About our Taking Steps Together Campaign

Youth Renewal Fund invites you to join us in a collective effort to walk, run, hike 10,000,000 steps to bring awareness and funding for hundreds of students in the periphery of Israel. Come together with the Darca students and get mobile to help them achieve social mobility!


Unlike a traditional race, the YRF Virtual Walk Run takes place where you are and when you want, anytime between May 1st and May 30th, with registration beginning April 19th.


Be part of the first-ever YRF Virtual Walk Run and help us celebrate Darca Schools. Join a team to support one of these really important initiatives! Your participation, whether you register, sponsor, donate or spread the word, makes a positive impact on Israel’s most underserved communities. Dedicate your workout for a great cause and get moving!

Our Collective Goals

  • Our collective goal is to raise more than $1,000,000 and reach a total of 10,000,000 steps!
  • Your personal steps or mileage goal is up to you! We will give you recommendations.

About the Teams

Join a team supporting key programs that make Darca schools so successful!

Check out the TEAM LEADERBOARDS here and track our success.
To learn more about these programs that the different teams will support click here!

Awards and Prizes

You and your team members will work towards achieving the overall fundraising and fitness goal while competing against the other teams! At the end of the campaign, there will be prizes for our individual and team winners!


Throughout the campaign look out for other fun challenges/incentives for an opportunity to win raffle prizes!

How do I get started and participate?

Registration Starts: April 19th 2021

Fitness Tracking Begins: May 1st 2021

Make a difference today. Participate in the YRF Walk/Run by following these 3 simple steps!


REGISTER for the campaign and join a team! Click the register button on this page and choose your team from one of the 6 incredible programs supporting Darca Schools. Once registered, set up your fundraising page with your custom personal fitness and fundraising goals.


TRACK your steps and miles from May 1st to May 30th! Any kind of exercise and physical activity counts! Check out the activity conversion chart below.

There are three ways to track your progress:

  • Download the free Charity Footprints App
  • Sync your fitness device (Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava) or use the health app on your iphone
  • Manually enter your miles on your event page


SHARE your personal fundraising page with your network! Invite your family, friends and colleagues to join you by participating on your team or make a contribution on your fundraising page to help you reach your fundraising goals. Every dollar raised directly supports Darca schools.

Share your progress and experiences on social media. Don't forget to hashtag #YRFWalkRun21, and tag @YouthRenewalFund.

We also encourage you to post pictures to the Community Scrapbook, proudly showing off your workouts and progress! Also check here to see how the Darca students are participating alongside you.

Don't want to participate by walking or running but still want to give back to the campaign? That’s okay. Click our donation button to make a contribution!



Activity conversion chart

You can participate in the #TakingStepsTogether Virtual Race by doing pretty much anything that gets your heart rate up, walking, running, cycling or any of your favorite fitness activities! Just make sure to log it! For activities that cannot be measured in steps or miles, please refer to the ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART below.

For more information on tracking your distance or setting up tracking devices please you can refer to the How It Works and FAQs sections below.





Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors


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Emerald Sponsors





For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joey Brooks at joey@youthrenewalfund.org.

Click here for our sponsor form outlining opportunities to participate.

Youth Renewal Fund Roll of honor

Thank you to all of our generous supporters. Without you none of this would be possible and we are so grateful. See here for our Annual Roll of honor recognizing you for your support!


COMPLETED: 13,538,006 steps
TARGET: 10,000,000 steps
RAISED: $ 906,396
TARGET: $ 1,000,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints by traveling around Israel!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Youth Renewal Fund is the philanthropic and strategic funding partner for Darca schools in Israel, investing in an innovative education throughout Israel’s most underserved communities as a means of improving social mobility.

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All funds raised will go directly towards supporting Darca schools and providing our students an innovative education as a means to improve social mobility.

Israel currently faces one of the largest and fastest growing gaps in educational achievement between rich and poor. An under-educated population puts Israel’s predominantly knowledge-based economy at risk. However, through Darca schools, Israeli children discover and harness the power of education as a means to improve quality of life for themselves, their communities and their country. Darca provides Israeli high school students in lower income communities—regardless of ability, religion, birthplace, geographic or socio-economic status—an excellent education designed to improve social mobility.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.