Official Charity Programs

The San Francisco Marathon is committed to supporting the community we love!


Our Official Charity Partner is The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department administers more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, including two outside the city limits– Camp Mather in Yosemite Valley and Sharp Park in Pacifica, Calif. Our park system includes 25 recreation centers, nine swimming pools, five golf courses and numerous tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and other sports venues. Included in the department’s responsibilities are the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo, and Lake Merced.

Our staff members are diverse, committed and talented recreation and park professionals, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters, and more.

Their mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.

Learn more about The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department here

 Make a donation and join their team! 


Official Saturday 5k Charity PartnerThe Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the official charity of the San Francisco Marathon Saturday 5k on September 18, 2021! The MRF is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. They are committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma. The MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. They are a dedicated voice for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  Donate now!


The San Francisco Marathon is proud to partner with The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation (TAAF)

The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation (TAAF) is dedicated to bettering the lives, support networks, and medical care of those affected by aneurysm and other types of vascular malformation of the brain throughout the bay-area and beyond. In support of that mission, we have three primary goals that guide foundation activities:

  • Provide support, including information, resources and motivation, for people with aneurysm and other types of vascular malformation of the brain, their families, caregivers and friends.
  • Promote education and awareness in the community regarding aneurysm and other types of vascular malformation of the brain.
  • Provide encouragement and funding for research on aneurysm and other types of vascular malformation of the brain in an effort to advance patient treatment and care

See more information about the 2021 Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk here.

Donate now!


Affiliated Charities: The San Francisco Marathon proudly supports additional community charities.

Official Partner perks include customized registration packages, discounted ticket pricing, SFM website listing on our charity page, ‘Charity of the week’ promotional shoutout on SFM social channels, and access to our fundraising platform.

Interested in becoming a 2021 charity partner of the San Francisco Marathon? Please email us at [email protected]com for more information and official 2021 charity program applications.

Our 2021 Affiliated Charities: