OUR 2017 CHARITY PARTNERS


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF KING COUNTY
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.


GIRLS ON THE RUN
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.


UW MEDICINE TEAM TRANSPLANT
The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Team Transplant provides a life-changing wellness program for transplant recipients and their support team through regular exercise, healthy eating and community support, and promotes organ donation awareness.

 

MOVE FOR HUNGER
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. They work with companies across North America to collect unwanted, unopened food from people who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks.  To date, their network has collected over 7,800,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.


LADYBUG HOUSE
As a nonprofit organization, the mission of Ladybug House is to build and operate a freestanding, community-based palliative care home for children in Seattle. If we cannot add days to the life of a child, we will add life to their days.


SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
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.

 

OPERATION WARD 57
Operation Ward 57 supports wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery by providing assistance and outreach in their recovery, comfort and morale, and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances. Programs include small grants, crisis support, morale boosting events, service animal support, holiday cheer and more.www.operationward57.org


RAINIER VALLEY CORPS
RVC description: Rainier Valley Corps promotes social justice by cultivating leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. We are striving to build substantial new capacity among frontline organizations serving immigrants, refugees, and other communities of color throughout Seattle and King County. 


ST. JUDE
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago. Families NEVER RECEIVE A BILL from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade and won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.


OUR CHARITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

OVERVIEW

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon has helped many local and national organizations raise thousands 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 organizations begin their fundraising platforms and recruitment of runners several months in advance of race day. Each organization, some specifically just volunteer-based with no paid-staff support, dedicate 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 on race weekend.

For a list of participating charities, please visit seattlemarathon.org/charitypartners. You will find a specific description of each organization and a link to their fundraising pages.

In 2016, the Charity Partner Program included 11 charities. The organizations raised funds to support causes such as medical research, animal rescue and support, education, food insecurity, and health and wellness initiatives.

CHARITY PARTNER TEAMS AND INDIVIDUAL RUNNERS

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, which train throughout the year. Generally, a set minimum 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.

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT

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 the 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.

FUNDRAISING AND BENEFITS

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 in providing this direct fundraising link.

With the official designation as a charity partner, an organization receives more than $6000 in marketing and promotional support from the marathon. Charity partners will receive the following benefits.

  • Listing in the race runner's guide (10,000 copies)
  • Logo placement on posters, race entries and supplemental print material
  • Seattle Marathon website
  • Access to all Seattle Marathon social media resources
  • Access to store nights and runner recruitment events
  • Discounted expo vendor booth (75% discount)
  • Complimentary runner and information booth in the finisher's area
  • Banner placement in the finisher's area
  • Complimentary vendor booth at the SMA Summer 10K
  • Listing in the results issue (10,000 copies and online PDF)

Most of the fundraising efforts is 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.