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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.
For More Information or to join the Angel City Pit Bulls Team, contact:
Tracy Lopez - Team Captain | | 818-497-0749

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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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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.
For More Information or to join the St. Jude Team, contact:
Ryanne Tejada | | 213-215-2679

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Students Run LA

Students Runs LA (SRLA) is celebrating our 31st 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.

For More Information or to join the SRLA Team, contact:
Christine Pajak | | 818-654-3360

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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.

For More Information or to join the Train 4 Autism Team, contact:
Rolf Henricksson | | 310-259-2096

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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.
For more information or to join the L.A. Fire Team, contact:
L.A. Fire Team Liaison | | 323-259-5216


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.
For more information or to join the Alzheimer's Association Team, contact:
Rachel Schall | | 323-486-6447


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.

For more information or to join the Beit T'Shuvah Team, contact:
Jillian Coventry | | 310-204-5200

Beit T'Shuvah / Fundraising /

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.
For more information or to join the Kitten Rescue Team, contact:
Sandra Harrison | | 818-339-1029

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.

For more information or to join the Strength United Team, contact:
Gail Hynick | | 818-800-6832

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!

For more information or to join the Students Off And Running Team, contact:
Kevin Sarkissian | | 661-877-7024


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.
For more information or to join the Teen Cancer America Team, contact:
Michelle Meyer | | 310-208-0400

Teen Cancer America / /

Participating Charities

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

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 /

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 / /

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 /

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

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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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 / /

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 /

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.

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.

For more information or to join the Concern Foundation Team, contact:
Wendy Ohye | | 310-360-6100

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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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Team Parkinson

Team Parkinson's mission is three-fold: to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease; to raise funds for research; and to empower people living with Parkinson's to improve the quality of their lives through exercise. Approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson's each year and about 1.5 million in the US have this debilitating disease. Through our participation in the LA Marathon we hope to make a difference.
For more information or to join Team Parkinson, contact:
Edna Ball | | 866-822-2873

Tean Parkinson / /

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