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 the last 5 years, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has donated more than $250,000 to Indianapolis Public School Charities including, but not limited to, the Indianapolis Public Schools Education 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.
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.
College Summit's remarkable immediate success in implementing its program at Manual High School makes it imperative that we significantly expand College Summit to additional IPS schools and other area high schools with large populations of low-income students. Imagine Indianapolis in 10-15 years when several thousand college-educated young adults are contributing back to society, thanks to College Summit's programs that enabled them to attend college. College Summit's exceptional record makes the vision of Indianapolis as a city where low-income students regularly obtain college degrees a realistic goal.
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."
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 Susie Tatum at 317-587-0925.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society' 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 $1.2 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!
Back on My Feet is a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of those experiencing homelessness by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.
BoMF is a 6-9 month program that works with individuals living in homeless facilities. BoMF Indianapolis is partnered with Progress House, an addiction recovery facility and HVAF, a homeless veteran's facility. The foundation of BoMF is laid through dedication to running. After 30 days in the program, each member who maintains 90% attendance moves to the Next Steps phase. Next Steps enables members to move towards self-sufficiency through educational and job training opportunities. Additionally, each member has the opportunity to earn $1,250 in financial aid to assist in their efforts toward self-sufficiency.
This year fifteen members are expected to run the 5K, ten are expected to run the half marathon and three are committed to running the full marathon. (Training for the full has already begun!)
To learn more about Back on My Feet please visit, www.backonmyfeet.org.
Joy's House is committed to supporting families by providing exceptional adult day services. We assist our Guests (clients) by sharing an embracing, safe and accepting environment while providing family caregivers peace of mind, education and ongoing understanding and encouragement. Many of our Guests are no longer able to stay at home alone safely due to basic aging or a variety of diagnoses. Joy's House services are designed for those with a wide range of abilities and interests.
Running for Joy is a volunteer-led effort organized and inspired by Joy's House volunteer Andy Johnson, with the purpose of raising money for Joy's House Guest Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance so that all families have access to our services. Andy is completing 13 half marathons (13.1 miles each!) in 13 months to raise $13,000 for Joy's House Guest scholarships. Team Running for Joy members will be joining Andy for one of his races, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on Saturday, November 3, 2012, to raise support for Joy's House.
For more information, visit www.joyshouse.org and www.running4joy.com.
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 2013 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 Amber Michel at 317.587.2214 or 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 18,000 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 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.gotrhamiltoncounty.org.