian children, families, and community through leadership development, community organizing, self-determination and cultural values.


Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP)

Team AMP (AADAP Marathon Program) is the official endurance event training team for AADAP. This is Team AMP’s seventh season as an Official Charity with the Los Angeles Marathon.Over 200 individuals have participated with Team AMP in the last 7 years, all together raising over $200,000 to support AADAP’s programs and mission to “Change Lives and Save Families”.

For more information or to join Team AMP, contact:
Paulina Hong | [email protected] | 323-293-6284

AADAP / AADAP Fundraising /

Back on My Feet

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and providing essential housing and employment resources. Join us to help transform lives, one mile at a time!

Back on My Feet / /

City of Hope

City of Hope is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide and is an independent biomedical, research, treatment and educational institution. Hope Sweat & Cures is City of Hope's fitness and fundraising campaign that raises funds for City of Hope research and treatment programs through endurance events.

For additional information or to join the City of Hope team, contact:
Kevin McQuhae | [email protected] | 626-218-2792

City of Hope / City of Hope /

Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis

Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis unites the IBD community to promote public awareness about Crohn’s and colitis, to fund research for new treatments and cures, and to support patients and their families living with these chronic illnesses.

For more information or to join the Connection to Cure Crohn's and Colitis team, contact:
Dana Zatulove | [email protected] | 818-414-5809

Connecting to Cure / Connecting to Cure Donation /

CRE Outreach

CRE Outreach is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to empowering underserved individuals in Los Angeles. CRE stands for Create, Reflect, Empower—words that encompass the process, focus, and targeted outcomes of our programs. We utilize theatre, the performing arts, and educational programs as a means to enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and empower individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives.

For more information or to join the CRE Outreach Team, contact:
Kristen Engebretsen | [email protected] | 310-612-6743

CRE Outreach / CRE Outreach

Guide Dogs of America

Founded in 1948, Guide Dogs of America empowers people who are blind and visually impaired to live with increased independence, confidence and mobility by providing expertly matched guide dog partners. Our services are provided free of charge and available to people within the U.S. and Canada.

For more information or to join the Guide Dogs team, contact:
Zachary Gittlen | [email protected] | 818-259-6590

Guide Dogs Of America /

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is focused on finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, and empowering the patients and families whose lives are touched by this disease. Founded in 1997, the foundation funds groundbreaking scientific research, provides patient education and support, and sustains hope that this cancer will be eradicated once and for all.

For more information or to join the Hirshberg team:
Martin Fung | [email protected] | 310-473-5121

Hirshberg Foundation / Hirshberg Foundation Donation /


KEEN USA is a national, volunteer-led non-profit that provides one-to-one exercise and recreational programs for children and young adults with cognitive and physical disabilities at no cost to their families or caregivers. KEEN’s Mission: Empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.

For More Information or to join the KEEN USA Team, contact:
Joanna Winsborough - Team Captain | [email protected] | 858-539-3030

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Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue

Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue aims to leverage the canine-human bond to save death row dogs in Kern County. Through programming such as Miracle Mutts Therapy Dogs, and Pawsitive Change (Prison foster/training program), rescued dogs are rescuing people.

For more information or to join the Marley's Mutts team, contact:
Nadine Griffith | [email protected]

Marley's Mutt Dog / Marathon Kids /

My Friend's Place

For more than 30 years, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring homeless youth in Los Angeles to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place supports more than 1,400 homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, each year, helping our homeless young people to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency.

For more information or to join the My Friend's Place team, contact:
Joshua Hoffman | [email protected]

My Friend's Place / Marathon Kids /

North Valley Caring Services

North Valley Caring Services' (NVCS) mission is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and actively engage in solving local problem. Annually, NVCS offers educational and supportive programs to 2,300 families and 1,400 homeless individuals.

For more information or to join the NVCS team, contact:
Ric Wilson - Team Captain | [email protected] | 818-581-6778

North Valley Caring Services / North Valley Caring Services /

Organization for Autism Research

The Organization for Autism Research is the only autism charity that focuses solely on applied research. Funds raised directly support research and programs that help parents, families, and educators in the autism community on a daily basis. Join the RUN FOR AUTISM - LA Team for the Los Angeles Marathon!

For more information or to join the Organization for Autism Research team, contact:
Sean Flynn | [email protected] | 703-243-8020

Organization For Autism Research / Organization for Autism Research Donation

The Pablove Foundation

At The Pablove Foundation, we are helping kids with cancer live a love-filled life today, and a cancer-free life tomorrow. Our mission: Improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts. Invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research. Join Team Pablove! In addition to a race entry, we offer a training program for all registrants.

For more information or to join The Pablove Foundation team, contact:
Kerry Quakenbush | [email protected] | 323-657-5557

The Pavlove Foundation / The Pablove Foundation /

Playworks Southern California

Schools with positive and safe learning environments are critical for healthy communities. An active and engaging recess can transform children’s physical and emotional health, improve students’ behavior and attitudes towards school. Playworks uses the power of play to help children build social and emotional skills, learn values of respect, inclusion, and healthy play, all while being active and having fun.

Playworks / /

Reading To Kids

We are Running for Reading to Kids, a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for success. To this end, Reading to Kids gathers on average 737 children and 364 volunteers at reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight Los Angeles elementary schools.

For more information or to join the Running for Reading to Kids team, contact:
Chris Martin | [email protected]

Reading To Kids / /

Race 4 Veronika's Place

Race 4 Veronika's Place supports a food pantry in Dandora, Kenya. We are parishioners at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Each year, our parish travels to Kenya to visit this community. If you are looking for a unique experience and feed the poor, visit a community on the other side of the globe, visit our website and learn more about our ministry.

To learn more or to join the Race 4 Veronika's Place team, contact:
Anna Rodrigues - Team Captain | [email protected] | 310-908-7511

Race 4 Veronika's Place / /

Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

For more information or to join the SOSC team, contact:
Amber Lasher | [email protected] | 562-502-1105

SOSC / /

The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health

TEAM RITTER is the name given by the John Ritter Foundation (JRF) to teams of volunteers who join together to participate in an event to increase awareness of thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections.

For more information or to join TEAM RITTER, please contact:
Ed Cooning IV - Team Captain | [email protected]

TEAM RITTER / TEAL Walk Donation

The Painted Turtle

The mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide a year-round, authentic camp experience for children with serious medical conditions. The Painted Turtle supports children's medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education and respite for their families. All campers and families attend completely free of charge.

For more information or to join The Painted Turtle team, contact:
Courtney Rheuban | [email protected] | 310-451-1353

The Painted Turtle / The Painted Turtle Donation /

Westside German Shepherd Rescue

Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles is a non profit 501(c)3, no kill rescue committed to saving all types of German Shepherd Dogs from high kill shelters and adopting them to loving, qualified homes.

For more information or to join the Westside German Shepherd Rescue team, contact:
Carla Reisenaur - Team Captain | [email protected] | 818-681-3174

Westside German Shepherd Rescue / /

5K Charities


ARC is a nonprofit orgranization dedicated to promote the welfare, protection, education, and advancement of individuals with developmental disabilities. Programs are designed to assess the ability and potential of each person; develop and implement a regimen id activities to help them achieve their full potential for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth and development.

For more information or to join the ARC team, contact:
Mike West | [email protected] | 818-762-4365


Concern Foundation for Cancer Research

Concern Foundation for Cancer Research's mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential salary support funds in the early yet critical stages of discovery and the understanding of cancer. With 90-95% of net proceeds going directly to research, Concern has raised more than $60 million dollars and funded 750 cancer research scientists studying cancer.

For more information or to join the Concern Foundation Team, contact:
Wendy Ohye | [email protected] | 310-360-6100

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Junior League of Los Angeles

The Junior League of Los Angeles is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

For more information or to join the Junior League team, contact:
Sophia Lauricella | [email protected] | 517-414-8629

Junior League Of Los Angeles /

Public Counsel

Public Counsel is the nation’s largest provider of pro bono legal services, delivering justice, hope and opportunity to communities throughout the United States. We work to provide critical, one-on-one legal help to children, veterans, refugees and families struggling with poverty. Together we are building a stronger nation.

To learn more or to join the Public Counsel team, contact:
Erin Farrell - Team Captain | [email protected] | 213-637-3841

Public Counsel /

Team Parkinson

Team Parkinson's mission is three-fold: to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease; to raise funds for research; and to empower people living with Parkinson's to improve the quality of their lives through exercise. Approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson's each year and about 1.5 million in the US have this debilitating disease. Through our participation in the LA Marathon we hope to make a difference.

For more information or to join Team Parkinson, contact:
Edna Ball | [email protected] | 866-822-2873

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Unification of Disabled Latin Americans

For many years UDLA has utilized sports as a tool of rehabilitation for disabled individuals. We promote disabled athletes to participate in the LA Marathon and to practice wheelchair basketball.

For more information or to join the UDLA team, please contact:
Marisol Leal - Team Captain | [email protected] | 213-388-8352

Unification of Disabled Latin Americans /

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