IRONMAN reaches a variety of worldwide charitable organizations through several programs of The IRONMAN Foundation. Since its inception in 2003, The IRONMAN Foundation has facilitated over $46 million in charitable giveback to many deserving global, national, regional and local groups. Proceeds from several IRONMAN Foundation fundraising programs contribute to the IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund, which in turn supports selected grant-funded initiatives. Through our Community Fund, the IRONMAN Foundation provides grant funding opportunities as a way of leaving the IRONMAN legacy behind in race communities after race day.
Nonprofit organizations located in select North American IRONMAN full distance race communities are identified through an RFP process, and invited to submit an application for a Community Grant. Information regarding 2016 Community Grant Opportunities will be posted online in the coming months.
Additionally, The IRONMAN Foundation accepts grant applications from nonprofit groups with a volunteerism component from any one of our 51 U.S. race communities. Please visit our Volunteer Grant section for more information. In 2015, the IRONMAN Foundation awarded over $1.6 Million to 1,256 community organizations through this program.
There are so many remarkable stories of deserving organizations that have benefited from the IRONMAN Foundation’s grant programs. Here is one below:
“These funds will save lives. Idaho has the second highest childhood drowning rate in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research has shown that if a child does not learn to swim by the third grade, they will most likely never learn this life-saving skill. By reaching out to third graders—one year after the other—our program can help reduce the number of drownings in our area.”
– Christy Markham, Development Director, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.