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 July 24, 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!


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 2020 Affiliated Charities: