Run Far Foundation funds youth-led volunteer projects in all 50 states
to enable meaningful community service and help young people find purpose, have fun, and stay healthy.
Run Far start-up grants
Aiming to improve your school or community?
Apply for $100, $200, or $500 to launch your new project!
Sample start-up projects include: hosting a schoolyard concert or picnic, roadside litter cleanup, fun run, art walk, hiking excursion, group yoga or meditation circle, launching a mentoring program, growing a community garden, or painting a mural.
Use your imagination — we want to provide the funding for your big idea!
Have an idea for a volunteer project in your community? Let's make it happen!
Provide students with a life-changing volunteer opportunity by becoming a founding donor.
to spark a nationwide movement for youth mental health
Why I Run Far
My name is Greg Nance. Overwhelmed by depression after my Grandpa Charlie's debilitating stroke, I turned to alcohol and painkillers at age 16. I cut classes, got into fistfights, and was suspended from the tennis team.
The free-fall only stopped with the help of a daily running ritual and the meaningful community I found working onMoneythink, a youth-led volunteer project. Running and volunteering helped me overcome depression and alcohol abuse to finally get sober on December 29, 2011.
In the years since, I've kept running, kept volunteering, and kept smiling too.
I ran across America to pay it forward with Run Far Foundation. The money we raise together will provide youth with grassroots funding for impactful volunteer service and community-building opportunities.
Together, let's turn the tide on America's mental illness and addiction epidemics.
We can help youth find purpose, have fun, and stay healthy.
Atlantic to Pacific = Mission Accomplished!!
With the help of an amazing support team, Greg ran 3,156 miles from New York City to Ocean Shores, WA.
Greg started with a foot in the Atlantic on April 25th and ran the equivalent of 120 marathons across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington to dip his feet in the Pacific on July 17th!
You can read this Seattle Times feature for more on the Run Across America and our Youth Mental Health mission.
You can follow @RunFarFoundation on Instagram for dispatches from the road — We're excited to introduce you to the amazing youth leaders and mental health champions we meet during the run!