Official Charities

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

Gold Charities

BC Cancer Foundation


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, Vancouver-Fraser

We believe everyone deserves to be mentally healthy and live in a healthy community. By offering community-based mental health education, services, and supports for all ages, CMHA, Vancouver-Fraser contributes to the long-term health and wellbeing of our communities. We have three pillars of work:

  1. Wellness and Community Inclusion – We walk alongside people living with mental illness. We support them to reach their hopes and dreams and to live full and contributing lives in their communities.
  2. Prevention and Early Intervention – We increase young peoples’ mental health knowledge while developing their skills to maintain positive mental health and to ask for help when they need it.
  3. Mental Health Promotion – We help people with these aspects of living a mentally healthy life and reduce the stigma related to 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.

Heart & Stroke Foundation BC/Yukon

Heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment take one life every five minutes in Canada. Today, more than 3.5 million people across the country of all ages, ethnicities and genders are living with these diseases. And 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor. By supporting Heart & Stroke, you will be investing in researchers — from doctoral students and young investigators through senior scientists — as they work to develop breakthroughs that help people living with heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment have the best quality of life possible. Together, we can beat heart disease, beat stroke, and beat as one. Learn more at heartandstroke.ca.

Surrey Food Bank

The Surrey Food Bank is Accredited and is a proud member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada, providing community members in need in Surrey and North Delta since 1983. Our vision is “A nourished and thriving community, free of poverty”. Our mission is “We lead with care and dignity in the effective distribution of nutritious food to those in need, and build partnerships to provide related services to eliminate poverty in our community”. We take pride in what we do which is to “Invite, Inform, Involve, and Inspire” our community. Currently, we can’t keep up with our current demands as our clients have increased by 23%, the majority of whom have children under the age of 18 and our donations have decreased by 30%. It costs over $250 per baby per month for the food bank to provide baby food. Please Help Us Help Them!


YMCA BC is the result of the unification of YMCA of Northern BC, YMCA-YWCA of Kamloops and YMCA of Greater Vancouver. Families, children, and seniors in communities from Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley to Prince George and Vanderhoof and Kamloops, British Columbia, all have the opportunity to belong, grow, thrive and lead through YMCA BC. Learn more at www.gv.ymca.ca.

Silver Charities



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.


Autism Speaks Canada a National Canadian Charity that is dedicated to enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow by supporting and working with community partners; enhancing resources and services; increasing understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.


The BC Wheelchair Floorball Association is committed to providing physically and mentally challenged athletes a safe place to play this adaptive game of wheelchair hockey, free from discrimination. The BCWFA delivers programs and supplies wheelchair sports equipment to players in need. The disabled community is often overlooked and burdened with a lack of funding, which is why we need your support to help local people with disabilities who are financially challenged, to play the sport they love.


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 people living with Down syndrome and their families with individualized and leading-edge educational programs, health services, information resources, and rich social connections so each person can flourish in their own right.

KidSport BC

Through a confidential application process, KidSport provides funding for kids from families that need financial support to help cover the cost of sport registration fees #SoALLKidsCanPlay! The program is intended to help increase participation numbers for Sport BC members and their local clubs by helping under-resourced children and youth access a season sport. Last year KidSport chapters across BC distributed $1.3M to fund sport for 4,164 kids in 150 communities and 46 different sports. 

Mamas for Mamas

Mamas for Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles. Our mission is to change the landscape of poverty through innovative approaches to financial barriers faced by struggling families. We envision a future where no Mama or child is left behind.

MS Canada

MS Canada’s mission is to connect and empower the MS community while creating positive change and a world free of MS. By harnessing the energy within our vibrant and diverse community – people living with MS, families, friends, volunteers, donors, researchers, clinicians, and many others – people affected by MS receive systems and supports needed to live rich and full lives, and researchers gain access to resources about the disease that help them develop improved treatment and care.

Special Olympics BC

The Special Olympics BC has a vision that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities all across British Columbia.

Bronze Charities

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