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Below are our confirmed Charity Partners for 2021!

Reach out to them directly to learn more about their fundraising requirements, amazing team perks and why you should run for them! They will provide you with a link to register - whether it's for the marathon, Charity Challenge (13.1) or the LA Big 5K.

Interested in being a charity partner for 2021? Applications will open by June - click here to let us know you're interested.



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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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

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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 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. $50 provides life-changing clean water to children in need. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the World. Last year we reached over 4.6 million new people with clean water.

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

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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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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

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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:
Kelsey Davis |Kelsey.d[email protected] 805-644-4237

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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



Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles

The Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles provides tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic elementary and high schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

For additional information or to join The Catholic Education, contact:Juan B. Munoz Jr. |[email protected][email protected]

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The mission of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is to create hope and build healthier futures for the children and families we serve. CHLA relies on the generosity of our community philanthropists to support compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the next generation of caregivers, and innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world.

For more information or to join the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Team contact:

Michael Sandler |[email protected]| (323) 361-1744

Children's hospital Los Angeles / 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



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

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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

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Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund

The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund, founded more than 113-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

WODFF / WODFF


Participating Charities


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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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

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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] | 626-218-3792

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:
Stacy Dylan | [email protected] | (310) 991-8593

Connecting to Cure / Connecting to Cure Donation



Gary Sinise Foundation

The Gary Sinise Foundation serves and honors our nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

We do this through four established programs that seek to address our defenders’ complex and ever-changing needs before, during, and after the battle.

For more information or to join the Gary Sinise Foundation Team, contact:
Hannah Luppino | [email protected]

Gary Sinise Foundation / FAP


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build and repair more than 1,300 homes locally and worldwide since 1990, to help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future.

For more information or to join the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Team, contact:
Marina Garcia| [email protected] | (310) 818-5230

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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



Keep a Child Alive

Co-funded by Alicia Keys, KCA has been on the forefront of the global AIDS crisis for the last 15 years and is dedicated to working towards an AIDS-free generation by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV and AIDS. KCA collaborates with local partners in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and India to address the most pressing needs faced by vulnerable people and their families affected by HIV/AIDS.

For More Information or to join the Keep a Child Alive Team, contact: Victoire Cleren | [email protected] | 646-975-5559

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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]

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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

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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

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Peyton's Project

Peyton's Project creates Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) awareness through events, fundraisers, media, and advocating for research and experimental drugs. We financially support research and treatment centers for those affected by DMD. Lastly, we help bridge the gap between needed medical devices and what heath insurance believes is medically necessary. We ultimately want to find a cure.

For more information or to join the Peyton's Project team, contact:

Ethan Marquez |[email protected] | (661) 402-1996

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The Children’s Heart Foundation

The Children’s Heart Foundation is the leading organization solely dedicated to research funding for congenital heart defects (CHDs), the most commonly occurring birth defect. Approximately 1 in 110 children are born with a CHD, or a child born every 15 minutes in the U.S. Our mission is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research.

For more information or to join The Children’s Heart Foundation , contact: Mike Tancredi [email protected] Ph: 224-458-4507

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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:
Kerstin Lynam | [email protected] | 323-657-5557

The Pavlove Foundation / The Pablove Foundation



To Write Love on Her Arms

To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

For more information or to join To Write Love on Her Arms team, contact:
Amber Gardner | [email protected] | (321) 499-3901

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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 589 children and 306 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:
Charlie Orchard | [email protected]

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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

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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

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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

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5K 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


ARC

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:
Corrine Botte | [email protected] | 818-762-4365

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As largest 1-1 mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in the LA community. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

For more information or to join the Big Brothers Big Sister team, contact:
Daniel Rodriguez | [email protected] | 213-213-2420

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CASA of Los Angeles

CASA of Los Angeles provides one-on-one advocacy for children in Los Angeles County’s child welfare system who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASA/LA’s vision is a Los Angeles in which every child in the child welfare system has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive. To learn more about CASA/LA please visit www.casala.org.

For more information or to join the CASA of Los Angeles team, contact:
Kelly Lozo | [email protected] | (323) 859-2888

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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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Fulfillment Fund

The Fulfillment Fund is a life-changing college access and success organization that helps make college a reality for first-generation and lower-income Los Angeles students. Through time-tested programs, including one-on-one college counseling, classroom instruction, mentorships, career resources, and so much more, the Fulfillment Fund empowers its students to graduate high school, get into college, and earn their degree.

For more information or to join the Fulfillment Fund Team, contact:
Carole Crone l [email protected] l 323-900-8789


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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

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Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond.

We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world, a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal, and complete members of society.

For more information, or to join the Los Angeles LGBT Center Team, contact: Kimberly Fisher | [email protected] | 323-860-5845

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Osborne Head & Neck Foundation (OHNF)

OHNF provides life-saving head and neck surgical care for those in need here in LA and abroad. Events like this fund an annual Medical Aid Mission to developing countries such as Ethiopia, India and Peru, provide travel grants for those who can’t afford to reach expert surgical care, and educational programs for high school students who want to become the Foundation's future caring surgeons. Run with us and change a life!

For more information or to join the Osborne Head & Neck Foundation team, contact:
Dave Dell | [email protected] | (323) 353-5116

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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

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South Central LAMP

South Central LAMP engages immigrant mothers and their children ages 0-5 in a comprehensive three-year curriculum that includes: Parenting Education, English as a Second Language, Early Childhood Education, Parent-Child Interactive Literacy Activities, and Family Advocacy. We also partner with local agencies to offer families support services, onsite health screenings, educational workshops and weekly food distribution.

To learn more or to join the South Central LAMP team, contact:
Ninette Ayala - Team Captain | [email protected] | (323) 234-1471

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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

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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

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