Here are some of our favorite charities located in Charlotte, NC. 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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Helping create a world of endless possibilities for our students
Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Classroom Central ensures that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn but to succeed. When equipped with the proper supplies, we believe there's no limit to what children can achieve. Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster.
Creating a world with zero shoeless children.
Samaritan's Feet is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. There are an estimated 1.2 billion children who go without shoes every day and more than one million that die each year from foot borne diseases. The goal of Samaritan's Feet is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for children in the next 10 years. Since its founding by Manny Ohonme in 2003, Samaritan's Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners have blessed more than five million children in more than 60 nations.
The whole journey
The purpose of Hagar is singular; we restore broken lives. We welcome the toughest of human conditions. We stay focused on the individual. And we do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore life in all its fullness. Hagar is a global Christian organization that operates commercial and non-profit entities and engages in private and public sector partnerships in pursuit of its mission to restore women and children who suffer extreme human rights abuse to life in all its fullness.
A movement to fund cancer survivorship and navigation programs
Founded in 2005, 24 Foundation (formerly 24 Hours of Booty) works to integrate community cancer fundraising and cycling to engage communities in support of cancer survivorship and navigation programs. We support and raise funds for local and national cancer organizations by conducting safe, fun and family-friendly bicycling events for all abilities. Our goal is to grow participation and fundraising by increasing the number of quality events held in communities worldwide.
The house that love built
The mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is to provide a safe, affordable and caring "home-away-from-home" for the families of children receiving treatment in Charlotte-area medical facilities. Families are stronger when they are together, and this is never more important than when a child is sick or injured. During this uncertain time, the presence of a familiar face eases the strain of medical uncertainty and is proven to aid the healing process.
Because truth matters
The Christian Research Institute (CRI) was founded in 1960 by the late Dr. Walter Martin, the first evangelical Christian clergy to recognize the threat and opportunity presented to the Christian church by cults and alternative religious systems. CRI exists to provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people influenced by ideas and teachings that assault or undermine orthodox, biblical Christianity. CRI is the largest, most effective apologetics ministry in the world.
Getting God's word into the hearts and minds of people
Incorporated in 1969, Bible Broadcasting Network works to get God's word into the hearts and minds of people using the most efficient means at our disposal, radio and the internet. We fulfill our purpose using the unique tools of technology along with a unique blend of ministry-focused programming. The microphones of the Bible Broadcasting Network are as sacred as any pulpit in the world so we broadcast daily prayer times, children's programs, Bible teaching, teen programs and family guidance programs. We also provide a toll-free number for personal guidance. We operate AM and FM radio stations in fourteen countries that reach over 200 million people.
Discover the extraordinary
Founded in 1981, Discovery Place is dedicated to inspiring exploration of the natural and social world through extraordinary exhibits and educational programs that inform, challenge and engage audiences of all ages. Discovery Place operates Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, and is developing a children's museum, Discovery Place KIDS. As one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country, Discovery Place offers visitors the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive and informal setting. Discovery Place KIDS is a children's museum under development providing an extraordinary and rich play experience that engages children's imagination and inspires learning, the Museum is designed to serve children and their parents or caregivers.
Residential substance abuse programs for men and women struggling with addiction, poverty, or hopelessness.
Founded in 1938, Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and to those battling addictions. Today, the mission provides a free 90-120 day residential program to men at the Rebound Campus and to women at the Dove's Nest campus. Charlotte Rescue Mission is transforming lives in the name of Christ by serving people struggling with addiction, poverty, or hopelessness with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.
Providing High Quality Preventative Care
Care Ring is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing preventive health services for the uninsured, underinsured or those lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care. The organization annually serves more than 7,000 people in Mecklenburg County and is a leader in collaborative efforts to improve community health.
Two unique museums make up The Mint Museums: the Mint Museum of Art (MMA) and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (MMCD). Opened in 1936 as North Carolina's first art museum, the MMA is a rich and diverse resource with noted collections of American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, historic costumes and accessories, African art, Asian art, historic maps, contemporary art and photography. Enhancing the permanent collections is an active schedule of changing exhibitions and education programs. The MMCD features a permanent collection documenting contemporary studio craft, tracing the movement's historical roots in the 19th century and its relationship to traditional decorative arts and industrial design.
The Arts & Science Council (ASC) serves and supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg's cultural community through grant-making, planning, programs and services to ensure a vibrant community enriched with arts, science and history. Organized in 1958, ASC combines resources from the Annual Fund Drive, allocations from local, state and federal governments, and its endowment to support cultural organizations, educational programs and individual artists throughout the region. ASC also provides cultural support through the Cultural Project Grant program, helping to fund neighborhood and community-based projects involving arts, science, history or heritage.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
The YMCA of Greater Charlotte was founded in November of 1874 to help young men grow in spirit, mind and body. We are dedicated to putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA's holistic approach to wellness is designed to strengthen kids, families and communities and to emphasize the character values of honesty, caring, responsibility, respect and faith. We provide thousands of programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body in the following categories: aquatics; arts and performing arts; child care, including afterschool and day camp; resident camp; fitness and wellness; sports; and special programs and events. Our programs are designed to help you, your family and your community grow.
We ignite engagement and conversations that inspire, empower and enlighten all.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro- American Cultural Center) celebrates the contributions of Africans and African- Americans to American culture and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent.
Delivering nutrition and more to neighbors in need
Founded in 1978, Friendship Trays delivers about 750 meals daily to elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people who are unable or greatly restricted in their ability to prepare or secure meals and who reside within the area we can reach with our corps of drivers. This meal consists of two separate containers, one with meat or fish, vegetable and such, the other with carbohydrate and dessert. Also included is a container of milk or juice. Diet orders are obtained for all clients from their doctors, and a range of special diets are available to fill doctors' written orders for certain medical conditions.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg's leading voice for children
Council for Children's Rights is a legal advocacy program for children in the Southeast which stands up for every child's right to be safe, healthy, and educated. In 2006, the Council for Children and the Children's Law Center united to create Council for Children's Rights. As the state's leading expert on children's issues, we provide holistic representation for children in Mecklenburg County to ensure their long-term success and well-being. Our team of 30, highly-skilled advocates, attorneys and social workers provide legal representation, advocacy, systems reform, public policy, and research and planning for the most at-risk populations in the community.
Striving to eliminate hunger
Established in 1981, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. SHFBM provides a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need. We serve 14 counties in North Carolina and five counties in South Carolina. SHFBM provides food for over 600 partner agencies including soup kitchens, emergency pantries, residential care facilities, homeless shelters, senior programs, and low income daycares.
Groceries for neighbors in need
Loaves & Fishes provides a week's worth of nutritionally balanced groceries to individuals and families in a short-term crisis through a network of 20 emergency food pantries located throughout Mecklenburg County.Loaves & Fishes uses a Client Choice model which allows clients to select groceries their family is most likely to eat. Clients are able to choose a specified number of items in the areas of grains, proteins, vegetables, fruit, and dairy based on the size of the family. The number of choices is determined by a Registered Dietician to ensure that enough food is available to create three meals a day for a week. It is important to the dignity of our clients to feel they have some control and requires them to invest some time in the process. It also allows for greater interaction between clients and volunteers.
Preventing Homelessness. Preserving Dignity
In April 1975, Crisis Assistance Ministry officially opened in Dilworth United Methodist Church. The mission of Crisis Assistance Ministry is the same today: to provide assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. The agency continues to fulfill the vision of its founders by being an efficient, effective way for the community to pool resources and help people who face economic hardship. Our vision is to inspire our community to justice and generosity as we provide help, hope and understanding to people struggling with limited financial resources.
Share the Power of a Wish
Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Central and Western North Carolina Chapter was founded in 1985 by Dr. Jerry Clark in Greensboro, NC, in honor of his wife Charlotte. The chapter covers 51 counties from Alamance county west. We have never turned down the wish of an eligible child. The chapter currently grants more than 280 wishes a year.
Exploration and appreciation of the diverse history of the South since the Civil War
Levine Museum of the New South mission is to engage a broad-based audience in the exploration and appreciation of the diverse history of the South since the Civil War, with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding Carolina Piedmont. Through the Museum we collect, preserve, and interpret the materials, sights, sounds, and ideas that illumine and enliven this history. The Museum presents opportunities for life-long learning about this history for the benefit, enjoyment and education of children and adults, and provides historical context for contemporary issues and a community forum for thoughtful discussion.
Dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness
Love thy neighbor. That's the sentiment at the Urban Ministry Center where we see 500-600 of our homeless neighbors each day on our campus. They come to relieve their hunger in our Soup Kitchen, enjoy art or other community programs, to get treatment, to connect with our housing programs - to eventually take steps out of homelessness.
Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
Girls on the Run is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Little moments. Big magic.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte is the premier mentoring organization of the Greater Charlotte Metro area, helping thousands of children each year through professionally supported, one-on-one relationships with caring adult volunteers. In Charlotte, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children ages five through fourteen with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Matches come together through our three essential programs: Amachi, which provides mentors to the children of incarcerated parents; community-based mentoring, where children meet to share fun activities and stories; and site-based mentoring, during which mentors meet kids at their schools to talk and have fun.
Performing a broad range of orchestral music at the highest standards
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra believes that orchestral music nurtures the human spirit and is integral to the preservation and development of our American culture. It is our mission to perform a broad range of this music, including appropriate genres of American traditional and popular music, at the highest possible professional standards consistent with fiscal responsibility. The Charlotte Symphony will be a highly respected, financially sound, and valued arts organization whose performances will enrich, inspire, entertain, educate, and develop large and diverse audiences of all ages.
Formed in 1958, the Foundation For The Carolinas inspires philanthropy and strengthens our region through innovative community initiatives and quality services to donors and constituents. We are here to help individuals, families, nonprofits and corporations make a positive impact on their communities. Today, the Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the southeast and among the top 25 in the United States. Foundation For The Carolinas offers three Centers for Giving through which specialized teams of financial and philanthropic experts work to meet our clients' diverse needs: the Center for Personal and Family Philanthropy, the Center for Nonprofits, and the Center for Corporate Philanthropy.
Performing, inspiring, educating
Charlotte Ballet's (formerly the North Carolina Dance Theater) mission is to provide artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of Charlotte, the Southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. Charlotte Ballet has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.
Changing lives one animal at a time
Founded in 1978, the Humane Society of Charlotte is working with you to create a world where there are no more homeless and unwanted animals. As a space available shelter, our policy is that all animals at the Humane Society are offered the opportunity of a safe and loving home. The Humane Society of Charlotte's mission is to bring love and hope to all animals by insuring the humane treatment of companion animals through adoption, spay/neuter and education. Our vision, all animals in safe and loving homes, will be accomplished by providing care and compassion for all animals, physically and emotionally; education and information on the humane and responsible treatment of all animals; respect for animals and people; integrity in word and deed; collaboration with the community; and being fiscally responsible and accountable to the community.
Working to solve family homelessness
Charlotte Family Housing is a shelter-to-housing program for homeless families. We hold a deep belief in the strength and the capability of our families. We build upon our families' strengths to help them forge a path back to self-sufficiency. Our model is designed to produce healthy, deep, measurable and lasting change. While we primarily serve single mothers with children, we are also one of the limited options for single fathers with children and two-parent families. Our social workers are trained to partner in all aspects of a family's life to give direction on reaching their goals, especially with financial literacy, vocational counseling, children's education and health and wellness.
A Safety Net of Support
Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. is an affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, the nation's leading dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We are committed to helping students achieve success in school and continue their education in college or other post-secondary training. As a result, our youth will be better equipped to find meaningful employment, lead productive, gratifying lives, and become contributing members of our society.
Working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education
Founded in 1989, A Child's Place (ACP) works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. Our purpose is to enable client homeless children to have the same educational opportunities and advantages as other children. Most of our client families are working poor, and virtually all of them live well below the poverty line. For them, homelessness is not a way of life, but a time in their lives. By minimizing the impact of this difficult time on the academic progress of children, ACP contributes to the likelihood that they will be promoted each year, graduate from high school and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.