Here are some of our favorite charities located in Dallas, 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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Transforming Iran into a Christian nation in this generation
Iran Alive Ministries, was founded in 2001 by Dr. Hormoz Shariat. The ministry grew out of successful church planting among Iranian Muslims in Northern California. Through the use of satellite broadcast, in an effort to expand the ministry's reach to Iranian Muslims worldwide, the ministry began to have a significant role in the underground church planting movement in Iran.
The nation's foremost youth program
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), incorporated on February 8, 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Serving more than 4.6 million youth ages 7-20, the BSA is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting movement is comprises of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation's leading youth-service organization.
Engaging in mutually-transforming relationships with the residents of West Dallas
Founded in 2003, Mercy Street grew out of the desire to see a small pocket of poverty in Dallas – West Dallas – transformed by the gospel. We are a group of Christians who desire to see God glorified and the neighborhood of West Dallas transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Believing transformation best occurs in the context of relationship, we value people over programs. Therefore, we intentionally engage in mutually-transforming relationships with the residents of West Dallas, working with them to bring hope and healing to West Dallas.
All Israel shall be saved
Maoz Israel Ministries, a Messianic Jewish ministry in Israel, is a catalyst and vehicle for evangelism, training, translating, publishing, economic and disaster relief. Maoz also established and underwrites a Hebrew indigenous congregation in Tel Aviv. Maoz is publishing books for evangelism, spiritual growth and maturity which are being distributed in congregations and Bible bookstores throughout Israel. Maoz spreads God's word through community bible classes, support of evangelists, giving to the poor and working with leaders in Israel. Maoz has been a pioneer in the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel for 30 years.
Keeping Texas Wild
Founded in 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation's mission is to provide private support to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas. TPWF funds projects supported by sound science with measurable results and meaningful impact. Private funding, secured by TPWF through gifts and grants, addresses critical conservation needs; improves and expands natural areas, state parks, and wildlife management areas; and enhances opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the abundance of natural beauty throughout Texas. Since its inception, TPWF has raised over $150 million to ensure every Texan, today and in the future, can enjoy, explore, and be inspired by the incredible wild things and wild places in Texas.
Entertaining, inspiring and changing lives through musical excellence
The mission of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is to entertain, inspire and change lives through musical excellence. It strives to be a key catalyst in making Dallas a world-class city and major cultural center with the DSO as a landmark. With roots tracing back to 1900, the DSO offers numerous events highlighting diversity in the city, numbering over 175 each year. As a community partner, the DSO sponsors the following programs: Heartstrings, free tickets distributed by social service agencies; Young Strings, providing free instruments and music lessons to African American and Hispanic students; Symphony YES, providing ensembles that perform in area schools; and DSO Kids educational website for children and teachers. The DSO is a community of passionate music lovers making more music lovers.
nurturing and building families through education, counseling and adoption services
Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center is the oldest non-sectarian, nonprofit adoption center in Dallas. It began in 1918 with the vision of one woman, Emma Wylie Ballard, who recognized a need to provide care for Dallas's unwanted children. Hope Cottage nurtures and builds families through education, counseling and adoption services. The vision of Hope Cottage is to: be the preeminent resource whose services enable every child to have a family; children, women and families to thrive; every adoptive family to be educated and prepared; women in crisis pregnancies to make informed decisions, and; our community to embrace all families.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is the largest human care organization in Dallas. Established in 1885, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas works to put Christian values into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We will be the premier human development agency in North Texas to teach values to kids; strengthen and support families; to help teenagers make the transition into adulthood; and to create safe environments that allow individuals to develop total health. The Dallas YMCA consists of 19 branches, with an additional two camps, Camp Grady Spruce and Collin County Adventure Camp. The Dallas YMCA serves seven counties and operates an additional 100 program sites.
Collecting, preserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) Museum collects, preserves, presents, and interprets works of art of the highest quality from diverse cultures and many centuries, including that of our own time. We champion the power of art, embracing our responsibility to engage and educate our community, to contribute to cultural knowledge, and to advance creative endeavor. DMA features an outstanding collection of more than 23,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times.
Connecting you with the world
The mission of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region's global stature and to prepare North Texans to thrive in our complex world. The Council presents around 100 programs annually, primarily focusing on the international aspects of business, politics, culture and foreign policy. With the goal of connecting North Texas with the world, the Council has been educating Metroplex citizens on global affairs since 1951.
Engaging, entertaining and inspiring our diverse community
The Dallas Theater Center will engage, entertain, and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. We will do this by consistently producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.
Serving and supporting the future of wildlife today and every day
The Dallas Zoological Society works to support the Dallas Zoo as an outstanding center of education, entertainment and wildlife conservation. The Society supports this mission through: fundraising; volunteerism; promoting public awareness and participation; and enhancing the visitor experience. We exist to broaden support for worldwide conservation efforts by creating an environment which allows our community and visitors to experience dramatic, engaging and diverse presentations for the living plant and animal world through excellent animal management, solid conservation science (research) and dynamic educational programs.
The positive place for kids
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas' mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, thousands of boys and girls from low-income neighborhoods benefit from the building-centered programs and services designed specifically for them at 31 local Clubs. The programs offered provide strong moral guidance, positive role models and life-changing educational programs designed to save kids from lives of crime and failure. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is an organization that stands for traditional values, while providing progressive programs that address the problems faced by the youth of today, including substance abuse, teen pregnancy, gangs and violence.
Providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home
The SPCA of Texas is a one of the oldest and largest comprehensive animal welfare organizations in Texas with locations in both Dallas and McKinney. It operates two animal care and adoption centers and three low-cost care clinics that provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and preventative healthcare services to the public. On-staff veterinary teams, animal behaviorists and an active corps of volunteers care for all animals brought in through seizure, transfer or owner-surrender until adoption. The Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit collaborates with local law enforcement and investigates reports of cruelty and neglect over a six county area. The Education Department offers a variety of humane education programming for children through camps, workshops, tours and school visits.
Empowering our community
The Concilio builds stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. The Concilio is a nonprofit, community-based organization that serves thousands of families each year through its Education and Community Health programs. Our free programs have become a trusted source for families of all backgrounds and we are instrumental in raising parent involvement in their children's education. We are focused on increasing health and fitness awareness within the community.
Public television and radio for North Texas
KERA 13 and KERA 90.1 are the public radio and television stations for North Texas, touching the lives of 2.5 million people every week via television, radio and the Internet. Serving our local communities with thought-provoking, award-winning television and radio programs that offer insights and serve as an outlet for a diversity of voices is our top priority. We produce over 1,000 hours of original local radio programming, and high-definition television content including weekly programs and quarterly documentaries that focus on issues important to our region and our state. One of the key parts of our mission is to touch the lives of people throughout the communities we serve. At KERA, we realize that a big part of our work happens off the air. This includes extensive work with schools and teaching organizations throughout North Texas.
Building houses in partnership with Dallas County residents in need of adequate housing
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that builds quality, affordable homes in partnership with deserving families. Since our incorporation in 1986, Dallas Habitat has built over 850 homes and served as a catalyst for the revitalization of 20 communities. Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing opportunities to families no other nonprofit or private mortgage lender in Dallas is able to serve. Qualified families are required to provide 400 hours of 'sweat equity' in lieu of a down payment, which is fulfilled by building their own home and the homes of other Habitat families. This hands-on participation builds new skills, a sense of tremendous accomplishment, and strong relationships with their neighbors.
Helping homeless families become self-sufficient through housing, supportive services and education.
For over 25 years, Family Gateway has worked to help break the generational cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individualized care to homeless children and their families to restore the dignity, stability, and self-reliance of the family unit through housing, social services and education.
We are dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.
Founded in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Located in Dallas' Historic West End, the Museum hosts more than 70,500 visitors in 2015, among them 34,000 school children. A top-rated attraction in North Texas, the Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Museum has been recognized for its compelling and creative programming, internationally recognized exhibits, and world-class speakers. North Texas is home to about 125 survivors, refugees and hidden children from the Holocaust. Dedicated members and volunteers throughout the region and the state generously support the Museum every year.
Where homeless kids get a chance to soar
Vogel Alcove is a non-profit childcare facility that serves homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old. We provide early childhood education; dedicated developmental and therapeutic services; after-school and summer camps; and a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn and grow-all at no cost to families. Vogel Alcove is the only free comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for children and their families referred by local emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, housing programs and organizations that serve homeless families.
Making imagination a part of everyday learning
Big Thought partners with public and private organizations to provide creative learning programs that enrich the lives of youth from under-resourced communities. Big Thought brings relentless optimism, innovation and imagination to the biggest problem facing education today: the opportunity gap. Big Thought makes imagination a part of everyday learning by delivering campus and community programs focused on arts, culture, and STEM learning that impact academic achievement and youth development.
Change a life. Change a city.
Reconciliation Outreach was founded in 1986 by Dorothy Moore as an outreach to inner city kids and has grown as a leader in urban services to men, women, and children and one of the largest providers of rehabilitative faith-based residential services in the city of Dallas. Our mission is to establish a strong viable community within the inner city of Dallas and to provide a safe, loving environment for healing lives, restoring families, individuals and at-risk children and youth to a productive lifestyle. Reconciliation Outreach provides services in Old East Dallas to the homeless, the addicted, the impoverished and working poor.
Inspiring Confidence for Life
Established in 1987, Camp John Marc partners with community and health professionals and organizations to provide high quality camping experiences year round to campers who have a chronic illness or physical disability and the families of those children. These experiences are motivated by the belief that every camper has the right to discovery and adventure in nature's world, and deserves a chance to see, touch, play, and feel better. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting.
Convening, collecting, and commissioning leaders in the global Body of Christ to become catalysts for fulfilling the Great Commission
Founded in 1990, Global Advance (GA) provides training and resources for one million pastors and church leaders in needy areas of the world. We believe empowering national church leaders is the most strategic, cost effective, and culturally sensitive way to advance the Gospel. GA exists to help fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by empowering national church leaders to evangelize and disciple their own and surrounding nations. GA goes where these leaders are, to some of the most impoverished nations on earth, to provide them with the training, resources, and encouragement they so desperately need.
Renewing hope in the heart of our city.
CitySquare (formerly Central Dallas Ministries) fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. Working together as a community, we feed the hungry, heal the sick, house the homeless and renew hope in the heart of our city. Working hand in hand with our neighbors - we do not have clients - we develop sustainable partnerships that provide support and encouragement to all so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
One Childhood, One Chance
Founded in 1990, Educational First Steps (EFS) improves the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children. Early childhood is a uniquely powerful time to build the social and academic foundation for success in the lives of our most at risk children. EFS transforms existing daycare centers in our most vulnerable neighborhoods into nationally accredited preschools with certified teaching professionals
Ministering to the homeless
Opened in 1954 as the Dallas Rescue Mission, the Dallas Life Foundation is designed to meet the needs of homeless men, women, children and families in the Dallas metropolis. For over 50 years now we have had a profound impact on thousands of people as we reach out with kind, compassionate Christian love toward those in desperate need. Dallas Life Foundation has developed a series of programs designed to help those assisted to return to a productive role in society. Each program targets a different group of Dallas Life Foundation residents. Programs are available to each resident once a referral has been made through our intake case management staff.
Empowering families to build a better tomorrow for their children.
Family Compass is a non-profit agency that believes that every child has the fundamental right to a healthy family and environment, the opportunity to succeed in school and the capacity to experience life without violence. The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect. This is accomplished through our two home mentoring programs and our community education program for families that have elevated risk for child abuse and reside in the poorest communities throughout Dallas and Collin County.
Stop the abuse, start the healing
Community Partners of Dallas was established in 1989 by a committed group of Dallas County individuals. Initially the purpose was to determine how the community could support Child Protective Services. Community Partners of Dallas is dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. Community Partners of Dallas served more than 20,000 children last year through five unique programs.
Restoring communities, one life at a time.
H.I.S. BridgeBuilders is a movement of God uniting Christians across cities to restore urban communities through education, health, economic development, and spiritual development. H.I.S. BridgeBuilders exists to reconcile lost souls to Jesus Christ.
Because human rights are for everyone, no matter where they are from
Founded in 1999, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (HRI) provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, advocates for justice and promotes international human rights. HRI represents immigrant victims of violence. Our clients include victims of human rights abuses seeking asylum in the United States, victims of human trafficking, victims of spousal or child abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, immigrant children who flee from violence and travel to the U.S. alone, or immigrant children that have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents in the U.S.
A Dallas tradition for over 50 years
Since its glittering, 1957 inaugural concert with the legendary Maria Callas, The Dallas Opera has made a national and international name for itself by discovering new world-class talents and enhancing the careers of important artists, directors and designers. As The Dallas Opera enters its 51st international season, the future has never looked brighter. The current leadership has plans to guide the company through its 50th Anniversary Celebrations and into our new home in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at The Dallas Center for Performing Arts. The Dallas Opera is scheduled to open its 2009-2010 Season in the new Winspear Opera House, where it will be the resident company.
For more than 80 years, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has been fiercely committed to building strong, successful families and a better North Texas. United Way is the region's premiere charitable organization because volunteer-led assessments assure the wisest investment of donor dollars. The result is diverse programs that make a difference in the lives of your co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, and others in need. Currently, United Way works with our partners to deliver nearly 400 programs and hundreds of services that target community needs centered around the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to stable employment, sufficient income to support a family through retirement, and sound mental and physical health.
Performing for the arts.
TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) champions artistic excellence in performing arts organizations and encourages innovation, collaboration, and engagement through financial support, stewardship and resources. TACA views its role as cultivating the artists, the patrons and the volunteers of the future. TACA supporters are committed to having a rich array of cultural opportunities in North Texas. They are enthusiastic arts patrons who share a vision of a dynamic and exciting cultural community. Members act as ambassadors, helping TACA build community, provide financial infrastructure and raise the bar for every arts organization.
Inspiring minds through nature and science
Founded in 1968, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science exposes our children to a world of ideas and concepts in science, math and technology, all within one spectacular location. By offering hands-on ways to learn about scientific evidence, mathematical concepts and natural history, the Museum will profoundly affect what and how our kids experience science and nature. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and education through interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and vivid contextual displays.