The Evolution of the Charity Run/Walk and the Road Ahead

TERRI HAREL | June 3, 2014

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The flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and Main Street is ready for another 5K. As the popularity of running and walking has grown, these activities have become an important part of nonprofit fundraising. And just as training methods for runners have changed, the area of run/walk fundraising has also evolved.

Examining the background on how road races became so prominent shows us how the field has changed over the years. Knowing the history will help if you’ve ever considered starting your own charity run/walk.

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WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is a regional nonprofit arts service organization providing innovative programing, technology, advocacy, grantmaking and other services dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders to address critical issues affecting arts and culture. In addition, WESTAF's multicultural advisory committee, established in 2000, provides inspiration and guidance for the organization’s commitment to multicultural policies and values. WESTAF is an experienced developer of technology systems that benefit the arts and creative industries. These systems include ZAPPlication.org®, CallforEntry.org™ (CaFÉ™), The Public Art Archive™, GrantsOnline™ (GO™), The Creative Vitality™ Suite (CVSuite™), ArtJob.org, and YouJudgeIt.org.

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