Here are some of our favorite charities located in Indianapolis, IN. 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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Great schools. Innovative ideas. Every student.
The Mind Trust is a nonprofit striving to ensure that every student in Indianapolis has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. The Mind Trust helps to launch high quality schools and groundbreaking initiatives that address key education challenges through its Charter School Incubator, Education Entrepreneur Fellowship and Innovation School Fellowship programs. The Mind Trust also advances bold plans for transforming the city's education system and works to engage the community in efforts to drive education change. Since its founding in 2006, The Mind Trust has built a network of 16 world-class education organizations in Indianapolis, impacted more than 93,000 students through its work, and raised more than $37 million to advance education reform.
Supporting the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation supports and enhances programs, services and facilities of The Indianapolis Public Library and its partnerships in lifelong learning initiatives that benefit a diverse community. While tax dollars support basic library expenses such as staff salaries and building upkeep, a need exists to develop and maintain quality programs and services for people in our community. The Library Foundation's support delivers, in part or in whole, many of these important initiatives that patrons have grown to know and appreciate through the generations.
Telling America's story
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, which opened in 1989, is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that showcase both Native American and Western art, culture and history. The mission of the Eiteljorg Museum is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg Museum collects and preserves Western art and Native American art and cultural objects of the highest quality, and serves the public through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, cultural exchanges and entertaining special events.
Connect2Help211 Connects People To The Help They Need.
Connect2Help211's mission is to facilitate connections between people who need human services and those who provide them. Connect2Help211 serves solely to promote self-sufficiency, change lives and, as a result, improve the quality of life in our communities.
Serving those who impact youth
Founded in 1988, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being. Their organizational vision is that all Indiana children and youth will attain five critical elements of healthy youth development: physical health and safety, emotional fulfillment, academic achievement, civic engagement and economic self-sufficiency. IYI provides capacity-building programs and resources for the state's youth workers and nonprofit youth-serving organizations, including schools. The IYI's programs are offered for free or very low cost, allowing youth organizations that are often on tight budgets to save money that can be used instead for their services to youth.
Fostering exploration of art, design, and the natural environment
Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of art, design, and the natural environment. With a collection of over 50,000 works of art, the IMA promotes these interests through the collection, presentation, interpretation and conservation of its artistic, historic, and environmental assets. The Museum also features national and international traveling exhibitions throughout the year. Upon completion, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park will provide an urban oasis with 100 acres of woodlands, wetlands, lake and meadows located adjacent to the Museum. Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of one of Indianapolis's most interesting and prominent families, the Josiah K Lilly Jr. Family.
Hope happens here
Riley Children's Foundation was founded in 1921 to honor beloved Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. Riley Children's Foundation is committed to improving the health and well-being of Indiana's children through our philanthropic leadership in support of Riley Hospital for Children and its research programs, Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
Founded in 1854, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is a community service organization dedicated to putting Christian principles into practice through programs that enhance personal growth and improve the health of spirit, mind and body for all. At the root of our mission is a commitment to character development and the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Throughout Indianapolis, our twelve YMCA branches serve more than 171,000 people from diverse communities- providing over $6 million in scholarships, program subsidies, and underwritten programs in low-income communities.
Connecting people to the past
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has been Indiana's storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating the state's history. IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
Changing lives in central Indiana since 1893
Wheeler Mission Ministries is a non-denominational, Christian, social services organization, which provides critically needed goods and services to homeless, poor, and needy of central Indiana without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or religion. Founded in 1893, Wheeler is the oldest continuously operating ministry of its kind in the state of Indiana. With seven locations, dozens of ministries, a budget of $8.5 Million, and about 120 employees, Wheeler is the also the largest and most diverse ministry of its kind in the state. Please note, that on October 1, 2015, Wheeler Mission Ministries officially merged with Backstreet Missions. Wheeler Mission Ministries will assume day-to-day operations.
Making the most of life and the least of Cancer.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency reduces the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved residents of central Indiana through direct services, navigation, and community outreach and education. Fighting cancer is tough enough, but it's even harder when you don't have medical insurance or the resources to afford proper care. Little Red Door is here to help by providing support to cancer patients and their families throughout their cancer journey. We offer services and resources for those in need and information on cancer prevention.
Advancing the enjoyment and appreciation of symphonic music
The mission of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is to advance the enjoyment and appreciation of symphonic music through performances at the highest artistic level. The ISO, founded in 1930, is a professional orchestra that performs 200 concerts each year at the historic Hilbert Circle Theatre and at Conner Prairie Living History Museum, as well as sites around the state. In addition to the many classical and pops concerts in its home, the magnificent Hilbert Circle Theatre at Symphony Centre, the Orchestra is regularly heard in communities around Indiana and at the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie series each summer. The ISO is dedicated to leading in music education. Symphony musicians and staff create innovative learning opportunities for all ages inspired by the power of music.
Founded in 1918, United Way of Central Indiana helps sustain vital human services for those who need help most while reducing such needs for future generations. We help improve lives and build stronger communities through our support of innovative, practical and efficient human services programs and partners that address local needs. We assess community conditions and bring together the best resources in Central Indiana in order to provide help where it's needed most. United Way of Central Indiana supports the entire community, providing solutions that address today's needs and reduce tomorrow's. Our community priorities are sustaining vital human services for those who need help most, and helping kids enter school ready to learn and graduate ready to earn.
Engaging, surprising, challenging, and entertaining people throughout their lifetimes
Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) was founded in 1972, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state. The IRT's mission is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, thereby helping to build a vital and vibrant community. The IRT remains the only fully professional not-for-profit resident theatre in the state, providing 124,700 live professional theatre experiences for its audience last season. These experiences included 49,300 students and teachers from 60 of Indiana's 92 counties, making the IRT one of the most youth-oriented professional theatres in the country.
Little moments. Big magic.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana develops mentors committed to helping boys and girls grow into the next generation of caring, confident and competent adults. Our one-to-one mentoring program is built upon nationally recognized research and practices that honor and value the wide range of developmental needs of boys and girls as well as the diversity of their communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana formed as a result of a merger of two strong organizations, Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis (founded in 1970) and Big Sisters of Central Indiana (founded in 1971). These organizations operated successfully for 30 years before the boards of both agencies agreed to merge operations and missions in 2002.
Working today for a safer tomorrow
The Julian Center is an agency providing counseling, safe shelter, and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises. Through outreach and consultation, we also seek to educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and its impact on all our lives. Since 1975, women have chosen The Julian Center as a source of strength and a place of refuge in dealing with life's challenges. Our programs and services are designed to contribute to a significant reduction in the incidence of violence against women and their children, to support survivors in healing, and to help break the intergenerational cycle of abuse.
Empowering Youth. Strengthening Community.
The mission of the Center for Leadership Development is to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. CLD has developed programs and events which deliver exceptional experiences to both students and parents. The programs are based on CLD's Five Principles for Success – character development, educational excellence, leadership effectiveness, community service, and career achievement.
educate, inspire and entertain through the creation and presentation of musical story telling for the Hoosier community.
Serving Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and the Midwest, the mission of Indianapolis Opera (IO) is to educate, inspire and entertain through the creation and presentation of musical story telling for the Hoosier community. Indianapolis Opera is committed to bringing high-quality opera and vocal music to Indiana; nurturing the careers of emerging professional artists; and enriching lives through education and outreach. Centrally located and the only professional opera company in the state, Indianapolis Opera delivers the opera experience to people of all ages, creeds, racial and ethnic groups and social-economic backgrounds throughout Indiana and surrounding states.
A voice for social and economic advancement of African-Americans
Indiana Black Expo's mission is to be an effective voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans. Our vision is that African-American youth and families achieve their highest potential and reflect pride in their ethnicity. Indiana Black Expo, Inc. celebrates cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations. We continue to strive for excellence by providing unique events and programs which reflect the changing landscape of Indiana and the world. Our commitment to excellence through personal enhancement and community development exemplify our dedication to improving the quality of life for all.
Transforming Lives through the Power of Food
Second Helpings rescues prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants -- preventing unnecessary waste. That rescued food is used to create 3,500 hot, nutritious meals each day that are distributed to 70 social service agencies that feed people in need. The Second Helpings Culinary Job Training program trains disadvantaged adults for careers in the foodservice industry. This helps eliminate hunger at its source. More than 500 adults have graduated from this program, and Second Helpings alumni are now working in Central Indiana as cooks, executive chefs, business owners and culinary instructors. We're more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry - we're a community kitchen.
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana works to provide a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and other Indianapolis hospitals and we champion programs that improve the health, education and well-being of children.
Leaders in HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care
The Damien Center provides comprehensive services to approximately 1,300 persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Central Indiana and actively advocates for just and compassionate responses to their needs. Necessary client services such as case management, housing and employment opportunities as well as client enrichment services such as client events and support groups help clients move forward in their lives with dignity. The Damien Center's prevention department provides HIV/STD testing, comprehensive risk counseling and outreach education.
From shelter for a day…to stability for a lifetime
Horizon House is a full-service agency that connects our homeless neighbors with integrated, comprehensive services. We provide a safe place and basic services for our community's homeless, serving them with dignity and respect, as they take steps towards a more stable life. Horizon House will be a model community advocate and direct service provider offering comprehensive support services to meet our homeless neighbors' unique needs resulting in self-sufficiency and permanent, stable housing.
Breaking the cycle of poverty
Shepherd is a faith-based, nonprofit organization established in 1985 with a simple but staggering goal: to break the cycle of poverty on the near Eastside of Indianapolis by engaging and empowering the community to cultivate healthy children, strong families, and vibrant neighborhoods through a Christ-centered approach that meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs of our neighbors.
Through the generosity of thousands of donors, Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is the steward for more than $480 million in charitable assets. CICF transforms central Indiana in three ways: by consulting donors, family foundations, and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. CICF's mission is to inspire, support, and practice philanthropy, leadership, and service in our community.
Tuition Assistance to Low-Income Students
Institute for Quality Education provides tuition assistance to low-income students, serves as a model for research and legislation and encourages all schools to improve by introducing competition into the system. The organization conducts research and analysis about the primary (K-12) educational system in Indiana including but not limited to school choice as it exists in many forms throughout the United States and elsewhere; and educates the general public and, in particular, Indiana residents about the primary educational system in Indiana.
Advancing educational freedom and choice for all as a pathway to successful lives and a stronger society.
EdChoice, formerly the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, was founded in 1996 upon the ideals and theories of Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman and economist Rose D. Friedman. EdChoice strives to educate parents, public policy makers and organizations about the desperate need to return power to the parents of America who have minimal choices and limited voices in the education of their children. EdChoice serves as an important resource for parents and community groups who want greater choice in education, and are ready to fight for it. EdChoice is the only national organization dedicated solely to advancing the vision of an education system where all parents are free to choose, and we bring an unsurpassed clarity of purpose to the education reform debate.
Expanding access to healthcare
Timmy Global Health expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today's most pressing global health challenges. To achieve this goal, Timmy sends medical service teams to support the work of international partner organizations, channels financial, medical, and human resources to community based health and development projects, and works to empower students at U.S. high schools and colleges to fundraise, advocate, and serve in an effort to fight health disparities at home and abroad.
Helping at-risk kids in Simon mall communities nationwide
Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) began in 1998, after employees in Simon malls noticed a community need, the education of at-risk youth, and began a grassroots effort to make a difference. SYF helps at-risk kids in Simon mall communities nationwide earn high school diplomas and scholarships to realize hopes of going to college. The mission of SYF is to foster and improve educational opportunities, career development, and life skills that transform the lives of at-risk youth through focused programs and initiatives with our public school and post-secondary education partners. SYF's mission is accomplished in two ways: by working with local public school districts to establish the unique Education Resource Centers; and by providing post-secondary scholarships to ERC graduates and high school seniors.
Founded in 1998, Christel House International works to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their societies. Christel House builds and operates high social-impact learning centers in impoverished neighborhoods, which provide: quality education, nutritious meals, regular health care, life skills training and character development, as well as parent and community outreach. Children are taught the importance of caring, sharing and making a difference. Christel House believes that academic learning must be complemented with character development, a positive self-image and a commitment to caring for others. As a result, the work of Christel House will be multiplied many times over.
Empowering Communities. Changing Lives.
The Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) was founded in the fall of 1965 as a non-partisan, interracial community-based social service/civil rights organization. The mission of the IUL is to assist African Americans, other minorities, and disadvantaged individuals to achieve social and economic equality. The Indianapolis Urban League implements its mission through: providing direct services that help individuals and communities help themselves; "Building Bridges" among the races, collaborating with compatible organizations of all segments of our society; technical assistance, fact finding and information dissemination; and engaging in principled advocacy, community mobilization, social marketing, and communication on behalf of those we serve.
Everyone deserves a safe home
Coburn Place empowers victims of intimate partner violence to live as survivors. Coburn Place is constantly evolving to be a “best in class” program and a leader in the field of domestic violence programs to support our clients in the best possible way. We recognize that survivors are the experts in their own lives and therefore do not mandate programming. We also recognize that each survivor is on their own unique journey to immediate and long-term safety, to emotional and social well-being, to self-sufficiency, and to permanent housing. Our programs and services are designed to empower our clients on this journey and partner with them along the way.