Here are some of our favorite charities located in Detroit, MI. 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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Our mission is to mobilize the caring power of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to improve communities and individual lives in measurable and lasting ways.We're improving lives and empowering every family to succeed by uniting around education, economic prosperity and health - the cornerstones of a strong, equitable community.
Supporting Nonprofits. Strengthening Communities.
Founded in 2007, Michigan Community Resources works to support and empower nonprofit community organizations in Michigan that serve low-income individuals and communities, with an emphasis on community economic development, by providing pro bono legal services and technical assistance. Originally known as Community Legal Resources, we grew from a legal service provider for nonprofits to a comprehensive support organization for low-income communities in Michigan. We provide the legal, community organizing and urban planning skills and resources community-based organizations and low-income communities need to revitalize and thrive.
Realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all
Since our founding in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has led the fight to conserve our most precious liberties. Through the passion of our supporters, we have grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of more than 500,000 active members and supporters with 54 state affiliate offices as well as a legislative office in Washington, DC. The ACLU of Michigan was officially established in 1959 to defend our civil liberties. The ACLU of Michigan's mission remains realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees to new areas through all the tools at our disposal: public education, advocacy, organizing, and litigation.
Guiding and inspiring the reforestation of Detroit's neighborhoods, boulevards, and parks
The Greening of Detroit was founded in 1989 to improve the quality of life in Detroit by guiding and inspiring the reforestation of Detroit's neighborhoods, boulevards and parks through tree planting projects and educational programs. Annually, The Greening hosts planting projects, ranging from full park restorations to streetscape renovations and massive street tree plantings to the creation of community and family vegetable gardens. We partner with federal, state and local agencies, corporations and foundations to assist neighborhood groups, churches and schools in their efforts to improve the ecosystem in Detroit.
The mission of the Eastern Market Corporation is to mobilize leadership and resources to achieve stakeholders vision for the Eastern Market District and make the Eastern Market the undisputed center for fresh and nutritious food in southeast Michigan. Our vision includes strengthening the identity of the Eastern Market as a food-related district by enhancing the operations of the existing public market and by developing business opportunities for specialty food retailers, food wholesale operations, restaurants, food distributors, and food processors.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is a values-based human development organization serving southeastern Michigan. A part of the worldwide YMCA movement, the YMCA of Metro Detroit is committed to strengthening and enriching the development of kids, families, and the community. The YMCA focuses special attention on children and families. It is a safe haven for young people who may otherwise be unsupervised and in need of guidance, encouragement and nurturing. Our child development, teen and camping programs are crafted to build the spirit, mind and body in a positive atmosphere and a secure environment. We offer academic, nutrition and career support for youth, and serve more than 3,500 in nursery, pre-kindergarten and after school child care.
Bringing music to life for generations
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is heard live by over 450,000 people annually in classical, pops, jazz, holiday festival, educational, Young People's concerts and more. Additionally, over one million listeners nationwide hear the DSO each week on the GM/DSO National Radio Broadcast Series, making it the most widely heard orchestra in the country. Since its founding in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been a leader in music education by bringing thousands of students each year to its annual educational and youth concerts at Orchestra Hall. Today the Orchestra offers a variety of educational programs and resources, including educational concerts for nearly 26,000 metro Detroit public school children.
Rebuilding the inner city, one life at a time
Founded in 1909, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) is committed to sharing the gospel of the love of Jesus Christ, providing hope to the hopeless, disadvantaged, abused and homeless men, women and children of our community. By ministering to the total person - body, soul and spirit - we help them become faithful Christians, discipled into a local church, rehabilitated, employed and living productive lives in restored families. DRMM annually provides: one million meals to the hungry; more than 160,000 nights of emergency shelter; transitional housing and substance abuse treatment; transitional housing for teen moms and their children; and spiritual guidance and empowerment to more than 1,000 people daily.
Rejoice, relive, reconnect
Founded in 1965, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. The Museum strives to be a world-renowned history museum with outstanding collections and research used to produce innovative exhibits that celebrate significant events and accomplishments of African Americans. The Museum serves metropolitan Detroit, national and international communities. For over 35 years, the museum has served teachers and students by providing quality educational programs and exhibitions.
Providing accessible performance programming and education to a diverse audience
The historic Music Hall, through its presentations and productions (including commissions of original artistic work), provides Southeastern Michigan with high quality performing arts programs and education that reflect the diverse mix of cultures that make up our community. Music Hall is Detroit's "People's Theater" - the place for high quality but non-elitist performing arts and education with an emphasis on dance, theater and music, particularly Jazz. Music Hall aims to be the most accessible, inclusive and culturally diverse performing arts institution in the country.
Presenting opera, ballet, and musical theater to the general public
Established in 1971, Michigan Opera Theatre presents opera, dance and educational activities to make a positive impact on the lives of people in metro-Detroit. This year, Michigan Opera Theater will present five grand opera productions and four stunning dance productions, teach hundreds of classes, visit countless communities and schools, and help thousands of people experience the cultural arts.
Nourishing communities by feeding hungry people
Gleaners Community Food Bank, with broad community support, fights hunger in southeastern Michigan. In collaboration with our member agencies, the Feeding America network, and our program partners, we provide millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need. In so doing, Gleaners is committed to distributing high quality food. Through education and advocacy, we will reduce reliance on the emergency food system. Gleaners adopts best practices and cost effective systems and procedures to achieve the highest possible return on its human and financial resources. Gleaners fulfills its role with a sense of compassion and urgency while nourishing, sustaining and advancing hope in our community.
Providing a home away from home for families with ill children
Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Michigan creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. We fulfill our mission by providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children, managing programs that help deliver health services to children in under-served communities, and by providing grants to nonprofit organizations for programs that enable seriously ill children to live happier, healthier lives.
Helping homeless people help themselves
The Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) was founded in 1981 to address Detroit's growing crisis of homelessness. Today, COTS manages three 24-hour facilities. Annually we serve approximately 2,000 Detroit area homeless people in our Emergency Shelter and approximately 260 individuals and families in our transitional and permanent housing programs. Through case management and a wide array of supportive services and housing programs, COTS helps homeless individuals and families break the cycle of homelessness by addressing the causes of their homelessness.
STEM Learning for Children & Teens
DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) works to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue degrees leading to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields through K-12 supplemental educational programming. During the fall and spring, students attend courses that take place over 5 consecutive Saturdays on university, professional, and community campuses. In the summer, students attend commuter or residential camp at Michigan universities, gaining exciting exposure to college life! We also offer in-school programming at select schools.
Enhancing the quality of life in southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Community Foundation works to improve the region's quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation has more than $755 million in assets and supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $689 million through more than 51,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org
A hand-up and the gift of hope
Crossroads of Michigan is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need. Acting in partnership with many other agencies, parishes, hospitals, companies and organizations in the metro area, Crossroads offers assistance in the form of a hand-up. We work with our clients to meet their immediate needs and help them assess their situations to lessen the likelihood of future problems. Our efforts are funded by foundations, individuals, and friends who are committed to bringing hope to those living on the edge of despair.
Neighbors helping neighbors in need
The Heat And Warmth Fund, THAW, is a leading provider of utility assistance for Michigan residents in need. We collaborate with our partners to deliver services that support long-term energy solutions.THAW, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, distributes assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 80 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed more than $145 million in assistance to more than 200,000 Michigan households in need.
Excellence on stage and in life
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an internationally acclaimed youth development program that concentrates on helping young artists excel on stage and in life. Mosaic's mission is to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of first-rate theatrical and musical art. Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, founded by Rick Sperling in 1992, was born out of a need to fill the gaps in arts education in metro Detroit schools while providing an artistic home for young actors, singers, and stage technicians. Serving only 25 young artists without any budget or home in its inaugural year, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is now recognized as a highly regarded cultural treasure for the city of Detroit and southeast Michigan. Mosaic's national and international touring performances bring recognition to Detroit as a center for arts and culture and promote a positive image of metro Detroit area youth.
Building character in young people
Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) is a non-profit organization positively impacting the lives of more than 11,000 children each year. With roots dating back to 1969, our group works to create safe and supportive places for kids to play. We also train and certify more than 1,500 volunteers each year to become encouraging coaches and mentors to the city's youth. Detroit PAL's mission is to build character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs and to help provide young people with the support and told necessary for them to achieve their highest potential as adults.
Providing hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth
Covenant House Michigan (CHM) is a faith-based organization that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24 We provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Our goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood. CHM has come to be known by Detroit area young people as a place they can go to build a better future and be treated with respect and unconditional love. Over 35,069 youth have been served by CHM since its inception in September, 1997.
Addressing the issue of race relations
New Detroit's mission is "to work as the coalition of Detroit area leadership addressing the issue of race relations by positively impacting issues and policies that ensure economic and social equity." The coalition is comprised of leaders from civil rights & advocacy organizations, human services, health & community organizations, business, labor, foundations, education, and the media and serves as a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization. New Detroit, Inc. is a unique and valuable coalition where Southeast Michigan's leaders come together to plan cooperative strategies and to demonstrate their commitment to the region. The coalition works to impact the actions of individuals and institutions by serving in a number of roles: advocate, catalyst, convener, and facilitator. Through advocacy and leadership by example, New Detroit has demonstrated new ways for solving specific community problems, as well as provide resources to community-based groups.