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We are proud to announce the Official Charity Partners of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon and LA Big 5K. Our partners work hard all year long to support their mission and improve lives and our community. Running for charity is one way you can help make a difference and give purpose to your run. There are so many reasons to run - which one will you choose?

Charity-website-icon-32.png?mtime=20180925160023#asset:2622 = Charity’s website and learn more

Charity-donate-icon-32.png?mtime=20180925160355#asset:2621 = Charity’s fundraising page to make a donation or to setup your own page & get started

Charity-3-icon-32.png?mtime=20181004134117#asset:2664= Charity has Charity Challenge Entries Available.The Charity Challenge is an exclusive option for our Charity Partners / Runners.The Charity Challenge starts at the halfway part of the course at 8:30am and finishes in Santa Monica (approximately 13.1 miles)

Discover your charity below!

Premier Charities

Angel City Pit Bulls

Angel City Pit Bulls is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better future for pit bulls through education, public advocacy, adoptions, and owner support.

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Justin Turner Foundation

Since joining the Dodgers in 2014, Justin Turner has been a pillar of the team's community efforts, giving his time, energy and financial support to a variety of charitable efforts throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Justin frequently visits Cedars-Sinai Hospital to spend time with patients as well as to the Los Angeles Dream Center -- a nonprofit that assists homeless families with residential, foster care, medical, life skills and other services.

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Pujols Family Foundation

The Pujols Foundation's mission is to celebrate the lives of all individuals who live with Down syndrome by providing programs & extraordinary experiences for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome free of charge like Prom, Bowling & Cooking Classes. In the Dominican Republic we are changing lives by offering medical clinics, building houses & offering trade programs to build communities economic futures.

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St. Jude Children's Reseach Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

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Students Run LA

Students Runs LA (SRLA) is celebrating our 30th Season!

Each year, SRLA creates a safe, supportive community at 185 public schools across Greater Los Angeles, welcoming more than 3,250 students of all backgrounds and abilities to train alongside their volunteer teachers to complete the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Through this life-changing experience, students discover their best selves and learn how to make plans for the future.

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Team World Vision

Team World Vision is a community of people running for clean water and fullness of life for children and families in Africa.

Team World Vision / Team World Vision /

Train 4 Autism

Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with Autism. Train 4 Autism, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established by families of children affected by this disorder. Our mission is to empower the millions of Americans that are touched by Autism through involvement in endurance events. Our goals are to engage families, raise funds for research and direct treatment, while promoting awareness, education, and community support.

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Featured Charities

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


Beit T’Shuvah

The Running 4 Recovery team supports the residents at Beit T’Shuvah who are working hard every day to turn their lives around. For three decades, Beit T’Shuvah’s unique approach to recovery has been helping people struggling with addiction to rebuild their lives. We have provided treatment to thousands of addicts and their families, most of which cannot afford to pay. When you join our team, you can be the difference in saving someone’s life.

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Kitten Rescue

Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to finding loving homes for homeless cats and kittens. We rescue animals from the streets of Los Angeles and from City Shelter euthanasia. Since 1997, Kitten Rescue has found loving homes for over 18,000 animals, while thousands more have been helped through our volunteer-fueled education and outreach programs.

Kitten Rescue / Kitten Rescue Donation /

Strength United - CSUN Community Agency

Strength United is dedicated to ending abuse, empowering families, and developing leaders. Our work provides services, support, and education to prevent sexual and domestic abuse, child maltreatment, and violence directed at any marginalized group. Please join Team Strength United in helping the voices of all survivors to be heard in their journey to live abuse-free lives.

Strength United / Strength United /

Students Off And Running (SOAR)

Support a life changing tradition of proven excellence! For more than a decade, Students Off And Running (SOAR) has provided a fully supported, no cost LA Marathon training experience to hundreds of kids in need living in the Santa Clarita Valley, reporting an astounding 100% marathon completion rate since their first students took to the streets of LA in 2007! Thank you for your generous contribution!


Teen Cancer America

Our mission is to improve the experience, outcomes and survival of teens and young adults with cancer by providing facilities and programs designed especially for them in hospitals throughout the USA.

Teen Cancer America / /

Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund

The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund, founded more than 111-years ago, is non-profit charity dedicated to helping the families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty or facing other crisis.


Participating Charities

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation / Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation /

ALS Golden West Chapter

The Golden West Chapter supports people living with ALS and their loved ones in 31 counties throughout California and the state of Hawaii. Everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and a cure for ALS. Join Team Challenge ALS and help defeat ALS!

ALS / ALS Donation

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is an independent dementia-focused nonprofit who provides free support and services to the local community. Alzheimer’s LA’s run4ALZ program is designed for individuals or groups interested in a challenge while raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Funds raised by the run4ALZ group directly impacts families and individuals affected by this disease.

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American Cancer Society / Team DetermiNation

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program will help you achieve your personal race goals and change the course of cancer forever. The American Cancer Society will help you finish your upcoming race and together we can achieve a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.

 American Cancer Society / Team DetermiNation /  American Cancer Society / Team DetermiNation /

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

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American Indian Community Council

The American Indian Community Council, a 501 (c)(3), is a community based organization in Los Angeles whose mission is to strengthen the overall wellness of the Los Angeles American Indian children, families, and community through leadership development, community organizing, self-determination and cultural values.


Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP)

Team AMP (AADAP Marathon Program) is the official endurance event training team for AADAP. This is Team AMP’s seventh season as an Official Charity with the Los Angeles Marathon.Over 200 individuals have participated with Team AMP in the last 7 years, all together raising over $200,000 to support AADAP’s programs and mission to “Change Lives and Save Families”.

AADAP / AADAP Fundraising /

America Needs You

America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.

America Needs You /

Back on My Feet

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and providing essential housing and employment resources. Join us to help transform lives, one mile at a time!

Back on My Feet / /

Bikur Cholim

For upwards of 30 years, Bikur Cholim has continued to help thousands of children and adults throughout Los Angeles receive the lifesaving medical care they need to fight for their lives, regardless of their ability to pay.

Bikur Cholim /

Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles

The Catholic Education Foundation’s main purpose is to provide tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic elementary and high schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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City of Hope

City of Hope is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide and is an independent biomedical, research, treatment and educational institution. Hope Sweat & Cures is City of Hope's fitness and fundraising campaign that raises funds for City of Hope research and treatment programs through endurance events. Please contact for additional information.

City of Hope / City of Hope /

City Year Los Angeles

City Year is an education based non-profit that places young adults in schools to serve as tutors, mentors and role models to help keep students in school and on track to graduate, college and career ready.

City Year Los Angeles / City Year Los Angeles Donation /

Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis

Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis unites the IBD community to promote public awareness about Crohn’s and colitis, to fund research for new treatments and cures, and to support patients and their families living with these chronic illnesses.

Connecting to Cure / Connecting to Cure Donation /

CRE Outreach

CRE Outreach is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to empowering underserved individuals in Los Angeles. CRE stands for Create, Reflect, Empower—words that encompass the process, focus, and targeted outcomes of our programs. We utilize theatre, the performing arts, and educational programs as a means to enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and empower individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives.
CRE Outreach / CRE Outreach

Family Assistance Program

Our survivor led anti-human trafficking program gives young victims a voice and place to be heard in a safe environment where they can heal from the trauma they have endured.

Our team motto: "We run because they have to" is the reality of the many children in our neighborhoods who are voiceless in their fight against sexual exploitation and abuse.


Friends4Michael Foundation

The primary effort of the Friends4Michael Foundation is to provide assistance – including financial – to families across the country whose children are fighting a brain tumor. The Foundation also provides grants to cancer research charities which supported Michael in his memory.

Girls On The Run / Friends4Micheal Foundation Donation /

Girls on the Run

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.


Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction

The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.


Guide Dogs of America

Founded in 1948, Guide Dogs of America empowers people who are blind and visually impaired to live with increased independence, confidence and mobility by providing expertly matched guide dog partners. Our services are provided free of charge and available to people within the U.S. and Canada.

Guide Dogs Of America /

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is focused on finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, and empowering the patients and families whose lives are touched by this disease. Founded in 1997, the foundation funds groundbreaking scientific research, provides patient education and support, and sustains hope that this cancer will be eradicated once and for all.

Hirshberg Foundation / Hirshberg Foundation Donation /


KEEN is a volunteer-led non-profit organization that provides one-to-one programs of fitness, fun and frienship for children and young adults with cognitive and physical disabilities at no cost to their families or caregivers.We accept every child and celebrate each childs unique and beautiful ability!

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Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club

Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place for youth during the hours when they are most vulnerable to gang recruitment, violence and other negative influences. Offering academics, sports, art & dance, science & engineering classes, swimming ,mentoring and more, the Club provides high quality enrichment and educational activities for underserved youth. RUN-4-KIDS, RUN-4-THE-CLUB!

Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club / Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club /

Marathon Kids

Marathon Kids is on a mission to inspire kids through the power of running. Every season, we help thousands of kids unlock their potential and adults discover their inner Coach by joining, starting, or supporting a Marathon Kids running club in their home, school, out-of-school time organization, or camp.

Marathon Kids / Marathon Kids

Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue

Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue aims to leverage the canine-human bond to save death row dogs in Kern County. Through programming such as Miracle Mutts Therapy Dogs, and Pawsitive Change (Prison foster/training program), rescued dogs are rescuing people.

Marley's Mutt Dog / Marathon Kids /

My Friend's Place

For more than 30 years, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring homeless youth in Los Angeles to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place supports more than 1,400 homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, each year, helping our homeless young people to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency.

My Friend's Place / Marathon Kids /

North Valley Caring Services

North Valley Caring Services' (NVCS) mission is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and actively engage in solving local problem. Annually, NVCS offers educational and supportive programs to 2,300 families and 1,400 homeless individuals

North Valley Caring Services / North Valley Caring Services /

Organization for Autism Research

The Organization for Autism Research is the only autism charity that focuses solely on applied research. Funds raised directly support research and programs that help parents, families, and educators in the autism community on a daily basis. Join the RUN FOR AUTISM - LA Team for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon!

Organization For Autism Research / Organization for Autism Research Donation

The Pablove Foundation

At The Pablove Foundation, we are helping kids with cancer live a love-filled life today, and a cancer-free life tomorrow. Our mission: Improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts. Invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research. Join Team Pablove! In addition to a race entry, we offer a training program for all registrants.

The Pavlove Foundation / The Pablove Foundation /

Playworks Southern California

Schools with positive and safe learning environments are critical for healthy communities. An active and engaging recess can transform children’s physical and emotional health, improve students’ behavior and attitudes towards school. Playworks uses the power of play to help children build social and emotional skills, learn values of respect, inclusion, and healthy play, all while being active and having fun.

Playworks / /

Reading To Kids

We are Running for Reading to Kids, a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for success. To this end, Reading to Kids gathers on average 737 children and 364 volunteers at reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight Los Angeles elementary schools.

Reading To Kids / /

Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

SOSC / /

Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. With over 160 chapters and clubs nationwide, Surfrider has been tackling global ocean issues at the local level since 1984.

Surfrider /

Team Parkinson

Under the guidance of The Parkinson Alliance, Team Parkinson (TP) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise awareness regarding the impact of Parkinson's disease on society, empower people living with PD, and raise money to support the scientific research required to find the cure.

Tean Parkinson / /

Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation

T.E.A.L.® stands for both Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation and for teal, the color that symbolizes Ovarian Cancer. Founded in 2009 by two sisters to draw attention to Ovarian Cancer, T.E.A.L.® has grown to become a national movement.There is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer.

TEAL Walk / TEAL Walk Donation

The Herren Project

The Herren Project was founded in 2011 by former professional basketball player, Chris Herren, with the goal of helping others navigate the road to recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The Herren Project has since helped thousands of individuals and their families with recovery navigation, support services, prevention and education; increasing support and decreasing stigma. Please join us!

The Herren Project / The Herren /

The Painted Turtle

The mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide a year-round, authentic camp experience for children with serious medical conditions. The Painted Turtle supports children's medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education and respite for their families. All campers and families attend completely free of charge.

The Painted Turtle / The Painted Turtle Donation /

Youth Policy Institute

For more than 30 years, Youth Policy Institute (YPI) has been breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. We serve key high-need communities in Los Angeles with essential resources and support services, including early childhood education, operating K–12 schools, college preparation, case management, financial capability, and job training.

Youth Policy Institute / Youth Policy Institute /

5K Charities


ARC is a nonprofit orgranization dedicated to promote the welfare, protection, education, and advancement of individuals with developmental disabilities. Programs are designed to assess the ability and potential of each person; develop and implement a regimen id activities to help them achieve their full potential for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth and development.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with kids (Littles) facing adversity to provide professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that have a measurable and transformative impact on the lives of our youth, our mentors and our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles /

College Track

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program supports students each step of the way and removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree.

College Track /

Concern Foundation for cancer research

Concern Foundation for cancer research's mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential salary support funds in the early yet critical stages of discovery and the understanding of cancer. With 90-95% of net proceeds going directly to research, Concern has raised more than $60 million dollars and funded 750 cancer research scientists studying cancer.

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Door of Hope

Door of Hope's mission is to equip families experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives. Our vision is to restore families' physical and emotional wellbeing, break the cycle of homelessness by addressing its root causes, and permanently end homelessness for every family we serve.

Door of Hope / Door of Hope /

Junior League of Los Angeles

The Junior League of Los Angeles is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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