2019 Official Charities
The RUN4HOPE program has helped runners raise over $15 million for charity and community good. Please join in. Thank you!
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
We empower educational attainment through mutually beneficial partnerships that promote our holistic, research driven approach of Access, Nutrition, & Curriculum.
Our journey started through the realization that students travelled great distances to access education. While searching for solutions to this problem of Access, we learned that once students would arrive at school, they did not have adequate access to Nutrition – a prerequisite for education. Finally, while working in the classrooms, we discovered the high rates of teacher absenteeism and lack of teacher fluency, these obstacles were hurting student literacy – the number one predictor of academic success and we started working to improve curriculum through our SiMBi Reading Application and Solar-powered Classrooms.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.