Help support a good cause by donating to the Charity Partner of your choice.

The Charity Partner program is an optional program. Participants are able to contribute directly to the charity of their choice through the links on this page, and 100% of the donated amount goes directly to the charities. All of the local charities listed below also help support the Seattle Marathon Family of Events by providing volunteers to help support you on Race Day!

Help support these great charities by checking out their links on this page.


Supporting: Seattle Marathon 10K Race & Kids Fun Run, Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 34,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 18,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the scientific partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit www.AACR.org or www.AACRFoundation.org.

Supporting: Seattle Marathon 10K Race & Kids Fun Run, Seattle Children's Kids Marathon, Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Keystone Club is a national leadership program for teens within Boys & Girls Clubs. Keystone promotes leadership in the Club and the community and focuses on three core areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. The Ballard Keystone Club is 40 members strong and has put in over 1,000 hours of community service in the past year and has graduated 100% of its members on-time from high school.

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County gives kids a place to call their own, where they can have fun, get a hot meal, be creative, be a part of a team, get help with homework...or just hang out with friends. We offer safe, fun, inclusive, and inspiring places that kids and families count on—every day.

Thirteen locations with open doors throughout King County create space for children and teens to learn, create, and attain their best in academics, athletics, and more. Together we’re changing lives. Find out more at positiveplace.org.

Supporting: Seattle Marathon 10K Race & Kids Fun Run, Seattle Children's Kids Marathon

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound is a non-profit organization that operates a youth-development program that uses the power of running to give girls in 3rd - 5th grade the tools to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their power and activate their gifts! For more information, visit www.girlsrun.org.

Seattle Children's Kids Marathon, Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and empower young people to stop the spread of HIV. Founded by four professional soccer players, Grassroot Soccer is mobilizing the most vulnerable population of youth ages 13-18 to break the cycle of AIDS by engaging local coaches who equip young people with the knowledge, skills and support they need to avoid HIV. GRS has a global reach with flagship sites in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Through the international language of soccer, GRS is empowering young people to create and AIDS-Free generation. GRS is grateful for the support of the Seattle community, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Seattle Sounders. We hope you’ll join team GRS this year. We promise to support team members every step of the way with training tips, fundraising support, training gear and more. www.grassrootsoccer.org

Supporting: Seattle Marathon 10K Race & Kids Fun Run, Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Kiwanis Club of Seattle is a part of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Seattle Kiwanis Memorial Fund is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. The club uses contributions to support disadvantaged youth. 100% of all proceeds go to charities.  Learn more at www.kiwanisseattle.org.

Supporting: Seattle Marathon 10K Race & Kids Fun Run, Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Operation Ward 57’s mission is to support wounded warriors, their families and medical staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD by providing items that assist in recovery, maintenance and morale of the hospital environment and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances. For more information, visit www.operationward57.org.

A non-profit organization, is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. Free to Breathe is united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. Through Free to Breathe events, communities come together to help fund critical lung cancer research, as well as programs that provide comprehensive resources to people living with lung cancer. Since its inception in 2006, the event series has raised more than $12 million with 100 percent of the net proceeds directly funding research and patient programs crucial to increasing survival.

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying effective PF treatments and assisting those living with the disease. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high quality care and leads research for a cure so people with pulmonary fibrosis will live longer, healthier lives. By actively engaging the PF community, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has developed essential programs available to those living and working with pulmonary fibrosis. For more information on the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, please visit http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/.

Asha for Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to socioeconomic change in the underprivileged communities of India primarily through the means of education. We also address other issues which impact development, including: gender inequality, health care, civilian rights, income generation, and the environment. "Miles for Smiles," is a marathon training program to raise funds for our projects. 100% of all donations reach our project partners in India. For more information, visit www.ashanet.org/seattle.

Today is the day you’ll start helping save the lives of blood cancer patients by joining Team In Training (TNT) and raising money for blood cancer research. Since its beginning in 1988, more than 600,000 participants have helped TNT and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) raise more than $1.4 billion. TNT is the oldest and largest sports endurance training program of its kind. Only with TNT do you receive coaching support, fundraising support, event weekend support, as well as lifelong friendships and the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of so many with blood cancer, because Someday Is Today. For more information, visit our website at www.teamintraining.org/wa, or call us at 206-957-4573.

Supporting: Seattle Children's Kids Marathon

Seattle Children’s consists of: Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho—the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. For more information, visit www.seattlechildrens.org.

Charity Partner Opportunities

Is the Seattle Marathon Charity Partner Program right for your organization?


The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon has helped many local and national organizations raise thousands of dollars through its Charity Partnership Program. As part of the program, individual participants register to support an affiliated cause and commit to fundraising as part of their marathon journey. By supporting a charity partner, runners are given the distinctive opportunity to make more of their marathon experience by not only accomplishing a personal goal on race day, but by giving back to a worthy cause.

For the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, our partner organizations begin their fundraising platforms and recruitment of runners several months in advance of race day. Each organization - some of which are solely volunteer-based with no paid staff support - dedicates countless hours and resources to recruiting, planning, marketing, promoting and organizing their charity run teams. Depending on the capacity of the organization, runners can participate in training runs, team meetings, and meet-ups for race weekend.

In 2015, the Charity Partner Program included 13 charities. The organizations raised more than $40,000 to support causes such as medical research, animal rescue and support, education, food insecurity, and health and wellness initiatives.


Charity Partners can recruit runners in two ways: as part of one designated team or as individual runners. Many of our larger charity partners already have teams in place that train throughout the year. Generally, a set minimum donation is required of all team runners to secure a place on the team.

Our local and smaller organizations rely heavily on individual runners to represent them and to raise donations. A minimum is generally determined on an individual basis and factors.

As an official charity partner, organizations receive discounted entries to the marathon and half-marathon races. A team leader for the charity organization coordinates the distribution of these entries.


More than 1100 volunteers are needed over the 3-day race weekend for the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. The bulk of volunteers are needed on race day to assist with water stations, course marshalling, finishers' area support and takedown.

In exchange for official recognition as a charity partner for the marathon, charity partners must provide volunteer support (ranging from 15-30 people) for a water station and a minimum of 10 course marshal locations.

Charity partners are encouraged to decorate their assigned water station to support not only their team runners, but also the thousands of individual runners who endure the challenge.


Each organization creates its own fundraising platform, in which funds raised are returned directly back to the organization. No funds are filtered through the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. So, every dollar raised directly supports the mission and services of our charity partners. The marathon prides itself on providing this direct fundraising link.

Along with the official designation as a charity partner, an organization receives marketing and promotional support valued at more than $6000. Charity partners will receive the following benefits:

  • Listing in the race runner's guide (10,000 print copies and online digital magazine and PDF)
  • Logo placement on posters, race entries and supplemental print material
  • Seattle Marathon Association website
  • Direct promotion and mentions in SMA newsletter and social media sites (this might replace the item below)
  • Access to all Seattle Marathon Association social media resources
  • Access to store nights and runner recruitment events
  • Discounted expo vendor booth (70-75% discount)
  • Complimentary runner and information booth in the finisher's recovery area
  • Banner placement in the finisher's recovery area
  • Complimentary vendor booth at the SMA Summer 10K
  • Listing in the results issues (direct mailed to all participants and online digital magazine and PDF)

Most of the fundraising efforts are driven by the organization itself. The aforementioned benefits are available to each charity partner. It is up to the charity partner's discretion to utilize any or all of the benefits.