Challenges Facing the Giving Market Today

Where does one even begin when selecting 20 local non-profit organizations in countries they are completely unfamiliar with? This task seemed daunting with the thousands of non-profits to choose from. 

Almost every organization seemed to be changing lives, but how could I be confident that they were each accomplishing what they claim to be?

Too few financially capable donors (including myself) contribute to organizations today, not because they are not the giving type, but because they feel alienated from the non-profit world. The non-profit sector is oversaturated, further clouded by continuous scandals that arise from the misuse of funds.

The Selection Process for the 20 Organizations Spotlighted

With this knowledge, I made it my priority to select 20 organizations that I felt a strong connection to, who demonstrated transparency, and have made clear their efforts to stop at nothing to bring women and girls worldwide the opportunities for change and equality that they deserve.

I began my search in each country with referrals from friends, family and other runners. I wanted to not only follow trusted sources, but to drive continued support for organizations within my network of connections — one of the extended goals of Run to Reach. Even for organizations with which I had no prior connection, I ensured to be in strong contact with coordinators before my trip to ensure each partnership was as effective as possible. The partner organizations of Run to Reach work to tackle three crucial issues that appear frequently around the world by doing the following:

  1. Elevating and recognizing the power of untold stories of women
  2. Empowering women to define their own identities and grow 
  3. Pushing boundaries to show individuals they have the capacity to evoke change

The reach doesn’t end after I unlace my running shoes; I will be continuing to work with each non-profit during the duration of this 18-month campaign and would be thrilled to prolong funding for these organizations.

While I do not expect to change the culture of giving completely, I hope you follow my journey to give towards these 20 phenomenal non-profit organizations who are supporting women in their personal missions, finding common ground in ongoing conflicts, and creating spaces for growth.

Let’s hit the pavement.

Please do not hesitate to contact me ( or my team ( if you have any further questions on any of the 20 organizations highlighted in the Run to Reach campaign.