Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$17,113 raised by 154 donors

100% complete

$15,000 Goal

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our local chapter, Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento, began in 2002 with two coaches and one team of girls. With the help of a generous community and hardworking volunteers, GOTR Sac now serves over 550 girls each year in our 5-county region (Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, and Sacramento counties).

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit after school program that improves the health and well-being of girls ages 8 to 13 years old. Girls on the Run combines a professionally designed curriculum with a 5K training plan that together encourages girls to develop self-respect and make healthy decisions. The Girls on the Run program consists of two age-specific options: Girls on the Run for 3rd - 5th graders, and Heart & Sole for 6th - 8th graders. The girls meet twice a week after school for the duration of the 10-week season and begin their meetings with a healthy snack, followed by the curriculum or lesson for the day, an activity that gets them warmed up physically and mentally, and finally the workout. Workouts progressively increase throughout the season to help participants build up the endurance they will need to complete the end-of-season 5K event.

The curriculum is broken up into three sections:
- Building a better understanding of who they are individually and what's important to them. During this section they discuss issues such values, healthy eating, and handling stress.
- Learning the importance of teamwork and healthy relationships, including some of the difficult dynamics that happen in a group, such as bullying and peer pressure.
- Exploring how the girls can positively connect with and shape the world. In this final section, they work together as a team to plan and execute a community service project.

The goal is to encourage the girls to think about needs outside of their own, and to show them that despite their age, size, income, or gender, we are all capable of helping others. At the end of each 10-week season, the coaches along with their teams have addressed critical issues that pre-teen girls are starting to face. The season culminates with a community service project that the girls design and execute, as well as participation in an organized 5K event. GOTR encourages positive emotional, social, mental and physical development in girls that will last throughout their lives.


At Girls on the Run, we envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams!

Our life-changing after school program is designed for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


As we build back from the pandemic, we are proud to host our second largest season ever with 550 girls! We know girls need our program now more than ever, but financial constraints continue to keep many girls from being able to participate in Girls on the Run. With 40% of our GOTR girls this season on scholarship, we rely the financial support of our community to help us meet the social, emotional and physical activity needs of girls in our region.

$15 Every dollar helps inspire girls in Greater Sacramento to be joyful, healthy and confident!

$25 Supply healthy snacks for one team for five practices

$50 Provide new running shoes for one scholarship recipient (40% of 2022 girls received scholarships)

$100 Provide new running shoes for two scholarship recipients (40% of 2022 girls received scholarships)

$185 Sponsor a scholarship and running shoes for one girl who could not otherwise participate (40% of 2022 girls received scholarships)

$250 Provide materials, resources, training and support for our volunteer coaches

$500 Supply healthy snacks for 5 teams for an entire season

$750 Provide new running shoes for a team of 15 girls

With only one full-time staff member, we are an almost completely volunteer organization. We are always looking for coaches to lead teams during our 10-week season and for volunteers at various ad hoc events throughout the year.

Organization Data


Organization name

Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento

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Mission Category

Youth Development

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Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Other, Volunteers, In-Kind Donations

Demographics Served

Youth & Children


3000 B St. #52
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

Amador County, CA, US



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