2018 Official Charities

Gold Charities | Silver Charities | Bronze Charities

The RUN4HOPE program has helped runners raise over $15 million for charity and community good. Please join in. Thank you!

Gold Charities

BC Cancer Foundation

We believe that together, BC CAN break down cancer.

At the BC Cancer Foundation we believe that with your help BC CAN make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. One in two people in our province will face cancer in their lifetime and we’re igniting progress to break down cancer, piece by piece, in the labs and clinics. BC CAN improve treatments for patients, harness genomics to save lives, and prevent cancer for the next generation. We are actively working with our 100,000 donors and communities across B.C. to inspire investment in BC Cancer and our provincial teams of world-leading researchers, oncologists and care providers. Together, BC CAN break down cancer.

Canadian Mental Health Association

Mentally Healthy People in a Healthy Society

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a nation-wide, voluntary movement that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. CMHA branches accomplish this mission through advocacy, education, research and service. The Vancouver-Fraser Branch has over 50 years of experience providing recovery based services for persons living with mental illness and for people wanting to improve their mental health. We offer programs and services that expand knowledge, emphasize recovery, build resiliency and create opportunities and resources for those affected my mental illness.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

At Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, we make a difference for BC’s children and families. We provide critical care for children living with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them in our two provincial locations and in their home communities, empowering them to celebrate each moment, build precious memories and manage the pain and symptoms of their illnesses and conditions. We also support the families who love them and provide the tools and resources they need to live in the moment together.

Down Syndrome Research Foundation

When Edison was born, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome: a genetic condition caused by an extra 21st chromosome, characterized by health problems, developmental delays and learning disabilities. At the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Edison and his family have found the support they needed to unleash his full potential. Now 7-years-old, Edison talks like a chatterbox, plays piano and soccer, and reads at a Grade 1 level.

Every day, stories like Edison’s are written. DSRF’s educational programming maximizes the tremendous potential of individuals with Down syndrome, building core skills needed for independence: speech and language, reading and communication, and social and emotional development. As students grow in these areas, they thrive in life, work and relationships.

The Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus supports access to education by providing a holistic approach to educational attainment. This three-prong approach of Access, Nutrition, and Curriculum helps students get to school, ensures they’re well fed, and improves their curriculum.

Learn what Business Insider has to say about their sustainable School Bus Model and what Anderson Cooper thinks about their Reading Program.

Silver Charities

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of BC

Your help provides hope.

The ALS Society of BC works to support people affected by ALS across BC & Yukon by providing a comprehensive list of programs and services, as well as funding research into the cause and cure for ALS. Run or walk in honour of a loved one or to give back to your community.

Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon

With You In The Fight For Life

The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to eradicating cancer and enhancing the lives of people living with cancer. Our impact comes from leading crucial cancer prevention initiatives, funding lifesaving research and delivering trusted information and compassionate support to people living with cancer and their caregivers. The Canadian Cancer Society has more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity in Canada. Our vision is to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer and our donors give courageously because they know that a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society is the best investment in the cancer cause.

Diabetes Canada

Lace up your running shoes and join our fight against diabetes!

Challenge yourself and help Team Diabetes and Diabetes Canada make a difference in the lives of over 10-Million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Your commitment to support people with diabetes will strengthen the efforts of the Association as we strive to provide world-class research, outstanding programs and valuable services to the 10-Million Canadians currently affected by this disease.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver

To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership opportunities as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver works alongside community partners and volunteers to build safe, decent homes that are sold to partner families with payments tailored to be no more than 30% of their annual gross income. These families would not qualify for a traditional mortgage but by contributing 500 volunteer hours (or sweat equity as we call it) with Habitat for Humanity, they help build their own home. Help us build affordable and safe homes for all!

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, BC & Yukon

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Our strategy to achieve the mission is based on three areas of focus: research, patient support and advocacy.


Irrationally crazy about moms and kids.

Mom2Mom is a community of generous and compassionate individuals, connecting for change. Through mentorship we work to alleviate poverty related stresses for families in Vancouver’s inner city so that moms can focus on parenting their kids in the best way possible, plan for the future and make connections in the communities they call home. Run with us to create a connected community and help support families in need!

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC was formed in 1997 to improve knowledge, prevention and treatment of Prostate Cancer. The foundation was formed in the Lower Mainland by Prostate Cancer support group members dedicated to the fight against Prostate Cancer. It is a non-profit organization under the Society Act devoted to promoting Prostate Cancer health and awareness, assisting support groups, supporting research dedicated to improve treatment, and finding a cure for Prostate Cancer.

SportAbility CP Sports of BC

Participation in physical activity and sport by all British Columbians who have a physical disability.

Founded in 1976, SportAbility is a registered charity which provides physical activity programs for individuals with a disability across British Columbia. SportAbility offers programs in four sports including Sledge Hockey, Boccia, Power Soccer, and 7 A-Side Soccer at both recreational and competitive levels. SportAbility’s goal is to create a fun and safe social environment for athletes with a disability, who are either being introduced to an activity for the first time or competing at an international level.

Team World Vision

For Children. For Change. For Life.

In just a few years, Team World Vision has become the largest charity running team at some of North America’s largest marathons.  Since our launch in 2006, over 20,000 team members have trained with us to successfully complete their race and feel great about protecting vulnerable children around the world.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

The YMCA is committed to strengthening the foundations of community by: helping children and families thrive; promoting healthy living; and fostering belonging and connection. For over 130 years we’ve cared for kids, shaped leaders for tomorrow and helped generations of people come together to find support, get healthier and make friends for life. We are determined to be a genuine, welcoming, hopeful place that is nurturing and fun. This is the community we want. A community where we share a sense of social responsibility; experience better health in spirit, mind and body; and where children and families can thrive.

Bronze Charities

Arthritis Society BC
BC Lupus
Covenant House
Easter Seals BC
Heart & Stroke Foundation

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Since 1996, RUN4HOPE has raised over $15 million for charities. Photo: RUNVAN®

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Join in! Run, cheer or volunteer. Photo: Stirl and Rae Photography / RUNVAN®

All RUN4HOPE charities must be legally registered charities in Good Standing with the Canadian Revenue Agency. Charities are not sponsors of the Vancouver International Marathon and their participation in the Marathon should not be construed as an endorsement by the Marathon. We understand and expect that in a diverse society there will be also be diversity of views, opinions and causes. It is in this spirit that we allow and welcome a broad range of participants.

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