Here are some of our favorite charities located in Memphis, TN. 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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Promote kindergarten readiness and strengthen family bonds in Shelby County
Books from Birth (BFB) promotes kindergarten readiness and strengthen family bonds in Shelby County by providing age-appropriate books for all children from birth to age five. As a part of a state-wide effort to bring the Imagination Library to all children in Tennessee, Books from Birth was formally organized in the summer of 2005 to cover Shelby County. Over that time, BfB has established itself as the largest of 1,600 programs affiliated with the Imagination Library. Books from Birth continues to provide the Imagination Library as its core service, though general advocacy about the importance of early literacy is a major emphasis as well.
Connecting people with wildlife
The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 76 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo has completed over $80 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s, making it one of the finest zoological parks in the nation. The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in 19 exhibits in three zones, such as Northwest Passage and China, home to Giant Pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. The Memphis Zoo's mission is to connect people with wildlife.
Fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
ALSAC (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities) was founded in 1957 and exists for the sole purpose of raising funds to support the operating and maintenance of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. It is supported primarily by donations raised by ALSAC. Research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children; identifying cures for such diseases; and promoting their prevention. Research is focused specifically on cancers, some acquired and inherited immunodeficiencies, sickle cell disease, infectious diseases and genetic disorders.
United Way of the Mid-South has served the people of our community since 1923 by generating resources to address critical health and human service needs. Every day, United Way supported programs help provide a nurturing environment for children, job skills for people who want to work, health care for seniors who might otherwise go without, food and shelter for those facing tough times, safe havens from physical and psychological abuse, therapy for those coping with special challenges and so much more. We create community solutions in the following areas: helping children and youth succeed; strengthening families and promoting self-sufficiency for individuals; enhancing the lives of adults with disabilities and seniors; maintaining our community's safety net; and building vital and safer neighborhoods.
Changing generations one life at a time
Founded in 1978, the primary mission of the Neighborhood Christian Centers is to build stronger families and neighborhoods by providing compassionate, Christ-centered ministries to those in need. At the core of our values is providing compassionate and Christ-centered ministry to those Christ came to serve: the oppressed, the hungry, the captive, the blind, the lowly, the alien, the orphan and the widow. As exemplified by Christ Himself, we believe that Christ-centered, compassionate ministry must address both physical and spiritual needs; therefore, our approach to ministry addresses the development of the whole person.
Chronicle. Examine. Provoke. Serve.
Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the American civil rights movement, examines today's global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for positive change.
Helping children, healing families
The Exchange Club Family Center works to break the cycle of family violence and child abuse so that children do not grow up to become child abusers. At the Family Center, children can find a safe haven to be nurtured, and parents can learn new behaviors that enable them to take better care of their children. At The Exchange Club Family Center there is help that restores the hopes and dreams of children and adults affected by child abuse, family violence, or traumatic family transitions. The Center offers programs to help both children and adults understand these behaviors and gain the support they need to cope with difficult family situations. Each of these programs improves life skills, helping children and adults learn to modify behaviors, improve self-esteem and deal with anger.
Talent for transformation
The New Memphis Institute trains leaders with a mission - to develop their personal potential so Memphis reaches its full potential. All that is done contributes to a mission with a purpose: leadership that ripples from New Memphis' programs and improves all facets of Memphis- neighborhoods, schools, government, economic development, and civic life. Some of the most important impacts are those made through the Community Action Projects which help local nonprofits deliver on their missions.
Care for One Another
Church Health seeks to reclaim the Church's biblical commitment to care for our bodies and spirits.Dr. Scott Morris, a family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister, founded Church Health in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families. Thanks to a broad base of financial support from the faith community, and the volunteer help of doctors, nurses, dentists and others, Church Health's Clinic has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the country. Currently, we care for 47,000 patients of record without relying on government funding. Fees are charged on a sliding scale based on income. The average visit costs about $25.
Strengthening our community through philanthropy
The mission of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is to strengthen our community through philanthropy. To accomplish this mission, we will: develop and effectively manage charitable funds and endowments; actively address the needs of the community by examining community issues, securing and distributing resources, advocating when appropriate, and convening meetings and conversations which encourage people to respond; and encourage philanthropy and the growth of charitable resources among individuals, families, businesses and community institutions. The Foundation was founded in 1969 by a group of business leaders and awarded some $40 million in grants last year.
Helping victims become children again.
Our mission is to serve children who are victims of sexual and severe physical abuse through prevention, education and intervention. Our vision is a community where children are safe, families are strong, and victims become children again. When an allegation of child sexual abuse or severe physical abuse has been made, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center provides a warm and caring atmosphere for children and their families to receive coordinated services. These include counseling, interviews, and a team review. In this child-focused environment, representatives from many disciplines make decisions about investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases.
Enabling women and their families to become economically stable
Established in 1995, Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) is one of the fastest growing women's foundations in the country that is dedicated to securing and granting funds to programs that enable women and their families to become economically stable. WFGM is on the leading edge of economic and community development focused on moving families living at or below the poverty level above the lines toward economic security.
Empowering girls for a better community
Girls Incorporated is a national youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. For more than 60 years, Girls Inc. of Memphis has responded to the changing needs of girls through programs, research and advocacy designed to build girls' skills and self-confidence. Girls Inc. of Memphis offers informal educational programs in six core areas: careers and life planning, health and sexuality, leadership and community action, sports and adventure, self-reliance and life skills, and culture and heritage.
Ministering to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of men, women and children
Founded in 1945, Memphis Union Mission ministers to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of men, women and children who are homeless, addicted, and in crisis. The ultimate objective for clients is for them to: become mature disciples of Jesus Christ; achieve freedom from substance abuse; reunite with family and loved ones; and reemerge as self-sufficient members of the community. Of the men who enter our 30-day Awareness Program, 79 percent graduate onto the long-term recovery program at Calvary Colony. And 59 percent of those men graduate from the recovery program. Of the women who enter Moriah House, 80 percent graduate from that program.
The positive place for kids
Since 1962, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has offered leadership and support to thousands of youth ages 6-18. Through one-to-one interaction with trained adult staff, Club members learn to make positive decisions about their lives. They do better in school, stay away from drugs and gangs and begin to set personal goals for themselves, which ultimately helps them be responsible citizens of our community. We inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.
Preparing and mobilizing leaders to work for the good of the whole community.
Leadership Memphis develops community change agents, connects them with others who have a passion to serve, and empowers them with information and opportunities to make a difference. The organization has four programs -- Executive, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, FastTrack, and Grassroots -- that develops community leaders at every level from seasoned professionals and emerging talent to front-line leaders. Leadership Memphis hosts four signature events annually designed to create stronger connections between our alumni, sponsors, community partners and other business and community leaders in support of our vision, mission and goals. Our action initiatives are Memphis Talent Dividend, Graduate Memphis, Imagine Memphis, and SUCCESS High Schools. These initiatives are undertaken to help enhance our city economically and socially by increasing the number of adults who have college degrees and to ensure that high school graduates further their education and training beyond high school.
A "home-away-from-home" for St. Jude families and their children
Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Memphis is a "home-away-from-home" for families who are in Memphis while their child is receiving treatment for cancer or another catastrophic illness at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. All families stay completely free of charge. Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to keep their child healthy and happy.
The place where play IS learning!
Founded in 1987, The Children's Museum of Memphis creates memorable learning experiences through the joy of play in hands-on exhibits and programs. The Museum's core values are the intersection of play and hands-on learning; a positive impact on the community; a positive family experience; a complement to classroom education; inclusiveness; excellent customer service; nurturing appropriate partnerships in the community; and following the best practices of the children's museum field.
Feeding the need
The Mid-South Food Bank works to fight hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food, and through education and advocacy. Serving nearly 300 charitable feeding programs in 31 Mid-South counties, the Mid-South Food Bank fights hunger by efficiently collecting and distributing wholesome food, while educating the community about the problem of hunger and advocating on behalf of hungry people. Every week, 12,400 people rely on food from Mid-South Food Bank for their very next meal; 46 percent of them are children under the age of 18. Mid-South Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization.
Working to be an instrument of God
Binghampton Christian Academy (BCA) is a Pre-kindergarten through Eighth grade Christian school for children who need more love and hope. Most come from the Binghampton community with the largest number coming from housing projects near the school. BCA works to be an instrument of God to bring the hope that is in Jesus Christ to the children of Binghampton and their families by seeking to lead them to Him as we nurture them spiritually, mentally, and physically so that they may become productive, self-supporting, and godly citizens.
Empowered persons. Transformed neighborhoods.
Service Over Self exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in underserved neighborhoods through home repair and leadership development. This mission is accomplished primarily in three ways:1) Volunteer home repair camps: SOS recruits volunteers to make critical home repairs for homeowners in two low-income neighborhoods in Memphis, TN. Since it's inception in 1986, SOS has repaired more than 900 homes with more than 24,000 volunteers.2) SOS Builds - an after school construction training program for urban youth: SOS mentors students from our partner neighborhoods through a construction based program.3) SOS Academy - a one-year urban ministry training internship for young adults.
A Christian ministry dedicated to serving the youth of Memphis.
Streets Ministries serves impoverished youth in the Memphis metropolitan area by unconditionally representing the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed in such a way that underserved adolescents have the opportunity to see, hear, and respond to the Good News of the Gospel, and to be empowered to live a life of obedience to God.
Transforming lives through the power of Art
Founded in 1989, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the American South and houses an outstanding collection of art dating from antiquity to the present. The Brooks is dedicated to enriching the lives of our visitors through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs. The museum provides visitors the opportunity to learn about the visual arts through diverse traveling exhibitions and thought-provoking in-house exhibitions. Nearly 20,000 children participate in free school tours that include hands-on art activities, which enable students to make crucial connections between what they see and what they create.