GO! for a Cause – The Official Charity Program of GO! St. Louis

GO! St. Louis offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to fundraise and bring cause awareness through its GO! for a Cause Charity Program. This program provides an exciting and rewarding opportunity for individual participants to accomplish training goals, while at the same time, raise funds and awareness for their favorite charity. Since its inception in 2010, GO! for a Cause has raised more than $1.5 million for area causes! In 2014, 30 charities, which included 1,000 participants raised $350,000.

Read the 2014 GO! for a Cause News Release Here

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 GO! for a Cause charity program. Click Here to download an application. The deadline to apply is July 18, 2014.

For questions about GO! for a Cause, please contact Alison Berger at (314) 727-0800 or aberger@gostlouis.org

2014 Official Charities

team-for-kids-iconGO! St. Louis Team for Kids
Help GO! St. Louis FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY! This dynamic team will help you train for the GO! St. Louis Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay or 5K while raising funds to further our mission to fight the raising rate of youth obesity. All funds raised directly support the GO! St. Louis Youth Fitness Programs: GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon® and Students on the GO!

Beneficiaries: 25,000 children and 270 schools will enjoy these programs at a nominal or waived registration fee. These unique programs build confidence, raise self-esteem, and instill a love of running that lasts a lifetime!

Each Team for Kids member receives: Complimentary Race Entry, Top-Notch GO! St. Louis Training Team led by Big River Running Company, Team for Kids Race Day Shirt and Hat, Discounts on Apparel, Sunday VIP Race Day Perks—The special VIP Tent at the finish line entitles you to easy baggage check, catered breakfast, massages, special gifts and MORE!

Learn more: E-mail Alison at aberger@gostlouis.org or call (314) 727-0800.

APDAAmerican Parkinson Disease Association
The mission of the American Parkinson Disease Association is to enhance the quality of life for people with Parkinson disease, their families, and caregivers in our communities throughout Missouri and southern Illinois, and to provide funding for ongoing Parkinson disease research.  We sponsor over 45 support groups and exercise classes; provide respite care free of cost; distribute 8,500 newsletters quarterly; and sponsor symposiums to assist in the education of the Parkinson community, general public, and healthcare professionals.

Learn more: stlapda.org

Angels'-ArmsAngels’ Arms
Angels’ Arms is dedicated to providing and supporting loving homes for foster children by keeping brothers and sisters together within a nurturing family until a forever home is found. In our ten homes, Angels’ Arms provides much more than a “roof” for our foster parents and children. Our foster families receive numerous services and resources, from monthly special activities and meals, to clothing, lessons and more.

Learn more: angelsarms.org


AsthmaAllergyAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Since 1981, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter (AAFA-STL)  has served those affected by asthma and allergies in the St. Louis area through prescription/medical equipment assistance, education, advocacy and other support.  At the forefront of our programs and services is Project Concern, a comprehensive asthma and allergy management program that provides eligible uninsured/underinsured children under the age of 22 with RX assistance, education, equipment and support.  Through our various programs, educational presentations and advocacy efforts, AAFA-STL has become an acknowledged asthma and allergy resource in the community.  Our ultimate goal?  To help those who suffer from asthma and allergies to live a life without limits!

Learn more: aafastl.org

Austism-SpeaksAutism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen.

Learn more: autismspeaks.org

Casa-de-SaludCasa de Salud
Casa de Salud (House of Health), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a health clinic located in the City of St. Louis. Casa opened its doors in January 2010 with a mission to deliver high quality clinical and mental healthcare for uninsured and underinsured patients, focusing on new immigrants and refugees who encounter barriers to accessing other sources of care.

Learn more: casadesalud.org


Children's-Miracle-NetworkChildren’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis
Join the Miles for Miracles Team and pledge to raise funds raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis. The funds we raise stay local, benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, who together treat more than 450,000 kids annually with conditions ranging from broken bones to organ transplants. The hospitals use the funds for new patient programs, equipment, and facility renovations to meet the needs of local sick and injured kids.

Learn more: cmn-stl.org

Christ-MemorialChrist Memorial Health Center
Christ Memorial Health Center (CMHC) is committed to providing no and low cost services to the St. Louis community to promote health and wellness.  CMHC operates a free 1,560 square foot Fitness Center with state of the art equipment.  After an initial orientation, individuals may use the Fitness Center whenever it is open.  CMHC also provides a free rehab service in partnership with St. Anthony’s Medical Center to those who have exhausted their insurance benefits or who are uninsured.  This service is available by appointment.  Small fee classes are offered which provide nutritional guidance and weight loss exercises in the context of personal accountability.  Additionally, the services of a personal trainer and health coach are available at a reduced cost by appointment.

Learn more: CMHealthCenter.org

Covenant-HouseCovenant House Missouri
In FY13, Covenant House Missouri served over 6,400 homeless and at-risk youth in the St. Louis community in need of services. Young people come to Covenant House Missouri from a range of life situations, including abuse, neglect, abandonment, mental-illness and lack of educational experiences.  Immediately and without question, Covenant House Missouri meets their basic needs – a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place away from the danger of the streets.

Learn more: covenanthousemo.org

Cultural-LeadershipCultural Leadership
Cultural Leadership exists to create a more just and equitable community by educating high school students to recognize and resolve issues of privilege and injustice through the lens of the African American and Jewish experience. Our students develop leadership skills, build relationships, facilitate dialogues and create change in their circles of influence.

Learn more: culturalleadership


foster-care2Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, a proud member of the United Way, is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster/adoptive homes in the Metropolitan community.

Learn more: foster-adopt.org



Friends-of-Wings2Friends of Wings
Wings is a non profit organization that provides clinical, emotional, spiritual, social and practical support and services to children, newborn through 21 years, who have life threatening or life limiting illnesses or conditions, regardless of their ability to pay.

Learn more: friendsofwings.org

Gateway-to-Hope-Logo150x97Gateway to Hope
Gateway to Hope is a breast cancer lifeline connecting uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients to medical, emotional and financial care.  Since our inception in 2005, Gateway to Hope has arranged care and treatment for more than 450 local breast cancer patients in need and referred more than 1,000 individuals to agencies and organizations for assistance.

Learn more: gthstl.org/

Habitat-for-HumanityHabitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is dedicated to a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This is completed through a comprehensive program to help families, with assistance from volunteers, to actually build their own homes. This highly successful program has already seen 335+ homes built and occupied in the St. Louis area. All partner families are selected by HFHSL based on their ability to repay the zero interest equivalent mortgage (income must be 25-50% of the St. Louis median), their willingness to be partners in the program through a contribution of 350 hours of sweat equity and the current level of need (all partner families must currently live in substandard housing).  Since 2008, all HFHSL homes have been built to LEED-Certified Platinum standards.  Join Team Habitat and help give St. Louis families a hand-up in achieving the goal of home ownership!

Learn more: habitatstl.org

TeamHHLogoHavenHouse St. Louis
HavenHouse provides the comfort of home and a community of support for patients and their loved ones traveling to St. Louis for medical care. We provide comfortable lodging, home-cooked meals, transportation and emotional support to more than 18,000 individuals each year. HavenHouse serves ALL ages, ALL illnesses, from ALL medical centers.

Learn more: havenhousestl.org

Together we will create a world without type one diabetes.  JDRF is the leading global organization funding type one diabetes (T1D) research with the goal to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D.

Learn more: jdrf.org

LeukemiaThe Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families. Team In Training is the oldest charity sports training program and has raised more than $1.3 billion by training 570,000 athletes in the last 25 years.

Learn more: www.teamintraining.org/gat/

March-of-DimesMarch of Dimes – Missouri Chapter
Four million babies are born each year in the U.S. and the March of Dimes helps each and every one of them through vaccines, education, research and scientific breakthroughs.  Our mission is to educate and engage our community partners so that we can do more to give every mother a healthy pregnancy and every baby a healthy start.

In Missouri, March of Dimes is currently investing almost $3 million in research to learn more about prematurity and birth defects. For the first time in 30 years, the rate of premature birth is declining thanks to March of Dimes research and educational efforts.

Learn more: marchofdimes.com/missouri

Mosaic-ServicesMosaic Services
The Mission of Mosaic Services is to embrace children in need in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District by partnering with families to meet the academic, social emotional and basic needs of our children to help them reach their fullest potential.  Mosaic Services functions as an extended family.  We listen to parents concerns, offer advice and provide resources and support to parents.

Learn more: mosaicmrh.org


NCCS2National Children’s Cancer Society
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for families facing childhood cancer.  NCCS is a nonprofit organization offering children and their families the strength, assistance and financial support they need to cope with their disease.  We help to ease the family’s financial burden throughout their cancer treatment, offer ongoing emotional support and advocacy, the latest educational resources and the much-needed feeling of hope.

For over 25 years, the NCCS has provided more than $57 million in direct financial assistance to more than 33,000 children with cancer. The organization works closely with over 300 hospitals and pediatric oncology units throughout US and reaches thousands more through our ongoing education programs and materials.

Learn more: thenccs.org

ms-societyNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a non-profit, voluntary health organization guided by a single mission:  We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.  The Gateway Area Chapter contributes to funding for the Society’s research program and provides services to the more than 6,900 people living with MS and their families in a 90-county service area covering the eastern half of Missouri and the southern third of Illinois.

Learn more: go4ms.com

Pony-BirdPony Bird
Pony Bird provides residential care, respite care, adult day programming, recreation, and community integration to individuals of all ages who are non-ambulatory with profound to severe physical disabilities as well as profound to severe intellectual disabilities. In providing these services, we support the residents and their families, as well as the community as a whole.

Learn more: ponybird.org


PROMO_logo_FUNDPromo Fund
PROMO Fund’s goals are to help LGBT Missourians create a supportive and visible community, become active in the democratic process, and work for their equal protection under the law. We build community awareness and grassroots support for LGBT equality and increase civic participation of LGBT Missourians.

Learn more: PROMO Fund

second-windSecond Wind Lung Transplant Association of St. Louis
The Second Wind Lung Transplant Association of St. Louis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of life for lung transplant recipients, lung surgery candidates, people with related pulmonary concerns and their families by providing support, advocacy, education, information and guidance through a spirit of service.  The Second Wind Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to patients and families of pre and post lung transplant patients from Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals.

Learn more: secondwindstl.org

share-pregnancyShare Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.

Learn more: nationalshare.org

SIDSSIDS Resources

The mission of SIDS Resources is to promote safe practices which reduce the risk of infant death and to provide bereavement support to families who have lost babies.  SIDS Resources exists to build positive futures by nurturing grieving families and helping families with babies to stay healthy and safe.  We provide outreach and education to professionals and community members on how to significantly reduce the risk of SIDS and sleep related infant death.

Learn more: sidsresources.org

FoodbankSt. Louis Area Foodbank

St. Louis Area Foodbank is largest non-profit food distribution center in the bi-state area. Each month, we distribute over 2 million pounds of food to 500+ partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and other emergency feeding programs. Over 57,000 people rely on the Foodbank each week for food assistance.

Learn more: stlfoodbank.org

the-french-schoolSt. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Inc.
St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS) is a network of nonprofit, independent charter schools located in the city of St. Louis with a mission to position all children for success in local and global economies through holistic, intellectually inspiring language immersion programs. Currently, SLLIS operates three language based elementary schools – The French School, The Spanish School, and The Chinese School—all of which are 100% immersion. In 2014, The International School will open. Eventually, SLLIS will provide Missouri with its first K-12 immersion and International Baccalaureate education program. Come graduation,  students will be bilingual, bi-literate, and proficient in a third language, earn a Missouri state diploma and earn an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Learn more: sllis.org

SSMHospiceSSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation
The SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation exists to help fulfill our Mission of providing exceptional health care and revealing God’s healing presence to the people we serve. We do this not only by providing a financial safety net for our most vulnerable patients and families, but by providing an emotional safety net as well. Through a variety of life-honoring programs, including emergency financial assistance, children’s bereavement, and hospice patient life reviews, our foundation funds efforts to enhance the dignity of life.

Learn more: ssmhospicefoundation.com

stray-rescueStray Rescue of St. Louis
Stray Rescue mission’s is to lead the way towards making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection. Members of Team Running Buddies walk and run their way to a better future for homeless dogs through enrichment programs at the Stray Rescue shelter. These programs ensure shelter dogs have a healthy, happy environment in which to live and are essential to finding them warm, loving homes.

Learn more: strayrescue.org

Sunnyhill is a nonprofit organization established in 1979 that provides residential support, recreation and educational opportunities for individuals with developmental and other disabilities throughout Saint Louis City and the surrounding counties.  In partnership with the community and natural supports, Sunnyhill empowers individuals to become productive citizens and achieve their individual dreams.  Sunnyhill is more than just a place for those with developmental disabilities; it is a collaborative relationship that impacts the mind, body and spirit of everyone we work with.

Learn more: sunnyhillinc.org