The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon charity partners and their volunteers play a vital role in the planning and execution of this exciting community event. The marathon has three charity partners each year with staggered three-year terms. This structure allows one new charity to join the event each year.
The charity partners benefit financially from the net proceeds of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, as well as from the pledge revenue they earn by using the marathon as a platform for their causes. In 2015, the event generated contributions of $150,000 for the marathon’s three charity partners, bringing the total cumulative contributions to $1, 066,000 over the last 16 years. The charities also benefit from the community exposure provided by the event. Last year, the event attracted over 14,000 registrants.
To be eligible to partner with the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon your organization must meet the following criteria. Organizations that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
- The organization must have an office in Brown County and the proposed marathon representative must be based in Brown County.
- Organization must have an active volunteer base of more than 100 local adults and teens (age 14 and over) willing to contribute a minimum of four hours per person. Over half of the volunteer hours will occur during the marathon weekend. In addition, the charity is expected to provide 4-6 volunteers for six Saturday morning training runs from January through May.
- The organization is not a foundation.
- The organization is not supported by tax dollars.
- The organization is not a government entity.
- The organization is not politically based.
- The organization is not a school, including secondary and post-secondary schools, an associated club or school foundation.
In selecting a charitable recipient, Cellcom will give priority to organizations whose impact spans a footprint that includes greater Green Bay and beyond and encompasses northeast and central Wisconsin, have a proven track record in positively impacting the community, promote volunteerism, and cooperate rather than compete with similar organizations. The key areas of Cellcom’s contribution guidelines are ‘health and wellness’ and ‘children and education’. A charity that aligns with the marathon’s mission of promoting an active lifestyle and fostering community spirit is preferred.
Only online applications are accepted. In addition to describing your organization’s mission, the following questions are a part of the application.
- Describe the charity’s service area, including a list of counties served by the organization.
- Who will your charity representative be and where is he/she located?
- Does the charity support one of the key areas of Cellcom’s contribution guidelines of children and education or health and wellness?
- Give evidence of volunteer-run event management or participation. Provide specific examples of event management and deploying volunteers, including a very brief overview of key events, if your organization was the creator of the event, how many volunteers were deployed for each event and primary areas of responsibility at the events.
- Does the organization have experience with individuals raising pledges on behalf of the organization? A demonstrated ability to raise pledges would be highly beneficial to both the organization and the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; provide specific examples of pledge raising.
- If you were selected as the marathon charity partner, what would the funds be used for and where will the funds be used (locally or nationally)?
Past charity partners must wait five years after their term ends before becoming eligible to reapply. (Example: A charity partner whose term ended in 2015 would not be eligible to apply until 2020 for the 2021-23 charity opening.)
This year’s application period will be from July 23 – September 30.