SUPPORTING PUBLIC EDUCATION
Along with educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of healthy living, and combating community deterioration, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is passionate about helping fund charities whose missions are consistent with that of our organization.
In just our first eight years, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has donated more than $675,000 to Indianapolis Public School Charities including, but not limited to, the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation, the Simon Youth Foundation, Mind Trust and College Summit. Of course it would not be possible without the help of our participants, sponsors and volunteers.
The IPS Education Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 1984. The purpose of the foundation is to provide supplemental funds for IPS academic programs and staff development. These funds are made possible by contributions from IPS employees, community organizations, local businesses and individual IPS supporters. Future goals include: provide emergency funds for school uniforms to IPS families in need; provide tuition reimbursements to IPS staff members for professional development and support Academic Summer School.
Since 1998, Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) has worked to foster and improve educational opportunities, career development, and life skills that transform the lives of at-risk youth through focused initiatives with SYF's public school and post-secondary education partners. SYF accomplishes this through two primary initiatives: non-traditional schools called SYF Academies and a post-secondary scholarship program. During the 2013-2014 school year, students will be enrolled at 23 Academies in 13 states partnering with more than 50 school districts. For 15 years, SYF's nationally recognized program has ignited hope by graduating more than 10,000 at-risk students at a 90% rate, and awarding more than $10 million in post-secondary scholarships to over 3,600 graduates in 42 states. To learn more, visit syf.org.
College Summit is the nation's premier college access program for low-income students. College Summit's success around the country has been extraordinary. For example, nearly 80% of students who participate in College Summit's summer workshops enroll in college, compared to the national average of 46% among low-income students. These students remain in college at a rate of 80%, far above the national average of 64% among students across all income levels.
The Mind Trust is a nonprofit striving to ensure that every student in Indianapolis has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. The Mind Trust is building a network of the nation's highest-impact education initiatives, helping to launch life-changing schools, and advancing bold plans for transforming the city's education system. Since its founding in 2006, The Mind Trust has impacted more than 41,800 students through its work.
RUN FOR A CAUSE
The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is also very proud to partner with many other Organizations and Charities to help them reach their goals. One way we accomplish this is to offer savings on registrations when those organizations have causes they've set up. Have a look at our current list of partnering charities and determine if you will "run for a cause."
Make every step count in this year's Monumental Marathon. It's simple. After you register, create an everydayhero fundraising page for your favorite cause. Choose your cause and set a goal. Then, share it with friends, track your training, and make a difference.
You can choose to fundraise for one of our featured charities, or find a cause that sings to you - because at the end of the day, it's up to you to make every step count.
Click on a charity below to create an online fundraising page or make a donation for your favorite cause.
Or click here to see the full list.
Participate in the 2015 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and fundraise to support Monumental Kids Movement through Team Monumental Kids.
Monumental Kids Movement is a nine week youth running program culminating with students running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 5k on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The bi-weekly program focuses on educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of exercise, proper diet, and healthy living.
When you register for Indianapolis Monumental Marathon as a member of Team Monumental Kids, you will be taking an important step toward fighting childhood obesity in central Indiana. Through the support of people like you, the Monumental Kids Movement program and participation in the 5k is free of cost to qualifying students.
As a participant of Team Monumental Kids in this race, you will be directly matched with a participating elementary school. You will also receive full support throughout the training and fundraising season. Benefits may be earned based upon the fundraising level you meet.
If you would like more information or to join Team Monumental Kids please visit the Team Monumental Kids page or contact IMM Community Outreach Manager, Casey Collins, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) program is the world's largest and oldest endurance sports training program! TNT has helped over a half million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers cross the finish line at their chosen event and has raised over $1.4 billion to fund lifesaving cancer research. No matter your level of athleticism or fitness, TNT has a training program that will help you go from where you are now to completing a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon, triathlon or century bike ride. Your training coach and fundraising support system will be there to help you every step of the way, and you will never experience a sweeter victory than the one achieved as part of TNT.
This year TNT will be supporting runners and walkers wearing purple at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, as they raise funds to beat cancer and train on behalf of another's life. For more information or to join the Team, visit www.teamintraining.org/in and call 317.860.3840 today. GO TEAM!
Founded in 2008, Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a national 501(c)3 non-profit committed to raising funds needed for research to find safer, more effective treatments for pediatric cancers, the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget goes to all pediatric cancers combined, and lack of funding is the primary reason many children do not survive.
Through the concept of local events and grassroots efforts, Cookies for Kids' Cancer provides the support and resources for individuals and groups to raise funds. Today, over $5 million has been granted for research to some of the nations' leading pediatric cancer centers. Want to Be a Good Cookie? Learn more about how you can join the fight...www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.
Imagine a race where hope marks the finish line. Make it a reality when you join the St. Jude Heroes team in the fight against childhood cancer. At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital the world's sickest children battling cancer and other deadly diseases are being treated for free - no family ever pays for the care their child receives.
This is your opportunity to turn your race into something heroic and raise funds to give kids worldwide the chance to live a full and healthy life.
Join our team and you can be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind race weekend experience that includes free race entry, training, hotel accommodations, pasta party and more!
To become a St. Jude Hero, please visit www.fundraising.stjude.org/monumental, or contact Dixon Williams at 317-646-4542.
Teachers' Treasures partners with community members, local businesses, and national corporations to provide school supplies to teachers and students in need. We operate like a retail store where teachers may come and shop for the products they need, but everything is free of charge. Since our beginning in 2000, Teachers' Treasures has given away over $35 million in school supplies. We currently serve over 240 schools and 2,400 teachers in Indianapolis.
Feel free to stop by for a tour of the store at 1800 E 10th St. For more information, visit our website at www.teacherstreasures.org or give us a call at 317-264-1758.
The OE Runners Team was started in 1999 by an OE employee who had a passion for running. Expectations were uncertain as they gathered local runners to train for The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon while raising money for the clients of Opportunity Enterprises. The first year 75 runners took to the street and raised a total of $37,000! Since then, more than 4,000 OE Runners have raised over $1.9 million for children and adults with disabilities in Northwest Indiana. In its 17th year now, the OE Runners Team will take on a new feat...traveling to the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. The team is so excited to try a new race in a new city! To learn more about Opportunity Enterprises and the people they serve, visit www.oppent.org. To learn more about the OE Runners Team, visit www.oerunners.org.
Challenge yourself to change the course of Alzheimer's disease by signing up to be an ALZ Star. Go the distance in the fight against this devastating disease by training for and completing the 2014 Monumental Marathon while raising valuable funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
To become an ALZ Star, please contact Austin Lee at 317.587.2218 or email@example.com.
Every day, many of the IU Simon Cancer Center patients come from outside Indianapolis for cancer treatments. These patients are in town for multiple days receiving treatments and often their family members want to be present for comfort and support.
Lodging can be difficult to afford when a family member must be in treatment for an extended time. The Son Foundation is meeting this basic need by accommodating patients, primary caregivers and/or family members.
Located near the Simon Cancer Center, the Son Foundation House has 5 private guestrooms and provides "a home away from home" where patients, caregivers and/or families can eat, sleep, rest and rejuvenate from the stresses of their current realities. The SON Foundation House also provides emotional and spiritual support to families. Guests also have the opportunity to form new relationships and gain support from other guests.
For over 75 years, Easter Seals Crossroads has been improving the lives of children and adults with special needs, disabilities or challenges by promoting inclusion, independence and dignity. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals Crossroads offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. We provide top-quality, family-focused and innovative services tailored to meet the specific needs of the individuals we serve.
The Crossroads Champions are ambassadors for ability and will be participating in the Monumental Marathon to raise funds that will support the programs and services at Easter Seals Crossroads. Anyone can be a Crossroads Champion - sign up today!
Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.
Lace up your shoes and Join the Movement® to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Finish MS encourages those participating in endurance events to fundraise in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society while embracing the joy of movement.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Due to the damage caused by MS, people with the disease know something about moving that most of us don't understand - moving is not a guarantee.
Your participation in Finish MS helps supports cutting-edge research for a cure as well as life-changing programs and services for thousands of Hoosiers affected by MS. If you're thinking of running the Monumental this year - or any race - and would like to use your involvement as a platform to raise critical funds and awareness for the MS Movement, we'd be honored to have you on our team.
To learn more or register, please visit http://bit.ly/finishMSindiana.
Team Riley gives athletes supreme motivation to push toward the finish line: every stride brings hope to sick and injured children at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. By joining Team Riley, walkers and runners can participate in the event of their choice while raising funds for Riley Children's Foundation - the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital that supports Riley's life-saving pediatric research programs and family-centered care.
As Indiana's only comprehensive and nationally-ranked children's hospital, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics more than 230,000 times as well as an additional 100,000 times in clinics and hospitals staffed by Riley physicians throughout the state. Join Team Riley by clicking here.
In Africa they say, "Water is Life." About 724 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water. Children and women often walk five to ten miles a day to gather water that isn't even safe to drink; water that can make them sick. More children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation than almost any other cause - more than AIDS and .malaria combined.
Team World Vision empowers people to experience life transformation through endurance races, community advocacy, and social giving for vulnerable children worldwide.
Team World Vision runs so that children in Africa can have clean water and fullness of life. Will you join in and participate with us at the Monumental Marathon to help provide safe and sustainable clean water to those in need?
To learn more or to register please visit www.teamworldvision.org/indy.
Playworks is the only organization in the country to send enthusiastic, trained adult program coordinators into under resourced schools, where they enhance and transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity throughout the school day. These "coaches" become part of the school community. They organize games and activities during recess, provide individual class game times and run a leadership development program during school hours. They also run physical activity programs and developmental sports leagues during non-school hours. By believing in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid, Playworks transforms the school climate by increasing the social, emotional, behavioral and physical health of kids.
Get into the game and join the Playworks team because play is truly monumental!
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real changes in their lives.
BoMF Indianapolis partners with residential programs at HVAF and Wheeler Mission Ministries to address the emotional and social issues of homelessness. Our organizations work together to provide a supportive, structured environment to help resident members with recovery, attain gainful employment and stable housing.
After demonstrating dedication to the program, which includes maintaining 90% attendance, resident members move toward self-sufficiency through our Next Steps program. In Next Steps job skills training and financial literacy are provided and grants are available to assist in removing barriers of gaining employment and housing.
Since 2011, BoMF has had more than 100 resident members complete the Indianapolis Monumental 5k, Half and Full Marathon races. Our resident members and volunteers are excited to train for this year's races.
If you are interested in running with BoMF Indianapolis or FundRacing in conjunction with your IMM experience, please contact Liz Navarre at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit indianapolis.backonmyfeet.org.
Imagine running or walking for 90 minutes! That's how often a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
The ALS Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. The financial cost to families of persons with ALS is exceedingly high. As the only not-for-profit voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, we direct the largest privately-funded research enterprise engaged to uncover the mystery of a disease that affects as many as 30,000 annually.
Help us take back those 90 minutes and join Team ALS to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease and help us create a world without ALS. For more information, visit www.alsaindiana.org, or email Jill Bennett at email@example.com.
Move For Hunger transforms moving into an opportunity to reduce food waste and to help feed the hungry. Since 2009, Move For Hunger has delivered over 4.7 million pounds of food to our nation's food banks, works with over 600 movers and are in 48 states and Canada. Team Move For Hunger is a national fundraising program which enables volunteers to help turn their miles into meals by participating in endurance events. For more information, visit www.moveforhunger.org/run, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732.832.5025.
College Mentors for Kids connects college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. We are an innovative mentoring program that pairs college student mentors in one-on-one relationships with at-risk 1st through 6th graders in their community. Together with their mentors, kids participate in educational, hands-on activities that take place on the college campus focused on higher education & careers, culture & diversity, and community service. Through these transformative relationships and new learning opportunities, our kids begin to envision a brighter future.
Join the College Mentors Team, and run #MilesForMentors. Each mile you run will provide a mentor for a child in need of a positive role model. Find out more information at www.collegementors.org/monumental or by contacting Erin Cosler at email@example.com. Help kids accomplish their dreams while you train to accomplish yours.
The Attachment & Trauma Network is proud to partner with Andrew Peterson, a finalist in the Runner's World cover search and this year's inspirational speaker for the Marathon Expo.
Like most children of the families we have served since 1995, Andrew's story is far too common. His early childhood trauma - the result of prenatal exposure to alcohol and severe neglect - was preventable. Unfortunately, it resulted in permanent brain damage.
Upon adopting Andrew from foster care, his father needed support. We supplied him with trauma-informed, attachment-focused resources - which, in turn, enabled Andrew to overcome his rough start and find running as an incredible outlet to build resiliency.
The Attachment & Trauma Network desires the same success for all families raising traumatized children. Through our mission of Support-Education-Advocacy, more like Andrew can compete in the race of life and cross the finish line. http://www.attachmenttraumanetwork.org/
NeuroHope of Indiana serves individuals living with and recovering from paralysis and neurologic injury. NeuroHope provides long-term rehabilitation and wellness programs for clients after insurance coverage expires.
Chris Leeuw founded NeuroHope four years after a spinal cord injury initially left him paralyzed from the neck down. Chris traveled across the country to receive extended care not offered locally. He returned to Indiana two years later walking, independent, and eager to create a facility that addresses the glaring void in care following traumatic injury.
Learn more at: www.neurohopewellness.org
Join our team! Please contact Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medals4Mettle is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half-marathon and triathlon finishers' medals. To date, they have donated over 50,000 medals to children and adults around the world who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their lives. The athletes who donate their medals to the organization do so in a recognition of spirit, determination, will, hope, and the human potential to persevere in the face of adversity.
Please consider passing on the spirit by donating your medal or providing funds to purchase new Medals4Mettle ribbons to attach to donated medals.
To learn more or register, please visit, www.medals4mettle.org.
Girls on the Run is a not-for-profit, character development program which combines an interactive curriculum with the joy of running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Please help us encourage and cheer on the girls that will be running the Indianapolis Monumental 5K this year!
To learn more or register, please visit, www.gotrci.org/.
ServLife International is an Indianapolis based non-profit organization, which works to propel reconciliation and justice by building global community to plant churches, care for children and fight poverty. ServLife began 20 years ago deep in the heart of the 10/40 window in north India. In 2003 we expanded into Nepal, launching children's homes and eventually church planting and micro-finance programs. We operate primarily in remote villages with unreached people groups, where the average income is about $1-2 per day. ServLife partners with local leaders in India and Nepal to address systemic issues of poverty as well as investing in future infrastructure to empower a stronger economy and society.
Runners and walkers are invited to join Team ServLife and run for justice for the poor of India and Nepal. Find out more about Team ServLife, our team activities and perks by visiting servlife.org/join-team-servlife/ or by emailing email@example.com.
The USO of Indiana is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established in 1941 to serve and support active duty military and their families. We have over 500 volunteers throughout the state providing programs and services to our 20,000 Hoosier service members. We operate four centers located at the Indianapolis Airport, Camp Atterbury, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and Ft Wayne ANG base which serve 100,000 troops annually. We offer numerous programs including deployment and welcome home events, warrior and family care programs, and support to Honor Flights and the USS Indianapolis Reunion to name just a few. All services are free of charge to the soldiers and their families. Funds raised will support our promise to be "always by their side."
For more information on how you can support the USO of Indiana visit www.usoindiana.org or call (317) 771-2788