Official & Affiliate Charities

Run with a Charity!

Interested in obtaining a Charity entry into the 2015 Portland Marathon or the 2015 Portland Marathon Half? It’s easy and fun! Just contact one of our official Gold or Bronze Charities (their contact information is listed below each charity description). Already registered, or just want to make a donation? You can do that too.

Platinum Level Charity

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training® (TNT) is the world’s first and largest charity sports training program. TNT offers runners and walkers the opportunity to take on the challenge of a marathon or half-marathon and make a difference in the lives of an estimated 1,012,533 people in the United States living with, or in remission from blood cancer. With TNT you’ll receive:

·        Dynamic, hands-on training from certified coaches
·        Weekly trainings with your coach and team
·        Mentors for fundraising support
·        Your own website for online fundraising
·        Training and social events with your team that build lifelong friendships

Since 1988, TNT has trained more than 540,000 participants who have raised more than $1.32 billion for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in support of our mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. As a TNT participant you have the opportunity to conquer the Portland Marathon or Half Marathon while helping others!

Contact: Andrew Shannon or 971-230-2188

Gold Level Charity

Going the Distance Foundation

Through the Going The Distance Foundation and the Marathon Direct Giving Program, many direct donations are given by the event to our volunteer groups.

How Donations are Used Locally
As independent donations to a variety of local charities and organizations Through the Going The Distance Foundation and the Marathon Direct Giving Program, many direct donations are given by the event to our volunteer groups. The Portland Marathon recruits over 4,500 volunteers annually to assist with our event. Our volunteer program has served as a vehicle for providing school and organizational credit and experience for a host of local charities, nonprofits, sport, school, and service clubs. Each year we have many success stories shared with us on how the program continues to benefit others.

Thank you for donating and/or fundraising for our unique program and allowing us to utilize financial resources to in turn help other charities, organizations and worthwhile causes. Each year the funds available to us vary, and the donations vary, accordingly. Each year we have many success stories shared with us on how the program continues to benefit others.

Fundraise or make a donation to the Going the Distance Foundation Click Here
To register & make a one-time donation to gain entry into the Half Marathon Click Here

Bronze Level Charities

Children’s Cancer Association

For children and teens diagnosed with serious illness, every moment is precious. At Children’s Cancer Association, we transform as many of those moments as possible – with joy.

Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) is a national leader providing free, innovative programs of JoyRx and has connected hundreds of thousands of children, teens, and their family members to the power of hope, comfort, and happiness in the past two decades.

CCA didn’t start with a foundation, it started with a family. One who faced its own battle with serious pediatric illness almost two decades ago in Portland, Oregon. From that experience came a passionate commitment and focus on the moment, and a commitment to deliver immediate help to kids when their need is the greatest.

Contact: Christine Mebesius or 503-200-5102


StC_logo_CMYK webSave the Children

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

By joining Team Save the Children, you will receive personal virtual training with a certified endurance coach, a guaranteed spot in the Portland Marathon or Portland Marathon Half, an official Team Save the Children tech shirt, as well as great swag to wear with pride! Learn more here

Contact: Kim Bandak or 203-568-4224


fimrc-logo-transparent-backgroundFoundation for International Medical Relief of Children

FIMRC is dedicated to improving pediatric and maternal health in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs.

FIMRC is a self-sustainable organization with project related funding provided from business operations – the Global Health Volunteer Program engages approximately 800 individuals annually who volunteer their time abroad and make a contribution in exchange for the experience FIMRC provides. Over 90% of FIMRC’s revenue is derived from our volunteer program. Learn more here

Contact: Abigail Proctor or 215-735-1490


Affiliate Charities




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Want to raise funds for a charity that isn’t affiliated with the Portland Marathon?

EveryDayHeroThat’s great! Any participant wanting to raise money for a charity not on our list can do so using this special link: Everydayhero is an online fundraising platform that seamlessly connects your love of health and fitness to your passion to help the world. This partnership provides all participants with the opportunity to help raise funds and awareness for the cause of your choice.

After the event, we would love to hear more about your fundraising and will include it, along with your charity name and link to their web site, on our charity page so let us know how it goes!

Interested in becoming an official or affiliate charity?

Contact Mamie Wheeler (

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