Every Dollar Helps.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge unites the spirit of runners with a unique fundraising program to help support our local community.

In 2020, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Your hard work and commitment to fundraising made a significant impact in our communities.

Help one of our official charities reach their goals while you are achieving yours! As Scotiabank covers all the fees associated with online fundraising, 100%* of the funds you raise will go directly to your chosen charity.

We all run for different reasons. We encourage you to run for what moves you!

Register for a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon or one of the Challenges at this years’ Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. During the process of registration, you’ll be given the option to sign up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge to fundraise for a participating community charity.

Congratulations on helping raise over $84 million!

In 2020 alone, you and other runners helped raise over $5.6 million dollars for close to 540 charities across Canada. In fact, since the Scotiabank Charity Challenge began in 2003 you’ve helped raise over $84 million – which went directly to charities across Canada to build vibrant communities.

*Scotiabank pays for online donation processing fees on the Race Roster platform.

Join the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

How to register and fundraise.

Not yet registered for the race? 

Register for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and sign-up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge all on one step.

Already registered for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and you would like to join the Scotiabank Charity Challenge?

Click here to access the Charity Challenge FAQ section.

  1.       Select the charity you would like to fundraise for:

Click here for the list of official charity partners of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Would you like to raise money for a charity that is not listed? The charity must  apply before July 31, 2021. Please ask them to review the Become an Official Charity section.

  1.       Contact the charity. It’s beneficial:

We recommend you contact the charity prior to signing up – they may have some additional information to share with you, including fundraising tips, and potential fundraising incentives!

  1.       Sign-up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge:

Click Register and complete the form. Please ensure you Join or Create a Scotiabank Charity Challenge fundraising team! By following each step, you will enroll in both the race and fundraising program.

  1.       Registration confirmation:

Once registered, you will receive a registration confirmation email:

  •        An email for your race entry – Transaction Receipt – with confirmation number
  1.       Start fundraising!

Customize your personalized fundraising page. Add some photos and share your story to appeal to your friends, family and colleagues. 100%* of funds raised will go to the charity of your choice.

Be sure to share updates about your fundraising on social media using #ScotiaCharityChallenge #runScotia #TOWaterfront42K #MoveForwardTO

* Scotiabank pays for online processing fees for online donations received via the Race Roster fundraising platform.

Become an Official Charity

Charities must be a registered Canadian charity in good standing with the CRA.  Interested Charities must apply by July 31st, 2021.

A summary of the benefits of participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge:

  • Participation in a large-scale community event without running any financial risk, allowing donations to take precedence over logistics.
  • Scotiabank assumes most of the costs associated with fundraising, so every dollar received goes directly to the cause.
  • Charities and fundraisers are given free access to Race Roster, a platform that allows runners to automate their fundraising.

Please download our 2021 Scotiabank Charity Challenge Information Package  for more details on the Charity Challenge and for the online application to become an official charity.

Charity Challenge FAQ

I only registered to run, but now I want to raise money for a charity. Is it too late?

You can still fundraise!

Set up a personalized fundraising page if you are already registered for the run

  1. To customize your page, go to Find a participant to donate to and search for your name
  2. Sign-In to Race Roster if not yet logged in (top right).
  3. Click Edit fundraising page below the profile image on the right side of the page.
  4. In the modal that pops open, specify your fundraising goal, write a personal message, upload a photo and choose your charity to support.
  5. Be sure to scroll down and click Save updated fundraising information.

Note : This step will only personalize your fundraising page, and will not re-register you for the race!

How do I make a donation to a Charity, a Charity Team or an Individual?

  1. Go to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Race Registration form
  2. Locate Donate to Charity, View Teams or Donate to Participant in the left hand menu
  3. Enter the name of the charity, charity team or individual and make your donation!

I represent a Canadian Charity and want to register the charity to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.  How do I register the charity?

The deadline to apply to become an official charity partner is July 31st, 2021. Click here for a copy of the 2021 information package and how to apply.

Can I register several people to the Scotiabank Charity Challenge using the same form?

Yes! Please ensure you join or create a Scotiabank Charity Challenge fundraising team. Once registration is complete, a personal fundraising page will automatically be  created for the participant. Log in to customize each participant’s fundraising page!

Can Relay Teams fundraise?

Yes, the only catch is that you can only be a part of ONE team category (either relay or fundraising team.) Relay team members can still fundraise individually for one of the charity partners.

Please follow the steps in Set up a Personal Fundraising Page above to fundraise for one of the charity partners.

I registered for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, but I have not received or I cannot find the confirmation email.

Don’t worry! Not receiving these emails does not necessarily mean that the registration was not completed. First, check your spam emails. Still nothing? Contact us and we will proceed with verifications or Click here to confirm your registration.

Is there a Scotiabank Employee Program?

There is a Scotiabank Employee marathon program available in each Scotiabank-sponsored Marathon market. Complete details are available on ScotiabankLive/Marathons.  Click Here for details.

How do I get a pledge form?

Find your charity from the list of Official Charities page

Email the Charity Fundraising Coordinator to request a pledge form.

What do I do with my cash and cheque pledges?

Please ensure you make arrangements with the Charity Fundraising Coordinator listed on the Official Charities page to drop off any cash and/or cheque pledges on race day, at their office, or mail the pledge form and cheques to their office.

Contact Us

If you have a question or comments about the STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge, contact us by email at anhv[at]canadarunningseries.com. We will be happy to answer you as soon as possible.