Every Step Helps Young People and Our Community.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge unites the spirit of runners with a unique fundraising program to help create a stronger future for young people and build vibrant communities.

In 2019, participants raised over $3.6 million for 190 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, Half Marathon or Marathon 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 $78 million!

In 2019 alone, you and other runners helped raise over $8.5 million dollars for close to 550 charities across Canada. In fact, since the Scotiabank Charity Challenge began in 2003 you’ve helped raise over $78 million – which went directly to charities across Canada to create a stronger future for young people and build vibrant communities.

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

Join the Charity Challenge

How to register and fundraise.

Not yet registered for the race? 

Register for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K and sign-up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge all on one step.

Already registered for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K 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 charities of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Would you like to raise money for a charity that is not listed? The charity must have applied before May 1st, 2019. 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. Not only may charities have access to preferential registration rates, but they may also 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. 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 and #TOWaterfront42K

* Scotiabank pays for online transaction 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 June 1st, 2020.

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 2020 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. Select the charity you want to support from the list of Official Charities page
  2. Click on “Fundraise” then the “Sign Up” button and enter your information. Please make sure you have already registered for the race (Tip : Have your Race Registration Confirmation # ready for verification.)
  3. Fundraise on your own or join a team and fill in your information.

Note : This step will only register you for a fundraising account, and will not re-register you for the race!

I received a Charity Pin Code, where do I enter it?

  • Go to Race Registration
  • Complete the personal information section
  • *DO NOT* enter the Pin Code into the Promo Code field
  • Select Yes to I would like to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge
  • Select Your Charity from the drop-down menu
  • Enter your Charity Pin Code into the Charity Pin Code field

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

  1. Select a charity from the list of Official Charities page
  2. Locate the SEARCH field
  3. Enter the name of the individual or team and make your donation!

How do I make a donation to a Charity?

  1. Select a charity from the list of Official Charities page
  2. Click on the « Donate » button

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 August 1st, 2020. Click here for a copy of the 2020 information package and how to apply.

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

We recommend you register each participant individually as the charity rate will only apply to the first participant. Once registration is complete, a personal fundraising page will be automatically created for the participant. If there are several participants on the same form, only one personal fundraising page will be created and it will be for the first registered participant. In this case, the other participants will have to manually create their fundraising pages. Under the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, it is best to register one participant per form.

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 verify whether you are on the registration confirmation list.

How do I change an email address on my fundraising page?

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.

Should I create a Fundraising Team? How do I set up a Fundraising Team? How do I join a Fundraising team?

Fundraising Teams should only be created under a Charity umbrella IF separate tracking is required, or if you would like to fundraise with your family or friends. All donations, whether you fundraise as an individual or as part of a team will be directed to your charity of choice.

To set up a fundraising team:

To join a fundraising team:

How do I get a pledge form?

Find your charity from the list of Official Charities page

Email the Charity Administrator to request a pledge form.

What do I do with my cash and cheque pledges?

Please ensure you make arrangements with the Charity Administrator 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.