The Boston Marathon has 34 official charity teams. Here’s how you can donate to them.

From the American Liver Foundation to Tufts Medical Center.

The men's start of the 2014 Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.

Most marathoners run for a reason. For a select bunch at the 2018 Boston Marathon, that reason will be one of the Boston Athletic Association’s 34 official charities.

Established in 1989, the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program provides entries to non-profit organizations. The organizations then recruit runners, who must fundraise a minimum of $5,000 each. This year, 1,558 runners are expected to race for an official charity team. 

“2018 marks the 30th year of the program,” said Nicole Juri, the B.A.A.’s manager of charity and community partnerships. “It’s a very important part of the work we do and is one of the ways the B.A.A. is able to give back to the eight cities and towns along the route that do so much to support us.”


The 2017 charity runners raised $18.2 million, according to Juri. Combined with other fundraising, including the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the 2017 Boston Marathon raised a total of $34.2 million.

“We are on track for surpassing last year’s number, both for the charity program and the full marathon total,” said Juri. “We look forward to an exciting announcement a month after the marathon.”

All participating charities focus on health, fitness, and the local community, with causes ranging from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s research initiatives to the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance to Armed Forces injured in combat after 9/11.

Donations can be made to any of the 34 teams through individual organization pages online. Here’s the list and links for the Marathon charity teams:

American Liver Foundation

American Red Cross of Massachusetts

American Stroke Association – Tedy’s Team

Back on My Feet Boston

Boston Bruins Foundation

Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

Boston Children’s Hospital

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Camp Shriver at UMass Boston

Cops for Kids with Cancer  

Cycle Kids, Inc.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Doug Flutie Foundation

Dream Big!

Girls on the Run Greater Boston

Good Sports, Inc.

Hale Reservation

Impact Melanoma

Leukemia & Lymphona Society

Martin Richard Foundation

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Metrowest YMCA

Michael Lisnow Respite Center

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

New England Patriots Foundation

Red Sox Foundation

Roxbury Community College Foundation

Semper Fi Fund

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Tenacity, Inc.

Trinity Boston Foundation

Tufts Medical Center


Photos: The Boston Marathon through the years: