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Our Charities

The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend is pleased to partner with many wonderful and worthwhile programs that support local initiatives and benefit people from right here in the Philadelphia Region, nationally and around the world. To learn more about becoming a part of our charity program, contact [email protected] for additional information.

2021 Official Charity

(Title Partner) American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Join the AACR Runners for Research (AACR) team and put more meaning into your miles!

As the first and largest cancer research organization dedicated to accelerating the conquest of cancer, the AACR has been making progress against cancer for nearly 115 years. Without research, there are no treatments or cures for patients, and with more than 49,000 members worldwide, the AACR brings together the greatest minds in cancer science to defeat all types of cancer.

Become part of a community that trains and runs together, all while raising funds for an important cause. AACR Runners for Research team members receive perks such as AACR Runners for Research swag, access to the team tent on race day, and race registration reimbursement.

88 cents of every dollar donated to the AACR supports lifesaving cancer research.

2020 Affiliate Charities

Achilles International, Philadelphia Chapter

We enable athletes with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics.

Contact: Natalie Tine / 215-761-1431
Website: www.phillyachilles.com

ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter

The mission of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

Contact: Taylor Montgomery
Website: www.alsphiladelphia.org

Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is a national nonprofit working to improve the quality of life of people affected by Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and drive research for a cure. FTD is the most common dementia for people under 60. Currently, there are no treatments and there is no cure.

Contact: Bridget Graham 
Website: www.theaftd.org

Back on My Feet

Back on My Feet, a national organization operating in 14 major cities coast to coast, combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

Contact: Mary Elizabeth Sullivan 
Website: www.backonmyfeet.org

Bike & Build

Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement. We envision future generations who are committed to a lifetime of civic engagement and who inspire individuals and communities to create fair, decent housing for all.

Contact: Lauren Hamilton, Associate Director of Outreach and Communications / 267-331-8488
Website: www.bikeandbuild.org

The Children’s Heart Foundation (Michigan Region)

We are a group of volunteers that formed in 2010 to support The Children's Heart Foundation's mission of funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects (CHDs).

Contact: Don Mayack / 248-252-6639
Website: www.childrensheartfoundation.org

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF)

The mission of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by bile duct cancer. CCF provides patient education and advocacy, funds research, and hosts two annual international conferences for patients and healthcare professionals.

Contact: Meredith Mcguffage / 888-936-6731, x12
Website: www.TeamCCF.org

Community Partnership School

Community Partnership School is now in its 13th year of providing a high quality and affordable early childhood and elementary school alternative in Philadelphia.

Contact: Katie Lieberman
Website: www.cpsphilly.org

Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association serves eight counties in SE Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Our mission: The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.™.

Questions: Maggie Shope / 215-399-9153
Join the team: http://act.alz.org/R2R2021

DetermiNation – The American Cancer Society

DetermiNation is an endurance training program that empowers people to find their extraordinary and complete an endurance race while raising funds to help save lives threatened by every cancer in every community. With access to professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, DetermiNation will help you cross the finish line of your race.

Contact: Michael Brady / 215-985-5364
Website: determination.acsevents.org

Emily’s Entourage

Emily’s Entourage accelerates research and drug development for nonsense mutations of Cystic Fibrosis. By providing critical leadership and coordination, Emily’s Entourage drives high-impact research, cultivates multi-stakeholder collaboration, and facilitates information exchange to speed breakthroughs. Our goal is singular: to expedite life-saving treatments and a cure for those with nonsense mutations of CF who are waiting with bated and fading breath.

Contact: Angela Marks
Website: www.emilysentourage.org

The Emily Whitehead Foundation

The Emily Whitehead Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds to invest in the most promising pediatric cancer research, providing support to pediatric cancer patients, and promoting awareness through education and sharing inspiring stories.

Contact: [email protected]
Website: www.emilywhiteheadfoundation.org

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through interactive lessons and running games, culminating with a celebratory 5K. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Contact: Colleen Howard
Website: www.gotrphiladelphia.org / 215-247-8598


The mission of the IM ABLE Foundation is to remove obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities and motivation. We change attitudes about the potential of disabled individuals by redefining what is possible.

Contact: Kelly Haldeman / 610-914-5515
Website: www.imablefoundation.org


In Rwanda, “Komera” means "be strong, have courage."

Komera develops self-confident young women through education, community development, and sport.

At Komera, we believe women are strong, powerful and full of potential. We use a holistic approach to development composed of three pillars, designed to provide opportunities for women to unleash their potential!

Contact: Lauren Mason, Director of Partnerships / 610-914-5515
Website: www.komera.org 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Multiple Sclerosis involves an immune mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system. The Society's mission is to ensure people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

Contact: Jennifer Revell / 212-453-3254
Website: www.FinishMS.com


Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience, and passion of our global Parkinson’s community.

Contact: Lauren Ullrich / 646-388-7635
Website: www.parkinson.org

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia Program

Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through work in health, education, community building and sports, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities.

Contact: Kristin Craven / 610-630-9450 x252
Website: www.sopaphilly.org

Start Giving Local

At Start Giving Local, we are dedicated to improving community wellness. Our inclusive training & development programs help reduce economic stratification, foster career development, support local business, encourage entrepreneurship, & increase opportunity for underrepresented community members.

Contact: Kelly O'Connell / 415-857-0193
Website: www.startgivinglocal.org

Students Run Philly

Serving 1,200 youth annually, the Students Run Philly Style mentoring model pairs youth grades 6-12 with volunteer mentors; they train alongside each other as they prepare for a full or half marathon. The result is youth who believe anything is possible.

Contact: Danny Burke / 267-730-3456
Website: www.studentsrunphilly.org