Official Charities

If your charity would like to join the fun and fund raise through Vancouver’s only Marathon event, please email: The RUN4HOPE Charity Program is organized by the local non-profit RUNVAN® and is accepting new charity applications now. Let’s connect to raise awareness and funds for your charity! Charities help to provide rewarding experiences for both runners and volunteers, and benefit from receiving fund raising dollars and online donations.

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.

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is a non-profit school supporting students with language-based learning disabilities, located in North Vancouver, BC. We empower students by unlocking and removing obstacles to learning so that each child can experience personal growth and academic achievement. Our school specializes in educating and growing the confidence of students with dyslexia, autism, ADHD and anxiety, and other learning disabilities in Grades K – 12. Students come to KGMS after experiencing years of struggle and failure. We strive to empower them to move past their learning obstacles so they may experience a successful future. Our unique program includes one-on-one Orton Gillingham tutoring, the lowest teacher to student ratio in the province, and a focus on hands-on learning. We utilize the principles of Universal Design so that each child feels safe and comfortable both physically and emotionally to learn.

St. John Ambulance, BC & Yukon

Therapy Dogs, Medical First Responders and Youth Leadership Programs. With over 2,700 active volunteers, St. John Ambulance (BC & Yukon)’s mission is to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety, and quality of life. We carry this out by providing lifesaving first aid and CPR training, equipping people with safety supplies such as AEDs and Emergency Preparedness Kits, and serving our communities to further health and well-being. We make an impact by providing first aid at community events and in national emergencies, facilitating therapy dog visits to those in need of a furry friend, and mentoring youth to become leaders through training and service to the community. We also continue to be engaged with community needs through lifesaving initiatives such as spreading publicly accessible AED awareness and enhancing opioid response within the public. Run with us to ensure better, healthier, and safer places for everyone to work, live, and play!

Silver Charities

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of BC

Support and stand by those living with ALS in BC

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.

BC Lupus

Together we can conquer lupus.

BC Lupus Society is the only BC organization dedicated solely to providing lupus education and support services. We are dedicated to conquering one of the most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Since 1960, Big Sisters BCLM has been igniting the potential of youth through life changing mentorship
programs. Our youth face many adversities such as poverty, bullying and violence.  By matching them
with a caring mentor, we provide them the support they need to succeed. Help our youth dream BIG!

Down Syndrome Resource Foundation

The Down Syndrome Resource Foundation supports students with educational programs and services to help unleash their full potential. Our programs build 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.

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!


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!

Vancouver Firefighter Charities

VanFire Charities is how firefighters help people when they’re not at the firehall.

Firefighters raise funds, then build programs to help in-need people directly. All programs and fundraisers are managed by off-duty Vancouver Firefighters, who give their personal time, and also donate funds directly to VFC through voluntary payroll donations. In 2018, the Vancouver Firefighters’ Payroll Donation program raised over $140,000 for charitable programs.

The Walking School Bus

TWSB envisions a world where everyone who seeks education can access it. In collaboration with the UNHCR, we are building BrightBox-classrooms to enhance education for refugees in Uganda. The BrightBox is a remote, free-standing, solar-powered classroom that provides literacy and education for up to 6000 students. #RunWithUs to enhance #RefugeeEducation!

Bronze Charities

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC
Covenant House
Easter Seals BC
KidSport BC
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, BC & Yukon
Rare Disease 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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