Here are some of our favorite charities located in Louisville, KY. 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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Living with cancer is not a choice. How you live with it is.
Our Mission:To ensure that all people impacted by cancer areEmpowered by knowledge,Strengthened by action, andSustained by community.At Gilda's Club Louisville you will find strength and comfort from members sharing their experiences and wisdom. We are men, women, children, a small-but-mighty team, a passionate board and dedicated volunteers. Together we create a program of support unlike any other.
Since 1984, United Way of Kentucky has been serving local communities by assisting local United Ways to build healthier, safer and more caring communities across the Commonwealth. As a focused team of leaders, United Way of Kentucky will align resources and work to advance Education, Income and Health. We envision Kentuckians united to give, advocate and volunteer to advance the common good for all.
Benefiting and furthering the development of the Louisville Zoo
The Louisville Zoo Foundation benefits and furthers the development of the Louisville Zoo by providing financial support for teaching, research, and service programs, purchase of animals and equipment and construction of exhibits and displays. In its 44-year history, the Louisville Zoo has dedicated itself to the pursuits of education, conservation, scientific study and recreation. The zoo currently exhibits over 1,500 animals in naturalistic and mixed animal settings representing both geographical areas and biomes or habitats. These include: the Tundra, the Islands, the African Veldt, Asian Plains, North and South American Panorama, Aquatics and the Australian Outback. The HerpAquarium features 100 species of reptiles, amphibians and fish from around the world. Three exhibits have won AZA top exhibit design awards: Glacier Run, Gorilla Forest and Islands. In 2013, the Zoo won the AZA significant achievement award for the program, "School at the Zoo."
Inspired giving. Lasting impact.
Our mission is to advance philanthropy by: serving the charitable interests of donors, enabling increased charitable giving, and improving communities by being a permanent philanthropic resource for current and future needs. From 1984 to 2009, the Community Foundation grew from six charitable funds and assets of $1.1 million to more than 1,100 funds totaling $250 million. Although commingled as a lasting community resource, each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors. In 2009, these funds awarded 7,500 grants totaling $32 million to nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in the Louisville area and beyond.
Providing a home away from home for families with children in hospitals far from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana provides a "home away from home" for families of children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities while also lending support to other organizations who aid children.
Building independence since 1858
Founded in 1858 in Louisville, Kentucky, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. APH manufactures textbooks and other educational publications for students who are visually impaired. APH also provides publications useful to adults, such as cookbooks and dictionaries. In addition, APH creates recorded books on a contract basis. APH develops and manufactures hundreds of products, tools, and supplies that support students and adults who are visually impaired and increase their independence.
Our mission: Improve lives and our community by engaging people to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER.Metro United Way advances the common good in our community by creating opportunities for a better life for all. For over 95 years, Metro United Way has served our community and will move forward throughout the next decade with a more focused approach to addressing community-level issues by showing measurable progress in the areas of education, financial stability and health, the building blocks for a good quality of life. Metro United Way recognizes that it takes the whole community working together to reach our mutual goals and we recruit the people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to accomplish our goals. We invite you to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.
To collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.
The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. The Filson was founded on May 15, 1884, by ten Louisvillians with a common love of history. The primary founder and first president was Reuben T. Durrett. The Filson's mission is to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.
Empowering People. Changing Lives.
As an active partner, leader and catalyst, the Louisville Urban League assists African Americans, other minority groups, and the disadvantaged to attain social and economic equality and stability through direct services and advocacy. Through the years, the League has sought to create and implement programs to improve the socioeconomic conditions of minority-group and low-income individuals; to create an interaction with community leaders, public officials, other agencies, and the business sector; and to assume an advocacy and bridge-building role to promote understanding and greater racial harmony.
Bringing great art and people together
Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum with over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art, including 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting; 18th century French art; Renaissance and Baroque tapestries; contemporary American painting and sculpture; African and Native American works and paintings; and sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts by Kentucky artists. The Speed has brought major exhibitions of photography, painting, design, and sculpture to the region to help fulfill its ambitious mission: bringing great art and people together. The museum serves more than 180,000 visitors annually.
Our region's open arms to kids in crisis
Home of the Innocents, a community of dedicated people and those they serve, provides the skills and opportunities by which vulnerable children, youth and their families may improve their lives. Home of the Innocents is a private, non-profit agency that has been in operation for over 130 years and served almost 4,000 children last year in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Home provides services to assist those who are facing severe crisis, including: residential and community-based services to children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected; a hospital-like and home away from home environment for medically fragile children; and in-home and in-school support services for children with autism. The Home now operates Open Arms Children's Health - a one-stop full service pediatric medical practice offering integrated care, including medical, dental, hearing, vision, radiology, pharmacy, and behavioral health services.
Serving families since 1896
Neighborhood House is a community center serving Portland, one of Louisville's oldest and most diverse, but also most impoverished communities, and surrounding areas. Our mission is to provide individuals with opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives and our vision is to break the cycle of poverty for our children and families. We have three core program areas: the Child Development Center, Youth Development Program, and Family Services.
Profoundly changing the lives of at-risk children
Louise Marshall founded The Cabbage Patch Settlement House in 1910, with the help from her community, church and family. The Cabbage Patch Settlement House is a Christian organization that exists to empower families and children to be self-sufficient by helping them maximize their spiritual, social, emotional, physical, moral, economic and educational potential. We foster self-esteem and responsibility through purpose-driven programs. Relationships are built, and the lives of over 1,100 at-risk children and their families are profoundly changed each year.
Together through the Arts we create a great American city
The Fund for the Arts' mission is to increase revenues for the arts and to enable our community to become the preeminent regional arts center in the United States and to maximize the impact of the arts on overall economic development, education of our children and the enjoyment of living in our community. We accomplish our mission through the enhancements and preservation of resources by providing excellent service. The Fund for the Arts is the oldest united arts fund in the country and has raised over $157 million since its establishment in 1949. The 2009 campaign raised over $8.8 million, a long way from its first campaign in 1949, of $99,000.
Building brighter futures
Family & Children's Place has supported Louisville area families for more than 130 years. Initially, we provided coal to keep homes warm, food to keep children fed and a facility to shelter families who had none. Over time we evolved to work with families with other needs - helping children and families survive and recover from trauma. Family & Children's Place is the leading agency in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana providing services and treatment that stop and prevent the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect, and provide healing and recovery to promote safe, healthy and stable families.
Building a wealth of pride through opportunity
Founded in 1948, Louisville Central Community Center (LCCC) works to advance self-reliance by increasing competence and confidence among individuals and families in Russell and the larger community. LCCC offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Child and youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, financial education and home ownership are just some of the services provided.
Experience the power of live theatre
The Actors Theatre of Louisville brings people together through live theatre to celebrate, challenge and explore who we are. As the State Theatre of Kentucky, Actors Theatre of Louisville is internationally acclaimed as one of America's most consistently innovative non-profit professional theatre companies. Founded in 1964, it has won a host of coveted awards and worldwide recognition for excellence. For over 30 years it has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting, with over 300 Actors-debuted scripts now in publication.
Providing hope for people in need
The purpose of the Wayside Christian Mission is to respond to human need of the poor and homeless by providing temporary housing, shelter, food, clothing, nurturing, spiritual and social enrichment. We also provide support services and skills that would permit and encourage a return to a state of self sufficiency so that human dignity can be restored and the love of God can be shared.
The Louisville Free Public Library Foundation was founded for the purpose of benefiting, promoting, supporting, and enhancing the programs and services of the Louisville Free Public Library, whose mission is to provide the people of Metro Louisville with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information and to support them in their pursuit of learning. Through its support of the public library, the Library Foundation serves the entire Metro Louisville area.
Promoting and supporting art and craft excellence in Kentucky
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) was founded in 1981 to promote and support art and craft excellence in Kentucky. Each year, programs benefit over 90,000 children and adults from Louisville and beyond. We have had visitors from every state and six continents. The Education Center also provides special needs workshops, summer art camps, community center programs, school partnership workshops, Girl Scout workshops, child, teen and adult workshops, and craft artist demonstrations. Kentucky, regional and national artists are featured in over 12 exhibitions per year and a Permanent Collection Gallery. Hundreds of Kentucky artists are represented in the Gallery Shop.
Seeking help. Finding hope. Moving forward.
Our Mission is to help homeless men address barriers to self-sufficiency and housing so that they may leave homelessness for good. By providing shelter, social services, supportive housing, and serving as a hub with partner agencies, St. John Center is where homeless men “seek help, find hope, and move forward.” Our Vision is a city where all homeless men have the resources and support they need to leave homelessness for good.
Educating and assisting women
A Woman's Choice Resource Center (AWC) is a special health clinic designed to educate and assist women. Necole's Place is our lifeskills and education center for the women we serve. AWC is committed to presenting the Gospel of our Lord in word and deed by educating women facing crisis pregnancies, responding to their needs and protecting the lives of unborn children. Necole's Place exists to equip mothers and their children to live Godly and productive lives by sharing God's Word, encouraging Christian life choices, teaching practical living skills and providing spiritual and emotional support.
Family literacy, family progress
Founded in 1989, the mission of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is to create a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. NCFL works to: create understanding about low literacy; develop, evaluate, and replicate programs and interventions poised to break the cycle of low literacy for families with the greatest barriers to success; creative innovative solutions to learning English and achieving literacy proficiency for the nation's immigrant population; support teachers, practitioners and community providers who deliver literacy services; provide families with tools and information necessary to build literacy into their home and daily life; and assist communities and service organizations in designing and developing strategic programs.
Serving Louisville and Southern Indiana
Louisville Public Media, formerly known as Public Radio Partnership, is the public media group serving Louisville and Southern Indiana. We broadcast on three public radio stations. Louisville Public Media is WFPL, Louisville's NPR News station; Classical 90.5, Louisville's Fine Arts station and WFPK 91.9 Radio Louisville. Additionally we provide online streaming, regional podcasts, mp3 downloads of performances at our studios, and an online community gathering space to discuss local and national topics.
Changing lives, families, and communities through education
Founded in 1995, Family Scholar House is changing lives, families and communities through education. Our mission is to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. Family Scholar House assists participants in obtaining needed support services and helps them address barriers to education. All participants meet regularly with their Support Manager for service. While the majority of families served by Family Scholar House are in the non-residential programs, those in need of stable housing may apply for the residential program.
Be great. Do great things.
The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali's incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.
Founded in 1937 by conductor Robert Whitney and Charles Farnsley, Mayor of Louisville, the Louisville Orchestra has been called the cornerstone of the Louisville arts scene. From its beginnings as a part-time ensemble known as the Louisville Philharmonic Society, the Louisville Orchestra has grown to become a major arts organization. A full-time, 71-member ensemble offering a wide variety of concert series to the community, including classical programs featuring world-renowned guest artists, lighter classical and pops performances, and education and family offerings, the Orchestra is also the resident performing group for the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera. The Louisville Orchestra also performs concerts and provides educational programming throughout both Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Aims to give performance of operas and operettas of all types
The Kentucky Opera aims to give performance of operas and operettas of all types and to perform all acts and functions necessary or desirable in connection with the training and development of competent young performers in the field of opera. The company is committed to increasing its young audience through the development of several educational initiatives designed to make opera more accessible. Meeting tremendous success in its inaugural year, Kentucky Opera launched the Music! Words! Opera! program in Kentucky and Southern Indiana in May of 2000. Developed by OPERA America, the yearlong program trains teams of teachers to facilitate students to create their very own opera. With help from teachers, local artists and musicians and Kentucky Opera professionals, the students compose music, write librettos, design sets and costumes and perform their opera in front of a live audience.
Presenting an eclectic range of exciting work
Louisville Ballet, the official ballet of the commonwealth of Kentucky, was founded in March 1952 as a civic ballet company. The Louisville Ballet named Bruce Simpson as the artistic director of the Company and the Louisville Ballet School in spring 2002. Under the direction of Mr. Simpson, the Louisville Ballet continues its philosophy of presenting an eclectic range of exciting work underscored by a foundation rooted in the classical repertoire. Through the dedication of its dancers, staff, school faculty and board of directors, the Company continues to enrich the community. Sharing the art form of dance with the citizens of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is a long-standing tradition of the Louisville Ballet. The Company's educational programs reach over 12,000 schoolchildren annually through student matinee performances and on-site lecture demonstrations.