Here are some of our favorite charities located in Cleveland, OH. 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 people enrich and advance their lives and communities.
Founded in 1969 as The Near West Side Multi-Service Corporation, the facility was named the May Dugan Multi Service Center in 1974 to honor the late May Dugan, a long-time resident of the neighborhood who had been a one-person advocate and counselor for her neighbors in need. Today, the Center continues the tradition of its namesake by providing basic and enhanced programming to people that improve their quality of life and, in doing so, strengthen their community. The founders were inspired by President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and the mandate of the Kennedy-Johnson Economic Opportunities Act. They made a strong commitment to helping individuals and families become self-sufficient, contributing members of their community. For 43 years, the Center has committed to a comprehensive and caring approach which has proved to be an effective method to help people overcome socio-economic disadvantages.
We believe lasting, positive change begins with access to opportunities. We bridge the opportunity gap by connecting as many people as possible to effective health care, education and essential human services. With core services in early learning, integrated health and wellness, and workforce development, we connect our clients to the right opportunities, relationships, resources and networks that can help them build a better future.
Aiding in maintaining and extending constitutional and other fundamental rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities.
The mission of the ACLU of Ohio is to aid in maintaining and extending constitutional and other fundamental rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities, and to take all legitimate action in furtherance of that object without political partisanship. The ACLU is composed of two non-profit corporations. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (“the Union”) is a 501(c)(4) membership organization. Funded primarily by the dues of its members, it engages in membership, grassroots organizing and lobbying activities to promote civil liberties. Dues and other contributions to the ACLU of Ohio are not tax-deductible. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation (“the Foundation”) engages in education and litigation. It has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service, making contributions to the Foundation tax deductible. The Foundation is funded primarily by generous donations from ACLU supporters.
Presenting and producing a wide variety of quality performing arts
Playhouse Square Foundation is a performing arts center whose mission is presenting and producing a wide variety of performing arts, advancing arts education and creating a destination that is a superior location for entertainment business and housing, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region. The Foundation is committed in its actions to enhance and develop Playhouse Square by restoring, renovating and operating theaters and other related properties in the area, and by providing arts educational activities that develop new audiences and enhance connections of existing audiences within the Northeast Ohio region. The Center's Arts Education Department hosts nearly 300 events annually that draw more than 100,000 people.
One of America's largest interactive science museums
Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is one of America's largest interactive science museums. See, touch and explore hundreds of hands-on exhibits, watch breathtaking OMNIMAX films and enjoy daily demonstrations. Discover exciting educational programs that demonstrate the interdependency of science, environment and technology, particularly in the Great Lakes Region. GSLC's mission is to stimulate interest and increase understanding of the sciences; demonstrate the interrelationship of science, environment and technology; and help people of all ages achieve and maintain greater science literacy in order to sustain and improve the quality of Great Cleveland, the Great Lakes region and beyond.
Enhancing the quality of life in Greater Cleveland
Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and the nation's third-largest today, with assets of $1.6 billion and annual grants nearing $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders now and for generations to come by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Our mission is to enhance the lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.
Adopt * Protect * Love
The Cleveland Animal Protective League's (APL) mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. Incorporated in 1913, it is a private, independent humane society that is located in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. The APL's Humane Investigations team investigates reports of animal cruelty in Cuyahoga County and assists with the prosecution of those cases. The APL provides shelter to animals that have been relinquished by their guardians or rescued by the APL from abuse or neglect, and to stray or abandoned cats. It has achieved 100 percent placement of healthy, friendly animals. The APL also provides veterinary care to sick or injured animals that are admitted into our shelter, can be safely and humanely treated, rehabilitated in foster homes, and then placed into loving homes. The APL offers outreach programs in the community that reduce the birthrate of unwanted litters of cats and dogs and provide resources and support to pet owners in targeted, under-served areas.
Eliminating racism, empowering women
YWCA Greater Cleveland, established in 1868, is a unique and vital community resource in Northeast Ohio committed to eliminating racism and empowering women. Although the YWCA is committed to the empowerment of women, our organization is not comprised of only women -- or serving only women. The YWCA has women and men as members, volunteers, supporters and leaders of the organization. Our programs serve women and men, young adults, adolescents and children. We also provide services to other nonprofit organizations and the business community.
Empowering Communities - Changing Lives
The Urban League of Greater Cleveland (ULGC), a community based nonprofit organization was established in 1917, in response to the needs of families migrating from the South to urban cities in the North. Leveraging its assets as advocate and service provider, the ULGC helped to mitigate the issues of housing discrimination, limited access to employment, and poor landlord-tenant relations. In its 96-year history, the ULGC has delivered upon its mission to enable African Americans and other minority members to develop and exercise their potential on par with all other Americans through education, research, advocacy and provision of services.
Great Futures Start Here.
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, our mission is to inspire and enable young people who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We exist so that we can provide children who are most in need a safe place to grow, learn and realize their full potential - because they will become tomorrow's parents, workforce and leaders. With a wide range of programs, we support healthy lifestyles, academic success, character-building and leadership development.
Home and happiness saved by the legal aid society
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland's mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions. Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the United States. Legal Aid's 40 staff attorneys, 25 other staff members, and 2900 volunteer lawyers ensure access to justice for low income people. Legal Aid has four offices and serves clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Legal Aid represents clients in court and in administrative hearings. We also provide advice and brief assistance. Legal Aid handles cases that impact on basic needs such as health, shelter and safety, economics and education, and access to justice.
Bringing the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience
Great Lakes Theater (GLT), northeast Ohio's professional classic theater since 1962, is one of the nation's pre-eminent regional theater companies. GLT, which features a resident company of artists, brings the world's greatest plays to life each season from September through May in its revolutionary home at the re-imagined Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. The company also presents the region's annual production of A Christmas Carol at PlayhouseSquare's Ohio Theatre. The mission of Great Lakes Theater, through its main stage productions and its education programs, is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience.
A non-profit that creates public spaces that complement development and enhance the quality of life in Cleveland
LAND studio, created from the successful merger of Cleveland Public Art and ParkWorks, works to identify, create and implement a public space vision for Cleveland. Our mission is to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming. We strive for balance in our portfolio by completing projects in the city's most visible public spaces as well as its disadvantaged communities. LAND is an acronym naming some of the tools we use to achieve our vision and reinforcing our commitment to being a collaborative participant in the building of a healthy city. We are dedicated to greening our LANDSCAPE, inspiring people with public ART, uniting NEIGHBORHOODS, and supporting sustainable building and DEVELOPMENT.
Bringing hope to a city . . .one life at a time.
The West Side Catholic Center (WSCC) is a unique organization, financially independent of the Cleveland Diocese and Catholic Charities. Since 1977, our programs - shelter, clothing, meals, outreach, youth advocacy, case management, street survival services and providing rapid rehousing and emergency shelter - have responded to the needs of men, women, and children in the greater Cleveland area, regardless of a client's religious affiliation. All services are provided free of charge, with the assistance of over 400 volunteers.
Promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition
Founded in 1979, the mission of the Cleveland International Film Festival is to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, the CIFF presents the newest and best films from around the world and does everything in its power to make sure its audience learns something along the way - about other cultures, about current events, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.
Every child is your child.
Mission StatementProvidence House fights to end child abuse and neglect by protecting at-risk children, empowering families in crisis, and building safer communities for every child.Vision StatementChildren everywhere are raised in safe, loving families free from abuse and neglect.About UsProvidence House, Inc. was founded in 1981 to provide emergency shelter for children in Cleveland whose families were experiencing a crisis. As Ohio's first licensed crisis nursery, we offer free, voluntary (non-custodial) shelter to children newborn-10 years old who live in situations which place them at risk of abuse or neglect. Our program is focused on child abuse prevention and family preservation and serves over 400 children annually. Providence House services address the specific needs of the child and parent through a two-generation approach to help protect children, stabilize family crisis and establish a solid foundation for their future.
A community of neighborhoods
Slavic Village Development (SVD) will promote, empower, and build Broadway Slavic Village as a thriving diverse community. Broadway Slavic Village is a vibrant, connected and diverse community where all can live sustainably and well and whose neighborhoods are organized around active living where residents and visitors can walk and bike to work, shopping, arts, and worship. The goal of the organization is to revitalize the Broadway neighborhood through rehabilitation of existing housing, storefronts and buildings; construction of new homes; retention of existing buildings and recruitment of new ones; and provision of housing services and community organizing programs to improve the quality of life.
Build partnerships. Create community. Imagine the future.
The Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) is the nation's largest nonprofit, single-family affordable housing developer. Our mission is to build strong families and vibrant neighborhoods through quality affordable housing and strengthened financial stability. We work toward this mission through affordable housing and home ownership programs; training and education; energy conservation; and safety nets and supports. Each year, we serve 30,000-50,000 low- and moderate-income families to help achieve financial stability and economic self-sufficiency.
Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) is the community development corporation responsible for preserving, promoting and developing the Ohio City neighborhood. OCI serves the community by providing assistance to both neighborhood residents as well as businesses and institutions through the vehicles of advocacy and outreach, community building, marketing, special events, neighborhood planning and housing assistance.
Working to make Midtown the best business location and highest quality urban district in Northeast Ohio
MidTown Cleveland, Inc. is an economic development corporation that serves a two-square mile area between Downtown Cleveland and University Circle. Supported by area businesses, institutions, and individual stakeholders, MidTown Cleveland, Inc., assures the ongoing viability of this leading urban district in Northeast Ohio. Since 1982, we have leveraged our pooled resources to promote security and growth, advocate for stakeholder interests, and guide urban development.
More than new outfits. New outlooks.
Founded in 1969, Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes at no charge throughout the year to thousands of children in need. Through a network of 35 Distribution Partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes. SC4K is proud to serve as a change agent for area families living in poverty. The offering of shoe gift cards and free clothing also brings families into our Distribution Partners' agencies that would not normally come through the door. Once at the agency, families are able to access additional programs and services working to improve and enrich their lives. These programs include food pantries, GED education programs, resale shops, job placement, Head Start, daycare, immunization, etc.
Engage businesses. Strengthen nonprofits. Promote volunteerism.
BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a national model organization that strengthens nonprofits by involving thousands of volunteers from the community; engaging hundreds of business executives and professionals on nonprofit boards of directors; and providing leading-edge board and management consulting and training services for nonprofits. The Akron-based Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) and Cleveland-based Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) merged in September 2011, and have offices in both downtown Akron and Cleveland. The organization, led by Brian Broadbent, President & CEO, offers services to businesses and nonprofits throughout the region and provide one-stop shopping for volunteer referral, consulting and training.
Building a dynamic downtown
Downtown Cleveland Alliance is dedicated to building a dynamic downtown. It is committed to making downtown Cleveland the most compelling place to live, work, play and visit in the region. Downtown Cleveland Alliance, working hand in hand with downtown property owners, creates forums for communication and involvement by a diverse group of downtown stakeholders, including local development corporations, city and county governments, civic and arts organizations, residents, young professionals and business stakeholders. By facilitating the collaboration of these groups, DCA strives to enhance the quality of life in the urban core by implementing initiatives like the Clean & Safe Program, economic development assistance, marketing & special events, advocacy and strategic projects.
Everyone has a place at our table
The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is Cuyahoga County's largest and most effective direct emergency food distribution network. Each month, we place nutritious meals directly into the hands of 60,000 people, more than 40% of which are children. Our nearly 100 hunger centers consists of pantries and hotel meal sites that purchase food from local food bank warehouses and operate with the help of 1,400 dedicated volunteers.We serve more than 6.5 million meals a year to Clevelanders in need. Our cause is not hunger - it is people, their potential and their quality of life. What we do improves wellness and well-being. Hungry children cannot grow or learn to their full potential. Hungry adults cannot work. No one does more with a dollar. We are able to provide 4 nutritious meals in our hunger centers for every $1 donated to the Hunger Network. Every Clevelander deserves a place at the table. A place at our table means access - access to nourishment, wellness, community and influence.
Educate, connect, engage
Cleveland Leadership Center is the premier center in our community for building and engaging civic leadership capital. We offer a variety of civic leadership programs and engagement opportunities designed to foster civic responsibility; create a culture of leadership that is inclusive, collaborative, and progressive; and make a dynamic impact on the community.
Strengthening, unifying and connecting greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector
Founded in 2000, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) seeks to strengthen, unify and connect greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector. Well-resourced, connected and unified arts and culture has the power to improve lives and communities. To that end, we serve and support arts and cultural professionals and community leaders who are creating a bright future for grater Cleveland. CPAC's research and advocacy fosters informed decision-making. Our training, counsel and online resources provide those we serve with the ideas, skills and connections to achieve their aims. By bringing people together, we ensure arts and culture is a continued force for community vitality and personal development.
Bringing stories to life
Founded in 1915, The Cleveland Play House is America's first permanently established professional theatre company. We are an artist-inspired theatre that serves our community by bringing to life stories that are entertaining, relevant, and thought-provoking. The mission of The Cleveland Play House is to produce plays of the highest professional standards that inspire, stimulate, and entertain our diverse audiences and to conduct training and educational programs that enhance the quality of life for those we serve and help to insure the future of theatre.
United Way of Greater Cleveland mobilizes our community and its resources to advance education, income and health to positively impact lives. United Way funded programs are working daily in our community to provide food and shelter to those in greatest need, job training and stay-in-school strategies to get on track for a better future and information and resources to avoid health risks and live healthy lives. United Way's 2-1-1 health and human service referral program answered more than 250,000 calls for help last year.
Where the arts change lives
Rainey Institute is dedicated to positive change for Greater Cleveland's youth and families through education and participation in the visual and performing arts. Children ages 3 and up attend Rainey after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer to explore music, dance, drama, sewing and art. They develop their artistic abilities and their character. Rainey students learn to be leaders and positive role models. They are prepared to be “on stage” at all times, enabling them to succeed in school and life.
Guiding You to Higher Education and Career Success
Founded in 1966, College Now Greater Cleveland is Northeast Ohio's only regional resource promoting educational awareness and opportunity to enrich our community and prepare the workforce of tomorrow. College Now works to increase college enrollment and success, primarily for students from Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina and Summit Counties, through leadership, collaboration and the provision of advisory services and need-based financial assistance. College Now helps families, children and adults returning to college by providing access to postsecondary education. We provide college access services to Cuyahoga County residents interested in enrolling in four-year universities, community colleges and vocational and technical programs. Our programs offer: academic planning for higher education, financial aid advising, scholarships, college advising, career advising and retention services.