Central to our team’s values and goals is our commitment to assisting community organizations making a difference in the lives of others.

DWRT’s Charitable Matching Program and Charity Partners.

If you are running a race and raising money for a charity, the Dashing Whippets Running Team will match your contribution to your charity up to $50 per year.   Details on the program are here. 

We congratulate you on running to make a difference in the lives of others.  The team is pleased to support your efforts.

In 2020, the DWRT Charitable Matching Program is supporting these charities through matching grants:

In 2019, the DWRT Charitable Matching Program supported these charities:

In 2018, the DWRT Charitable Matching Program supported these charities:

In 2017, the DWRT Charitable Matching Program supported these charities:

  • The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Safe Horizon
  • Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Girls on the Run, Inc. (the Charity Partner to our 2017 Track Meet)

In 2020, the Dashing Whippets Running Team also supported:

The City of New York Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Donate Now to Support: Health care workers and essential staff, Local small businesses, Displaced hourly workers, including immigrant workers, families, youth, and vulnerable New Yorkers

The team donated $1,000 (in two $500 gifts, made in April 2020 and July 2020) to The City of New York’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, an account in the Mayor’s Office established by Mrs. Chirlane McCray  Due to the extreme economic uncertainties, the Mayor has asked citizens and corporations to contribute to the City’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please join the Dashing Whippets in supporting our City’s health care workers.   The City of New York Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund supplements the municipal budget to provide much-needed resources and support to:

  • Deliver hot meals to medical professionals working at New York City Health + Hospitals;
  • Provide personal protective equipment to medical workers on the frontlines;  and
  • Fund support services such as mobile crisis teams of mental health professionals who go into the community to help people in urgent need.

For the Gworls


In honor of the team’s first-ever Tour de Summer Virtual Race Series, the Dashing Whippets selected For the Gworls’ Gender-Affirming Surgery Fund as its Charity Partner.   The team donated $500 to this Fund.   For the Gworls assists trans persons of color with co-payments for gender-reassignment surgery, and with rent, pharmacy costs and transportation costs.  Now more than ever, this work is especially important considering that many Black transgender people are being laid off in absurdly high numbers, which is only exacerbating the already terrible conditions that Black transgender people generally live in.  For the Gworls also runs the Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund, which provides Black trans protestors with money for medical care and bail.   Please give whatever you can afford to support their important work for the BIPOC Trans Community.

2020 Tour De Summer Donation Partners

Stage 1, July 4, 2020.  Participants donated $1,549.  Donations were divided equally between For the Gworls gender-reaffirming surgery and transportation fund ($774) and The City of New York Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund ($774).

Stage 2, July 14, 2020.  Participants donated $689.   Donations were divided equally between the Thurgood Marshall College Fund ($344) and Human Rights Campaign ($344).

Stage 3, August 1, 2020.  Participants donated $4,085.  A donation in this amount was made to Friends of Hudson River Park to help establish a park bench in memory of our beloved teammate Jessy Scarpone.

Stage 4, August 15, 2020.  Participants donated $583.  Donations were divided equally between Color of Change ($291) and Feeding America ($291).

Stage 5, August 29, 2020.  Participants donated $533.  Donations were divided between Campaign Zero Food Assistance ($266) and Feeding America ($266).

Our Charity Partners

Throughout our history, the Dashing Whippets Running Team has been honored to work closely with many charities, both in sports and athletics, and also in the greater community.

Dashing Whippets have individually run in support of Achilles International, Apex for Youth, Autism Speaks, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Every Mother Counts, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.   And, as a team, we have assisted these organizations:

2017 DWRT Run for Hurricane Relief

Our members dedicated our September 9, 2017 team runs to the relief efforts, following the terrible hurricanes and flooding in Texas and Florida.   The Board set a goal of raising $1,000 for the American Red Cross.  Our members exceeded this target, and gave $1,185 toward the relief efforts.  The team contributed $250 in team funds.  On September 15, 2017, we made a charitable grant of $1,435.

NYRR Team for Kids

The Dashing Whippets Running Team has been pleased to participate in the NYRR’s winter fundraising drive to purchase new running shoes for the young participants in the “Mighty Milers” — NYRR’s  program of coaching and training for young athletes.   All too often, young athletes in the program regrettably cannot afford new running shoes.   That’s where teams like ours come in.   The look on a young person’s face when she or he opens a box with fresh, new running shoes is priceless.  New shoes give young runners the feeling that they can do anything.

We are honored that the Dashing Whippets have raised more than $7,500 for this effort:  $3,235 in 2013, $2,555 in 2014, and $1,769 in 2015.     How you can help:   NYRR Team for Kids.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, in November 2012, the Dashing Whippets Running Team raised $4,621 in less than 48 hours, to benefit the American Red Cross, and help our neighbors and communities in need.   To help with this important work:  American Red Cross.

Back on My Feet

In 2012, Back on My Feet launched a new chapter in New York City.   The organization’s unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives.  Back on My Feet provides practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope.  The Dashing Whippets Running Team assisted Back on My Feet with its launch and named the organization the Official Charity Partner of the 2012 Dashing Whippets Track Meet.   Please see:   Back on My Feet (NYC).

Homes for the Homeless

Homes for the Homeless seeks to create lasting solutions for families experiencing homelessness through self-sufficiency planning, goal setting, and achievement.  HFH assists families to develop practical skills such as financial literacy and job readiness, and seeks to enrich the lives of children through educational programs, youth development, and fun recreational activities.  Each December, the Dashing Whippets Running Team is pleased to help volunteer to make the holidays a happy time for the families who are participating in HFH’s many programs.   Please see:  Homes for the Homeless.

Team Challenge/ Crohn’s and Colitis Research Foundation

Team Challenge is an endurance training program that benefits both its athletes, and supports research to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, at the Crohn’s and Colitis Research Foundation, the highly rated medical research foundations, which conducts basic and clinical research.   Team Challenge also offers a wide range of educational programs for patients and health care professionals, while providing support services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases.   Team Challenge was the Official Charity Partner to the 2016 Dashing Whippets 5K in Astoria Park.   A significant portion of the participant revenue from our 5K was presented to Team Challenge at the conclusion of the race.   To participate:   Team Challenge.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run was the Official Charity Partner for the 2017 Dashing Whippets Track Meet, on April 22, 2017.   Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  The track meet was a great success, and we presented a check for $565 to GOTR at the conclusion of the event.   We were pleased to give GOTR’s athletes and its coaches our fullest support and enthusiasm.   To help, please see:  Girls on the Run.


The Dashing Whippets are committed to volunteering for racing events throughout the year. Events that we’ve volunteered as team for are:

  • NYRR Water Stations at NYC Half, Japan Day, Israel Day Run
  • DWRT Annual Track Meet
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief Volunteering