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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.

Additionally, the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend partners with its fiscal agent, the Philadelphia City Fund, to allocate a portion of its revenue for grantmaking to support the Philadelphia community each year. Through its Community Fund, PCF invests those proceeds in charitable projects that improve the quality of life for our residents. Learn more about grant opportunities through PCF’s Community Fund.

2023 Official Charity

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

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer.

With a fundraising goal of $600,000, you’re invited to join and/or support the AACR Runners for Research team during the 2023 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. These funds will directly support the AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer through: Research, Education, Communication, Collaboration, Science Policy and Advocacy, and Funding for Cancer Research.

Become part of a community that puts more meaning in their miles by raising funds for lifesaving cancer research and receive various race weekend perks!

Charity Affiliate Program

The goal of this program is to assist charitable organizations’ fundraising efforts by providing guaranteed race entries to one of the nation’s top 10 and most anticipated races.

In return for providing discounted entries, charities must secure athletes through their organization’s marketing efforts and networks to reach those individuals or teams interested in running to support for your special cause.

Prospective charities must fit into one or more of the Philadelphia Weekend Marathon’s core initiatives and possess a valid 501 (c)(3) documentation.

Learn more

2023 Charity Affiliates

Achilles International
Achilles’ mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.

The Philadelphia chapter promotes volunteerism within the community by pairing athletes with disabilities with guides that can help them train for and participate in races such as the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend.

Contact: Natalie Tine / 215-761-1431

The Alzheimer's Association (Delaware Valley Chapter)
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementias by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves the greater Philadelphia area, the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey, and the full state of Delaware.

Contact: Catherine McCarthy / 908-217-8309

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is the leading national nonprofit working to improve the quality of life of people affected by frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and to drive research to bring hope for a world with compassionate care, effective support, and a future free of this disease.

Contact: Bridget Graham / 267-758-8649

B Inspired Philadelphia
B Inspired Philadelphia provides after-school programming to Philadelphia’s most under-resourced schools and two summer camps in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia school district students learn important skills and tools to be champions of their own well-being through innovative programs like fitness and finance and enjoy cultural programming through B Inspired partnerships with institutes like the Philadelphia Ballet and The Barnes Foundation.

Contact: Schuyler Nunn / 215-290-4188

Cystic Fibrosis Research Fund Inc. (Emily's Entourage)
Emily’s Entourage speeds lifesaving research and drug development for individuals in the final 10% of the cystic fibrosis (CF) community that do not benefit from currently available mutation-targeted therapies, including those with nonsense mutations of CF.

Contact: Laura DiTrapano / 267-261-0707

Girls on the Run Philadelphia
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd–8th grade. GOTR teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event.

Since its inception in 2012, GOTR has served over 5,000 girls in Philadelphia, primarily under-resourced.

Contact: Colleen Howard / 202-321-9100

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

The mid-Atlantic chapter serves Philadelphia by providing both virtual and in-person educational programs. Go to and view the regional impact sheet for more info.

Contact: Zach Omer / 763-317-1308

Philadelphia Youth Basketball
Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) is a community-built youth empowerment organization that leverages the iconic game of basketball to help today's urban youth overcome the most urgent and systemic issues facing underserved communities.

PYB has proudly served over 5,000 young people since 2015.

Contact: Glynis Baun / 215-205-8827

Starfinder Foundation
Starfinder is a sports-based youth development organization using soccer to inspire social change and transform the lives of youth from underserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Through soccer, mentoring, and an environment that challenges and supports, Starfinder helps youth cultivate their athletic, creative, and academic talents and chart a pathway to a bright future.

Contact: Zane Schultz / 321-427-9695

Students Run Philly Style

Students Run Philly Style transforms students’ lives through running and mentorship. We pair volunteer mentors with teams of students to inspire them to push themselves further than they ever imagined. Their goal: the completion of a full or a half marathon. The courage and effort required, the unfailing support of a caring mentor and the thrill of its ultimate achievement results in a student who knows anything is possible.

Contact: Danny Burke / 708-254-1505