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Our Charities

The Philadelphia Marathon 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.

2020 Official Charity

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

Join the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Runners for Research team! Make This Run Matter! The AACR is the first and largest cancer research organization in the world and has been behind every cancer breakthrough for more than 110 years.

Without research, there are no treatments or cures for patients, and with more than 37,000 members worldwide, the AACR brings together the greatest minds in cancer science to defeat ALL types of cancer.

By joining the AACR Runners for Research team, you can be a part of the largest cancer research run in the U.S., help raise critical funds to further cancer research, and receive great benefits, including race registration reimbursement up to $105. Every step you take through Philadelphia is a step towards a cure.

Of every dollar donated, 88 cents goes to support lifesaving cancer research.

Learn more about AACR Runners for Research benefits


2019 Affiliate Charities

ACCT Philly

ACCT Philly is the Philadelphia region’s largest animal care provider and shelter, serving almost 20,000 animals each year. Our mission is to provide shelter, care and life saving efforts for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals and protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Philadelphia.

Contact: Adam Bates / 267-385-3800
Website: www.acctphilly.org

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

The Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Delaware Valley Chapter, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania provides programs and services to nearly 300,000 people who are affected by dementia in Delaware, South Jersey, and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Contact: Lisa Radin
Website: www.alz.org/delval

The Adult Congenital Heart Association

The Adult Congenital Heart Association’s mission is to improve and extend the lives of the millions born with heart defects through education, advocacy and the promotion of research. For 20+ years, we have supported individuals and families living with congenital heart disease, and advanced care and treatment options available

Contact: Samantha Sayward 
Website: www.achaheart.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 12 major cities coast to coast, combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

Contact: Rebecca Little / 302-632-4390
Website: www.backonmyfeet.org

Big Hearts to Little Hearts

We are a 501(c)3 charity that raises funds for life-saving research and programs for victims of congenital heart disease which claims twice as many young lives each year as all forms of pediatric cancer combined. Most of our funds to go CHOP's Cardiac Center.

Contact: Lynn Accisano / 732-773-4463
Website: www.bighearts2littlehearts.com

Bike & Build

Join Team Bike & Build and run the 2018 Philadelphia Marathon. Pay our $50 registration fee plus raise $300 to support Bike & Build and you will be set to run! Enter here. Bike & Build is a 501c3 charity based in Philadelphia.

Contact: Lily Goldberg / 267-331-8488
Website: www.bikeandbuild.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
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

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: [email protected]
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: Jodie Potter
Website: www.emilywhiteheadfoundation.org


The mission is to support and empower girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mothers. Offers individual mentorship to help provide strong female role models during the difficult time of grief.

Contact: Ann Marie Leitao ([email protected])
Website: www.empoweringher.org

Epilepsy Foundation’s Athletes vs Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation’s Athletes vs Epilepsy is a nationwide program for athletes of all ages and skill levels to participate, raise awareness and funds to help millions of people living with the challenges of epilepsy, find cures and save lives. Thank you for your support!

Contact: Meredith Gretch
Website: www.AthletesVsEpilepsy.com

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/solemates

Home for Our Troops

HFOT is a nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country. Help build homes and rebuild lives by making every mile count with Team HFOT in Philly.

Contact: Krista Landry / 508-967-9029
Website: www.hfotusa.org/TeamHFOT


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

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

The Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair Sports Program sponsors wheelchair athletes in basketball, rugby, tennis, and racing. Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Program helps people with disabilities reach personal health and wellness goals, heighten independence, and improve quality of life.

Contact: Keith Newerla / 215-587-3412
Website: www.mageerehab.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: Michelle Ludlow / Megan Smutz  / 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: Francesca Villa
Website: www.parkinson.org/get-involved/Parkinsons-Champions/Philadelphia-Marathon

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: [email protected]
Website: www.sopaphilly.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