Charity running has become an integral part of the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon, 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
If you’re looking to become a part of something meaningful, that will make a positive impact on your community and beyond, you’ve come to the right place.
To get started, please fill out the form below and our program manager will be in touch with more information.
Past & Current Charity Partners
Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to aid in the fight against childhood obesity. Chicago Run’s mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago youth through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs. In addition to improving the health of Chicago youth, Chicago Run programs seek to promote positive self-esteem, cross-community collaboration, and social inclusion in safe spaces with positive coaching and mentoring.
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.
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
Central America struggles with some of the highest rates of hunger and insecurity in the world. The Run for Central America team runs on behalf of ENLACE, a Central American community development organization with 25 years of experience mobilizing community leaders to build schools, water systems, health clinics, homes and so much more to provide hope for hard working people living on less than $1 a day. Now amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, most families can’t work and widespread hunger and other challenges are greater than ever. We are running to provide food, job opportunities and most of all hope!
RUN PROUD with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), endurance training charity program benefiting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). T2 offers world class training programs for multiple endurance events. T2 is about the journey as much as the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable. AFC is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Collaborating with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services, AFC funds and coordinates prevention, care and advocacy projects including effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy.
We are the only organization worldwide whose purpose is to promote awareness, advocate for research, and support those affected by SUDC. SUDC is the fifth leading category of death in children ages one to four, yet SUDC receives no public funding. The SUDC Foundation provides all services at no cost to families.
The Epstein Community Foundation (ECF) is a charity that was founded by Epstein employees with the goal of developing a partnership with communities to empower people to improve their lives. ECF collaborates with local organizations to construct safe environments and mentor communities. This is achieved through volunteering time, sharing expertise, and contributing financially to help build a brighter future. We typically volunteer with and raise money for programs in Chicago-based communities.
Camp Ramah is 150 acres of magical space, tucked away in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. In this space, campers and staff members from around the Midwest and Israel join together each summer to create an exceptional Jewish community. Founded in 1947, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin builds Jewish lives and Jewish leaders through: the cultivation of lasting friendships and relationships; holistic Jewish living that translates our rich cultural and religious history into a compelling contemporary reality; and the experiential fun of an immersive summer camp setting. Campers feel like Ramah is their second home, a place where they have fun, learn new skills, gain independence and build lifelong friendships.
Join Team One Step and run with an amazing group of people who are raising money to help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives. Through our Team One Step community and shared experiences with other runners, we impact a child with cancer, one runner at a time. Our team will get you ready for race day with experienced coaches, training plans for all fitness levels and personal fundraising assistance and resources. Join today!
The Run DV Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration representing diverse populations across Chicago. Our domestic violence agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs, and serve communities representing all races, ethnicities, and religions. The Run DV Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration representing diverse populations across Chicago. Our domestic violence agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs, and serve communities representing all races, ethnicities, and religions. We are domestic violence service providers from across the city of Chicago, who have come together to advance our cause in ending domestic violence. We recruit a team of dedicated runners to help us raise both money & awareness. All revenue generated by the Run DV Team is used by our member agencies for domestic violence prevention and supportive services for its survivors and their families.
myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.
As many as 20% of women in the U.S. are at an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but most don’t know it. Enter Bright Pink: we’re a national nonprofit on a mission to save lives by empowering women to know their risk and manage their health proactively. Athletes of all fitness levels are welcome! Training is provided. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The vision of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a World Free of MS. Our mission is that 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. Finish MS is an opportunity for cause-driven athletes to push their own personal limits and challenge themselves physically, while working to create a world free of MS. Bring your athletic fundraising vision to life and make an impact for those affected by MS. Show the world your passion.
After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to nearly 19,000 Chicago high school teens each year. TEAM After School Matters will be an experience that expands beyond crossing the finish line. You will be part of a network of individuals dedicated to raising funds for the future of Chicago – our teens.
The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation’s (CCF) mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Founded in 2006, in Salt Lake City, UT, by a family who lost a loved one to cholangiocarcinoma, CCF has grown to become the leading global resource in research, education, and public awareness.
The Chicago Parks Foundation (CPF) launched in 2013 to operate in a private-public partnership in support of Chicago’s parks. We are the official 501c3 charitable partner to the Chicago Park District, independent but collaborative in spirit. It’s our job to convert park users and lovers to park givers and stewards. We help raise funds and awareness for the parks via special events, community outreach, fiscal partnerships, and restoration projects. When you invest in a park, you improve the community that depends on it. Because it’s the people who make the parks, and every Chicago community – from South Side to North, West Side to Lakefront – has a unique park story.
Through national programs and local NOCC chapter initiatives, the NOCC’s goal is to educate communities and increase awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The NOCC also provides information to assist newly-diagnosed patients, hope to Survivors, and support to caregivers. The NOCC is also committed to the advancement of ovarian cancer research.
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter is proud to currently serve the ALS communities in Central Illinois, Greater Chicago, Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. We leave no stone unturned in searching for the cure of this progressive neurodegenerative disease. Our mission 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. Our vision is to create a world without ALS. Our Chapter provides premier programs for our ALS community, and there is no cost to individuals living with ALS and their families for any of the services we provide, which include home visits, support groups, equipment lending, and more. We financially support six local ALS Multidisciplinary Clinics, tirelessly advocate for our patients, and fund cutting-edge research around the globe to find treatments and a cure for ALS.
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.
Erie Family Health Centers provides high quality medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to all in need, regardless of ability to pay. Motivated by the belief that healthcare is a human right, we provide high quality affordable care to support healthier people, families, and communities. Erie delivers holistic care to help every member of the family stay healthy and active from infancy through adulthood.
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE’s mission is to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research.Since its inception in 1998, CURE has raised more than $60 million to fund epilepsy research and other initiatives that will lead the way to cures for the epilepsies. CURE awards grants for novel research projects to prevent epilepsy related to post-traumatic epilepsy, advancing the search for a cure, eliminating treatment side effects, and reversing deficits caused by frequent seizures. CURE funds grants for young and established investigators and to date has awarded more than 230 cutting-edge projects in 15 countries around the world.
Cure SMA leads the way to a world without spinal muscular atrophy, the number one genetic cause of death for infants. We fund and direct comprehensive research that drives breakthroughs in treatment and care, and we provide families the support they need for today.
We create business for social enterprises with work force development programs that support and expand job opportunities for people with significant barriers to fair wage employment. We are also a direct provider of jobs to people from underserved communities in Chicago through our 1eleven® Program.
When you become part of the Team Challenge family, you’re supported by coaches, mentors, and friends who understand the impact of IBD. We are a community, united to help each other and everyone impacted by Crohn’s & colitis. Whether you consider yourself athletic or not, our professional coaches will help you reach your goals. Whether you’re looking to complete 13.1, 6.2, or 3.1 miles, our support staff will ensure you cross the finish line! Our coaches are experienced in helping people of all abilities reach their goals, and our training program includes plans for both runners and walkers, as well as clinics on topics such as nutrition, gear, and injury prevention.
Street Samaritans is a 501(c)3 approved, Chicago based nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless population in the Chicago area. We provide grassroots outreach and human connection to engage and uplift our homeless brothers and sisters. Additionally we provide living essentials, clothing, and access to transitional programs to support alleviation of homelessness.
Beyond Sports Foundation uses the power of sport to transform lives by turning athletic ability into life opportunity. We work with student-athletes from under-resourced families in underserved communities to help them become strong candidates for college athletic scholarships. Many of our student-athletes are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses, and some are first generation college students. Beyond Sports Foundation helps prepare student-athletes for college and beyond by strengthening their academic, athletic, and life skills based on our four pillars of engagement: academic development, athletic training, professional development, and mentorship/social responsibility. While sport is valuable, we reinforce that sport will end one day and that an education will last a lifetime.
DEMI’S FITNESS AND LEARNING ACADEMY
Mission: Our mission is to facilitate optimal development and mastery of critical skills and behaviors at each developmental level through fitness and early childhood education.
• There are significant increases in obesity rates in Early Childhood Education
• Health and Fitness are not inclusive in Early Childhood facilities in low income communities
• The increased rates in infant mortality across the United States Solution
The enrichment center focuses on academic advancement as well as physical agility. These workshops will be activity-based on fun facts about healthy eating habits, fitness, and early intervention. A team of Early Intervention experts will participate in these workshops to address families concerns on challenging behaviors.
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.