2023 Charities Supported by YVR

A History of Good Causes

The primary goals of the Vancouver Sun Run are the promotion of health, fitness, and a sense of community. When the race began in 1985, just 3,200 participants walked or ran on the streets of downtown Vancouver. Each year the race grew, attracting new people to what soon became a Vancouver tradition of fun and fitness. Although not designed as a charity event, the Vancouver Sun Run is proud to have donated more than $3.3 million in proceeds for important causes since 1985.

Participants can support our partner charities by making a donation during registration or creating their own pledge page on the charity’s site which you can click below. We encourage you to make a donation and run on behalf of a great cause!

BC Cancer Foundation
We are the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Every dollar we raise stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research and enhance care for the people of British Columbia. At the BC Cancer Foundation, we believe that with your help BC CAN make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. We know that one in two people in our province will face cancer in their lifetime and we’re igniting progress to break down cancer, piece by piece, in the labs and clinics. Together, BC CAN break down cancer. To make a donation or create a pledge/fundraising page, click here.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver was established in 1978, enabling impactful mentoring relationships where children and youth can discover their power and potential, in collaboration with our local communities. All children and youth are empowered to reach their full potential through mentorship. Our 7 prevention-based mentoring programs support, over 1,000 children and youth in our community every year with locations in Burnaby, Delta, Surrey, New Westminster, the North Shore, Richmond, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. To donate or create your fundraising page, click here.

BC Epilepsy Society
The BC Epilepsy Society is a provincially incorporated non-profit organization, and federally registered charitable organization dedicated to supporting the over 50,000 people living with epilepsy in the province of British Columbia and their families, friends, and loved ones. We welcome all people living with epilepsy in BC, and their loved ones, into an epilepsy community that provide information, awareness, advocacy, and support. Our organization also works to raise awareness of epilepsy and decrease the stigma associated with epilepsy in the community. Your generous support allows this incredible work to continue. To make a donation or create a pledge/fundraising page, click here.

Charlford House Society
Since 1970, Charlford House has provided a supportive treatment facility for women who are ready to move on from their substance addiction. Charlford House is a non-profit rehab residence, not an institution. All of our empathetic program staff have had personal experience with addiction, but have been clean and sober for a long time. They have all had formal education and training that equips them to help others on the path to recovery. The women who come to our facility are embarking on a journey to recovery, needing the safe and structured support of professional staff and peers. For this reason, we are situated in a family-oriented neighbourhood in Burnaby, British Columbia. To make a donation or create a pledge/fundraising page, click here.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Founded in 1928, Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV) supports thousands of families and individuals across the Lower Mainland living in need, in crisis, or with trauma. Our over fifty programs, services, workshops, and groups help people build resiliency, develop skills and knowledge, and gain the confidence to make positive changes in their lives. From youth experiencing homelessness, to families impacted by trauma, to isolated seniors and newcomers to Canada–whatever the challenges our clients are facing, our compassionate, expert staff meet people where they are at and give them the support they need to create brighter tomorrows. To make a donation or create a pledge/fundraising page, click here.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank
The GVFB provides food to more than 9,000 people each week through our four distribution sites in Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver and the North Shore. In addition, we work with 112 Community Agency Partners, providing food for their existing food programs serving thousands more. We focus heavily on nutrition with more than 50% of the food we distribute being fresh produce, dairy and protein. We also offer specialized nutritional programs for Babies, Pre-Schoolers, Grade Schoolers and Seniors each month. To donate, please click here.

Heart & Stroke Foundation
For more than 70 years, Heart & Stroke has led the fight against heart disease and stroke by funding lifesaving research. Our work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others. You’ll probably run into someone today who is alive and well thanks to the countless people in Canada who have supported our cause. Together we can beat heart disease, beat stroke, and beat as one. To make a donation or create a pledge/fundraising page, click here.

Since 1997, the Raise-a-Reader campaign has been changing lives by empowering today’s children and families with tools to improve their reading skills. These skills are the foundation for lifelong learning that significantly affects the quality of life and the health and social economic well-being of individual, families, and communities. To make a donation, click here.

Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon
When families must unexpectedly leave home for their child’s life-saving medical care, this can pose a tremendous emotional and financial strain on the entire family. Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon can provide a home-away-from-home to over 2,000 families a year, offering daily necessities, a safe space and a sense of community in their 73-bedroom House in Vancouver and 4-bedroom Family Room in Surrey. With the help from incredible fundraisers and generous donors, RMH BC supports families who come from over 200 different communities throughout BC and Yukon, allowing them to focus on the most important thing: giving love and support to their sick child. To make a donation, click here.

Any money you personally raise using your pledge page will go directly to your selected charity. Simply follow the links on our registration page to learn more about the participating charities, set up your pledge page and then you’ll be off and running for the cause of your choice!