Last year, the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon and its charity runners contributed over $100,000 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 2014 Charity Partner, please contact Jenifer Butz for more information and the 2014 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.

charity_altinmo Alternatives in Motion

The mission of Alternatives in Motion is to provide wheelchairs to individuals who do not qualify for other assistance, and who could not obtain such equipment without financial aid.

Join the Alternatives in Motion Team…Donate Today!


charity_devos 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 Marrow

Join the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Team…Donate Today!


charity_metrohealth 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!


grymcalogo1 YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

The mission of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is to put Christian principles into practice through programsthat build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

LLS-TNT-RGB 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!


 charity_vai 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!


mTTWestMichLogo 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!


SOMI-A11-Logo 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.

Join Team JDRF…donate today!


SOMI-A11-Logo American Brain Tumor Association

The mission of the American Brain Tumor Association is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending, and ultimately saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. We do this through interactions and engagements with brain tumor patients and their families, collaborations with allied groups and organizations, and the funding of brain tumor research.

Join the American Brain Tumor Association…Donate Today!


Logo_TeamOrphans_Orange_NoBackground Team Orphans

100% of money raised for Team Orphans goes toward helping children in orphanages get adopted into forever families. We place $5,000 grants on waiting special needs children and work with local adoption agencies to find families. The adopting family receives the grant money to help pay adoption expenses.

Join Team Orphans…Donate Today!