Last year, the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon and its charity runners contributed over $350,000 to local, state and national nonprofit organizations. We believe in giving back to the community that has allowed us the opportunity to host this great event, and with your help we can beat last year’s record! We’ve teamed up with Crowdrise to utilize their free and easy online fundraising software. We invite nonprofit organizations to use this event to raise necessary funds for their organizations and we encourage individual runners to run for their favorite charity or donate to one of our charity partners listed below. If you are interested in raising money for charity as an individual or work for a nonprofit organization that is interested in becoming a 2017 Charity Partner, please contact Lynne Oosterhouse for more information and the 2017 Charity Partner application. The Grand Rapids Marathon supports local charities with a strong community presence. Below is a list of organizations we are currently supporting. To make a donation, or join a charity fundraising team, click on their logo for more information.
|Alternatives in Motion
The mission of Alternatives in Motion is to provide quality used wheelchairs, and routine wheelchair repair services, to individuals and families demonstrating financial need.
We firmly believe mobility is the path to independence! Help us help others by joining the Alternatives in Motion team and raise money. Join the Alternatives in Motion Team…Donate Today!
Team RWB is a way for American citizens to connect with Veterans and support the transition back to American communities across our nation. We employ a straightforward but effective model to achieve our vision. Physical fitness and sports are proven ways to bring people together and set the conditions to build meaningful relationships. In our case, they provide veterans with renewed camaraderie, a sense of purpose, and shared accomplishment. In addition to being an excellent way to connect on a social level, physical activity is proven to be therapeutic and healthy for both the body and mind.
|Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital was created to fill a critical gap in West Michigan health care – the need for a hospital devoted solely and specifically to children. More than a decade later, they have become a tertiary referral center and an established leader dedicated to improving the health and lives of children and families. Behavioral Pediatrics Blood and Bone MarrowJoin the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Team…Donate Today!
|Metro Health Hospital Foundation
The Metro Health Hospital Foundation relies greatly on philanthropic support and provides opportunities for individual donors to make a difference. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, funding is available to prevent catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education, and improve the health and well-beingof the community.Join the Metro Health Hospital Foundation Team…Donate Today!
|YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
The mission of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
|Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Team in Training)
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to help find a cure for blood cancers such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and Hodgkins Disease and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team…Donate Today!
|Team World Vision
Team World Vision empowers people to experience radical life transformation through endurance races, community advocacy, and social giving for the sake of clean water in Africa.
|Team Free a Family
Free A Family® helps families around the world overcome poverty through community programs in agriculture, health, nutrition, literacy, and more. Through Free A Family you can assist a family and their whole community at the same time!
|Van Andel Institute
Van Andel Institute (VAI) is committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations through basic and translational biomedical research and science education.Join the Van Andel Institute Team…Donate Today!
|myTEAM TRIUMPH – West Michigan Chapter
myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Join the myTEAM TRIUMPH Team…Donate Today!
|Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is the leader of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community – unifying global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D. Through a transformative vision, breakthrough innovations, and effective operations, JDRF is working to remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JoinTeam JDRF…donate today!
|Kent County Girls On The Run
Organization Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
|American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
|Young Life Caperaum
Young Life Capernaum gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities. Young Life staff and volunteers model Christ’s unconditional love and acceptance as they walk alongside these young adults — filling their lives with love and support.
|Run for Rob
The Rob Rosenbach Memorial Scholarship, created in honor of Robert Laurence Rosenbach, supports one Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School 9th -12th student annually. This monetary gift is awarded to an individual who embodies love for family, faithful friendships, and is a fierce defender of the underdog.