Here are some of our favorite charities located in Miami, 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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Helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships
The mission of the Shawn Carter Foundation is to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at post secondary institutions. The Shawn Carter Foundation was established in 2003 as a public charity (“Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund”) by Shawn Carter and his mother, Gloria Carter. Since the Foundation's inception, over $3.6M have supported initiatives to empower youth and communities in need through the Foundation's signature scholarship fund, annual college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and giveback programs.
Enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Best Buddies International is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 2,000 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and internationally. Our eight formal programs - Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools and Colleges, Best Buddies Citizens, e-Buddies, Best Buddies Jobs, Best Buddies Ambassadors and Best Buddies Promoters - will positively impact more than 400,000 individuals this year. Best Buddies created the 2020 Initiative in 2011, with the goal of opening offices in all 50 states, expanding into 100 countries, and impacting three million people with and without IDD worldwide by the end of 2020.
Touching Jewish lives. Building Jewish community.
Founded in 1938, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation exists to ensure that we act collectively and responsibly to meet the needs and safeguard the freedoms of all Jewish people. Since its inception, the Federation has worked to build our community and enrich the quality of Jewish life in the Greater Miami area. Governed by a committed and dynamic volunteer Board of Directors, the Federation brings together the people, services, resources and leadership necessary to secure a strong and vibrant Jewish community for generations to come. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation reaches all segments of our unique local population by advancing Jewish continuity while supporting a broad range of vital human services at home and abroad.
Providing hope, confidence and independence
Established in 1931, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the oldest and largest private agency in Florida to serve people of all ages who are blind or the visually impaired. Miami Lighthouse has expanded into a state-of-the-art 34,000 square foot facility to provide rehabilitation, vocational and social services for persons who are blind or visually impaired. The Lighthouse offers a range of programs and services including adult services; children's services; the Solutions Store, a one-stop shop dedicated to the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired; low vision services and life enrichment classes.
United Way of Miami-Dade's mission is building community by helping people care for one another. United Way is working to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. We are focused on improving education, income and health - the building blocks for a good life. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources.
Find Answers. Change Lives. Beat Parkinson's.
At the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), we make life better for people with Parkinson's through expert care and research. Everything we do helps people actively enjoy life with their friends, families, children and grandchildren until there is a tomorrow without Parkinson's.
Providing a temporary home-away from home
Established in 1988, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida is dedicated to helping local children live happier, healthier and more productive lives by supporting healthcare and medical research programs, education and the arts, and civic and social programs. The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is a temporary home-away from home for families to find rest, support and time away from realities of the hospital procedures and routines in any Miami-Dade and Broward County pediatric medical facility. In South Florida, there are two Ronald McDonald Houses: the Miami House, which opened its doors in 1981, and the Fort Lauderdale House, which opened in 2004. On any given day 47 families are helped every day.
Supporting young artists as they pursue their dreams
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
Be A Voice
Founded in 1984, Voices For Children Foundation raises funds to support the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program. Additionally, Voices raises funds to meet the social, educational, and medical needs of Miami-Dade's abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Voices For Children exists to fill a big gap. The State of Florida requires that the interests of every abused, abandoned, and neglected child be represented by a GAL. However, the GAL Program does not receive adequate public funding. That's where Voices helps.
The fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals. In 1985, Barth A. Green, MD and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick's son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, the Miami Project is the world's largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project's international team of more than 200 scientists and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury.
Building a permanent endowment for Greater Miami's changing needs
Created in 1967, Miami Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all residents of Miami - Dade County. Our mission is to encourage philanthropy and charitable giving by developing a permanent endowment to meet current and future emerging charitable needs. The Foundation approaches our grant making not solely in terms of program categories, but rather with a focus on community building. By bringing together diverse groups in Miami-Dade County we help improve the quality of life and build a more cohesive community. The Foundation supports local nonprofit organizations with grants and technical assistance. It makes grants in the broad program areas of education, health, human services, arts and culture, environment, community and economic development.
Empowering the Homeless
Since 1995, Chapman Partnership, formerly Community Partnership for Homeless has been assisting homeless men, women and children in transitioning off the streets of Miami-Dade County and on their way to attaining greater stability and self-sufficiency in their lives. As the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, we have continually been recognized as a national model for our comprehensive approach to helping the homeless. Our program's main catalyst for success - the Homeless Assistance Centers - operate as one-stop temporary care entry points that provide not just food and shelter, but comprehensive case management, health care, dental care, psychiatric care, day care, job development and training, job placement, permanent housing assistance and other help from a variety of social service agencies - all under one roof.
Changing the world one young woman at a time, since 1997.
Founded in 1997, the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program (WOT) inspires, motivates and empowers young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities. WOT is believed to be the only program of its kind in the country, pairing extremely accomplished professional women with small groups of at-risk teenage girls in public high schools for monthly mentoring sessions in a three to four year mentoring program. Women of Tomorrow currently operates in 43 Florida and 13 Metro Detroit cities serving over 2,500 at-risk young women annually in 130 public high schools with its network of over 350 highly accomplished professional women. Since the inception of its Scholarship Program in 2000, WOT has awarded over $3.2 million in scholarships to 1,186 WOT Mentees.
Inspire. Empower. Enrich.
Opened in 2003, the mission of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) is to inspire and empower youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services. OYC programs are designed to engage children in educational and recreational activities that promote their physical, cognitive, motor, social, and emotional development. After-school services are provided both at our site and within our partner schools and are coordinated closely with in-school services. During the after school hours, students attend daily educational enrichment classes focused on homework assistance, skill building, FCAT preparation, and remediation. Students participate in daily recreational activities that include culturally diverse forms of physical exercise and creative arts.
Where hope blossoms
The mission of Lotus House is to improve the lives of homeless women, youth and children by providing sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to improve the quality of their lives on every level, achieve greater self sufficiency, and build safe, secure lives. In their dreams come true, we enrich our community with the fruit of their potential realized. To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of homeless women, youth and children to raise awareness of their special needs; inspire innovative, holistic solutions that truly break the cycle of childhood abuse, domestic violence and homelessness; and advance research and enlightened social policies for greater understanding, social inclusion and resources for homeless women and children.