What is the Tokyo Marathon Charity “Run with Heart”?
With the catchphrase “The Day We Unite.” the Tokyo Marathon has grown significantly by bringing together the hearts of runners as well as its many volunteers and supporters.
The Tokyo Marathon Charity was implemented at the 2011 event in an attempt to “unite” a greater number of people through our socially committed actions.
The Tokyo Marathon Charity program helps provide more chances for those who support the Tokyo Marathon (either by running, volunteering, cheering) to think about social activities,(such as preserving the global environment, supporting the refugees worldwide, supporting the children suffering from intractable diseases, and promoting sports),which eventually “unites” the hearts of each and every person with the society.
*The Tokyo Marathon Charity is collectively called as “Run with Heart” and the Tokyo Marathon continues to pursue its unique style of the charity program.
*The Tokyo Marathon Charity program is operated in cooperation of the recipient program charities and the Tokyo Marathon Foundation.
Charity Runners and Supporters
There are two ways to participate in this charity program as follows.
You can be a Charity Runner by raising donations of 100,000 yen or more. The charity runners will represent all supporters by running the Tokyo Marathon, carrying and spreading the message of goodwill embedded in every donation along with the objectives of the charity programs.
*Up to 3,000 charity runners can be accepted, on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration will be closed once the capacity of 3,000 is filled up.
You can be a supporter by making donations to your preferred recipient program to support their charitable activities.
Thank you for many applications.
Donations go to 16 charitable activities. Charity runners and supporters can choose whichever recipient programs to donate and the donations will be given to the designated program through the Tokyo Marathon Foundation.
Please see the details of Recipient Programs here.
Total amount of donations: ￥313,015,238
Total number of donations: 5,351
Inquiries in this regard should be addressed to:
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Charity Desk
KINTETSU INTERNATIONAL (Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., Ltd.)
Sumitomo-shoji Kanda-Izumi-cho Bldg.13F,
1-13 Kanda-Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0024, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-6891-9354 Fax: +81-3-6891-9409
Office Hours: 09:30-17:30 (Except Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays)
Regarding overseas donation applications, check with the respective tax authority in the applicant's country.
Creation of Sports Legacy ～Proposition of Sports in Life StyleTokyo Marathon Foundation Sports Legacy Program
Tokyo Marathon Foundation Sports Legacy Program
Creation of a society which people enjoy a new lifestyle through sports
As a pioneer in mass marathons, as a member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, and as a forerunner in sports charities in Japan, the Tokyo Marathon contributes to the advancement of a social climate that we call “running culture.”
We exist to share the spirit of the Tokyo Marathon and to show the splendor and possibilities of city marathons.
By providing a place for discussing both “What is sports?” and “What legacy can sports leave for the future?” and then putting the answers into practice, we each of us can understand the true value of sports, with the aim of realizing a society in which people can enjoy a new lifestyle centered around sports.
１．Sports Dream (Enhancement and education) = For Japan to constantly produce star athletes competing at world level.
Human resource development and career support programs (liberal arts, communication, languages) for young athletes.
２. “Sports Environment (Facility development)” Establish institutions and environments for enjoying sports.
３．“Sports Expansion” Show the splendor of disabled sports, developing programs to promote healthy living.
４. “Sports Contribution (Social service)” Supporting the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake through sports, cultivating the mind for sports charity.
Provide places to stay and study to children from poor and low-income families, and enable them to envision a bright future for themselves.Katariba
Katariba was established in 2001 as an Approved Specified Nonprofit Corporation. We offer career education programs to teenagers so their ambition and abilities are not determined solely by the environment in which they were born and raised. We are striving for a society in which children from all backgrounds believe in the idea "we can build our own future."
It is said that 1 in 6 children in Japan lives in poverty. "Being too busy working part-time jobs and dropping-out of school," "Struggling with domestic violence and ill-treatment from parents, unable to attend school every day." Even here in Japan there are many such children. Even if these children have ambition, they cannot proceed to higher education to study for the qualifications required for better jobs, so their inherited poverty is likely to continue.
With the donations from The Tokyo Marathon, NPO Katariba creates places for children to stay and study in areas of high poverty in Tokyo, so they can imagine a future for themselves.
Installing shelters to save the lives of refugees forced to leave their homes due to conflictsJapan Association for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Japan Association for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
UNHCR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is a United Nations agency established in 1950 to support refugees. UNHCR actively encourages resolutions for refugee problems, and offers international support and protection to refugees and evacuees forced out their homelands as a result of disputes or persecution. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the agency implements aid activities in conjunction with around 125 countries. The Japan Association for UNHCR is the official contact point in Japan for supporting these activities through public relations and fundraising activities.
There are some 50 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world, forced out of their homes and living in camps due to conflict, persecution and other reasons. Many people barely make their escape, with their lives at risk, without enough water or food.
The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) expeditiously sets up tents and supports lives in refugee camps in order to protect the lives of those who have escaped to seek protection. Donations are used to purchase family tents (one tent costs around 60,000 yen), which is one of the essential relief materials for lives in a refugee camp.
Japan Association for UNHCR, as the official contact point for UNHCR in Japan, is a certified NPO charged with public relations and fundraising activities.
Protecting children in poverty, those subject to bullying, eating alone, those with developmental disorders, or a troubled lifestyle.Sodateage Net
We are aiming to build a society in which young people feel they are a true member - a society where they can both find work and continue to work. We are supporting that connection between young people and society. But we do not simply help young people and their parents, we also provide and organize places for that support, to educate those "supporters," increasing the number of carers, such as the regional societies, administrations and businesses, assisting young people. These are among the various activities we are currently engaging in.
Azusa (age 10, pseudonym) was born to a single mother and always ate dinner alone. He was always ignored by his peers because he had poor social skills. Young Azusa was brought by his worried mother to our learning space. Through watching sports, running a stall at a festival, his first camping experience, and of course study, he began to gain confidence and made some friends.
There are many children dealing with bullying, eating alone, living in poverty, with developmental disorders, and troubled lifestyles in Japan. Your support not only helps create environments to instill and support the desire to study in children from unstable family environments, but also allows us to both create programs to teach children about "money, jobs and working," and conduct activities to connect children with the concept of an "independent future."
Providing and promoting sports activities for intellectually disabled peopleSpecial Olympics Nippon Foundation
Special Olympics Nippon Foundation
The mission of this international sport organization, Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with the society.
Like the Olympics, we hold world tournaments every four years in summer and winter. Presently more than 170 countries and regions in the world take part in Special Olympic activities.
The Special Olympics, like The Olympics, is a world tournament held every four years in summer and winter. Special Olympics Nippon Foundation will dispatch around 90 Japanese athletes to the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria, which will be held in March 2017. The donation recieved from the Tokyo Marathon 2017 charity will be carefully used to fund travel to the world tournaments and then support the activities of the Special Olympics Nippon Foundation throughout the year.
Inviting children dealing with intractable diseases and their parents to a dream campsite equipped with medical care facilitiesSolaputi Kids' Camp
Solaputi Kids' Camp
The mission is to invite children battling with serious illness, and their families, to the Solaputi Kids’ Camp for nature-based outdoor experiences with medical care for free. The children and their families can fully enjoy Hokkaido's bountiful nature without any concern for their illness. Our goal is that children in the grip of disease, along with their families, feel relaxed and get the energy to carry on living thanks to spending invaluable time in this extraordinary environment.
In Japan, it is estimated that there are around 200,000 children dealing with serious diseases such as cancer or heart disease. Living through their long and difficult battles with illness they have little opportunity to play outside. There are many children who dream simply of playing outside. Solaputi Kid's Camp, thanks to donations and the cooperation of volunteers, creates and operates a camping ground with medical facilities to which we invite those children and their families. We are using the gracious donations of many people to make the dreams of the children and their families come true in the following ways:
・Invite children from all over the country suffering with intractable diseases, along with their families, to the camping grounds in Hokkaido free of charge.
・Establish a horse therapy program and maintain stables and horse riding grounds.
・Maintain barrier-free routes through the forest in which the tree house for wheelchairs is situated.
We employ and train dispatch teachers and send them to work on the education gap problem.Teach For Japan
Teach For Japan
Where a child is born should not be dictate the possibilities of his or her life.
Teach For Japan solve this by recruiting, training, and supporting young leaders to become brilliant teachers, who can inspire the children who need them the most. We enables all students to reach their full potential.
Let us change "Society" by changing the "Classroom".
It may be hard to believe but one sixth of Japanese children live in poverty. In Japan, a child’s academic performance and life opportunities are still significantly influenced by factors such as household income and learning disabilities. Teach For Japan believes that passionate teachers who sincerely face children can maximize their possibilities, and that one day all children in Japan will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Promoting and popularizing sports for people living in TokyoTokyo Sports Benefits Corporation
Tokyo Sports Benefits Corporation
Tokyo Sports Benefits Corporation manages and operates sports facilities, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground and the Tokyo Budo-kan.
The Corporation runs various types of projects that suit the need of people in their respective life stages, regardless of age or disability, so that everyone can be familiar with sports and enjoy sports throughout their lifetime.
Passing directly through the area struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake and covering a distance of more than 1,200 kilometers from Aomori to Tokyo, we will hold a running and cycling relay race to publicize the current state of the disaster area and the recovery that has been achieved to date. To prevent the disaster from fading from memory, and to bring together all of Japan and the disaster area, we will stage a relay event called “Road to Tomorrow: 1000 km longitudinal relay.”
Through creating a low-pollen forest, we can pass on healthy forests to the next generationTokyo Development Foundation for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Tokyo Development Foundation for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
In the Tokyo Metropolitan area we are training people to take over the promotion of and the responsibility for the agriculture, forestry and fishery industries, encouraging the preservation of forestry and promoting greening projects. We started this foundation with the aim of promoting harmony between the city and the agriculture, forestry and fishery industries, elevating Tokyo residents’ lives with warmth and vitality, and cultivating a new generation rich in ecological sensitivity.
The forest is a place full of blessings as it stores water, prevents disasters, takes in carbon dioxide. About 40% of the mega-city of Tokyo is forest, and forests play an important part in the life of city dwellers. But more and more cedar and cypress forests aren’t being maintained, leading to fewer benefits and increases in pollen leading to hay fever. For this reason, we are promoting the forest cycle by gaining the understanding and cooperation of city dwellers and working on low-pollen forest creation, which includes planting, weeding, and trimming low-pollen cedar trees. As a way to raise awareness, we have invited charity runners to the Tokyo Marathon Forest, and we are planning a tree-planting event to exchange ideas with the participants.
Realizing a safe society by learning the knowledge and skills required in emergenciesTokyo Disaster Prevention & Emergency Medical Service Association
Tokyo Disaster Prevention & Emergency Medical Service Association
If, at this very moment, a large earthquake hits, someone dear to you collapsed before your eyes, what would you think? What could you do? At the Life Safety Learning Center you can take safety courses such as experiencing an earthquake, practicing fire extinguishing, CPR, and first aid. It is our hope that, through such courses, if we can increase the number of people with the knowledge and skills necessary during times of disaster by even one, then we can eventually realize a safe society for everyone.
This association uniquely conducts the following activities:
☆Purchase of CPR manikins and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator), etc., for use in lifesaving courses taken by around 250,000 people each year.
☆Hold a standard first aid course for one thousand of the runners and volunteers of the Tokyo Marathon.
☆Create and publish pamphlets for the general public, companies and groups with information on dealing with fire and disaster prevention, and first aid, including practical examples, and handy knowledge.
Management and the construction of Ronald McDonald House residential facilities for children with intractable diseases and their familiesRonald McDonald House Charities Japan
Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan
A Ronald McDonald House is a “Home Away From Home” for children hospitalized far from home as well as their families. In other words, they are accommodations for families staying close to their children undergoing medical treatment. These Houses are supported by your contributions and volunteer participation.
We would like you to know that your support has been used to the fullest extent possible to help operate the 12 existing Ronald McDonald Houses around the country as well as helping us make preparations for the construction of new facilities. Please lend us your support for Ronald McDonald Houses. Each Ronald McDonald House, founded on the ideal of “Relax like you’re in your second home,” supports sufferers and their families battling with illness through the support of donations and local volunteers.
There are many families nationwide who have need of these houses. Please help us by making a donation to Ronald McDonald Houses.
Let’s bring about a bright future for Japan with Para-Sports!Japanese Para-Sports Association
Japanese Para-Sports Association
Fifty years have passed since this Association was established as a governing body to develop and promote sports opportunities for people with impairment (para-sports). Recently the environment around para-sports is drastically changing, and based on our history and the issues we are facing, for the further development of the para-sports, we announced the “Para-sports in Japan: Vision and Measures” and we are progressing to accomplish the action plans for this vision. We have strong will to create a vigorous and coexistent society, by establishing a framework for promoting and expanding the various para-sports.
■ Promotion of greater understanding of Para-sports.
・Costs for publishing informational magazines (Expected cost: 3.3 million yen).
Increase awareness of para-sports by creating, publishing and distributing event introductions, explanatory pamphlets, and guidebooks for watching each of the Japanese Para-Sports Association sports.
・Costs associated with promotional activities for the Japan Para Championships (Expected cost: 4.5 million yen).
Seek to increase the number of people who appreciate para-sports.
・Costs associated with information sharing through websites, etc. (Expected cost: 2 million yen).
Aim to further understanding for para-sports by increasing the quantity and quality of posts.
■ Popularization and promotion of para-sports (Expected cost: 2 million yen).
Popularize and promote para-sports by supporting improvements to the para-sports environment to allow everyday activities.
■ A prize fund for Paralympic medalists.
Create a reserve for rewarding medalists' achievements and development.
Providing residential facilities and care for children fighting critical illness and their families during medical treatmentsFamily House
Family House is the first organization in Japan to build resting houses for children with severe illnesses and their families. Created 26 years ago at the National Cancer Center Central Hospital, Department of Pediatric Oncology through the cooperation of mothers, doctors and nurses, it has now spread to 70 managing bodies with 125 houses nationwide. Currently, Family House is operating 12 institutions with 58 rooms in Tokyo.
Family House aims to create "dream houses" for children who require medical care along with their families, acting as a bridging middle-ground between the hospital and home. Your kind donations are used to fund construction of “dream houses,” where children with long-term illnesses can stay with their parents out of the hospital ward while still connected to the necessary medical equipment.
So far these institutions have housed a total of 17,000 families, yet this organization receives no financial assistance from the government — it is built on donations, membership fees and volunteers. As such we will also use your donations to help cover expenses for water and electrical utilities necessary for the management of our facilities.
The project offering scholarships for girls discriminated against the caste system in IndiaPlan International Japan
Plan International Japan
Plan international is an international NGO to advance community development in 51 developing countries in Asia, Africa and Central and South America. We are implementing various projects in wide-ranging fields such as education and hygiene, to improve the living conditions for children in deprived areas. Presently there are around 60,000 people in Japan participating in support.
With each charity runner, 3 girls can receive scholarships for education in India, receiving a certificate of completion for the final 10th year of secondary education is very important for future options, as it enables students to continue on to high schools or enter the workforce.
A mere 20% of the children from the scheduled tribes that this project helps enroll in middle school. Even if they continue on to middle school, the passing rate for the certificate of completion is just 68%, compared to 80% for girls in higher castes.
With your donations, we can provide scholarships to 15- to 17-year-old girls from Odisha in eastern India, enabling these girls to earn certificates of completion. We can also provide teacher training and repair libraries and laboratories, leading to an improved learning environment for the girls.
Educational work for areas stricken by the Great East Japan EarthquakeRecovery Support for the Great East Japan Earthquake
Recovery Support for the Great East Japan Earthquake
The Tokyo Marathon Foundation will be accepting donations and sending them directly to support organizations located in the three affected prefectures.
The program aims to closely support children in the three affected prefectures in the hopes that these children, many of whom lost their parents due to the disaster, continue to grow up healthily and gain opportunities to learn, sustaining their hopes and dreams.
The donation deduction does not apply to this program.
Receipts will be issued by Tokyo Marathon Foundation.
After the deadline for donations (April 1, 2017 onward), donations for the reconstruction of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake will be allocated to respective educational programs in the three affected prefectures.
How this allocation is made will depend on the number of eligible people in each prefecture.
Whether the donations from corporations are considered to be what we call a "donation" here will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Inquiries should be directed to your tax office.
Contributions received will be donated to the affected areas through the local public organizations.Recovery Support for 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake
Recovery Support for 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake
*The donation application for this program was closed on January 31, 2017.
This program is collecting donations to support areas devastated by the powerful earthquakes that struck the Kumamoto area in April 2016.
Contributions received will be donated the Recovery Support for 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake by March 31, 2017.
Receipts will be issued by Tokyo Marathon Foundation.