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Charity Program

2014 Chicago Marathon - Finish Line Race Day-1055

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon hosts thousands of runners who choose to make their Chicago Marathon experience more meaningful by running on behalf of a charity. These runners begin the training season with goals for personal bests in their marathon time as well as in fundraising dollars. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you can help organizations doing important work in our communities, and touch the lives of those in need. In 2016, over 10,000 charity runners participated in the Chicago Marathon on behalf of more than 170 local, national and global causes.

Runners interested in participating in the 2017 Chicago Marathon can guarantee their place by signing up to run with an official charity team. Click here for more information.

Not sure which official charity you should run on behalf of?
View the organizations listed below or click here to view the official charity by category.

CrowdriseIf you have an entry into the event and wish to fundraise for an organization or charity of your choice you may do so through CrowdRise, the preferred fundraising platform of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

If you are an organization interested in learning more about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program, please click here.

Partner charities

2015__0092_Advocate Health Care


2015__0069_Chicago Parks Foundation

Associate charities – Level 1

14_CM_Charity Logos__0174_American cancer society _0047_LLS PAWS

Associate charities – Level 2

als 14_CM_Charity Logos__0177_ALSAC St. Judes 2015__0088_Alzheimer's Association
2015__0087_American Brain Tumor Association _0052_American Diabetes Association 2015__0090_American Heart Association
2015__0083_Lurie Children's 14_CM_Charity Logos__0162_Autism Speaks 14_CM_Charity Logos__0156_Big shoulders fund
_0006_Bright Pink 2015__0067_Chicago Run 2015__0063_Crohn's and Colitis
14_CM_Charity Logos__0122_Cystic Fibrosis Foundation endure-to-cure _0017_Girls on the Run
imerman-angels 14_CM_Charity Logos__0093_Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund _0038_JDRF
14_CM_Charity Logos__0073_Mercy Home for Boys & Girls 14_CM_Charity-Logos__0000_Misericordia-Home _0053_MMRF
_0027_Team MS mda _0043_Oasis for Orphans
14_CM_Charity Logos__0058_Old St. Patrick's Church 14_CM_Charity Logos__0054_Organization for Autism Research 14_CM_Charity-Logos__0000_PCRF
2015__0021_Project Purple 14_CM_Charity Logos__0025_Team Salute 2015__0013_Special Olympics Chicago
Team-Fox 14_CM_Charity Logos__0133_Children's Oncology 2015__0010_Team to End AIDS
2015__0060_Iowa Dance Marathon

Associate charities – Level 3

action-for-healthy-kids 2015__0089_Alex's Lemonade Stand _0049_American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
14_CM_Charity Logos__0168_American liver foundation back-on-my-feet 2015__0079_Best Buddies
_0024_Big Brothers Big Sisters 2015__0037_Team Boomer boys-and-girls-clubs
cals-angels _0039_Camp Sunshine _0015_CASA
_0012_Cellmates on the Run 2015__0064_Chicago Lights chicago-police-memorial
14_CM_Charity Logos__0132_Children's Tumor Foundation 14_CM_Charity Logos__0131_Christopher Reeve Foundation CDLS
14_CM_Charity Logos__0121_Danny Did Foundation 14_CM_Charity Logos__0115_Erika's Lighthouse_ A Beacon of Hope For Adolescent Depression _0007_Every Mother Counts
14_CM_Charity Logos__0111_Gilda's Club Chicago golden-apple glasa
14_CM_Charity Logos__0106_Greater Chicago Food Depository 14_CM_Charity Logos__0102_Have Dreams 14_CM_Charity-Logos__0000_Homes-for-our-troops
14_CM_Charity-Logos__0000_Illinois-Spina-Bifida-Association _0028_JUF la-casa-norte
_0023_Les Turner 2015__0035_Lung Power lungevity
14_CM_Charity Logos__0080_Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter 2015__0033_Marley's Mutts 14_CM_Charity Logos__0069_Mission of Our Lady of the Angels
2015__0026_One Tail at a Time
14_CM_Charity Logos__0056_Open Heart Magic
14_CM_Charity Logos__0049_Phil's Friends 2015__0017_PKD 14_CM_Charity-Logos__0000_React
2015__0018_Rise International 14_CM_Charity Logos__0139_Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network 2015__0014_Smile Train
_0051_Team for Kids 14_CM_Charity Logos__0022_The Anti-Cruelty Society the-cure-it-foundation
2015__0016_Spinal Cord Injury Sucks ups-for-downs
14_CM_Charity Logos__0000_ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer

Affiliate charities

14_CM_Charity Logos__0013_Twelve Oaks Foundation 14_CM_Charity-Logos__0000_A-Kids-Brain-Tumor-Cure 2015__0081_A Special Wish
achilles-freedom-team after-school-matters 2015__0085_American Institute for Cancer Research
_0034_ANY 14_CM_Charity Logos__0166_AmeriCares _0003_Angelman Syndrome Foundation
14_CM_Charity Logos__0164_Apna ghar _0035_Arthritis Foundation asha-for-eduction
14_CM_Charity Logos__0154_Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation bottom-line bottom-line
center-for-independent-futures _0020_Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
14_CM_Charity Logos__0142_Chicago fire foundation _0031_Chicago Hopes for Kids 2015__0068_Chicago Rowing Foundation
chicago-womens-health-center chicago-youth-centers children-at-the-crossroads
cholangiocarcinoma-foundation _0046_Common Threads 14_CM_Charity Logos__0126_Cornerstone Community Outreach
curesearch _0008_Dare to Tri debra-of-america
14_CM_Charity Logos__0119_Dreams for Kids easterseals _0026_Epilepsy Foundation
14_CM_Charity Logos__0116_Equine Dreams 14_CM_Charity Logos__0114_Esperanza Health Centers girl-scouts
Girl Up _0018_Goldie's Place grassroot-soccer
2015__0053_GRIP harley-helping-hands _0011_Hazelden Betty Ford
_0050_Run for HD heifer-international 14_CM_Charity Logos__0097_Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
14_CM_Charity Logos__0096_Inheritance of Hope joslin 14_CM_Charity Logos__0088_Latinos Progresando
14_CM_Charity Logos__0087_Launch U 2015__0036_Loyola University Health System _0013_Research Down Syndrome
march-of-dimes marklund msi
national-kidney-foundation _0004_National Parkinson Foundation 2015__0006_National Psoriasis Foundation
2015__0027_NPH USA one-mission opportunity-knocks
2015__0024_Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy pav-ymca
_0001_Playworks Project Awareness pulmonary-hypertension-association
14_CM_Charity Logos__0038_Restoration Ministries, Inc 14_CM_Charity Logos__0042_Recovery On Water 14_CM_Charity Logos__0030_Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois
2015__0015_Shriners Hospitals _0037_South Suburban Humane Society 14_CM_Charity Logos__0027_Susan F. Lasky Cancer Foundation
taller-de-jose _0010_Team Impact 14_CM_Charity Logos__0034_Save the Children
lynn-sage-foundation _0040_The Mission Continues taps
14_CM_Charity Logos__0015_Tree House Humane Society 14_CM_Charity Logos__0012_United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation United Way
2015__0001_Urban Initiatives van-andel-institute van-andel-institute
14_CM_Charity Logos__0005_Where There's a Will There's A Cure world-wildlife-fund 14_CM_Charity Logos__0001_Wright Way Rescue
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