Here are some of our favorite charities located in Jacksonville, FL. 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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The greatest casualty is being forgotten
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Our purpose is: to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.
Generosity Breeds Joy.
The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS), established in 1885 as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, serves as a resource to the community for all companion-related animal issues. JHS is dedicated to providing the community with valuable programs, services and resources that relate to animal care. Whether it's providing education about animal welfare issues, offering pet behavior training, running elementary school outreach programs, or even just passing on helpful pet-related information, our goal is to be a valuable resource for everyone with people-pet relationships.
Great things happen when we Live United.
Since 1924, United Way of Northeast Florida has been the leading organization on the First Coast improving the lives of one of every three Northeast Florida citizens. United Way works to unite people and resources in building a stronger and healthier community. After intensive study to uncover the root causes of social ills, United Way found that the following three focus issues offer the best means for doing the most good for the greatest number of people: preparing preschool children for school; helping students at risk for dropping out of high school; and keeping seniors engaged and independent in their community.
Where girls grow strong
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, chartered by Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA), delivers the Girl Scout program in North Florida. Our mission is to builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We provide a safe place for girls to explore their world from science, technology and the environment to healthy living, personal safety and financial literacy. With offices in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Middleburg, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc., serves approximately 25,500 girls and adults in 16 North Florida counties from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
Supporting the local and global Jewish community
The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is a fundraising organization supporting the local and global Jewish community by inspiring others to give, funding local and overseas Partner Agencies, forging strong connections in Israel and helping Jews across the Diaspora, supporting fellow Jews in need, inspiring the next generation to embrace Jewish identity and value Jewish education, and providing direct programs and services designed to engage the local Jewish community
Fighting for Air
Founded in 1916 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc. serves Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. It is the primary organization that is working to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association of the Southeast funds vital research on lung disease, including lung cancer, in order to find better treatment and cures. The Lung Association provides education and support programs to both adults and children and advocates for stronger air laws and tobacco prevention and education at the capital.
Start Something BIG
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida helps children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results, serving in Duval, Baker, Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and Volusia Counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6-18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Matches come together through our two essential programs: community-based mentoring, and site-based monitoring. We provide full support along the way so that matches can grow into lasting friendships. More than a century since the founding of the first chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states, and in 35 countries around the world!
Tune in. Find out.
WJCT is the community-supported public broadcasting station for the First Coast. WJCT offers the finest national and local programming through its cutting-edge broadcast facilities - WJCT-TV, WJCT-FM and WJCT Online. For nearly 50 years, WJCT has been a trusted community resource that educates, entertains, and empowers First Coast citizens through excellent programming and exceptional outreach. Our vision is for WJCT to be the primary resource for quality programming, educational outreach and balanced, in-depth information on matters of local, national and global importance. As a dynamic force on the First Coast, WJCT works to forge a community of educated, engaged and informed citizens.
Growing Strong, Money-Wise Families.
Family Foundations, originally Family Counseling Services, was founded in 1955. We strive to make sure every family in Northeast Florida has the solutions to become strong and financially stable and every child is raised in a money-wise family. We offer information, education and tools so that families can make good financial decisions. We assist families with reliable transportation so that they can get to work, school and quality child care. We teach families stronger communication and interpersonal skills.
Lives Rescued, Rebuilt and Renewed.
City Rescue Mission (CRM) was established in 1946 by a group of Christian businessmen who saw a need to help alcoholics in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Their goal at the time was to offer soup, soap and salvation. What has evolved over all these years is a privately funded organization whose mission is to rebuild the lives of the homeless and needy through life building programs and the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. City Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, shelter, emergency services and residential recovery programs to homeless men, women and women with children.Each year CRM serves approximately 300,000 meals and provides nearly 90,000 nights of shelter to those in need. Volunteer opportunities are available. CRM receives no local, state or federal government funding. We rely solely on individuals, foundations, and corporations for funding.
Arts | Gardens | Education
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, opened in 1961, is the largest fine arts museum in northeast Florida. With more than 6,000 objects in its permanent collection, The Cummer offers art and artifacts from the ancient world as well as tapestries, porcelain, paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. The Museum is home to a highly regarded collection of European masters and American impressionists, a world-renowned collection of 18th century Meissen porcelain, and more than two-and-one half acres of historic gardens along the St. Johns River. Art Connections, the Museum's nationally recognized education center, provides hands-on art experiences for visitors of all ages. The Cummer's unique blend of art, gardens, and education inspires imagination and excitement making the museum the premier cultural institution in the Southeast region.
Keeping families close when they need it most
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Jacksonville supports the health and well-being of children by providing lodging and other services for critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children and their families. We offer a "home away from home" for children and their families who must travel to Jacksonville for pediatric medical care. Each family receives vital services such as meals and transportation and the compassionate care of our staff and other families who are facing similar challenges.
Inform and mobilize the community to advocate for universally high-quality public schools for all children.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund works to connect research with civic voice to bring about unified action in support of universally high-quality public schools for all children in Duval County. We believe that an informed and active citizenry, together with attentive and aligned community leadership, will move our schools forward to prepare students with the skills they need for future success. Four core strategies form the basis of our work: research, community mobilization, advocacy and strategic investment.
Bringing hope and the promise of tomorrow
In 25 years, Dreams Come True has made the special desires of almost 2,400 children come true. Dreams provide these wonderful children and their families with a momentary reprieve from the rigors of medical treatment often associated with life-threatening illnesses. A dream temporarily removes the child from doctor visits, hospital stays, tests and needles and brings laughter, joy and childhood to the forefront. Dreams give the children and their families memories to carry them through the rough times and smiles to last a lifetime. Dreams bring hope and the promise of tomorrow. All children between the ages of two and a half and eighteen who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and either live or are treated in Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia are eligible for a dreams.
Helping students choose success.
Communities In Schools (CIS) was founded in 1977 in New York to help adolescents stay in school and graduate from high school. Communities In Schools of Jacksonville grew out of the concerns of community leaders about the high social and financial costs related to the problem of dropouts in the local school system. Since its inception in 1990, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville has grown from one site at Jefferson Davis Middle School to serving more than 35 schools and reaching nearly 7,000 students annually through case management, after-school, mentoring, and literacy tutoring programs. Communities In Schools of Jacksonville is unique in its ability to link valuable resources with those students in danger of falling through the cracks, enabling them to successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
The way home
Since 1995, Sulzbacher Center has grown to become a center of services for the homeless in downtown Jacksonville. Sulzbacher Center is Northeast Florida's only provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We serve nutritious meals and offer safe shelter. But that is just the beginning. We provide outstanding health care and high-quality children's programs. Our job placement assistance and life skills programs equip men and women for employment and for success. We offer something simple, but important - hope.
New Clothes | New Life
Dignity U Wear was founded in 2000 by Henri Landwirth, a philanthropist, Korean War veteran and Holocaust survivor. As a young boy, during the war Henri suffered the loss of his parents. After years of imprisonment, he was liberated. Unbroken by his circumstances, Henri immigrated to the U.S. and worked tirelessly to become a success. One day while visiting a homeless shelter, he asked what he could do to help. One man answered, "Sir, we need underwear." That day he went to a store and purchased all the underwear he could find. From that conversation, Dignity U Wear was born and since that day millions of people all ages have been served the gift of dignity through fitted new clothing. We work with nonprofit agencies and school districts across the nation. We have forged close relationships with clothing manufacturers, as new clothing is sent directly to our Jacksonville, FL warehouse. Children, families in crisis, homeless, and veterans are the primary recipients. #GIftofDignity
Inspired by excellence. Transformed for life.
The Cathedral Arts Project mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction in the visual and performing arts, we empower underserved, school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives. We are committed to serving the youth of Northeast Florida and believe participation in the arts can be the catalyst for extraordinary change. To that end, we will continue to grow our programming until we reach our vision for tomorrow, and every child has equal access to an arts-rich education.
Food for today. Skills for life.
For over 100 years, the Clara White Mission has helped Jacksonville's at-risk individuals gain new perspectives on life. Founded by a former slave whose compassion for her fellow people moved her to action, the Mission has been the one-stop community center stimulating economic development through job training in educational programs, daily feedings, advancement and more. The Clara White Mission offers more than meals for the hungry and shelter for the homeless. We offer hope and a way out of the misery of a life on the streets. Yes, we provide food and shelter, but we also offer vocational programs to put people to work. Our goal is to restore those in need to meaningful, dignified lives in the community.
Encouraging and expanding musical appreciation
Founded in 1949, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSO) is one of Florida's most long-standing orchestras. As one of a handful of American orchestras with its own dedicated concert hall, the JSO performs the majority of its programs in the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, the only true orchestra concert hall in Florida. The JSO also reaches nearly 250,000 residents on the First Coast and throughout Florida. Nearly half of these residents are children, who benefit from the Symphony's extensive education programs, including concerts, ensemble performances and master classes, a school partnership program - Symphony Schools - and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to a season schedule of approximately 130 concerts, Symphony musicians give nearly 200 educational ensemble performances in schools and senior centers.
Stimulating philanthropy to build a better community
Founded in 1964, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is the oldest community foundation in Florida, serving the citizens of Jacksonville and the four surrounding counties: Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns. Today, The Community Foundation is home to more than 500 individual funds, holds $343 million in assets and has made $410 million in grants since inception. Our mission is to help our donors achieve their philanthropic goals, and to build a better community through civic and philanthropic leadership.