2018 Official Charities
The RUN4HOPE program has helped runners raise more than $14.9 million for charity and community good. Please join in. Thank you!
BC Cancer Foundation
Our Vision: A world free from cancer.
The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.
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-Burnaby 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.
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.
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!
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.