Charity running has become an integral part of the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5K, and we want to continue supporting your programs and the causes they focus on improving. Training for a half marathon is a challenge, and finding the right motivation is a great way to keep it fun and help athletes stay committed.
Prospective Charity Partners
Applications for the 2022 HOKA Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Charity Program are now available. We appreciate all of the charities that will be a part of race weekend and look forward to adding new and returning organizations to next year’s race.
2022 Charity Partners
Save the Children is an international children’s relief organization that has been helping children in the U.S. and around the world for 100 years. When you join our team, you receive a guaranteed entry into the Chicago Triathlon, great team swag, an invitation to our race weekend breakfast, special race experiences, and more! By fundraising with us, you are helping to provide children with what they deserve – a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. Join us and create ripples of change for children everywhere.
With your help, we will ensure:
- No child dies from preventable causes
- All children learn from a quality basic education
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
The Life Time Foundation partners with schools around the country to eliminate processed and artificial ingredients from lunches. Their mission to create healthier future generations for years to come is brought to life through donations, which go directly to the schools.
By fundraising $500 you will receive free race entry to the 2020 Hoka One One Chicago Half Marathon or 5K, New Balance Performance Tank, Life Time Foundation gear, a personal fundraising page with fundraising support and a full heart for giving children a healthier future.
RUN PROUD with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), endurance training charity program benefiting AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). T2 offers world class training programs for multiple endurance events. T2 is about the journey and the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable. For more than 35 years, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has led the fight to create health equity and justice for people living with and disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS.
Run for Central America is an initiative of ENLACE. ENLACE (pronounced en-lay-say, the Spanish word for link) is a Central American community development organization with 26 years of experience helping church and civic leaders learn how to work together as a team and attack the fundamental problems that keep their communities trapped in the cycle of poverty. ENLACE coaches these local leaders in how to install clean water systems, provide loans to women starting small businesses, build schools and health clinics, construct homes for families and so much more.
The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to save lives through the prevention and cure of ovarian cancer and to improve quality of life for survivors and their caregivers. As a member of NOCC Team Teal, runners make a difference with their miles as they use the love of running to positively impact lives affected by this disease.
Camp One Step provides safe, fun, recreational programs for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Team One Step runs to raise funds to help provide these programs free of charge to families. Join the team and you will receive a paid entry, coaching, training plans, fundraising assistance, and a supportive team. You’ll have an amazing experience and raise $500- enough to sponsor a child with cancer for a life-changing experience! You will be invited to virtually meet the very campers you are supporting.
5 Chicagoland Domestic Violence advocacy agencies have joined forces as a coalition and formed Run Domestic Violence Out of Town. By participating in this collaborative campaign, runners have the opportunity to raise both money for and awareness about Chicago-area domestic violence service providers, whose services range from housing assistance, counseling, advocacy, and legal support for survivors to violence prevention efforts and policy advocacy to improve conditions for survivors. Funds raised benefit The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence, Family Rescue, Arab American Family Services, Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, and Shalva.
Big Shoulders Fund provides support to schools with demonstrated need which provide a quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children. Big Shoulders Fund is unique in that our administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income. One hundred percent of funds currently raised support four major areas – scholarships and enrichment, operational improvements, academic programs, and leadership development – with the goal of not just strengthening schools, but whole communities, and preparing students for life-long success.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a nonprofit organization that brings the MS movement together—and turns our power and passion into real results. What began with one woman’s vision and commitment is today a 50-state network leading a global charge to create a world free of MS. MS was neglected and poorly understood when the Society was started in 1946. But together, as a movement, we’ve reshaped life with MS.
Our mission is to cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives. With nearly one million people living with MS in the United States, more than twice the original estimate, solutions for MS are now twice as important. The Finish MS team provides cause-driven athletes the opportunity to push their own personal limits and challenge themselves physically, while working to create a world free of MS.
Joining the Finish MS team not only enhances your overall event experience but provides all-encompassing Society staff support starting the moment you register. We’re in this together—and the next chapter of the MS movement is ours to write. Together, we will create a world free of MS.
LUNGevity Foundation is the nation’s leading lung cancer organization focused on improving outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education and support for patients, survivors and caregivers, and policy initiatives.
The mission of St. Dominic School is to prepare our students for the future by providing a quality education rooted in the Catholic faith experience through the development of each individual student’s potential.
The mission of the St. Dominic School Home and School Association is to unite the home, the school, and the Church in their endeavors to provide education rooted in the Catholic faith experience.
In 2004, residents of the low-income and primarily Latino neighborhood of Little Village joined with administrators from nearby Saint Anthony Hospital to address the critical lack of accessible health services on the Southwest Side.
Realizing that thousands of residents lacked quality medical services and relied on the emergency department for routine care, they decided to open a primary care clinic on South California Avenue and name it Esperanza the Spanish word for hope. Today, with five sites and a team of almost 300 dedicated staff, Esperanza is one of the most respected Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation, delivering accessible, bilingual care to more than 25,000 patients every year.
From adult medicine, women’s health and pediatrics to behavioral health services and wellness programs, Esperanza meets the needs of its community with innovation and a sterling commitment to quality. Esperanza today is recognized as a National Quality Leader by the Health Resources and Services Administration a designation that places us among the top 3% of health centers nationally and among the top two in Illinois.
The Rohingya Cultural Center is a community based social service organization aimed at serving the needs of the Rohingya refugee population in Chicago as well as raising awareness of the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
Family Reach is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment. Loss of income, out-of-pocket expenses, and socioeconomic factors create disparities in the financial burdens families face. Family Reach delivers financial education, financial coaching, resource navigation, and emergency relief funds to patients and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis so no family has to choose between their health and their home.
Project Purple is an impact-driven organization with a vision of a world without pancreatic cancer. Our mission is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit 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 also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Rincon Family Services was established in 1972, through a clinic called “El Rincon.” Rafael “Paloma” Rios, a magnetic organizer in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, led the founding. Rios has been credited with being the visionary force among the originators of Fiestas Patronales—a long-standing annual festival celebrating Puerto Rican heritage and culture in Humboldt Park. With the support and intellect of a group of empowered Latino civic leaders—clergy, elected officials, law enforcement and medical professionals—El Rincon became the first agency of its kind in the West Town community. It was an establishment created by Latinos for Latinos who sought a safe haven from the perils of drug addiction. In 2011, “El Rincon” became “Rincon Family Services” as a result of the awareness that substance abuse can have a domino effect on families.
In the last five years, Rincon has added seven new programs that engage children, teenagers, and parents with effective methods of treating and preventing addictive behaviors. Additionally, we are invested in diversifying our resources in order to provide the most comprehensive and sustainable care available to our clients. Rincon proudly remains a community-driven organization that specializes in culturally competent care.
Parkinson’s Champions participate in the Parkinson’s Foundation’s community fundraising and endurance programs to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Together, Parkinson’s Champions have hosted more than 150 annual community fundraisers across the country, run more than 15,000 miles and raised nearly $15 million to help make lives better for people living with Parkinson’s.
When war breaks out, Children in Conflict teams are amongst the first on the scene to respond, and always the last to leave. We create long-standing structures of support for children to recover and rebuild from the effects of conflict. By reuniting missing children with their families, rebuilding schools, providing mental health support, and creating safe spaces for children to learn, we give children a chance to just be children again. We currently have teams working to help those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Yemen, the Central African Republic (CAR), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
KFFL/KPMG Families For Literacy aims to improve literacy rates across Chicago by increasing access to books for our young readers.
The mission of KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL), a fund of the KPMG U.S. Foundation, is to eradicate childhood illiteracy by putting new books and educational resources into the hands of children in need and developing the next generation of young leaders through reading. KFFL, in collaboration with the nonprofit social enterprise, First Book, has provided nearly 6 million new books to over 165,000 students in underserved communities since its inception in 2008.
Culinary Care is a nonprofit on a mission to make mealtime easier for families and individuals diagnosed with cancer. As part of Team Culinary Care every mile you run will give a warm meal, comfort, and support at a time it’s needed most!
The DetermiNation Endurance Series is the American Cancer Society’s powerful and inspiring movement that empowers athletes of all abilities to make their miles more meaningful by dedicating their training and participation in marathons, triathlons, cycling, and other endurance events to a lifesaving effort to end cancer. Together, we’ll tackle every course, rally every community, and stay absolutely relentless in the fight against cancer. Join DetermiNation and Make Your Miles More Meaningful.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Founded in 2015, by Sunny Akhigbe – someone who has lived and walked the devastation of opposition, adversity and a troubled beginning.
With his life experience, Sunny is now able to identify with others first-hand and bring a solution to their frustrations.
Our co-founders, Diana Bridges, and Sunny, traveled both within the US and internationally, to deeper research the main areas of concern. It always leads back to the lack of funding and lack of concern for the youth growing up in an ever-changing world of turmoil. It appeared obvious that our focal point should be the youth.
Since then, we have created programs that generate change in the youth who are our leaders of tomorrow. It is our mission to provide them with positive options and to speak to them in REAL TIME, to show by example, when thrown into a difficult situation, how to overcome and make the best decision for their future.
Our Vision: We believe every child has the right to play. As a foundation, we believe that physical activity is critical to a child’s development and is directly correlated to how they perform in the classroom.
Fundraising Made Easy
There are a number of creative and functional ways you can make the fundraising effort tremendously successful for your charity. The most common and effective way is by setting up a fundraising pledge program where runners collect pledges and donations based on the completion of their race. As the charity, you would obtain the race entry on behalf of the individual (at a certain value), and the individual in turn raises a minimum of “X dollars” for your charity to be able to earn that entry to the half marathon.
As an example, charities tend to ask for pledges ranging from a minimum of $200 up to $3,000. Depending on the minimum pledge, charities create packages that include travel arrangements (hotels, airfare, etc.), shirts, pre and post race meals, and training/coaching programs. Each charity has the option to develop a program according to your goals, resources and expected participants. We can help provide you with ideas and opportunities, but the implementation and collection of the fundraising program is up to the charity and its participants.
How do runners find out that a charity is affiliated with the Chicago Half Marathon?
Recruiting participants to fundraise is generally done through your communication channels and database of contacts. However, we will promote your charity through our website and direct interested runners to research our partner charities or those who support causes which they may have a specific interest in.
16-MINUTE PACE REQUIREMENT
The Chicago Half Marathon is the only race in Chicago that gets to close down Lake Shore Drive completely between 67th Street and 31st Street. It is one of the coolest things to be able to run on one of the nation’s most famous and scenic roads. By having the road completely closed it makes for a very safe race with no traffic buzzing by participants. With this comes a price as all participants must maintain a 16-minute mile pace. This pace goes into effect as soon as the last participant crosses the start line which takes about 20 minutes.
For any charity participant that can’t maintain the 16-minute pace, they will be guided onto the lakefront path in five different locations along Lake Shore Drive. The path will be completely supported with aid stations including water, restrooms, mile markers, medical personnel and course marshals directing the participants. The finish line will remain open for those on the path until 11:30 a.m. We hope you will be able to train your participants to a 16-minute pace, but for those who just can’t do it they have an option. Please make sure all your participants are fully aware of the pace and the rules.