Here are some of our favorite charities located in Austin, TX. We have made sure each of them are eligible for tax deductions when you help your local community by donating your car. Your values and choice can make a difference.
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We enrich the lives of children when they're not in school
The Andy Roddick Foundation, takes the time children spend outside the classroom and turn it into real opportunities. Over and over again, we engage children in high quality learning and enriching experiences after school and during the summer — the months and times of day when children who feel left out and forgotten need us the most. Too many children in Central Texas do not have access to high-quality learning and enrichment that will keep their hard-earned academic skills sharp. Through high-quality afterschool activities developed in cooperation with the Austin Independent School District, as well as an acclaimed six-week summer program, investing in innovative summer activities, and other joint initiatives with key groups throughout the city, we are creating new chances for all kids to grow in literacy, STEM, art, and sports — all during months and times of day when statistics show they're typically most at risk and falling behind.
America's Kids Cooking for Life!
The mission of Common Threads is to educate low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools, and communities. By providing children with a toolkit of knowledge and skills, we can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, getting America's kids cooking for life!
Compassion in action
Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM ) seeks to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound and other people in need through programs that promote dignity and independent living. MOWAM began in 1972 as an East Austin-based, grassroots organization staffed by only eight volunteers. What began serving 29 seniors has now expanded into a multi-service organization of 5,000 volunteers serving almost 2,500 elderly and disabled persons each day. Aside from preparing an average of 936,009 meals in 2008 year, MOWAM also offers many other programs designed to keep people healthy and living in their own homes.
Providing direct services to children and adults in Greater Austin
Assistance League of Austin (ALA) is an organization of dedicated volunteers providing direct services that address specific, basic needs of children and adults in schools, hospitals and senior facilities in Greater Austin, significantly improving the quality of their lives. Founded in 1973, more than 59,000 service hours were volunteered by members during the fiscal year June 1, 2011 - May 31, 2012. Our programs include: Assault Survivor Kits; Bus With Us, which brings senior citizens on scenic outings; Operation School Bell, providing school essentials to kids; Assistance League scholarships for Austin Community College; Toy Cart, gives toys and books to children at Dell Children's Medical Center; Operation Wish List, provides teachers with instructional materials, Fresh Start, provides foster youth with household items as they age out of the foster care system. Waste Not, which re-distributes unusable items from other non-profits; and outreach programs providing one-time services
Protecting endangered species and habitats through science-based field action.
Global Wildlife Conservation protects endangered species and habitats through science-based field action. GWC has built its success upon a foundation of excellence in Exploration, Research and Conservation. GWC envisions a world with diverse and abundant wildlife, a truly Wild World. We are dedicated to ensuring that the species on the verge of extinction aren't lost but prosper well into the future. Through our three key goals we are bringing together scientists, conservationists, policy makers, industry leaders and you to ensure a truly collaborative approach to species conservation. Our three key goals are to save species, protect wildlands, and build capacity. Through this approach we are ensuring that species conservation remains core to our approach while addressing larger landscape issue challenges and developing a long term support network to guarantee that our donors and partners investments have the greatest possibility of success.
Addressing the need for research and information about restless legs syndrome.
In 1992 the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation was incorporated to address the growing need for research and information about restless legs syndrome. The goals were simple and yet groundbreaking: increase awareness, improve treatments, and, through research, find a cure. Today those goals have taken on a life of their own. Our understanding of restless legs syndrome has also grown. We now know that the condition is not rare at all. In fact, recent research suggests that up to 10 percent of the general population has this neurological condition. The Foundation increases awareness of this disease by raising its profile and educating the public and medical communities alike; strives to be the most reputable source of information; and has taken giant steps to further RLS research, funding grants for 40 research projects.
Motivating young women to prepare for a business career
Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. Forté was founded in 2001 in response to a landmark research study, "Women and the MBA: Gateway to Opportunity," which explored several key myths and misperceptions about business careers and why fewer women attend schools of business than schools of medicine or law. Women have been in mainstream business for over 30 years, but still make up less than 17% of corporate board members in America's 500 largest companies.
Law enforcement promotion and education
The Sheriffs' Association of Texas is one of the oldest law enforcement associations in the nation. The Sheriffs' Association of Texas met for the first time on August 14, 1874, in the courthouse in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas. The Sheriffs began annual training conferences in 1878. These training conferences today are the largest composite gathering of law enforcement officers in Texas. Sheriffs and other county and local law enforcement officers, federal and state officers, and major industry security personnel attend. The Association provides law enforcement promotion and education to the general public and those involved directly with public safety and law enforcement.
The Strength of Women. The Power of Community.
Founded in 1934, The Junior League of Austin is a diverse group of dedicated women working to make Austin a better place. The Junior League of Austin is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Each year, The Junior League of Austin invests thousands of volunteer hours to community agencies and programs. In addition to the volunteer service that League members contribute to our community, The Junior League of Austin has provided millions of dollars over the years to fund programs and agencies that improve the overall well-being of our community.
United Way Capital Area addresses critical social issues by bringing people and resources together to create opportunities for individuals, families and neighborhoods to prosper. United Way Capital Area is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, financial stability and health. These are the building blocks of a good life-a quality education, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. By bringing together people and resources to address these issues, and by attacking their underlying causes, we hope to make lasting, fundamental change---for everyone.
Developing and educating a broad audience for the visual arts in Austin
Established in 1961 as Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) is dedicated to developing and educating a broad audience for the visual arts in Austin, focusing primarily on 20th-century and contemporary art. AMOA presents and originates a broad range of exhibitions designed to appeal to a general audience as well as occasional shows of more challenging work. Lively interpretative programming emphasizes interdisciplinary connections between the visual arts and other art forms and creates connections to our lives today. With two locations to welcome our city and its visitors, AMOA presents an array of art experiences in the fun, informal, and collaborative spirit of Austin. As a community-oriented museum, we reflect the character and vibrancy of our city.
You belong here
Shalom Austin (formerly the Jewish Community Association of Austin) knows the Jewish people of Austin will live their best lives when they can access a vibrant, thriving community of people who share a culture of common life experiences. Shalom Austin empowers the people and organizations that make a difference in our Jewish community. We provide leadership, financial support, services, facilities and connections with people and Jewish organizations throughout Austin, Israel and the world. Shalom Austin supports four main branches, including the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of Greater Austin, Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Foundation of Austin & Central Texas, who are all tasked with delivering on aspects of our promise to the Austin community.
Fighting hunger, homelessness and poverty
Caritas provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency. Caritas offers the homeless, working poor and documented refugees comprehensive services that support their housing stability. Caritas serves hot meals every weekday through our Community Kitchen and take-home groceries through our Pantry to individuals and families in need. As Caritas provides vulnerable individuals with financial assistance, we also equip clients with the knowledge and life skills to manage their finances more effectively through offering education classes on practical topics. Utilizing our business and community contacts, Caritas assists low income individuals and refugees find stable employment to support their self sufficiency.
Austin Community Foundation fosters an ecosystem of philanthropy to create meaningful change in Austin. We do so by providing efficient and effective giving tools for donors, impactful grants for nonprofits and collaborative leadership around the most pressing needs in our community. Through the generosity and vision of our donors we grant more than $20 million annually, mostly through donor advised funds. Founded in 1977, we are the third largest charitable foundation in Central Texas by grants distributed. Through our long-term investment strategies we create assets for tomorrow while building a community of givers today.
Legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change
The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change.In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today - with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies - TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.
Special Olympics Texas started in 1969, and has grown to become one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world with 58,333 athletes, 4,040 coaches and 40,281 volunteers. The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities [mental retardation], giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Nourishing hungry people and leading the community in ending hunger
In its 35th year of service, the Central Texas Food Bank (formerly the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas) provides food and grocery products to 250 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. The Food Bank service area covers 19,604 square miles in Central Texas. The mission of the Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Food and grocery products distributed by the Food Bank go to human and social service agencies. These Partner Agencies provide hot meals served on-site or groceries to families and individuals in need. The Food Bank distributed nearly 34 million pounds of food in its last fiscal year.
Keeping families close by providing a home away from home for families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families. For more than 31 years Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas has been providing a home- away-from-home for families with critically ill or injured children receiving treatment at Central Texas hospitals. Our family-centered care supports the healing process for children, reduces financial burdens for families, provides critical psycho-social support, enhances clinical outcomes and helps families resume normal activities more quickly. Through the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, RMHC CTX provides resources so families can stay together during a time of greatest need. The Happy Wheels Cart program brings items directly to families in the hospitals. The Healing Hearts program supports families who have lost children by providing financial burial assistance and bereavement counseling.
At home with changing lives.
Family Eldercare was founded in 1982 by a group of professionals concerned with supporting the family's role as caregiver for frail elders through training and information. The agency soon expanded to include services to prevent abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elders and adults with disabilities. We want to ensure that all older adults receive the care they need to remain independent and living in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. We support caregivers with services and education that allow them the opportunity to have balance in their lives and to maintain good health.
Protecting and healing children, young adults and families in need
The SAFE Alliance is a merger (which took place in January 2017) of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. The SAFE Alliance's mission is to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. The Central & South Texas chapter has granted over 3,600 wishes since it was founded in 1984. During fiscal year 2012, 218 children in our area experienced the magic of a wish. Children from 40 counties in the central and southern regions of Texas benefit from the efforts of this chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
CASA speaks up for children who've been abused or neglected by empowering community volunteers to advocate for them.
CASA of Travis County exists to promote and protect the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, in schools and in our community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes.
Make. Watch. Love. Film.
The Austin Film Society is a non-profit organization that empowers our community to make, watch and love film and creative media by: showing great films and premieres, managing a 100,000 square foot film production facility in central Austin, awarding grants and supporting filmmakers, teaching kids & adults about filmmaking and presenting the annual Texas Film Awards to raise funds for all the above. The Austin Film Society began in 1985 with a group of friends getting together to watch films that weren't distributed to the general public. As word got out, that small group of cinephiles turned to hundreds and the Austin Film Society (AFS) was born, honoring classic and independent film with screenings in venues all over Austin.
Grow Share Prepare
Founded in 1993, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food. From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
Strengthening families - Fortaleciendo familias
El Buen Samaritano is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education and financial security services. While we were born out of the Episcopal Church, our goal, as a mission, is to continue to act as the Good Samaritan welcoming the stranger, tending to their wounds, aiding in basic needs and bridging the gap between cultures.
Love in action
Manos de Cristo was founded in 1988 and is committed to empowering low-income individuals regardless of age, gender, race, or religious preference by promoting dignity and self-reliance. Inspired by the Christian ideals of service and compassion, Manos de Christo's services empower homeless individuals and the working poor of Austin to builds self-esteem and self-confidence and the ability to participate fully in the life of the community. Manos is a safe place for the homeless and working poor of Austin to come for emergency food and clothing, oral health care, and education.
Improving Texas by generating academically sound research
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-partisan research institute guided by the core principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets and limited government. The Foundation's mission is to improve Texas by generating academically sound research and data on state issues, and by recommending the findings to opinion leaders, policymakers, the media and general public. The public is demanding a different direction for their government, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation is providing the ideas that enable policymakers to chart that new course.
Providing training and education on public issues
The Interfaith Education Fund (IEF) provides training and education for community, civic, and religious organizations and for the general public on public issues affecting the welfare of the Southwestern U.S. IEF's programs include the educational initiative, training parents in theories of education and school restructuring; the Mott Foundation, raising funds to support the work of IEF and the education initiative in particular; the civic culture initiative, providing training and organizing assistance to volunteer leaders seeking to engage their neighbors in conversation and action on community issues; and work strategy, providing training, organizing and research assistance to volunteer community leaders on the state of local, national and world economics and labor markets.
Help. Hope. Healing.
The Center for Child Protection works to reduce the trauma for children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. The Center is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. All services are provided to children and their protective caregivers at no charge and most are available in English and Spanish.
One environment. One simple way to care for it.
Founded by its member charities in 1992, the mission of EarthShare Texas is to conserve natural resources and build a healthy and sustainable environment by partnering with our member organizations, employers, and the community. EarthShare Texas represents and supports more than 70 of America's most respected environmental and conservation groups.
A vibrant Texas where the arts inspire excellence.
The Texas Cultural Trust exists to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. Our goal is to provide leadership to promote and highlight the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy. Supporting the arts ensures Texas' cultural and economic advantage for the future.
Get informed. Find Support. Take control.
The Livestrong Foundation believes that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. Our programs, awareness events and advocacy work are the heart of what we do and our leaders and donors provide both the vision and the support for us to carry out our mission. Since 1997, we've been working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. We started as a small group trying to raise money to fight this disease. As cancer has quietly become the world's leading cause of death, our work has expanded and now reaches every corner of the globe. We empower the cancer community to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors. To do so, we encourage collaboration, knowledge-sharing and partnership.
Sparking and supporting the academic, social and emotional development of young people
Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies and community-based programs, Creative Action's team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders. We believe that when youth develop their creativity, compassion, confidence and critical thinking skills, and build meaningful connections with peers and positive role-models, they become successful adults who contribute to their communities and thrive in their careers and relationships.
Dedicated to enhancing public safety through education
Police Protective Fund (PPF) is a public awareness organization dedicated to enhancing public safety through education. PPF was established in 1998 by the leadership of the American Association of Police Officers, to enhance the public's understanding of law enforcer safety issues. Guided by police officers and distinguished citizens, the organization is dedicated to strengthening the safety net over which a law enforcement officer must perform their profession's perilous duties. Proceed With Caution is the centerpiece of PPF's public awareness efforts. The program addresses an issue of grave concern to public safety officials. To date, the program has reached millions of Americans with an urgent appeal to the nation's drivers that is vital to the safety of law enforcers: Proceed With Caution - Police at Work.
Connecting people to their future
Founded in 1999, Capital IDEA offers financial support to adults pursuing higher education. Our mission is to lift working adults out of poverty and into living wage careers through education. Capital IDEA accomplishes this by connecting with local employers and supporting adults in targeted, career oriented fields. We aim to help our participants overcome common barriers that prevent low-income adults from entering skilled occupations. The inability to pay for the necessary education is only one barrier. Other common barriers include a lack of familiarity with college and financial aid systems, and being academically unprepared for college level courses. Our ultimate goal for our participants is employment.
Providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf
The First Tee of Greater Austin (TFTGA) is a youth development organization dedicated to providing young people with educational programs to build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Life skills and healthy habits are taught seamlessly through the game of golf in our program. Students progress through the program by passing both a life skills and a golf skills assessment, moving from Player to Par to Birdie to Eagle to Ace. Our character education helps young people prepare for success in high school, college and life. Life skills taught include self-management, goal setting, dealing with adversity and interpersonal communications. Healthy habits taught include: energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school and community.
Miracles on wheels
Mobile Loaves & Fishes empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. We provide food and clothing and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need. MLF offers flexible micro-enterprise opportunities for the chronically homeless to use their individual talents and skills to earn a modest living income. Our "Community First" program teaches the principles and practices of organic and sustainable agriculture while encouraging residents and homeless individuals to cultivate relationships and develop community.
Empowering orphans to reach their full potential.
The Miracle Foundation is a nonprofit organization that brings life-changing care to the world's orphans. Helping people help themselves is the most sustainable way to affect real change. That's why we focus on strengthening existing institutions and giving purposeful employment to local people in need of work. Together with our donors, we transform local orphanages into homes, train displaced women to become cherished mothers and fund scholarships for education.Our approach empowers donors, caregivers and children. It's transforming. It's measurable. It's proven. And it works miracles.
Creating first-generation college graduates.
Breakthrough Austin provides out-of-school learning and academic case management from middle school through college to students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. We believe that all Central Texas children from low-income communities should have the opportunity to go to college. Unfortunately, statistics say this won't happen without significant intervention. In fact, less than 6% of Central Texas middle school students from low-income communities will finish college, and only 11% of low-income high school graduates. To combat this trend, Breakthrough makes a 12-year commitment to successfully guide each of its students and families through the long and complicated process of preparing for, enrolling in and completing college. We believe that by providing innovative educational programs to children and their families, we can replace the cycle of poverty with self-sufficiency.
Get closer to the music
Founded in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is Austin's oldest performing arts group. The mission of the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. is to enhance the cultural quality of life for the adults and young people of Austin and Central Texas by providing excellence in music performance and educational programming.
The Austin Humane Society (AHS) is the city's largest no-kill, non-profit pet adoption center dedicated to saving Austin's homeless cats and dogs, educating our community about responsible pet ownership and reducing pet overpopulation. Since its formation in 1952, AHS has been dedicated to re-homing orphaned cats and dogs and educating the community about responsible pet ownership through spaying and neutering. Each year, AHS adopts over 3,000 cats and dogs and receives over 32,000 visitors. AHS has a dedicated Board of Directors, advisors, staff and over 700 volunteers who work to socialize and provide companionship to all of our animals.
Engage. Empower. Experience.
Our mission is to engage and empower youth through education and outdoor experiences. All of our programmatic goals center on equipping the youth that we serve with knowledge to break the cycle of poverty and experience success as adults. Thus, our vision is to ignite infinite possibilities for Austin's youth.Currently, ASC provides opportunities for youth in Central Texas through our week-long summer camps at Zilker Park and Lake Travis. In addition, we offer more extensive support to middle-school youth in Austin ISD through our Sunshine Afterschool program, launched in the 2014-15 school year. Through the summer camps and afterschool opportunities, ASC will serve over 1,000 low-income youth in 2015.
The Authority on Texas History Since 1897
Founded in 1897, the Texas State Historical Association works to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas and, by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas. The association's publications include the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, more than 150 scholarly books, the Texas Almanac, and the well-known Handbook of Texas Online.
The positive place for kids
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area works to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We provide kids a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; and life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. With 18 Clubs here in Austin, we help over 12,000 kids each year (and over 1,700 each day) grow into healthy responsible, caring young adults.
Providing Christ-centered services to children and families in need
Since its beginnings in 1903 as an orphanage in Dallas, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services has been providing residential care and other services to children and families with no place else to turn. Whether it's through one of our group homes, a foster home, our child and family program, or the advanced education and aftercare program, we do all we can to help show the children in our care that they are beloved children of God. We serve children age birth to 17 who have suffered from neglect, abuse and abandonment, or children whose families are experiencing some type of crisis, such as the death of a parent, divorce, illness, violence, homelessness, parental drug/alcohol abuse and other issues that threaten family stability.
Advancing heritage, culture, and education
Founded in 1976, Humanities Texas advances heritage, culture, and education. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we conduct and support public programs in history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines. These programs strengthen Texas communities by cultivating the knowledge and judgment that representative democracy demands of its citizens.
Promoting a fair and just criminal justice system in Texas.
Texas Defender Service (TDS) is a non-profit organization established in 1995 by experienced Texas death penalty attorneys. Our mission is to establish a fair and just criminal justice system in Texas. TDS aims to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence and to expose and eradicate the systemic flaws plaguing the Texas death penalty.