Charity Partners

9Health Fair

When you own your health, you are in control.

9Health Fair’s sole mission is to encourage and empower people to own their health and help keep Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. 9Health Fair has served over 2.0 million individuals since inception, saving countless lives. The best part? Thousands of medical professionals volunteer their time to provide professional, easy and affordable health screenings to anyone and everyone. When you donate to 9Health Fair you help your communities own their health.  For more information about us, visit  To learn more about our Charity or Donations program, contact Brad Brunz at  or call us at 303-698-4455.


A Stronger Cord

A Stronger Cord is thrilled to be a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner and encourage you to support us for the big event! You can join our team, or sponsor one of our runners by emailing Mark McIntosh at A Stronger Cord’s mission is to reduce the amount of isolated, unfit and stressed people in our community. It starts with the group workout. We sweat, bond and grow. We challenge one another to become more fitness-minded, dependable and productive. ASC participants believe that spirit will help us build a stronger cord – thus the name – to families, jobs and communities.


Academy of Urban Learning

Academy of Urban Learning is a high school alternative education campus located in the Highlands of Denver. We serve students who’ve had difficult life circumstances or have been unsuccessful in traditional schools. We provide extensive wraparound services to connect our students with community resources so they can focus on their goal of receiving a high school diploma in spite their obstacles. AUL gives students a stable and caring community and supports students while they work to achieve their goal. Learn more by visiting or calling Michelle Kennard at 303-282-0900 ext. 306.


ACT Foundation

Providing scholarships for beautifully unique students

The Alexander C. Teves ‘ACT Foundation’ provides funding for scholarships, mentor programs and opportunities to students with unique academic, social, and/or emotional needs. This helps to provide them with necessary skills to become confidant, productive individuals. Alex’s precious life was taken in the Aurora, CO theater massacre on 7/20/2012. The ACT Foundation continues to honor Alex’s selfless commitment and dedication toward helping others. Thank you for choosing to honor Alex’s life while providing at risk students with a chance to succeed. For more information, please visit us at or contact Amanda Teves at


Action for Healthy Kids

Because Healthy Kids Learn Better

Colorado Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In Colorado, we partner with hundreds of dedicated volunteers – teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more – to create these healthy schools. Working together, we’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and programs. Join Team Healthy Kids to help us reverse the childhood obesity epidemic! Contact Stephanie Ekoniak,  For more information about us, visit


Adoption Options

Embracing Choices. Enriching Lives.

Since 1981, Adoption Options has placed over 1,550 infants and children in safe, loving homes. We have supported thousands of birth parents in selecting the best choice for their children and themselves. Adoption Options supports adoptive and foster families and adoption professionals through our training and education program. There are over 700 children in the Colorado foster care system that need loving homes. Every child deserves a family. These children belong to us all and we need your support to recruit loving adoptive families. Learn more about Adoptions Options. Please help by joining our Charity Partner Team by contacting Janelle Schultz at 303-695-1601. Thank you and happy running!


Africa Development Promise

Building Pathways to Economic Independence.

Africa Development Promise envisions thriving African communities where everyone can realize their full social and economic potential. We believe that rural African communities can be economically self-sufficient and stable—given the right tools. Using the co-op model of business, we work in Rwanda and Uganda to bring rural farmers (mainly women) together to pool together their resources and talents.  Our focus is agriculture because we build on what they know best; setting them up for success through practical, hands-on training and supportive networks.  With sound business knowledge and local ownership these women farmers are empowered to address their own economic challenges and opportunities.  To learn more about us, visit  To join our Charity Partner team, contact LaChance at


ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS

Our Chapter was founded in 1996 when a group of ALS patients, families and friends formed an organization to provide support to people in Colorado and Wyoming afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We have a variety of services available to help improve the quality of life for those living with ALS and their families. All services are free of charge and include: a durable medical equipment loan program, respite care fund, support groups, educational information, referrals, in-home consultations, and personalized.

For more information about our Charity Partners program, email To learn more about us, visit


Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 65,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, and the 266,000 people who care for them. Through our statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education classes and support groups as well as safety services including, Medic Alert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return and Comfort Zone and a 24-hour Helpline, all at no cost. We also fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you! To learn more, email Michelle Nelson or visit the Alzheimer’s Association web site,


America SCORES Denver

America SCORES Denver provides over 320 Denver youth with soccer, creative writing and service learning opportunities each year. Through their participation in SCORES, Denver’s poet-athletes learn to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities. SCORES combines team sports – increased physical activity, self-esteem, pride, teamwork and good sportsmanship – with an onsite academic program that builds critical literacy skills. SCORES helps students to build skills and values that will last a lifetime.

To join the SCORES running team, please visit

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leader in the fight against suicide. We fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined, and yet suicide prevention doesn’t get anywhere near the funding given to other leading causes of death.  Thanks to runners and donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.  For more information about AFSP, please visit: .  We’d love for you to join our Charity Partners team to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention- contact Cambrey Cammon at or (303) 888-9846 to find out how to create your own fundraising page, allowing you to share your personal success while giving back to a charitable organization.


American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation strives to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease

Did you know that there are over 100 different kinds of liver disease that affect all age groups and all nationalities? Did you know that liver disease and cirrhosis are the 9th leading cause of death in Denver County and the 10th leading cause of death in Colorado? Research is improving daily, and new methods to manage these diseases are being developed all the time, but there is much more that still needs to be done. The American Liver Foundation is working hard but we need your support too! Let’s work together to make liver disease something that’s only written about in history books. To join our charity partner team, contact Juliane Swan,, 303-988-4388. To learn more about us, visit


American Lung Association

Fighting for Air

As the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S., the American Lung Association in Colorado works to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Program areas include asthma, smoking cessation and prevention, lung disease, air quality and research. Whether educating youth at our summer camp; helping teens quit their tobacco habit; providing support and education for adults living with lung disease; or researching cures for everything from lung disease to lung cancer; the work of the American Lung Association in Colorado truly does impact everyone.

For more information about our Charity Partners program, contact Lisa Behan,, 303-847-0280. For more information about us, go to

Animal Rescue of the Rockies

Every Pet Deserves a Home

Animal Rescue of the Rockies rescues “last chance” homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded municipal shelters and under-served rural shelters, placing them in loving foster homes until permanent adoptive homes are found. Many need emergency veterinary care or surgery that shelters can’t provide. All of our pets are spayed or neutered before adoption to reduce pet overpopulation. We encourage quality relationships between pets and their people through behavior resources and training – because every orphaned dog and cat deserves a loving forever home! Please visit our website at or email us at To join our charity partner team, contact Kathie Gorham,


Ascend Performing Arts

Elevating Life Performance.

Ascend PhotoThe Ascend Performing Arts mission is to further the education and growth of young people through participation in high-caliber performing arts programs that promote teamwork and discipline, develop leadership skills, and enhance self-esteem. Ascend Performing Arts proudly produces the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, the Broncos Stampede Drum Line and Broncos Brass ensembles. We also host major events such as Drums Along the Rockies and Corps Encore drum and bugle corps shows during the summer. Run for Ascend Performing Arts at or visit to learn more about our charity partner team.


Assuring Better Child Health & Development

Every Child in Colorado Deserves an Equal Opportunity to Succeed!

ABCD works with communities, child and health care providers, and families in 27 countries across Colorado to help identify children who may have developmental delays or disorders and connect them with intervention services as early as possible.  An estimated 10-13% of U.S. children under age 3 are affected by developmental delays, and yet only 2-3% receive the developmental services they need.  Those children are not connected to early intervention are at higher risk for low achievement in school, poor health and limited economic success later on in life.  We at ABCD are working to close that gap, but we can’t do it alone.  To join our team or learn how to sponsor one of our runners, please contact Melissa Chananie at  To learn more about ABCD, visit us online at

Athletes in Tandem

Athletes in Tandem embraces and accepts every athlete as they are and treat them as an equal. We share in the joy of movement, the freedom of expression and the fulfillment of life in the moment.  We do this by providing the athletic skills, equipment and knowledge to support people with disabilities to compete in triathlons, swimming, cycling or running events from 5k’s to marathons. Join us in Sharing the Feat!  Check us out at: To join our charity partners program, contact Vienna Brown,


Aurora Warms the Night

Preserving the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women and children facing homelessness.

Since 2006, Aurora Warms the Night has provided emergency cold weather assistance through food, clothing, toiletries, and motel vouchers when evening temperatures are forecasted 20 degrees or below. We also offer a year-round program in collaboration with Aurora Mental Health Center, local agencies and congregations. Our mission is to preserve the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women, and children facing homelessness. For more information about us, visit To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Sarah Hamilton,


Autism Society of Colorado

Improving the lives of all affected by autism … share the journey!  All money raised here, stays here!

ASC’s goal is to advocate, inform, and share the journey with thousands of Coloradans through our main program areas of policy, education, and community connections. ASC is locally based and serves individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families, providers, educators, and policy makers throughout the state of Colorado by providing the most current and accurate information, training and referrals. We work to implement programs that promote quality of life, advance legislation to increase funding for treatment and support and heighten community awareness. Check us out at To join our charity partners program, contact Mikayla Houser at 720-214-0794 or email


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is excited to participate as a Charity Partner for the Colfax Marathon again in 2015! Please consider supporting our team or one of our runners as we train and prepare for this awesome event. You can join the Big Brothers Big Sisters team or support one of our runners by emailing Katie at   Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. To learn more about how you can support our programs click here.  To join our charities partner team contact Katie at


Bonfils Blood Center

It takes more than blood to save a life.

Bonfils Blood Center is a cornerstone of the healthcare community, both across the Front Range and Colorado as a whole. Since 1943, we have quietly assured patients in every community that if they arrive at the hospital for scheduled surgery or through the emergency room, blood or blood products will be on the shelves. We’re proud to have become a trusted community resource and source of hope for those in their time of need as well as an outlet for our neighbors wanting to give back through blood, marrow and financial donations. To learn more about Bonfils Blood Center, please visit To run with us and join the fun, please contact Lindsay Reinert at or 303-363-2377.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Helping Kids.  Building Communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) is thrilled to join the 2015 Charity Partners program for the Colfax Marathon! Serving 2,000 kids per day in 15 different sites across metro Denver, we provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building good habits and foster the skills they need to become community leaders. Boys & Girls Clubs’ dynamic model allows us to respond to each child’s unique needs. It’s a warm meal, a safe place to study, and positive relationships. It’s a chance for parents to work a few more hours knowing their children are safe and sound. Visit to learn more! For more information about our Charity Partners program, email


Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

By the time you’re done reading this, at least five people will have sustained a brain injury. It may have been a kid tumbling on a playground; a soldier standing near a bomb; a grandmother suffering a stroke; a husband in a car accident. Do you know what happens to them afterward? Life often changes dramatically. Personalities may be altered, relationships may fail, jobs may be lost, school performance may decline. Brain injuries can cause conditions such as epilepsy and increase the risk for Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s. Almost 2 million Americans sustained a brain injury in 2014. The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) has a vision that all persons with brain injuries thrive in their community. Through support, education, recreation, and resources, BIAC seeks to make a difference. If you would like to join our charity partner team, contact Liz Gerdeman.


Breakthrough Kent Denver

Learn. Teach. Achieve.

Breakthrough Kent Denver launches motivated, under-resourced Denver Public Middle School students on the path to college and inspires high school and college students to pursue careers in education. We are a tuition free, educational non-profit program that provides our students and teachers with the tools necessary to facilitate their highest level of achievement. In 2011, 97% of Breakthrough alumni graduated from high school and 94% went on to pursue a college degree. Run with us to ensure our students have the opportunity and choice to succeed in high school and college. To learn more about us, visit To run with us, contact Jaclyn Schaffner, or 303.770.7660 x180.


Breath of Hope

I’m Aware … Are you?

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a birth defect that occurs in 1 in 2,500 live births in the United States and accounts for 8% of all major congenital anomalies. Breath of Hope Colorado Chapter provides support to local families, raises local awareness and funds local research for CDH. Our services include emotional support to families expecting a baby with CDH as well as supporting families of both surviving and non-surviving children. We also provide parent and  welcome home packages, condolence and funeral planning information and financial support, gas & grocery gift cards, bi-weekly meal deliveries to CDH families at Children’s Hospital Colorado and 24 hour on call support. For more information, please visit our website or contact Amber Burton.


Brent’s Place

Making a difference in the lives of children with cancer….one day at a time.

There is a place where families are offered hope and healing when facing the most demanding time of their lives. There is a place where kids being treated for life threatening cancer can still be kids. This place is Brent’s Place. Since its inception, Brent’s Place has remained the only hospital approved “Safe-Clean” housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery. Conveniently located near the Anschutz Medical Campus, Brent’s Place is designed to offer families “Safe-Clean” individualized housing in an environment virtually free from dander, dust, mold and other infectious agents. Brent’s Place, a program and facility created by the Brent Eley Foundation, bridges the gap between the hospital and going home.

To learn more about Brent’s Place, please visit To run with us and join the fun, please contact Brittany Loan, or 720-343-2803.

Bright by Three

Every Colorado Child Deserves a Bright Beginning.

85% of brain growth occurs during the first three years of life. And relationships with adults who respond to and interact with very young children are fundamental to children’s healthy development. Yet babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and not all parents have the tools and resources they need to proactively support their child’s development during these critical early years. That’s where Bright by Three (formerly Bright Beginnings) comes in. We serve 20,000 families across Colorado every year with free, evidence-based materials, information and resources to help parents prepare their children for a lifetime of learning, wellness and success. We are excited to be a 2015 Colfax Marathon Charity Partner! To join the Bright By Three Colfax 5K or Colfax Marathon Team or to donate to our team please click HERE. For any questions, please contact Brittani Johnson.


Bright Pink

Be Brilliant. Be Bold.  Be Bright Pink.

Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Together, we will create a world where every young woman proactively develops, and lives by, a personalized breast and ovarian cancer risk-reduction or early detection strategy, and her doctor is her partner in doing so. All funds raised directly fuel our life-saving education and support programs. For more information about us, visit  To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners team, contact Wendy Avner,


Cafe Cultura

Our Culture Heals Us

Café Cultura promotes unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim traditions, and become leaders in their communities. We organize an open mic night, conduct spoken word/poetry workshops for youth, and perform at community events throughout the state. We showcase the work of Chicana/o, Native American, Latina/o and other underserved communities while providing a safe space for young people to speak their truths, build community, and learn about issues affecting our communities. Run with us to help fund support our young people in telling their stories. Contact Ara at to do so. For more information about our work, please visit


Celebrating Women’s Health

If Momma’s Not Healthy – Nobody is Happy

Celebrating Women’s Health provides critical information on health topics such as breast cancer including early detection and self breast exams, well-women exams, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, nutrition, and massage therapy and fun exercises for integrating health and faith. Our mission is to reach all women, regardless of race, economics or church affiliation and encourage them to come together to build personal strength through information, education and social networking. We host a one-day event that is free and open to all; it typically draws 300 people. We are a young and growing nonprofit that wants your support. Join our Charity Partner team and help us reach out to more women who need this critical information.

For more information, please contact Sherry Delaney at


Center for African American Health

Live Well.

The Center for African-American Health is a community-based organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of the African American community. The Center partners with a variety of health-education and health-delivery organizations to develop and provide culturally appropriate disease prevention and disease management programs to thousands of African Americans each year.  Evidence-based programs include: Diabetes prevention and self-management classes; cardiovascular disease education and management programs; fall prevention education programs for older adults and a range of other initiatives aimed at improving health literacy and encouraging active and healthy lifestyle behavior. To learn more, visit  For more about our involvement with the charity partner program, contract Grant Jones.


Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival is Colorado’s celebration of Japanese American culture. Held each year since 1972, the festival celebrates the Japanese American heritage through live entertainment, food and drink, arts and crafts, informative exhibits and demonstrations.  Entertainment includes: Denver Taiko, Japanese dance, koto and shamisen, and martial arts. Attendees will also find exhibits of ikebana (flower arrangement) and bonsai, and informative lectures on Buddhism. There will be a variety of food and drink, booths including arts and crafts vendors, and more. Festival dates are June 27th -28th, 2015. For more information about the Festival, please visit  To learn more about our charity partner “team”, contact Rachel Davis,

Children’s Treehouse Foundation

Inspiring emotional support for children of parents with cancer.

Founded in 2001, The Children’s Treehouse Foundation has a unique mission: To ensure that every child whose parent is diagnosed with cancer is given the early tools and emotional support to cope. Sadly, this year alone, some 749,000 children will hear this dreadful news: “Your mom/dad has cancer.” Without sufficient support, these children will struggle with their emotions: anger, sadness, isolation and more. But by participation in our supportive program, CLIMB® —Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, children are better able to cope with their feelings, and normalize communications with their parent(s). We work with major cancer centers and train their professional staff to provide CLIMB to their cancer families and children. Currently, the program is provided at 91 cancer centers in 33 states in the USA and in seven foreign countries. For more information about us, click here.


Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Founded in 1908, Children’s Hospital Colorado is dedicated to the belief that all children should have the opportunity for a bright and healthy future. Consistently ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in America, Children’s Colorado combines world-class pediatric medicine with a uniquely family-friendly environment. In 1978, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation was established to advance the Hospital’s mission. Community leaders support Children’s Colorado in a variety of ways such as volunteering, donating gifts, corporate partnerships, or foundation grants. For more information about our Charity Partners program, contact Jacqueline Owens Lindley at To learn more about our Foundation, visit


Wilderness Institute of Leadership Development

The mission of cityWILD is to engage youth who are marginalized in experiential learning opportunities that boldly address issues of inequity in the areas of education, economic opportunity, and access to the outdoors.  Since 1998, cityWILD has provided tuition-free programs for youth in northeast Denver. Through cityWILD’s comprehensive programs, participates have the opportunity to camp, hike, mountain bike, rock climb, and raft world-class rapids while exploring the developmental themes of personal empowerment, leadership and community participation. To learn more about cityWILD, visit our website at For more information about our Colfax Marathon team, please contact Jes Ward –


Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation

Everyone deserves to play sports

The Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation assists in providing the funding necessary and awareness of programs that allow for people of all ages with a physical disability the opportunity to increase independence, improve self-confidence, and to socially integrate themselves through participation in structured team sports and competition. Through collaborations with local school districts and hospitals, we reach out to families that have children born with a disability and help inspire people that suffer a disabling accident to get out and enjoy the energy that participation in sports can bring. Visit and help us help hundreds of people live fuller lives.

Colorado Adult Education Professional Ass’n

Adult education programs throughout Colorado serve individuals who are improving their literacy, mathematics, and English proficiency to achieve their goals: obtain or advance in a job; exit public assistance and achieve a sustaining income; complete high school; transfer to a community college or training program; help their children succeed; manage their family’s healthcare; and/or learn English, and be an informed citizen. The Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) provides leadership to its members by offering opportunities for professional development, advocacy, and resource sharing to improve the quality of life for every Coloradan. Altogether, CAEPA affiliates account for nearly 15,000 of Colorado’s learners annually. Visit to learn more. George Oclair,, is managing its charity partners’ initiative.


Colorado Black Arts Festival

The Colorado Black Arts Festival (CBAF) is celebrating its 28th year of African diaspora arts and culture. CBAF is committed to educate and stimulate cultural awareness, cultivate harmony, pride, self-esteem and unity. Run for team CBAF to help provide a medium for local Black talent in the visual and performing arts. Be sure to visit us race day to enjoy treats and live music. Visit or email us at to learn more about our charity partner team.

Colorado Canine Rescue

There’s no place like home.

Colorado Canine Rescue, CCR, was incorporated in 2008 and received its 501c3 tax exempt status in January 2009. We are a small group run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue dogs from shelters that have been overlooked and have run out of time. We place these dogs in our foster homes and provide any necessary medical or behavioral care. Our goal is to find an adoptive family whose needs and lifestyle perfectly match those of our dog’s so that it is a permanent, loving home.

If you’d like more information about our group or running for our dogs, please contact Amy Taylor at or visit our website,

Colorado Firefighter Calendar

Colorado Firefighter Calendar is a non-profit organization that produces the official Colorado Firefighter Calendar to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Burn Center. Firefighters from around the state contribute many hours to help raise funds, educate and increase awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center and the Burn Camp Programs. These men and women represent one of the noblest professions and the calendars serve as a tribute to all firefighters and the people they help every day. Net proceeds received from the sale of calendars and special events directly benefit the Burn Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado and burn centers across the state. For more information about us, visit

Colorado Nonprofit Association

Serving Nonprofits. Strengthening Communities.

Colorado Nonprofit Association was founded in 1986 (as the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations) to create purchasing efficiencies and programs to help to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the state’s nonprofit agencies. As the nonprofit sector has grown, the Association has expanded its scope. The Association is an important convener, stimulating collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, educational institutions and individuals. Through its research, publications and educational programs, the Association has become the pre-eminent resource for nonprofit information and best practices. Visit to learn more about us.  Learn more about our charity partner program, contact Gerry Rasel,


Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA)

Providing support and promoting Awareness of Ovarian Cancer through Advocacy and Education

Founded in 2005, COCA provides SUPPORT to survivors through Nicki’s Circle Support Groups, our one-of-a-kind Ovarian Cancer Resource Guide, as well as COCACares Financial Assistance and Comfort Kit programs. COCA also ADVOCATES for excellence in health care for women with ovarian cancer, EDUCATING about early detection through statewide health fairs and via programs such as Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®. Run Colfax for COCA then join us for “Jodi’s Race for Awareness” June 7th in City Park.

For more information about COCA and the Charity Partners program, or to register for Jodi’s Race, visit our website at You can also contact Jeanene Smith at


Colorado Running Club

Run with Endurance.

The Colorado Running Club is dedicated to building each athlete to seek a greater vision for their lives and to be of service to others.  The Racing Team are likeminded athletes committed to excellence and taking their race results to the next level.  In addition to the Racing Team, runners of all ages and abilities are invited to become Colorado Running Club members and take advantage of the training runs, social events, racing singlets, and coaching.  The Colorado Running Club also hosts the annual El Grito 5K on September 13, 2015 in Denver.  Contact John Perez (303) 912-6401,,

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Companions on the Journey

The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers a community of faith and action. Twenty men and women, ages 22-30 are recruited annually to accompany the poor, live in community, grow spiritually, and develop a deeper understanding of Social Justice and Change. CVV volunteers serve homeless youth and adults, children in inner- city schools, the medically indigent, low income seniors, economically disadvantaged women and families who are in need of emergency assistance. In the past 18 years, 235 volunteers have completed the annual program, and 60 non-profit agencies have received over 423,000 hours of volunteer service. If you have questions or would like to participate contact Dan Grey or Mary Frances and Bill Jaster at 303-863-8141.


Colorado Youth for a Change

Solving America’s Dropout Crisis

The mission of Colorado Youth for a Change is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado, and we have already seen a promising 41% reduction in the state’s dropout numbers over the past ten years. We started as a nonprofit in 2005 when there were 18,031 dropouts across the state of Colorado, and 2013-2014 school year shows that 10,644 youth dropped out of school. Because even one dropout is too many, we are committed to continuing this work through thoughtful partnerships, early intervention, and an expansion of school options. To learn more about CYC, please go to If interested in running for CYC, please contact  Leia Welsh,


Confluence Ministries

Run with purpose and partner in the quest to empower families and schools in the West Colfax neighborhood affected by single parent challenges, poverty, violence, and illiteracy.

Confluence Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit outreach organization uniquely positioned to mobilize and empower people and organizations across Denver to pursue the wellbeing of the city. As a catalyst for collaboration we engage, connect and provide holistic service opportunities. Located in an at-risk area in West Colfax, Confluence Ministries offers programs such as English as a Second Language, GED Classes (in Spanish), tutoring for children, and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). For more information about our charity partners team, contact Jeanette DeHerrera,


Conservation Lands Foundation

Protecting America’s Heritage

The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and expanding our National Conservation Lands. In Colorado we’re ensuring local communities have a voice in the management of natural treasures like the Gunnison Gorge & McInnis Canyons. We’re working with veterans and youth to improve wildlife habitat and restore wetlands and rivers in places like Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. We’re fighting to permanently protect place like Browns Canyon so future generations can enjoy our outdoor heritage. By protecting these lands, we protect the best part of our country, our history and ourselves. Contact or visit


Craig Hospital Foundation

Redefining Possible for People with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries.

Join Team Craig to redefine possible for survivors of spinal cord and brain injuries! Craig Hospital is world renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig Hospital is a 93-bed, private, not-for-profit, free-standing long term acute care and rehabilitation hospital that provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow up services. Craig provides housing for out-of-state families and outpatients, including the first 30 days free for families of new inpatients. Craig has a remarkable atmosphere and culture that is casual but professional, active and upbeat. For more information, contact  Amy at or visit


Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Team Challenge – Take the Challenge

Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and debilitating digestive diseases. With our Half Marathon Training Programs, you’ll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. These dollars will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Heidi Dudley or call 303-639-9163 x3 or visit our website.


Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado


Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado, a designated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a group of volunteers who work with rescued dogs.  All costs associated with the care of our dogs come from adoption donations and from the generosity of donors.   We provide vaccinations, spaying / neutering, socialization and training of these dogs until a permanent home can be found.  Our number one commitment is to the Dalmatians and Dalmatian Wannabes that come our way.  We carefully screen all applicants and do home visits to assure each dog is placed in the best home for him/her and he/she is the best companion for that home. For more information or to join our charity partners run group, please contact Jamie Boening,


DCIS at Fairmont

At DCIS at Fairmont, the neighborhood, the region and the globe come together to create a context for the study of art, languages, social studies, mathematics and science that opens minds, spurs curiosity, creates cultural awareness, encourages communication and inspires leadership and action.  Our goal is to broaden opportunities for our students by broadening their horizons. We want to create a place where children can grow academically and culturally, a place that prepares them to excel in middle school, high school and college, and a place that will empower them to be active citizens, engaged in their communities and the world. For more information about our work with the Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact   Katherine Hoeweler.

Delete Blood Cancer

Delete Blood Cancer.

We work every day to delete blood cancer by inspiring as many people as possible to register as bone marrow donors to provide patients with second chances at life. We are achieving this by celebrating how donors can save lives, dispelling the myths about the donation process and providing our hospital partners with quality donations in a timely manner.  For more information about us, visit  To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners team, contact Michele McCaffrey, 212-209-6788,


Denver Center for Crime Victims

The Denver Center for Crime Victims (DCCV) provides culturally and linguistically responsive programs, health promotion and crime prevention education. Our services are  broad, supporting survivors of simple theft, domestic and sexual violence, to suicide/homicide survivors. We provide crisis intervention, case management, financial assistance, client relocation, integrated physical and mental health programs and more, all without financial cost to our clients.  To learn more about us, please visit  For more information about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners “team”, contact Daiga Keller,


Denver Center for Intern’l. Studies Foundation

The Denver Center for International Studies Foundation creates a world of opportunity for students by taking them out into it. We enable ECE through 12th grade students in four Denver Public Schools to take their knowledge from the classroom and apply it to real-life – through travel, language immersion, community service and cultural exchanges. These experiences transform students into confident, informed and compassionate individuals, enhancing their own self-image and their image of the world. These opportunities also help students develop into globally competent people who are leaders and problem-solvers and take action in their communities. To learn more about the DCIS Foundation, visit  To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners team, contact Shannon Clifford,


Denver Children’s Advocacy Center

Prevent Abuse. Strengthen Families. Restore Childhood.

The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) works to improve the lives of children traumatized by sexual abuse and violence — as well as those who are at high risk — with prevention, education and direct services. We invite you to “Run for the Children” in any of the 2014 races to help us raise funds to restore childhood for victims of abuse and violence. We are pleased to offer our runners running groups, running store discounts, training plans, and fun Colfax marathon gear. For more information, please visit us at or contact Lauren Mueller at


Denver Food Rescue

Bicycle-powered, just in time food rescue in Denver, Colorado.

Denver Food Rescue is a nonprofit focused on improving health equity outcomes by increasing access to healthy foods in low income neighborhoods in Denver. We do this by redistributing food, which would otherwise go to waste in grocery stores, directly to Free Grocery Programs. Since we accomplish 75% of our deliveries via bicycle, we are able to focus on direct redistribution which allows us to deliver more highly perishable fruits and vegetables to low income areas. Our hyperlocal, resident driven model allows us to reach hard-to-access populations, who might not otherwise take advantage of emergency food assistance.  For more information, check out  For more about our charity partner program contact Rebecca Snyder, 229-0883.


Denver Kids, Inc.

Every Student Counts. Every Student Graduates.

Denver Kids, Inc. helps students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments, successfully complete high school, explore post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community.  For more information about Denver Kids, Inc., please visit  To learn more about our Denver Kids, Inc. charity partner program, please contact  Michelle Maldonado,, 720-423-2481.


Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Igniting a community passion for science.

Think you can keep up with an astronaut’s jet-propelled pack or a T-Rex’s giant stomp ? With the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, you can run alongside some of the world’s greatest scientific discoveries! Thanks to you, the Museum is the region’s leading resource for informal science education. With the support of our amazing guests, we can continue to provide engaging exhibits, educational programs, discussions, and activities that let our guests celebrate the wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. Run for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and help us empower our community to love, understand, and protect the natural world. To learn more about the Museum’s team, contact or 303.370.8262.


Denver Public Schools Foundation

Our students are our future!

The DPS Foundation is Denver Public Schools’ fundraising partner. We generate resources, build relationships and champion public education to impact system-wide achievement and help every child succeed. Our vision is to create an environment where outstanding educational achievements are the norm and all children have hope of a great future. With your help, we can ensure every child in Denver Public Schools succeeds, making our community a better place to live, today and long into the future. Thanks to our generous supporters, the DPS Foundation generated over $14 million for DPS in the 2013-14 school year. The DPS Foundation funds innovative and core programs in the areas of literacy, tutoring, STEM and Career & Technical education, afterschool programs and athletics. To learn about our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Kristina Bobrowski, (720) 423-3585. For more information visit,


Denver Scholarship Foundation

Making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

Our program for college success has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness: College Access: We work with Denver Public School seniors inside DPS high schools. Each Future Center is staffed by a DSF College Advisor who guides students through application and financial aid processes. Scholarships: We award need-based scholarships to DPS graduates attending school in Colorado. College Success: We partner with colleges to provide scholarship recipients with extra financial aid and ongoing support. These strategies are working–80% have graduated or are still in school. For more information about us, visit To join our charity partner program, contact Ashleigh Arnall, Annual Fund Manager,


Denver Zoo

Our world is better with animals.  Help us secure a better world for them.

Wanted! Fast cats to run for Denver Zoo. Spots optional! Home to 4,000 animals and host to 2 million visitors each year, Denver Zoo is teeming with life. Thanks to community giving, we have become one of the nation’s most popular zoos. In return, we’re happy to be part of what makes Denver such a vibrant place to live, learn and grow.  Your support helps protect and save animals living here in the zoo, in the Rocky Mountain region, and, all over the world. Run for the Denver Zoo team today and help more people create a lasting connection to wildlife and empower them to take positive action for animals.   If you have any questions about joining Team Zoo, contact our development department at or call us at 720-337-1460.



Disability Law Colorado / The Legal Center

Helping individuals with disabilities!

Disability Law Colorado is an independent public interest non-profit specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues (specializing in housing, public accommodations, education and employment) through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis. We protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with mental and physical disabilities, and older people throughout Colorado. We strive to both open up the legal system to those who are challenged by the bureaucracy, their disability or are unable to act on their own behalf and, we empower people to advocate for themselves.

For more information about us, visit To join our Charity Partners team, select Disability Law Colorado/The Legal Center from the list of charity partners or contact Julie Busby, 303.862.3507,


Domus Pacis Family Respite

A nonprofit organization created with the entire Family in mind.

Domus Pacis Family Respite serves nominated individuals (and their families) diagnosed with a wide range of cancer types, regardless of stage and prognosis, from every corner of Colorado. A week of respite may mean time to digest and process information for those who have been newly diagnosed … it may mean time with family to recover from previous treatment and strengthen for treatment to come … or, it may mean time to create final memories or remember and memorialize a loved one. The impact of this week cannot be adequately described though the words comfort, peace and joy are often shared. The organization anticipates hosting 100+ families annually. For more information visit; to join our Charity Partners, contact Duck at or 970.547.4745.


Doreen Katz Memorial Cancer Foundation

Making sure Cancer doesn’t Cancel Futures.

Cancer is always a scary diagnosis, even more so when it’s your parent that has received that news.  With schools now charging families directly for most everything like advanced placement classes, field trips, playing sports or musical instruments, children of cancer patients could miss out on a complete education.  That’s where the Doreen Katz Memorial Cancer Foundation comes in.  We are there to make sure that every child can take whatever classes they desire, regardless of their parent’s cancer diagnosis.  In addition, we provide a therapist to work with the child and the family.  For more information about us, please visit  For information about our Colfax Marathon charity partner team, contact Adam Katz, or 720-505-8331.


Downtown Denver Expeditionary School

The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) is the first downtown Denver public elementary school located at 1860 Lincoln. As a member of the national Expeditionary Learning (EL) school network, DDES makes subjects come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. The EL model engages kids in academically rigorous learning expeditions, projects, fieldwork, and service learning.  Children of all backgrounds and ability levels are inspired to think and work as professionals do – creating high-quality work of interest beyond the classroom. For more information about our charity partners program, contact Letia Frandina.


Early College of Arvada

The Early College of Arvada (ECA) is a free, public charter school serving 300 students, grades 6-12.  Everyday our students accomplish incredible things against incredible odds.  Nearly 60% of our students are on Free or Reduced Lunch and 47% of our students are ELL learners.  Currently, we lack adequate computers to complete state-mandated testing.  Our current lease agreement allows less than 2% of our budget for technology.  Project 300, a grassroots, fundraising program, seeks to secure 300 14″Google Chromebooks for our students to ensure testing, as required by law, and place our ECA students firmly into the 21st century.  To learn more about our participation as a charity partner, contact Jeremy Collins,


Sustaining People + the Planet

EarthLinks cultivates transformation and self-worth with people experiencing homelessness and poverty.  By creating opportunities through Earth-centered programs, individuals step out of isolation and into community – restoring each other and the planet.  At different times of the year, various programs are ongoing, such as Day Trips into Nature Program, where groups of participants escape the city on rejuvenating trips to the mountains and state parks, and community workshops on various sustainable living stills. To learn more about EarthLinks, visit To support our participants by running with Team EarthLinks, contact Dayna Tapp at or 303-389-0085.


Environmental Learning for Kids

Inspire, Educate, Transform.

Do you remember the first time that you ever caught a fish, or really looked at the stars on a camping trip – far away from the smog of the city? With an overarching dream to provide all youth these influential opportunities, ELK is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education and outdoor experiences for underserved, urban youth ages 5-25. As a first year Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, we would be honored for your support, or for you to join our awesome team of runners! To learn more about ELK, visit our website at . To join our team of runners, please contact Kristina Opre at


Epic Experience

We have FUN! Epic Experience offers laughter, excitement and friends to adult cancer survivors through an Epic Experience.  Epic Experience offers hope to adult cancer survivors by offering a free week-long outdoor adventure camp in the beautiful state of Colorado.  We bring survivors together and offer them community and a new challenge such as white water kayaking or cross country skiing.  Epic Experience was founded in 2012 and has had an amazing response from Cancer Thrivers and their families when they return home.  To learn more about Epic Experience please visit  We hope you will run with us and join our fun team.  Please contact Colin Ferro  720 431 7620.


FACES–Family Advocacy, Care, Ed., Support

Creating a non-violent community, one family at a time

With all of the media coverage about child abuse, have you ever wondered what you could do to make a difference in the life of a child or family? At FACES, we know that the best way to break the cycle of violence is to help parents strengthen their families, and to nurture and protect their children.  Through our home-based counseling and parenting education programs, we work with families to increase safety and parenting skills, improve relationships, manage mental and emotional wellness and heal from trauma.  Find out information by visiting By joining the FACES team, you will help change lives for generations to come!  Please join us today by selecting FACES as your charity partner when you register, or email us at

Families First

Working to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect in Colorado

Since 1986, we have offered a unique combination of prevention and treatment programs: Residential care for young, abused children and stress-relieving Family Support Services including parent support groups/classes, Spanish family support services and a bi-lingual statewide Family Support Line 1.800.CHILDREN. We respond to the needs of all families with an approach that is welcoming and collaborative and believe that protecting and promoting healthy families strengthens the community and society as a whole. We serve more than 5,000 families annually.

For more information about joining our charity partners program, contact Rosa Huber,, 303-745-0327. To learn more about us, visit


Family Tree, Inc.

For over three decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. As the only organization in the state to address the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families and communities see, respond to and overcome them. In the past year, Family Tree provided services to tens of thousands of people in efforts to empower individuals to discover their own strengths to create lasting, positive change. Visit Family Tree to learn more about us. Our charity partners program contact is Jaclyn Wilmot, 303-403-5892.


Fetal Health Foundation

Make a difference for a family and join our charity team for the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon.  The Fetal Health Foundation was founded by Lonnie Somers (Colfax Marathon Announcer) and his wife whose identical twin girls were saved during pregnancy when all hope seemed lost. Thanks to in-utero surgery, their daughters were saved.  Right now in a doctor’s office, a soon to be mom and dad are being told that there is a complication with their pregnancy. Receiving the news they may never get to meet their child, never get to see that first smile, never get to hear those first words. Today some 4,000 moms and dads to be are learning their baby has a fetal syndrome. In just a few seconds the excitement of the dream of a family is torn away. However there is HOPE. Fetal Health is there to support, educate and work with leading fetal treatment centers around the world to assist families diagnosed and in the research for treatment of fetal syndromes. For more information, please contact us at or visit our website at

Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc.

The Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc. (FABF) was established in 2012 after the untimely and tragic death of firefighter Jason Murphy.  The fund is for firefighters and their families to be used in times of need and support due to death or illness.

Firefly Autism

Inspiring Bright Futures by Changing Can’t to Can.

Firefly Autism is changing can’t to can for hundreds of kids in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our intensive, one-of-its-kind program allows us to dramatically grow a child’s “can” list. At Firefly it’s possible for our kiddos to make improvements, not in years, but in weeks and months. With the type of intervention our clinicians provide, kids with autism have the best hope of getting over, around and through many of their personal obstacles. Some will go on to mainstream schools, and all will improve. Please, put, “I can donate to Firefly Autism” on your list. For more information about us, visit To learn more about our Charity Partner program, contact Emily Roche,, 303-759-1192.


Food Bank of the Rockies

Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978

1 in 7 Coloradans and nearly 1 in 4 Colorado children struggle with hunger and worry where they’ll find their next meal. Food Bank of the Rockies works to end hunger in our community. Last year, we distributed more than 53 million pounds of food through our programs and agency partners. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes towards food distribution and each dollar becomes four meals for our neighbors in need. Learn more about us and how you can create your own fundraising page to email to your friends and family, so they can join with you to fight hunger and feed hope!


Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter cares for 10,000 orphaned cats, dogs, puppies, kittens and critters each year for the community. As an open-admission facility, never turning away an animal, the Shelter is committed to its important mission and life-saving work. In addition to pet adoption,  a variety of services are also offered including pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and lost and found pets. If you have questions about joining Team Foothills Animal Shelter, email or call 720.407.5220. For more information about the Shelter, please visit


Free the Girls

Donate A Bra.  Give A Former Slave A Job.

Free The Girls works to provide jobs to women rescued from sex trafficking in developing countries by helping them set up micro enterprises selling bras. (yes, BRAS!) And, through the collection of new and gently used bras globally, we strive to educate people and organizations about the scourge of human trafficking worldwide. We partner with safe houses and aftercare facilities in Mozambique, Uganda, and El Salvador. To learn more about Free The Girls, please visit To run with us, volunteer at the races, or join the fun please contact Selah Davenport,


Friends of Paha

A nonprofit board building awareness for Camp Paha, inspiring compassion in the community to support campers with disabilities and their families.

Friends of Paha raises money to support Camp Paha, a summer camp for children and young adults with disabilities run by the City of Lakewood. Without this camp, many of these campers would be stuck at home for the summer. This camp is life changing for campers and their families because it provides the opportunity for campers to build life skills, independence, friendships and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Camp Paha provides an opportunity to participate in aquatics, sports, nature & science, music & drama, outdoor activities, and arts & crafts along with field trips into the community. This is the only camp of it’s kind in the Denver metro area. Programs are provided for campers with all disability types: developmental, physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning.

Friends of the Denver Fire Department

Friends of the Denver Fire Department supports the Denver’s Fire Department by providing public education, through efforts to improve firefighter safety and quality of life, and with direct resources to meet firefighter needs thereby improving public safety in the City and County of Denver. Our most important ongoing initiative is to build public awareness about the needs of the Denver Fire Department and Denver Firefighters – particularly those needs that are not met through the City budget. This year the Friends of the Denver Fire Department is focused on campaigns to support projects in three major areas: Firefighter Safety: Protective Gear & Promethian Boards Fire Safety: Prevention and Escape, and Citizen Disaster Response Training. For more information about us, visit


Gateway Battered Women’s Services

Serving the Victims of Domestic Violence in Aurora and Arapahoe County since 1977.

Gateway Battered Women’s Services works toward the elimination of personal and societal violence against all women and children by empowerment through education, support services, and by actually promoting social change within the community. Gateway provides quality services in a safe and confidential environment for all women, children and family pets who are victims of domestic violence. Gateway strives to promote community awareness through training, education, and networking. Gateway’s goal is to empower women and children in developing violence-free lives through crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services. Gateway endeavors to affect community awareness and ultimately change attitudes on issues of domestic violence. To learn more about us, visit For more information about our charity partner program, contact Jeneen Klippel,


Gateway High School Cross Country

Go Olys!

We are the Olympians! We are all about making running fun, safe, and rewarding. Our athletes hail from some of the more economically challenged areas of the Denver metro area. Our hope is to spread the love of endurance sports and provide our athletes with a fun, family- like atmosphere. We have partnered with the Colfax Marathon in effort to make our vision a reality. With your support, we will pay for uniforms, shoes, athletic fees, team activities, and other necessary items for our underprivileged runners.  Email Coach Moss with any questions: Go Olys!


German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies

German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies (GSROR)  serves the public as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned German Shepherd Dogs (GSD).  We are a group of foster home where our dogs receive veterinary care, nutritional support and lots of belly rubs until they find their forever homes. Happy Tails. Visit us at:  For more about our charity partners team, contact Mickey McNeil, 970-420-6296.


Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve 25,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! At Girl Scouts, we know that when given the opportunity, girls change the world, and we have the reach and experience to help girls everywhere lead. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience helps girls connect with their community and take action to make the world a better place. When girls succeed, so does society. Learn more by visiting, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing


Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.  Programs are research-based and delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment. To learn more about Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, please visit To run with us, volunteer at the races, or join the fun please contact Jeslin Shahrezaei,


GOALS – Get Outside and Learn Something

GOALS uses multi-day wilderness river expeditions to empower youth – teaching life lessons embedded in their powerful “search-navigate-reflect-believe” growth process that extend long beyond the take-out of their river programs.  Kids who participate in GOALS river programs enter with a sense of nervous anticipation for the unique experience they’re about to embark upon – and leave feeling more aware of themselves, more connected to their peers, and more confident in their ability to paddle through whatever might lie downstream.  Learn more at  For more information about our charity partners program, contact Brett,


Gold Crown Foundation

Gold Crown Foundation is excited to participate as a Charity Partner for the Colfax Marathon in 2015! As a Colorado nonprofit 501c3, we offer youth sports and education programs to nearly 20,000 boys and girls annually throughout Colorado and the surrounding states.  Our mission statement is “Educating Youth and Community Through Sports and Enrichment Programs”.  In the 27 year existence of the Gold Crown Foundation, we have made a significant impact on youth and their communities across Colorado.  For more information about our charity partner program, contact Coby Chaney,, 303-773-1442.


Golden Schools Foundation

Supporting academic excellence in our schools.

Golden Schools Foundation works in partnership with Golden area schools and public education stakeholders to promote an educational environment where students can reach maximum potential. We provide enrichment grants for school programs, bestow teacher recognition awards, and encourage community collaboration to support improvements in student achievements. Our mission is to ensure Golden articulation schools offer our children an outstanding education. To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, contact To learn more about the Golden Schools Foundation, please visit



Powerful youth leaders growing together – cultivating community and food justice through urban agriculture

GreenLeaf engages powerful youth leaders in urban agriculture, farming on available lots in neighborhoods that don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. At GreenLeaf, young people earn a fair wage while growing food for their communities and exploring issues of health, nutrition, and justice. The young people also grow, challenging themselves and each other in an environment that creates lasting, just, and sustainable social change. GreenLeaf is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. To learn more about GreenLeaf, visit To run or walk with us, or to sponsor our runners, email Cody at


Griffith Centers for Children

Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up offers a range of services to at-risk children, youth, and family throughout the state of Colorado. Our mission is to provide children and their families the environment and opportunities to become educated, healthy, participating and productive members of society. Services include family preservation, visitations, foster care, residential care for boys, and education services. Since 1927 we have helped over 32,000 children in this state. Contact information: Caitlyn Beans, 719-327-2026,  To learn more about Griffith Centers visit and find us on Facebook.


Helping Veterans

From Service to Community.

In 2013 there was approximately 1.4 million veterans considered to be at­‐risk for homelessness. In combination with poverty, an overall lack of social support networks, dismal housing conditions and living in isolation, veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless.  At Helping Veterans it’s our mission to strengthen our communities by serving Veterans and their families. We accomplish this by working to create and support innovative programs that serve the increasing needs of returning Veterans. Join US and build a home in the Colorado community that provides Veterans and their families a place to stay, thrive and get back on their feet! For more information visit:  To join our charity partners team, contact Joel Cinnamon,


Hinkley High School Athletics

Preparing student athletes for the next level of life.

Hinkley athletics serves over 500 student-athletes across 17 sports throughout the school year.  Education budgets are tight, and over the years our athletic department has felt the squeeze, making it a challenge to continually give a quality program to our deserving athletes.  By partnering with the Colfax marathon, our staff is making a commitment to promote the importance of extra-curricular activities in a student’s life, as well as being role models for health and fitness!  We are hoping to raise funds to continually meet the needs of our student athletes through safe and quality equipment; offer a healthy meal when traveling to away games and continue transportation to all events.  To join our team or donate, please contact Tristen Rogers at  Or you can donate by pressing the DONATE button below.


HOPE Arapahoe County

Running for H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) Arapahoe County is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that fills the needs of local individuals and families that can’t be met by formal welfare programs.  HOPE provides goods and services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect, vulnerable seniors in the adult protection system, and struggling families and individuals in crisis. Learn more about out our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Nicki Watson,, 303-738-8051.  For more information about us, visit


Hope for Heather Foundation

Focusing on young women diagnosed with breast cancer

The Hope for Heather Foundation was established in 2010 committed to helping young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Heather Taylor was just 25 when she was diagnosed with stage 3b, HER2 positive, breast cancer. As family, friends, and Heather embarked on the cancer journey, we started learning about all the organizations devoted to helping women. Some were committed to research, for others it was awareness and prevention, but we couldn’t find an organization to help with the everyday costs of living with, fighting, and surviving. It became clear that we could use her experience to help other women.

To learn more about us, please visit For more information about joining our Charity Partner team, contact Renee Roberts at Donate to the cause here.


Hope Shines

A Small Group of People Making a BIG Impact.

We are small but we act BIG! Hope Shines is an international nonprofit focused on enhancing and improving the lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Rwanda, Africa. We create unique and tailored programs in education and health care that organically empower these youth to rise up out of poverty. A holistic approach to breaking down barriers to success is our goal. We do this through strong partnerships and aligning with government standards in education and health. To learn more about us, visit For information about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners “team”, contact Dan Gladden,


iYouth Unite

Training rescued ears to hear free of charge

Young people come from European and African nations to attend iYouth camp (international youth camp for cross cultural kids) The youth range from ages 12 to 19 and include missionary, military, and ex-pat kids as well as English speaking European youth. iYouth camp attracts youth living outside their home countries. These youth are often overlooked by the society in which they live. The common product we have seen from over a decade of youth camps is joy, freedom and hope! The camp provides daily team building, recreation, and mentoring facilitated by a US team of counselors. Many lifelong friendships are made and many are restored and motivated to return to their lives with a passion and focus for life. For more information about us, contact Donnelle Johnson,

JDRF Rocky Mountain Chapter

Improving Lives – Curing Type 1 Diabetes

Did you know as many as 3 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes (T1D)? This includes kids, teens and adults; all dependent on insulin to survive. Unrelated to diet or lifestyle, T1D is an autoimmune disease that carries the constant danger of life-threatening complications. There are no days off, and there is no cure. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers, JDRF has grown to become the largest charitable funder of T1D research. JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to diabetes research since our founding. Our goal is simple: we want to create a world without T1D. Will you run for a cure? For more information, visit, call 303-770-2873 or email To join the JDRF Rocky Mountain team, contact Ruth Hendren at 303-209-7718 or

Jeffco Schools Foundation

Big Ideas.  Bright Futures.

The Jeffco Schools Foundation has provided innovative resources to the 86,000 students and 12,000 employees of Jeffco Public Schools since 1983. Last year, the Foundation partnered with more than 200 schools and community organizations to make sure all students have access to a world-class education, including programs that expand after school and summer opportunities, improve student career and college readiness, promote early literacy, recognize outstanding students and employees and much, much more. To join our Charity Partner running group or to register a Jeffco team, contact Emily O’Winter at To learn more about the Jeffco Schools Foundation, please visit

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Building Hope, Changing Lives, Strengthening Community

Jefferson Center for Mental Health is the community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin Counties. Our mission is to promote mental health and provide quality mental health services to persons with emotional problems and/or serious mental illness. Our vision for the future is a community in which there is no stigma, no lack of resources and no barriers to mental health care, where recovery from mental illnesses is not only possible but probable and individuals with mental health problems live satisfying, contributing, and hopeful lives. To learn more visit us at or contact Rebecca Hansen at

Judi’s House

Hope and Healing for Grieving Children and Families

Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area dedicated specifically to helping grieving children. Our mission is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. Since inception, Judi’s House has provided care to more than 6,000 children and caregivers—completely free of charge—toward our vision that no child should be alone in grief. We believe that investing in these vulnerable children will help them build resilience and the coping skills they need to adjust to their loss, and handle future challenges. To learn more about Judi’s House, please visit To join our Colfax Marathon team contact Kim Howes at


KIPP Colorado Schools

KIPP Colorado is a network of three open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools in Denver. Our mission is to equip students with the academic skills and character traits necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. With an extended school day and year, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is proving what is possible in public education. We understand that it takes the support of our community to best support our students. Thank you for being part of our Team & Family. For more information about us, visit To run with us, contact Evan Fairmont,


Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking works to combat human trafficking in Colorado and the United States through community-based research, training and education, and leadership development. Since the organizations inception LCHT has trained over 13,000 first responders and community members, supported 68 interns, and implemented three major research projects to better understand the problem of human trafficking and help to create a coordinated response in our communities. To run with us, please contact Len Lingo, and for more information visit our website at


Lutheran Family Services – Rocky Mountains

Heal. Strengthen. Hope.

Founded as an adoption agency in 1948, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains now includes foster care, older adult services, child abuse prevention programs, immigration services, disaster response and resettlement service to refugees and asylees. You can help promote refugee and asylee success through services that strengthen, heal and provide hope. Through the program, refugees find housing, employment support and case management services. Refugees bring with them more than just a few belongings when they resettle to the U.S.; they bring their passions, hope and determination. Run with us! Contact Jaime Blanchard, for details and for more information visit:


Make-A-Wish® Colorado

Share the Power of a Wish®

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The mission and message of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are about the life-affirming, hope-giving aspect of the wish experience. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado was founded in 1983 by Joan Mazak, the current CEO and president. 30 years later, Make-A-Wish is proud to have been able to grant every eligible referred child’s wish, totaling nearly 4,000 wishes in total, an average of 250 wishes a year to eligible Colorado children. For more information visit and to join out Charity Partners team, contact Patti at or 303-750-9474.


Marc Jr. Foundation

The Marc Jr Foundation provides educational information to Children’s Hospitals around the world.  This information is given to the parents of a child that has been newly diagnosed with a DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).  We are also very proud to announce, that we are now offering grants to families who have a child with a DIPG.  We award the grants to families with the understanding that if they need the money to pay bills we are glad to help and/or if they just want to enjoy quality time with their child – even better. For more information about us, visit  To learn more about joining our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners “team,” contact Lynette Apodaca,


March of Dimes

March of Dimes is working to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant death. Help us find scientific answers to medical problems associated with babies that are born sick or too small; support families in crises when their baby needs intensive hospital care; provide pregnancy-related education to future moms and dads; and advocate to change laws and regulations that impact the health of women and children. Give to the March of Dimes and help give every baby a healthy start.  For more information about us, please visit  For more information about out Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Brittany,


Maxwell Elementary

We are Maxwell Elementary.  Our student demographics are 46% ELLs, 91% Free and Reduced Lunch, and 100% Dolphin Proud and College Bound.  Our school community is amazing- we are running for next year’s school supplies for our students. Please consider supporting our hardworking students by clicking our “donate” button.  For more information, contact Chad Leland,


McGlone Elementary School

We are McGlone Elementary, a public turnaround school in Montbello.  Since turnaround, we have shown significant growth, catapulting ourselves from one of the lowest-performing schools to 8th in the state for growth.  Our student demographics are 70% ELLs, 97% Free and Reduced Lunch, and 100% college bound. Our kids, families and staff are amazing – we are running this marathon to raise funding to build a drop off circle out front so kids can be dropped off safely to come to school, instead of being dropped off in a busy street.  Please consider supporting our incredibly special and hardworking school community!  For more information about our Colfax Marathon charity partnership, contact Paul Clifton,  To see a morning at McGlone, click here.

Meet the Middle East

Fostering relationships between the US and the Middle East through education and travel for students, adults, and businesses.

Take a Step for Peace! Meet the Middle East is a Denver-based non-profit dedicated to building better relations between the people of the United States and the Middle East. We offer classes, cultural events, speakers, workshops and immersion travel to the Middle East. If you want to expand your knowledge and understanding beyond what the media provides, let us broaden your horizons!  The most important function we serve is bringing people together. Whether it’s taking a group on a trip of a lifetime to explore the Middle East, or bringing speakers, dancers, professors, religious leaders and a host of others from the Middle East to Denver, it our greatest joy. Please visit our web site, For more information about our charity partners program, contact Deborah Schlueter, 720-608-1882.


Mental Health Center of Denver

The Mental Health Center of Denver improves the lives of children, adults and families through its diverse and innovative community-based programs and partnerships. As a private, not-for-profit community mental health center, we provide mental health, integrated primary care, substance abuse, housing, educational and employment services in an environment that respects the individual. The Mental Health Center of Denver is building stronger and healthier communities by giving people the chance to live richer, more meaningful lives. For more information about how to join our charity partner team, contact Eric Brody,


Mercy Housing

Because home is just the beginning.

Mercy Housing provides homes for families, seniors, veterans and people with special needs who struggle to find quality, safe housing that is affordable. For more than 152,600 residents across the U.S. that we serve on any given day, home is just the beginning. Mercy Housing residents have a full spectrum of affordable housing options and supportive programs, reinforcing that home is where stable, successful lives begin. To learn more, visit To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Jennifer Reed,


Metro Community Provider Network

Providing excellent health-related services focusing on the underserved

Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a non-profit healthcare organization that provides medical, dental, and mental healthcare and community-based services to underserved and uninsured populations who cannot afford basic healthcare; no one is turned away because of their inability to pay. Our mission is to partner with the community to provide excellent, culturally-sensitive health services to meet the needs of each individual…every touch, every time. MCPN will have twenty locations throughout the metropolitan Denver area by the end of 2013. To participate in the Colfax Marathon events in support of MCPN, contact Carrie Fieger at 303-761-1977 X1128, 303-229-3492, or

Mi Casa Resource Center

Advancing Family Prosperity.

Mi Casa Resource Center works toward its mission of advancing the economic success of Latino and working families through an integrated program strategy of Career, Business, and Youth & Family Development services. To meet this mission Mi Casa to offers these programs: (1) Career Development: a practical pathway for workers who face barriers to employment to launch a promising career; (2) Business Development: programs to help entrepreneurs and emerging businesses find success through self-employment; (3) Youth & Family Development: out-of-school time enrichment for middle and high school youth focused on academic success, leadership development, technology learning, and career exploration. To join our charity partners team, contact Carol Giblin. To learn more about us, visit


Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers (MHM)

Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers (MHM) is the largest and oldest provider of subsidized quality early care and education in Denver.  They work to ensure that our most vulnerable children have an opportunity to succeed in school and in life.  MHM operates 5 early learning centers across Denver that can serve more than 500 children each day.  Additionally, they manage two drop-in centers, health services for its students, and programming for parents and caregivers that is focused on supporting children’s growth and development.  Using a Montessori inspired approach, MHM helps the children it serves by fostering them in a life-long joy of learning.  For information about MHM or about joining our Colfax charity partners group, please contact Lauren Prigge,

Mile High Squash

Creating pathways to college.

At Mile High Squash we believe creating meaningful and positive long-term relationships with our students is critical to increasing engagement in school and their community. Mile High Squash delivers longitudinal academic enrichment and personal development programs that create pathways to college for underserved youth in Denver. We use squash to promote fitness and sportsmanship that will help mold the scholar-athletes into successful citizens.  Our approach to providing comprehensive opportunities is deeply rooted in self-empowerment and community well being. Visit to learn more! If interested in running with MHS or sponsoring one of our students, please contact Sabrina Sanchez,


Mile High United Way

Give. Advocate. Volunteer.

Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country, is a catalyst for social change. Our mission is uniting people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good. We work with hundreds of local nonprofit partners, government agencies, policymakers and businesses to create change in three key areas: School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency. Learn more at Contact Ben Lusz for more information about us at or 303-561-2259.


Mirror Image Arts

Empowering youth to use their voice for change.

Mirror Image Arts is dedicated to using theatre as a language to inspire dialogue, encourage awareness and promote action in order to build a strong, compassionate and empowered community.  Our current programs are geared toward helping 4th-8th grade students engage in open dialogue about preventing bullying in their schools. In our first two years alone, we’ve reached more than 650 students in schools across Colorado, encouraging them to “Use your voice because your voice matters!” To learn more about us, visit For info on joining our Charity Partners team, contact Joe at”


Mountain Pet Rescue

Rescue, Foster, Adopt!

Mountain Pet Rescue is a CO nonprofit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for pets in need by providing rescue, foster care, education, training support & adoption into safe, loving homes.  MPR focuses on active, thick-coated, energetic mountain dog breeds who are in danger in out of state overcrowded shelters, but in high demand & quickly adopted in Colorado.  Every donation helps save another life!  Visit for more details.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact


Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works with the relocation industry to help strengthen the efforts of our nation’s food banks.  By working with movers, Realtors, and corporate housing providers, our partners offer to pick up the unopened, non-perishable food items during the moving process and deliver it to local food banks.  To date, Move For Hunger has successfully delivered over 5.4 million pounds of food, works with over 600 movers and are in all 50 states.  By delivering this much needed food, Move For Hunger is providing relief for hungry Americans struggling to find their next meal.  For more information about us, visit  To join our charity partner team, contact Emily Cebulski,


Muscular Dystrophy Association

Move your muscles, strengthen theirs. Together we are progress.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA Team Momentum is the brand new, endurance fundraising program giving individuals the opportunity to participate in world renowned Marathons & Half-Marathons, while fundraising to support  the MDA and the families we serve. Join MDA Team Momentum to receive guaranteed race entry, world class coaching, team events and comradery, fundraising tools, and the opportunity to dedicate your participation to the fight against muscle disease! Learn more, or join the team at   or contact Emily Gual: 303-390-3785.


National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado (NAMI) is dedicated to building communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting and advocating for individuals affected by mental illness and their families. NAMI Colorado provides: free education classes about mental illness to the community; support groups for those with mental illness and their families; and political advocacy for all concerned. For more information on how NAMI helps visit and to learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Elsa Erickson at 303-321-3104.


National Psoriasis Foundation

For a life free of psoriatic disease.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NSF) is a non-profit, voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriastic arthritis and eliminating their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education.  Founded in 1968, the Psoriasis Foundation has evolved to become the leading patient advocacy group for the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.  As emerging research continues to demonstrate, the serious, systemic effects of these chronic autoimmune diseases, our highest priority is to find a cure.  For more information about running for us in the Colfax Marathon, visit


National Sports Center for the Disabled

Enabling the Spirit Through Sport

The National Sports Center for the Disabled is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and golf courses to learn more about sports – and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis. To join our charity team, contact Cody Galloway at 303.633.5802 or To learn more about the NSCD please visit


National Stroke Association

Since 1984, we have become the trusted source for free resources and education for the entire stroke community. By joining our 2015 Colfax Marathon Stroke Challenge team, you support our efforts to promote life-saving stroke information; provide objective and credible information; impact survivor empowerment and improve stroke community quality of life, and; give voice to those denied their rights because of stroke.  For more information, contact Crystal Blaylock at or 303-754-0917. To donate to National Stroke Association visit


No Kill Colorado

Save Homeless Pet Lives!

No Kill Colorado is a grassroots movement that works with communities, rescues and shelters to increase the number of homeless pets saved in shelters to more than 90%. We have saved lives through such efforts as Just One Day, 100 dogs of Antonito and our campaign to restructure/improve the Fremont Animal Shelter. Our volunteers coordinated a spay/neuter event for feral/community dogs and cats as well as adoptathons and letter campaigns to improve shelter conditions and eliminate breed specific legislation. Please consider joining us to help save shelter pets. Visit for more information. To learn about our charity partner team, contact Joan Ogner at


One Colorado Education Fund

One Colorado Education Fund’s mission is to secure and protect equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans and their families. Through the Education Fund, we provide educational programming on LGBT issues, conduct research to understand public opinions, mobilize a community of LGBT people and straight allies, and develop campaigns to build public support for fairness and equality. For more information about our charity partners program, contact Harbandna Singh,, 303-396-6170 or 480-290-0710.


One Spirit

ONE SPIRIT supports the efforts of the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota (the poorest place in the Western Hemisphere outside of Haiti and home to 40,000 Lakota) to eliminate hunger and lower the drop out and suicide rates among youth.   In this year, 241 Lakota youth attempted suicide.  11 were successful. TEAM ONE SPIRIT (15 Lakota athletes) runs to raise funds for youth programs.  They have helped to build a Youth Center in Allen that opened on March 28th 2015. It will provide mentoring, tutoring, counseling, computer skills, music lessons and equipment, art and art supplies, cultural immersion and, food.  The goal is to put similar centers within reach of all the youth.   You can help change the future for Lakota Youth.   Support Team ONE SPIRIT.

Learn more about us, visit  To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Jeri Baker, 570-460-6567,


OpenWorld Learning

Founded in 2000, Open World Learning (OWL) supports children’s school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. We provide free, fun, and challenging after-school educational programs centered on teaching advanced computer technology to at-risk Denver area students. To learn more, please visit us at or contact us at 303-832-0066.


Operation TBI Freedom

Serving Our Wounded Heroes

Operation TBI Freedom (OTF) is a statewide program that provides resources and counseling for soldiers and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI causes a wide range of problems like memory loss, anxiety, painful headaches, and depression that prevent these wounded heroes from living normal lives. OTF ensures soldiers and veterans with TBI and their families receive the support they deserve to access medical care, maintain stable housing, get back to work, and build and strengthen healthy relationships.

For more information, visit or contact Katie Goulet at



Orchestrating a medley of possibilities for people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Overture is a recognized leader in providing person-centered services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our individualized services include Residential, Day Program, and Supported Living Services.  We believe emotional and physical health is central to living a life of experience, opportunity, participation, choice and growth.  Your support will help the people we serve work towards independence and achieve their hopes, dreams and desires.  For more information about us, visit  To learn more about joining our Colfax Marathon charity partner “team”, contact Laura Annarelli, 720-496-2605,


Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Know IT, Fight IT, End IT.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer remains in the single digits at just 7 percent with no early detection or effective cure. Now more than ever, we must work harder to increase national awareness for this devastating disease.  If you’d like more information about our local Denver affiliate, please contact Karl Moran at or visit our website,



Do what you can, when you can. Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate. Save Lives.

PawsCo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation with a comprehensive approach.  PawsCo includes three divisions:  Spay/Neuter, Pet Food Drive and Adoptions.  PawsCo’s Spay/Neuter division provides spay and neuter services to Colorado communities.  PawCo’s Pet Food Drive division aims to keep pets with their families by providing food through local food banks.  The PawsCo Adoptions division is an all-breed rescue, pulling dogs and cats from underserved shelters, with a focus on helping Colorado pets in need.  All pets live in foster homes until adopted.  PawsCo is a volunteer run organization committed to collaboration, education and efficient operation.

Visit for more information about us.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Tiana Nelson,


PDCD Research Fund

The Elizabeth Watt PDCD Research Fund was established in honor of an amazing young Colorado girl who has PDCD.  Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Deficiency is a rare
metabolic disorder that prevents the body from breaking down food into energy.  Children with PDCD suffer from poor muscle tone, neurological damage (brain damage, cognitive delays, seizures), and other problems like poor feeding, decreased muscle tone, lethargy, and organ damage. The funds that we raise go directly to research to better understand PDCD and improve the life expectancy and quality of life of children with this disorder. Visit our website for more information:


Phoenix MultiSport

Sober, Active Community

There is a joyous life beyond addiction! Not a drinker? In recovery from substance abuse or choosing to live a sober lifestyle? Phoenix Multisport is the supportive, sober, active community you’ve been seeking! Phoenix will not only introduce you to new, active pursuits but also connect you with a community of like-minded sober people. Through activities taught by our peer-led instructors, you will begin to thrive. Most importantly, with regular participation in Phoenix programs, your chances of relapse are significantly reduced. Please join us for rock climbing, hiking, running, yoga, road/mountain biking, CrossFit, skiing, Olympic lifting, boxing and more. For more information, please visit To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Andrew Martinez, 720-440-9175,



Playworks for every kid.

At Playworks, we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Over 18 years, we’ve learned that when kids are able to to play in a safe and inclusive environment, school climate and student experience are significantly impacted. When kids have access to physical activity and meaningful play, bullying is decreased and physical activity and classroom focus are increased. By placing full-time, dedicated coaches at low-income schools, we are able to improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s children. To learn more, visit or contact Eva:


Project C.U.R.E.

Delivering Health and Hope to the World.

Project C.U.R.E. has been delivering health and hope to the world since 1987.  We are the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and work in more than 130 countries around the globe.  Project C.U.R.E. supports global health improvement efforts through the provision of customized containers full of medical supplies to clinics and hospitals in developing nations that are in need of healthcare infrastructure strengthening.  Additionally, Project C.U.R.E. offers travel clinics and child and maternal health programs. For more information about us, visit  To learn more about our charity partners team, contact Laurie Porter,


Project COPE

Shed a ray of hope on our neighbors in need by donating to Project COPE.

Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance to families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency. Project COPE is the only local organization that dedicates its entire funding to utilities payment assistance year-round.  Project COPE funds bridge household utilities from a time of crisis to a chance for stability for Colorado Springs Utilities Customers.  Individuals and families receive a onetime grant to help move their utilities bill from past-due to current.  Grants generally average less than $400 per household.  Project COPE is entirely funded by donations and  matching funds from Colorado Springs Utilities.  To learn more about us, visit  For information about our charity partner program, contact Johnna Chapman,

Project Inti

Every smile is a little bit of sunshine.

While Machu Picchu is a major tourist destination in Peru contributing to the growing economy, there remains widespread poverty in the rural regions. More than 2.5 million children, ages 6 to 14, are putting in long hours to help support their families. The degree of risk for food or waterborne diseases still remains very high, including bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever. Our mission is to provide aid such as blankets, clothes, shoes, food, vitamins, and personal hygiene items to the rural Peruvian communities, while advancing our efforts through educational initiatives. Contact Angie Parris-Raney, More information, visit


Project Worthmore

Restoring Worth to Refugees from Burma through the Heart of our Community

Since 2011, Project Worthmore (PWM) has focused on the needs of Denver-area refugees from Burma. By implementing a mentorship program, teaching use of public transportation, registering children for school, helping with grocery shopping, and teaching English and art, we have formed deep connections with an otherwise isolated community. In several contexts, Project Worthmore has created safe spaces for refugees to thrive and become integrated into our community. As PWM’s work continues to grow, it is our hope that more and more people will become an active part of this movement that has bettered the life’s of all those involved. Learn more about us, visit For more information about our charity partner program, contact Frank Anello,


QuietWaters Ministries

We are excited to be a first year charity partner for the 10th Anniversary Colfax Marathon!  We would be honored to have you participate with us in this year’s event as a runner, a cheerleader, or a financial partner.  The mission of QuietWaters Ministries is to renew, restore, and strengthen Christian Leaders and their families.  To date, QuietWaters has served leaders from 41 States, every Canadian province, and 19 different countries.  We are a non-denominational ministry that provides counseling and other resources for Christian leaders all over the World.  Please contact Scott at to get involved.


Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment.

Across Colorado, people in cancer treatment struggle to meet their basic needs: food, housing, prescriptions, and transportation. Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation responds to the urgent needs of Coloradans with cancer by providing financial assistance with dignity and humanity. Our applicants are in dire financial straits, many with no income due to loss of work as a result of treatment. The unrestricted financial assistance we provide is unique and personal, respecting grantees’ need to manage their own funds and expense priorities. Learn more about our story at and join us to Run for Ray by contacting Erica at


Reading Partners Colorado

Would you? Could you? Read a book? Would you? Could you? Take a look? To help a child learn to read? And run, so quickly at incredible speed! Help spread the joy of literacy by running with Reading Partners! Reading Partners is a non-profit focused on early literacy intervention throughout the Denver-metro area. With the help of community volunteers we provide children with one-on-one tutoring, giving them the attention and care they need to succeed. To learn more about Reading Partners visit our website at or contact Emily Brown at


Restoration Project International

Enhancing Resilience and Building Capacity for Restoration.

Restoration Project International (RPI) was established in 2013, to give qualifying survivors of sex trafficking education scholarships, create community awareness and facilitate mentoring class.  We develop strategies that build capacity for restoration and a resilience ladder for economic freedom. This freedom gives survivors increased social status, strong decision making power and ability to exercise control over resources and life choices.  We had 3 community awareness workshops, 3 trainings and a mentoring class which connected girls to mentors.  To run for us, contact Ibukun Alao at  For more information about us, go to


Rocky Mountain Communities

At the center of Rocky Mountain Communities are our residents.  We have over 1,132 units in communities across Colorado that are filled with working families trying to make ends meet, refugees who have fled war-torn countries, and elderly individuals trying to maintain their independence.  Since 1992, Rocky Mountain Communities has put the needs of our residents front and center.  We understand that it is important for individuals to not only have safe and well-maintained properties, but housing that is close to bus lines, employment opportunities and beyond.  We encourage you to learn more at  For more information about our charity partner program, contact Kate,


Rocky Mountain SER

Rocky Mountain Service Employment & Redevelopment (RMSER) has a rich tradition of satisfying Colorado’s educational, employment, and work forces development for the past 34 years. RMSER’s Head Start & Migrant Head Start Programs provide early child education to 2,456 children and their families statewide. RMSER provides youth and community service programs, funded solely by private grants and donations, which give our children more opportunities for overall enrichment and educational success. RMSER’s National Farmworker Jobs Program proudly provides assistance and services to migrant and seasonal farm workers through the US Department of Labor. To learn more about us, click here. For more about our charity partner program, email Jan Miller.


Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center

A Voice for Every Victim

Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center’s (RMvlc) mission is to transform the criminal justice system to consistently honor the voice of every victim and vigorously safeguard victims’ rights.  RMvlc provides free legal assistance to victims of violent crime to help enforce their rights under the Victim Rights Act (VRA).  RMvlc helps victims’ voices be heard; ensures victims are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect throughout the criminal justice process; and empowers victims to enforce their VRA rights.  To learn more about RMvlc, please visit  To join RMvlc’s charity partner team, please contact Sasha Hutchings,


Rocky Mountain Wild

Protecting Wildlands for Wildlife.

Rocky Mountain Wild’s mission is to protect, connect, and restore wildlife and wildlands in the Southern Rockies. We use the best available science to forward our mission through participation in policy, public outreach and organizing, administrative processes, legal action, and education. Since our inception in 1999, no species in our region has gone extinct on our watch! Learn more about our work to keep the Rockies wild at or email us at To join our charity partner team, contact Lindsey Katapski at


Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics

Pediatric Care for our Community.

Would you like to help the children of Colorado get the medical care they need and deserve? For 18 years, The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (The RMYC) has provided accessible, affordable, high-quality healthcare to children and adolescents in Colorado regardless of their insurance status or family’s ability to pay. Our services are prioritized for the under-served and at-risk youth, including those who are from low-income and/or homeless families. Last year we gave over $1.2 million in uncompensated care, and had over 57,000 patient visits. Our main goal is simple: make sure kids get the healthcare they deserve, no matter what.  Visit Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics to learn more about us.  Contact Dalia Garfinkel,, 303-861-4772 to join our charity partner team.


Rose Andom Center

One Place. Immeasurable Hope.

The Rose Andom Center creates a new vision for providing services to domestic violence victims by creating a “wraparound” service delivery model to provide victims with one central location for coordinated services involving 25 distinct agencies, including services from both community organizations and the criminal justice system. The Rose Andom Center will open in the summer of 2015, providing a broad range of services to domestic violence victims and their children including safety planning, confidential advocacy, counseling, children’s services, legal assistance, shelter and job referrals. Services will be available to all victims, regardless of their decision to involve the police. For more information, go to  For more information about our charity partners program, contact Andrea,


Roundup River Ranch

Extraordinary camp experiences for children with serious illnesses.  Always free.

Unbridled fun. Uninhibited kids. Unbelievable acceptance and love.  Roundup River Ranch provides children with serious illnesses an old-fashioned, pure fun camp experience where they are not defined by their illness or by things they haven’t tried before. Here, campers and their families discover the healing power of love, laughter, friendship, and shared experiences. Campers realize they are not alone, find the courage to try new activities and build confidence. With full medical and emotional support from healthcare professionals, staff and volunteers, campers can relax and experience the joys of childhood. And best of all, no camper ever pays a penny. To learn more about us, click here.  For more information about our charity partners “team”, contact Steve Giangiulio, 970-748-9983 x3.



RUFF is an all-volunteer Flyball 501(c)3 club whose focus is to encourage responsible dog ownership, boost the dog/owner bond, and support dog related organizations.  Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.  For more information, please visit  For more information about our involvement as a charity partner, contact Laura at

Second Wind Fund

Your Community.  Your Kids.

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and youth at risk of suicide with professional, specialized mental health counselors and paid for their treatment! It is truly a life-saving program, available to children and youth who have no other access to care. In recent studies, more than 6% of high school and middle school students reported having seriously considered suicide. Second Wind Fund brings hope and healing to these young people by helping them discover positive ways to overcome the problems they encounter. Since 2002, more than 4,000 children and youth have benefited from Second Wind Fund’s unique and highly effective program.  Visit to learn more about us.  For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Andrew Orrego-Lindstad,


Seeds of Hope

Strengthening our community through education

The mission of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust is to make the tremendous benefits of a Catholic education available to economically disadvantaged children of all faiths. Through tuition assistance grants and scholarships, Seeds of Hope supports Catholic elementary and high schools serving a low-income, high minority population concentrated in the inner city of Denver. Seeds of Hope serve not only Catholics, but children and families of all faith traditions. We just finished celebrating our 15th year of helping low-income families. Since our inception in 1996, we have served more than 12,000 students with $20 million.

For more information, visit our website at or email Nikki Soran at

ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment to survivors of natural and other disasters. The organizations instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict and have helped over 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Each box bears its own unique number so donors can track their box all the way to its recipient country. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

To learn about our mission to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world, please visit

Socially Conscious Coffee

Drink to their future

Socially Conscious Coffee creates sustainable prosperity with coffee harvesters, their families, and communities through education, health care, and environmental stewardship. Coffee harvesters are the poorest people in the coffee industry. By building a school on a coffee farm in Bahia, Brazil, SCC educates children and provides community education on health, hygiene, disease prevention, water safety, and environmental stewardship. This successful model breaks the cycle of harvester illiteracy, poor health, and poverty. Our vision is to create sustainable prosperity with harvesters, their families, and communities around the world.

For more information about our charity partners program, contact Stephanie at To learn more about us, visit


Spay Today, Neuter Now!

Every day in Colorado, hundreds of cats and dogs that ought to be cherished pets die in shelters and on the streets simply because they were born unwanted. Help us to ensure that every pet born can have a forever home. Not tolerating “accidental” litters and choosing to sterilize pets are key to reducing the number of animals crowding into shelters and rescues across the country. Spay Today, Neuter Now offers traditional spay/neuter, as well as newer options such as vasectomy, hysterectomy (ovary sparing), and chemical neutering (Zeuterin).Support no birth as the first step to no death! For more information, contact Bonnie Krone,


Special Olympics Colorado

Improving Lives Through Sports

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 sports for 19,800+ athletes living in the state of Colorado.  With the support of more than 9,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations, local businesses and runners like you, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities, age 2 1/2 and up.  Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ capabilities.  We invite you to join our running team in order to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Colorado. If you are interested in participating contact Sydney Park at




Stride – The Pathway to Self-Sufficiency

Stride is a community-based organization devoted to supporting low-income families in the Denver Metro Area. Stride’s focus is on helping families to enhance their strengths and capabilities that will lead to family stability and success. Stride accomplishes this through life skills and employment training, and connecting families to educational and community resources that are tailored to meet each family’s unique needs and abilities. Stride is the provider of opportunities for families to gain self-sufficiency. For more information, visit our website To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Sarah Maxwell,


STRIVE Preparatory Schools

Where a revolutionary education is commonplace and attending college is expected.

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, high-quality, college-preparatory education.  STRIVE Prep was founded nearly 10 years ago under the belief that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.  Of the 3,200 students enrolled at nine schools in the 2015 – 2016 school year, 90% qualify for free/reduced price lunch, 97% are students of color, 45% are English Language Learners and 15% qualify for special education services.  To learn more about us, go to or contact Samantha Tobia, Manager of Development and Events at


Summer Scholars

Where learning is always in season!

Summer Scholars’ mission is to narrow the educational achievement gap by providing comprehensive after-school and summer learning programs to help students increase their academic achievement and develop stronger developmental assets, then translate these gains into ongoing success in school. For nearly 20 years, Summer Scholars has provided a safe environment for out-of-school-time learning for thousands of at-risk elementary students. At select partner schools, Summer Scholars also offers a family literacy program that emphasizes adult English language acquisition, provides instruction for effective parenting, and includes an early childhood education program. For more information, please visit our website at To learn more about our participation in the charity partners program, contact Katey Trauth,, 303-381-3743.

Team RWB

It’s Our Turn

Over the next four years, 1.2 million service members will leave Active Duty and become Veterans. Though there are many Veterans’ service organizations, most focus on supporting Veterans from the point of injury to their release from Active Duty. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team Red, White & Blue is rooted in the belief that the best way to support veterans is by spending time with them and supporting them in personal and meaningful ways. Ultimately, the aim of Team RWB’s community-building program is to bring Veterans together with citizens in a way that enables them to establish authentic friendships. For more information visit:


Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains

The Proven Solution for Life-controlling Problems

Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains offers hope for life transformation to adult men (180 Ministries), women with preschool children (House of Promise), and teen girls (New Hope House). With a 40-year history as part of the Teen Challenge USA network of 240 programs, we offer an effective program for individuals serious about overcoming addiction. For each graduate, our goal is a productive life that is physically well, emotionally balanced, mentally sound, socially adjusted and spiritually alive.

Visit to learn more and to meet some of our graduates! You will also learn how to join our Charity Partner team!

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin

Achieve with Us

If you know someone with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome or other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), then you know someone who has been helped by The Arc; either directly through advocacy or indirectly through our community development efforts. The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties is part of the largest national organization of and for people with I/DD and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community. We foster respect and access, giving people with I/DD the power to achieve their dreams. To learn more, visit To learn more about our charity partners program, contact

The Blue Bench

Putting an end to sexual assault through prevention & care.

Our hope is to one day live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists; where there are no more victims, friends and families suffering in its wake. Inspired by the courage of one another – as survivors, activists, advocates and community leaders, The Blue Bench has helped thousands of Denver-area women and men find the courage to move from victim to survivor.  Our mission is to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care.  To join our charity partners program, contact Joshua Anderson at (303)329-9922 or email  Visit us:


The Bridge Project

Did you know that Colorado ranks 49th in public education funding and has the fifth highest dropout rate in the nation? Against all odds, Bridge Project participants are thriving – increasing their reading scores, graduating from high school and pursuing higher education. The mission of the Bridge Project is to provide educational opportunities for children living in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade. For two decades, the Bridge Project has provided academic, social and emotional outreach for children and families in some of Denver’s toughest neighborhoods. One child at a time – we provide opportunity and support for every individual who walks through our doors.

For more information about Bridge please visit our website To join our Charity Partner team, please contact Megan Miccio at
or (303)-931-6076.


The Enlighten Foundation

Empowering women, inspiring change!

The Enlighten Foundation is a faith-based community that works to inspire women worldwide to create positive change in their families, communities, and the world. Since 2001, we have equipped and sent out women to make a positive impact in their communities, as well as at our humanitarian sites in Armenia, Israel, Romania, and Zimbabwe. Wherever we go, we link arm in arm with women and families to encourage and enlighten each other in our journey toward a brighter world. To learn more about The Enlighten Foundation, please visit our website at To get connected with our Charity Partners team, please contact Tabitha Hernandez at


The Gathering Place

A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime, drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness. The organization exists to provide a safe daytime refuge and resources for self-sufficiency for those who seek its services. In 2013, The Gathering Place welcomed over 9,000 different individuals who were able to eat meals served by the kitchen; obtain free food, clothes, and toiletry items from our cupboard and boutique; use the on-site telephones, computer lab, and laundry facilities; and participate in a number of personal growth and learning programs.

If you would like to join our Charity Partner running group, please contact Brenda Roush, For more information about The Gathering Place, visit

The Greenway Foundation

The Greenway Foundation is a 40-years strong Denver-based non-profit all about the South Platte River and the Cherry Creek. Since 1974 we have been working our tails off to reclaim our Rivers and make them the safest and most beautiful part of our City. Today we facilitate riverside enhancement projects, engage adults through volunteer and cultural events, and bring over 7,000 local students to the River each year through environmental education programs. To learn more about us, visit If you love Denver’s walking and biking trails, come run them with Team Greenway so we can make sure they’re here for years to come! For more information, contact Marilyn Mead,


The Joshua School

The Joshua School is committed to helping each individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities attain the highest quality of life, valuing each unique mind, body, and spirit.

Did you know that Autism affects 1 in 88 children? The Joshua School exists to affect change in the lives of children and families challenged with Autism. We do this as a non-profit educational and therapeutic day treatment center. We have built a community that offers the highest level of care for students, the most comprehensive array of services, and the strongest level of outreach and education. In this structured, challenging, and encouraging environment, students discover themselves and the world around them. Join our charity partner team! DeAnna Marler,, 720-258-8558. To learn more, please visit


The Kitchen Community

The Kitchen Community (TKC) was established in 2011 by Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk, the owners of The Kitchen family of restaurants.  TKC believes in “community through food” by creating a future where every student has the opportunity to play, learn and grow in healthy communities.  To build a better world for students, TKC builds Learning Gardens in schoolyards, primarily in high-risk areas, to provide an engaging outdoor classroom; thriving fruit, vegetable and flower gardens; and a gathering place for the whole community.  In less than four years since it was founded, TKC has built 250 Learning Gardens in schools around the country in four major regions including Colorado, Chicago, Los Angeles and Memphis, reaching over 140,000 students everyday.  For more information, please visit or follow on Twitter @TheKitchenComm and Instagram @TheKitchenCommunity. To learn about our work as a Charity Partner, contact Lauren Bowie,


The Learning Source

Sharing Knowledge – Furthering Opportunity – Creating Promise

Partnering with the community for 50 years, The Learning Source provides educational opportunities to motivated adults in the greater Denver Metro region.  Through GED preparation, English as a Second Language, College and Workplace Transitions, the Learning Collaborative, and Family Literacy programming at over 20 sites,  The Learning Source continues to strive to give hope and opportunity to individuals, their families and the many communities of the Denver Metro Area.  The Learning Source teams with the DaVita Charity Partners Program to hold the “Race for Literacy” in support of adult education and the mission of The Learning Source.  To join the Race, contact Meredith Ritchie at  To learn more about us, visit

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team in Training – Together We Train to Beat Cancer

If you knew that training for an endurance event could help save someone’s life, would you do it? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT), the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports charity training program, provides four to five months of certified coaching, a supportive group of teammates and fundraising advice to help you complete a marathon, half marathon, triathlon or cycling event. TNT arranges event entry and weekend logistics to the event of your choice – in locales from right here at home to around the country and across the globe. In exchange, participants raise funds to support blood cancer research and patient services. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Ali Mabardi at or visit us at


Toth Ministries

Awakening Hope.

Toth Ministries is a community of moms and dads, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, friends, pirates, prophets, pastors, lovers, laughers, celebrators, – Jesus worshipers every last one! We love doing life together and running after intimacy with God with passion and thanksgiving through seasons of both joy and sorrow! What do we do? We exist, first and foremost, to chase after intimacy with God in our own daily lives…and then give that away – powerfully, creatively, dynamically – to as many people as God brings us into contact with. Our 5 Areas of Focus highlight specific ways that we feel God has designed, equipped, and called us to do this.

TransformAsia USA

Last year we celebrated our 25th anniversary of transforming lives in Cambodia and Southeast Asia!  The goal of TransformAsia is not only to meet the spiritual needs of the people, but to also meet the physical needs.   This year our focus is on a new venture called “Bright Futures” to help us educate older orphans in their future options be it secondary education or learning a vocational trade.  Walk, run or race with us this year to help provide for the young adults we are helping!  If you want to join us, please contact Elizabeth Stifel –   To learn more about TransformAsia visit


Turnberry Elementary

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow.

Turnberry Elementary school serves students in preschool through the fifth grade in Commerce City, CO to be “Learners today, Leaders tomorrow”. The Turnberry PTA is dedicated to supporting education and educational experiences within our school. We have partnered with the Colfax Marathon to promote health and wellness amongst our staff, students, families, and community.  We believe a healthy school is a successful school. All donations will be used to promote health and wellness within our classrooms, including but not limited to, sports equipment, healthy snacks, and educational materials. To join our team or donate please contact Michelle Witham at


University Prep

In a city where only one in ten minority students from low-income families goes on to complete a four-year college degree, University Prep was founded to eliminate the achievement gap between urban students living in poverty and their more affluent peers – placing every child on the path to get to and through college without excuse. Founded in 2011, University Prep is a K-5 tuition free public charter school serving scholars and families in Near Northeast Denver. To learn more visit our website at or contact Olivia Gallegos at


Urban Outreach Denver

Urban Outreach Denver is a volunteer-driven organization that finds and meets needs of inner city Denver.  We do this through hunger relief and hot meals programs, summer kids camps, summer feeding programs, winter warmth, Bible studies and more.  We meet people where they are, bringing them hope through meaningful relationships.  We equip people to serve by utilizing volunteers from schools, churches and other organizations.  As they volunteer with us, they gain insights to take back and make a difference in their own communities.  When you donate to UO Denver, you bring hope to our city.  For more information, visit, contact our director, Isaac Olivarez at or (303) 242-9474.


Urban Peak

Real life. Real change.

Urban Peak provides a full convergence of services for youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to provide youth with the assistance and support they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to maintain a safe existence. Urban Peak provides numerous programs and services that assist youth in reaching their potential and living a successful life off of the streets. Services include street outreach, a 40-bed shelter, daytime drop-in center, transitional housing, education & employment services, case management, life skills courses, mental health evaluations, meals and more. Contact information: Dan Hanley,, 303.974.2949.

To learn more about Urban Peak, visit


W.O.L.F. Sanctuary

To improve the quality of life for all wolves and wolf dogs.

W.O.L.F. (Wolves Offered Life & Friendship) is a 501(c)3 non-profit sanctuary located in the foothills of Northern Colorado. Founded in 1995, W.O.L.F. networks with rescues and sanctuaries across the country, saving captive born wolves/wolf dogs that are unable to be cared for appropriately by their owners.  W.O.L.F provides life-long, quality care for up to 30 wolves/wolf dogs in large, natural habitat enclosures. W.O.L.F. is also dedicated to educating the public about the issues with keeping wolves (and other wild animals) in captivity as pets and promoting a better understanding of the value of wild wolves in the environment.


Water For People

Everyone | Forever

Water For People works in 9 developing countries to bring together local entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, and communities to establish creative, collaborative solutions that allow people to build and maintain their own reliable safe water systems. Empowering everyone transforms people’s lives by improving health and economic productivity to end the cycle of poverty. To learn more about us, visit To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Jossie Auerbach,


West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation

The West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation was incorporated in 1995 as a public, nonprofit foundation in order to promote life safety through community leadership, education and financial assistance in support of fire safety education programs. The Foundation funds programs led by West Metro Fire Fighters and employees to create a safe and fire free community. Our current funding efforts provide counseling to reduce Juvenile Fire Setter activity, and funds to build a fire station museum at Lakewood’s Heritage Center, a permanent home for fire and life safety education.  For more information or to make a charitable contribution please visit 


Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

Creating opportunities, one woman at a time.

The mission of the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to empower women in post conflict northern Uganda, and elsewhere, through microfinance, social and political programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening families and communities.

Our strategy is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development and empowerment. Our goal is to work for social justice, increased human security and women’s empowerment. For more information about us, visit To become a fundraiser for us on our Colfax Marathon charity partners team please click here.


World Child Cancer USA

No Child Should Suffer.

World Child Cancer USA improves cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care for children in the developing world, where 80% of children with cancer live. We do this by partnering hospitals in high-income countries with those at our projects in developing countries. By providing generic drugs and training local nurses and doctors, we have been successful in raising survival rates from less than 10% to 60% where we work. Join our team to help kids with cancer and save lives. For more information visit and to run with us, contact LeAnn Fickes at



A global catalyst for Gospel movements.

WorldVenture is a Christian missionary sending agency.  We are a network of passionate people connected in the common cause of seeing the Great Commission of Jesus Christ fulfilled.  Our people serve in 63 countries working in arts, media, business, education, family and medicine, church outreach, science and agriculture, and government.  We exist to see people of all nations transformed by Christ in partnership with his church.  To learn more about WorldVenture, visit  To join WorldVenture’s Colfax Marathon Adventure (so many options:  join a relay team, run the big kahuna (or half the kahuna!), do the family fun 5K, fundraise or volunteer), please contact Erica,


Young Life

You were made for this.

Young Life is dedicated to reaching out to every kid, everywhere, for eternity. We believe in building relationships with kids and sharing God’s love with them. Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. We are raising money specifically to send kids to Young Life camp this summer, where they will experience the BEST week of their lives! For more information click Young Life  To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Eli Boone,….

Zimbabwe Kidz

Quench the Thirst for Health and Learning in Zimbabwe.

Can you imagine your children attending school without access to clean water?

Today, in Zimbabwe there are eight Presbyterian-sponsored schools where students and staff have no clean water.  Zimbabwe Kidz works with those schools to provide on-site, clean water wells.  When clean water is a daily reality for school kids, their health and learning naturally improves.  If you’d like more information about quenching the thirst for health and learning in Zimbabwe or how to join Team Zimbabwe KidZ, contact Sharon Lynch at


Zuma’s Rescue Ranch

Rescuing – Rehabilitating – Restoring

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch provides a place of sanctuary and healing for the voiceless humans and animals in the Metro Denver area. Bonding with horses fills in the missing pieces of a human’s heart. Learning to take responsibility for another living creature at Zuma’s helps both youth and adults develop the skills necessary to care for themselves and others… selflessly. Each step for Zuma creates a legacy. Each step is an expression of joy. Each step can save the life of a human or horse. Will you run like a thoroughbred?

Contact Paul Messenrich to join our Charity Partner team,