Chicago marathon fundraising

Marathon Fundraising – Making a Huge Impact

Running a marathon. What an accomplishment. 26.2 miles of physical and mental perseverance. The people who run them are incredible and we should all be inspired by their determination. But marathon fundraising is also a big deal. Setting aside the physical and mental awesomeness of these runners, most people participating in big races like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon and the TCS New York City Marathon are also fundraising for the causes that mean the most to them. And they are all so successful in leveraging their athletic goals and pursuits for raising money for places that need it the most. It’s such a win-win that it almost doesn’t seem possible. But it is.

We Run Chicago

While the Cubs keep Chicago in a frenzy, the city is still coming down from an amazing marathon earlier this month, where over $2.2 million was raised by nearly 200 charity teams. And these donations came from almost 10,000 people. Talk about crowdfunding for a cause. Check out the leaderboard, which was topped by Girls on the Run – an amazing org afterschool program for girls ages 8-14 that uses the power of running to inspire them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. This team alone team raised over $260,000 in donations for the marathon. Amazing.

Girls on the Run - marathon fundraising

Marathon Fundraising: We Make it Easy

So many of the top endurance events in the world trust CrowdRise as their fundraising platform. Ironman, Tough Mudder and the John Hancock Boston Marathon (which raised over $27 million last year alone) ar just a few examples of larger events. But we also offer full support and registration integration for more medium- and small- sized events all across the country, because we want to ensure that everybody has a chance to give back while pushing themselves to their limits. Now get out there and start training. And pick a cause that you want to do it for.

Fundraising Events to Look Forward to in 2016

2016 is set to be a huge year in the online fundraising space. We’re talking trillions of dollars. Okay, maybe not trillions, but that can be a goal for 2017. Don’t believe me? Well then take a look at what Gail Perry at Fired Up Fundraising predicts about fundraising this year. It’s good stuff and so awesome to see so many people giving back and doing a little good. But beyond the exciting growth of the industry, there are some very tangible and amazing fundraising events that are leveraging fundraising to make a huge impact. We wanted to just highlight a couple that we’re super excited about here at CrowdRise HQ.

​Real Ironmen

The Ironman Foundation is one of our favorite partners. We say that about a lot of partners but it’s for real with Ironman – and they’ve raised over $3 million on CrowdRise. This year, they are fundraising around 11 separate Ironman events, and are hoping to raise another million dollars for their cause. It’s pretty awesome and there are lots and lots of inspirational fundraiser stories within each of their event.

Ironman Foundation event fundraising


Yes. That was a Sisqo reference – and you can’t do anything about it. Marathons are very hard things to do. But with CrowdRise, raising funds around these displays of superhuman will are very easy things to do.

  • The 2016 Boston Marathon has already raised over $10 million. And since we started working together, we’ve raised over $50 million for hundreds of approved Boston Marathon charities. It’s incredible to see so many passionate runners logging the miles and raise money for their favorite causes.
  • This May Day, there will be a lot of people in Pittsburgh wearing those cool space blankets. But before they put on those space blankets they will be running a marathon and raising money in the process. They’ve nearly raised a cool half million, and with your help, they can raise a ton more.
  • October 9th is important, not because it’s John Lennon’s birthday (as well as Sean Lennon’s, which is weird), because this year it’s the date of the 2016 Chicago Marathon. Fundraising is just getting started for the running-centric event, and you can get in on the ground floor and make some real money for some real good organizations.
2016 Boston Marathon event fundraising

Tough muddering

​The brave men and women who enjoy the idea of getting dirty as hell and pushing their bodies to the limit also do an amazing job of raising money for their favorite causes in fundraising events. Tough Mudderers have raised over $9 million in events across the country, and there are dozens more coming up in 2016. Check out their page now to get involved and see how you can be a badass but still raise funds for the causes that matter to you the most.

Tough Mudder event fundraising

A Tidy Conclusion about Fundraising Events

So as you can see, there are a ton of fundraising events to look forward to in 2016, and this is just a small sample of all the events we already have queued up – more are being added every day. It’s never been easier to raise money for your favorite causes, and if you can mobilize your efforts around these already-existing events then you can really maximize the work you put in.

It’s Black Friday, Here Are Some Charitable Ways to Spend the Day

Well, Thanksgiving happened. And that can only mean one thing: it’s Black Friday.

But you’re you’re probably not the type of person who’s gonna take part in a stampede to get a couple hundred dollars off a 4K TV. I know this because you’re the type of person who spends their days reading a blog about crowdfunding. And therefore you’re the type of person who wants to use your money to give back and help others. It’s science.

So how can you fight off the scourge of Black Friday this year? Let’s talk about it.

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Giving Tuesday CrowdRise Giving Tower

All About the CrowdRise Giving Tower for #GivingTuesday

Best blog post ever. We’re gearing up for our second annual Giving Tower campaign. The biggest and most innovative thing happening on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.

For those of you who don’t know, the Giving Tower is a visual reflection of the combined philanthropic impact on #GivingTuesday. Participants can easily select an organization, make a donation and watch the Giving Tower grow within a virtual city where it will be sized up against some of the world’s biggest and most iconic structures.

It’s a great way for nonprofits to quickly create their own microsite within the Giving Tower campaign and rally their communities on #GivingTuesday.  As donations are made, donors, organizations and everyone else can watch the tower grow brick by brick via an amazing (and free!) virtual reality (VR) app available in the iTunes store and Google Play. As the Tower grows, the app will take users through a series of incredible VR video experiences from RYOT, the leader in virtual reality content for social causes.

CrowdRise VR Experience

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World Mental Health Day 2015

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. Observed every October 10th since 1992, it’s a day for mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The theme for 2015 is “Dignity in mental health”. To best explain why this is of such concern let’s look at what the World Health Organization (WHO), who coordinates World Mental Health Day, says about dignity and mental health:

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