Here are some of our favorite charities located in Nashville, 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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Founded in 1969, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
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Founded in 1974, Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. SOTN strives to empower the people we serve by helping them to realize their full potential and develop skills through year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Tennessee conducts 17 different sports throughout the year and supports 32 area programs that include all Tennessee counties.
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The Next Door will equip women in crisis to develop lives of wholeness and hope. The Next Door provides a continuum of evidence based services for women and their families impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration with Christ-centered compassionate care. We are a Christ-centered organization. We welcome all people. No one is forced to believe in Christ, but they will be cared for with Christ-centered principles.
Helping the hurting of Middle Tennessee
Providing hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity to the hungry, homeless, and hurting.Since our founding in 1954, we have desired to provide not only meals and beds, but also support and long-term treatment for men and women with addictions and other debilitating problems.
Working to ensure excellence in public education
Nashville Public Education Foundation, in collaboration with the leadership of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, government officials and community leaders, identifies opportunities and raises private funding for strategic initiatives that will result in transformative improvement in educational outcomes for Nashville's students. We envision a Nashville where all children can attend an excellent public school that will open the door to a rewarding, opportunity rich life; a Nashville where K-12 public education is the pride of the city and a model for the state, country and the world.
Partnering with Africa to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises
Blood:Water is an equipping agency that partners with African grassroots organizations to address the HIV/AIDS and water crises. We do this by identifying Africa's hidden heroes and coming alongside their vision for change. Through technical, financial and organizational support, we expand the reach and effectiveness of African civil society organizations and the communities they serve. Founded by the multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning band, Jars of Clay, Blood:Water began as a call to personalize the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The members of the band were committed to share the often-untold stories: those of creative, compassionate, hard-working Africans bringing health, hope and healing into their respective communities.
Linking community resources with Nashville Public Schools
Founded in 1982, PENCIL Foundation is the premier organization linking community resources of both volunteers and materials with Metro Nashville Public Schools. PENCIL administers eight educational programs that involve the community as volunteers and mentors, provide academic enrichment opportunities, prepare students for graduation and get school supplies in the hands of children who need them.
Building Better Lives
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since 1985, Habitat of Greater Nashville has built or renovated more than 810 homes, serving more than 2,700 people, including 1,750 children, throughout Davidson, Wilson, Dickson, and Cheatham counties.Habitat homebuyers invest 200 hours of time participating in a series of homeownership classes called HomeWORKS, volunteering at Habitat's ReStores, and helping to build their home as well as the homes of their neighbors. Equipped with new skills and strategies for success, families purchase their home through a mortgage loan provided by Habitat at 0% interest. Habitat's four ReStore locations are an important social enterprise, generating significant earned income for the agency. Habitat ReStores sell used and new home and office furnishings and building supplies to the public at discounted prices.
Creating a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere
PearlPoint Cancer Support provides personalized guidance and compassionate support to any adult impacted by cancer. Founded in 1987, we seek to come alongside survivors and co-survivors from the moment of diagnosis, and help them more confidently navigate their cancer journey. All services are free of charge, regardless of location or treatment facility. Services include, cancer education resources, clinical trial information, nutritional guidance, cancer supportive services and MY PearlPoint, an online portal that provides personalized guidance for each individual cancer journey.
Help. Hope. Healing. For children and families affected by child sexual abuse.
Founded in 1987, the Our Kids mission is to provide expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse, and to increase community awareness, conduct research and offer education and training about child maltreatment.
Sharing the love of Christ by serving those in need through health care
In 1989, a group of members of Belmont Church in Nashville heard God's calling to find a biblical solution to meet the needs of people with limited resources who were suffering due to a lack of health insurance. From that vision, Siloam Family Health Center was born. While Siloam began as a neighborhood clinic, today it serves uninsured people from all over Nashville and the surrounding areas. Patients are asked to participate in their health care by making a contribution depending on the services provided and their financial ability. No one is ever turned away because they cannot afford to contribute to the ministry. Siloam does not bill patients and we do not file insurance.
Dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living & social responsibility
Our mission: A worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. For more than 140 years, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee has been giving people of all ages the tools they need to learn, grow and thrive. With 15 centers and hundreds of program locations, the YMCA reaches 268,000 people--nearly a third of them children--in Middle Tennessee-by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the community's health and well-being and providing opportunities to serve others and support our neighbors.
Exceptional Youth, Strong Families, Full Lives
The ministry that is now known as Martha O'Bryan Center began in 1894, when Miss Martha O'Bryan organized The Gleaners Society at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville to assist her in delivering food, clothing and furniture to families in need. On a foundation of Christian faith, the Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship. Martha O'Bryan Center services are targeted to the 1,856 residents who live in 720 apartments in the James A. Cayce Homes, Nashville's oldest and largest public housing development, as well as residents of surrounding East Nashville neighborhoods. Joining Martha O'Bryan Center in service to the families of East Nashville is the CWA-Cayce Learning Center, which serves families in Cayce and the CWA Plaza Apartments.
Connecting individuals and families to hope, to healing, and to one another
Family & Children's Service (FCS) serves all people in crisis and transition by meeting them where they are, understanding their needs, and connecting them to the resources they need. FCS often ‘fills in the gaps' in social services, creating a safety net to ensure that all children and families can be safe and healthy. Each year we provide direct services to more than 32,000 clients, and phone-based crisis, intervention, and referral services to another 200,000 Tennesseans.
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville offers an opportunity for donors to unite under one umbrella in order to affect change and improve lives. Additionally, the organization brings together volunteers, health and human service agencies, government officials and other leaders in the community to assess and respond to the immediate needs of Nashville. The mission of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is to bring together people and organizations to create a community where individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive. We achieve community impact by focusing on issues that will improve education, financial stability, and healthy behaviors in our most vulnerable neighborhoods.
Great Futures Start Here
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We accomplish our mission through three vehicles of service: after school programming; summer enrichment; and sport leagues. Through these vehicles we offer our Club members hope and opportunity; ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals; life-enriching programs with character development experiences; and a safe place to learn and grow.
Dedicated to excellence in performance and education programs, while engaging the community and shaping cultural life.
Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned international recognition for its artistic achievement and its acoustically superb concert hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center. With 140 performances annually, the 81-member orchestra is an arts leader in Middle Tennessee and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops, jazz, special events, and family concerts. In addition to its concert schedule, the ensemble provides numerous education and community engagement programs that reach more than 200,000 people annually. The Nashville Symphony is recognized as a leading recording orchestra, having released 21 recordings since 2000. The orchestra has earned 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® wins.
Helping adults 50 and older maintain their independence
The mission of FiftyForward is to provide adults 50+ pathways to health, well-being and lifelong learning. For more than 50 years, FiftyForward (formerly Senior Citizens, Inc.) has been Middle Tennessee's premier agency serving persons 50 years of age and older. The organization provides group and individual activities and services (including travel) to support an independent lifestyle and foster dignity and self worth. Moreover, FiftyForward is committed to keeping frail, homebound seniors living independently in their own homes as long as possible.
Promoting, protecting and advocating for the rights of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities
The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville is a family based organization that promotes, protects and advocates for the right of people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to live self-determined, meaningful lives in inclusive communities. The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville envisions communities in which people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are accorded the respect, dignity, equality, safety and security to which all members of society are entitled, have the opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of society, and have access to the supports and resources they need in order to make and act on decisions about their own lives.
Where girls grow strong
The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee began its journey in 1917 in Nashville. Since then many girls and communities have become a part of the Girl Scout legacy of taking today's girls and making them the leaders of tomorrow. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee comprises more than 14,000 girls and 7,000 adult volunteers in 39 counties. Girl Scout troops provide girls with opportunities for social interaction and new experiences. Under the guidance of trained, adult role models girls work toward individual and group goals and develop positive values.
Sweeping Vistas. Botanical Gardens. Museum of Art.
MISSIONTo preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.VISIONCheekwood will be a nationally recognized destination renowned for its distinctive beauty, historical significance, and excellence in art and horticulture.VALUES- Celebration of Beauty that nurtures the spirit- Historical Preservation that pays tribute to the past- Education that stimulates the mind- Financial Responsibility in stewarding our resources- Creativity that ensures we are dynamic and innovative- Collaboration that embraces our community- Excellence as our standard of operation in all areas
Helping homeless animals
The Nashville Humane Association (NHA) is one of the oldest service organizations in Nashville. The roots of NHA can be traced back to a society founded in 1887 to protect children from inhumane working conditions and draft horses from mistreatment. NHA was incorporated in 1946 to protect the well being of animals in Davidson County. Today, the NHA is committed to finding responsible homes, controlling pet overpopulation and promoting the humane treatment of animals. Over 4,000 healthy and temperamentally sound animals are placed each year into loving homes and over 8,000 animals were spay or neutered throughout our community.
Identifying and preserving the evolving history and traditions of country music
Founded in 1963, the Country Music Foundation (CMF) operates the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which opened in 1967. The mission of the CMF is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the CMF serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry, and the general public - in the Nashville area, the nation, and the world. The Museum's operations also include educational programs, CMF Press and CMF Records, the Country Music Foundation Library, and the historic sites RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print.
Where Youth Grow, Thrive, and Create Positive Change
Oasis Center was founded to provide community-based care for youth experiencing alcohol and drug problems. Oasis Center has evolved over the past four decades into one of the nation's leading youth-serving organizations, offering safety and support to Nashville's most vulnerable and disconnected youth, while seeking to also teach young people how to transform the conditions that create problems for them in the first place. We believe that Nashville should be and can be a model community where all young people enter adulthood connected with positive social support systems and prepared for productive and fulfilling lives. We embrace our responsibility to change the odds in our community that will allow more young people to thrive and move into a healthy adulthood.
The healing starts here
The Sexual Assault Center (S.A.C.) opened its doors in 1978. Today, we are the only place in Middle Tennessee that is exclusively dedicated to providing counseling to child and adult sexual assault victims. In addition, we have programs that educate students on how to recognize and prevent sexual assault. Our counselors are specialists in the field and have worked with more than 20,000 survivors since we opened our doors. Approximately half of our clients are children. With treatment, clients can begin to heal – moving beyond trauma into living healthy, productive lives. We take a holistic approach and work with the entire family. Beyond individual treatment, we offer group therapy sessions for children, teens, men, women, and families of survivors.
The mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Approximately 600,000 people in 46 Tennessee counties receive food from SHFB each year. Food is distributed through not-for-profit agencies such as senior centers, treatment facilities, low-income day care centers, and food pantries. SHFB operates an Emergency Food Box program in Davidson County that helps individuals and families with emergency food needs. SHFB's Children's Feeding Programs provide low-income children with a nutritious evening meal or a BackPack bag of food for the weekend when school meals are not available. The Middle Tennessee's Table program rescues food products from grocery stores and distributes them to partner agencies in our 46-county service area. The Project Preserve Program produces and brokers millions of pounds of food for distribution to agencies in Middle Tennessee as well as to food banks across the country.
Creating legendary productions and programs and providing exceptional service
Established in 1981, the mission of the Nashville Opera is to create legendary productions and programs and provide exceptional service. In addition to mainstage productions, Nashville Opera offers a variety of engaging activities that celebrate and illuminate the art form of opera such as youth education programs, the Opera Club and Forte, a young professionals group of Opera lovers.
Providing support, encouragement, & compassion to children, adolescents & families in need
Founded in 1985, Daystar offers counseling to kids and families in the Middle Tennessee area. Daystar offers both individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, families, and young adults. Counseling services are provided on a sliding scale. Daystar's model is "one-life-touching-another". It is demonstrated through one-on-one counseling sessions between a kid & a counselor, but also through group counseling, where kids learn to how to respond to each other and encourage one another.
Spiritual, educational, vocational
Nashville Inner City Ministry (NICM) began in 1979 as an outreach to the young people living in the public housing projects of Nashville's inner city. Today, a core group of 1,000 dedicated volunteers enter every major public housing development in Nashville's inner city communities and transport up to 1,000 children and teenagers to life skill Bible classes that are held in locations throughout Nashville and the surrounding communities. Many of the young people that NICM works with find themselves homeless, helpless, hopeless, hungry, and hostile. With patience and encouragement, all of life's problems can be endured and a positive, healthy quality of life can be born out of despair at any point in someone's life.
Students taking a right stand
Founded in 1984, STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand) is the leader in school-based Student Assistance Program services in Middle Tennessee. At STARS, we help schools tackle tough issues that threaten the emotional, psychological and academic well-being of area students issues such as substance abuse, violence, bullying, harassment, family conflicts and divorce, grief and loss, and myriad of other concerns. Through assemblies, classroom presentations, and group or individual counseling sessions, STARS assists schools in preventing and confronting these difficult challenges.
Be the change. Volunteer.
Hands On Nashville's mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. We connect volunteers to critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community - like hunger, homelessness, and environmental issues - and we've been at it for more than 20 years. It all started with one Nashvillian's desire to find meaningful ways for people to volunteer back in 1991. Today, we're one of the largest volunteer resource centers in the world. In 2012, HON connected or referred 117,500 volunteers to more than 4,000 service opportunities.
Providing access to affordable, quality dental care.
The mission of Interfaith Dental Clinic is to restore, protect and improve the oral health of uninsured, low-income working people, their children, and the elderly in Middle Tennessee through access to affordable quality dental care, oral disease prevention services, and oral health education. Interfaith Dental Clinic's vision is that every individual has the opportunity to achieve and sustain a healthy smile. The clinic is based in Nashville but in 2012 opened a satellite clinic in Murfreesboro to serve the Rutherford County community. The clinics have 15 operatories and state-of-the-art equipment.
Offering hope to the next generation through Christ's love.
Rocketown's mission is to offer hope to the next generation through Christ's love. Our vision is to be THE place for peace, purpose, and possibilities for youth. Our approach to working with youth is holistic, with programs and services nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of young people. Rocketown serves youth between 8 and 22 years of age of all races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. All young people are welcome at Rocketown, and we regularly interact with those are under-served, unsupported, disconnected, and feel isolated and hopeless. We believe young people grow and learn more readily in a community that is welcoming, diverse, and challenges them to think.Founded by Contemporary Christian Music Artist Michael W. Smith in 1994, Rocketown has served more than 1,000,000 since its inception, through intramural sports activities, after school programs, ministry and outreach programs, live concert events, Tennessee's only indoor skatepark, and our on site coffee bar.
Connecting the community through information, music, and entertainment
Nashville Public Radio, WPLN 90.3FM and 1430AM, began in 1962 with broadcasts from studios in the Richland Park branch of the Nashville Public Library. Nashville Public Radio's mission is to connect the community through trusted information, inspiring music, and unique entertainment. For over 40 years, listeners in middle Tennessee have turned to this community-supported service for programming that inspires conversation and curiosity, educates, and entertains.
Investing in the cultural and educational life of every Nashville citizen
Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) raises private funds to enhance the programs, facilities and collections of the Nashville Public Library. Private support through the Foundation funds exceptional programming and extraordinary spaces. For example, the Limitless Libraries partnership redefines the role of the public library by giving students in all Metro Nashville Public Schools access to more than 2 million books and other materials delivered right to their school library.
Television worth watching...television worth supporting
Founded in 1998, Nashville Public Television (NPT) inspires, educates, and engages our community through excellence in public media and through meaningful collaborations. NPT is an enduring, dynamic, and integral part of the community and uniquely enriches the lives of citizens in Middle Tennessee and beyond.
Preventing, reducing, and intervening in family homelessness
Safe Haven Family Shelter empowers Middle Tennessee homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. We are a shelter-to-housing program which accepts entire homeless families and provides comprehensive services. As our name implies, we have an emergency shelter program, but we also offer a Transitional Housing Program and Rapid Rehousing Program. Safe Haven Family Shelter's comprehensive approach is one of service, compassion, trauma-informed care and evidenced-bases practices.
Creating a dynamic connection unique to live theater.
Tennessee Repertory Theatre exists to serve through creating Ah-ha! moments that inspire empathy, prod intellectual and emotional engagement, and expand the creative capacity of audience and artists through the dynamic connection unique to live theatre. Our vision is to be a strong and vital professional regional theater that is an indispensable part of our community's creative life, widely embraced and deeply valued as an essential source for illuminating artistic experiences and exciting entertainment, and recognized as a model of sustainability that is home for a thriving community of professional artists and whose name is synonymous with excellence in every aspect.
Affordable, quality healthcare for uninsured and underinsured working people and their families
Faith Family Medical Center seeks to follow the commitment of people of faith to provide hope and medical care to the working uninsured and other underserved by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Providing educational and medical treatment options concerning reproductive health decisions
In response to growing awareness of the need for affordable and accessible family planning services, the first Planned Parenthood chapter in Tennessee was opened in the eastern region in 1961. PPMET is a recognized and respected leader in providing reproductive, sexual and complementary healthcare and comprehensive sexuality education to women, men and teens regardless of race, age, income status, religion or sexual orientation. We believe that the self-determined pursuit of sexual health is important for everyone's well-being and quality of life.
The strength of a people. The power of community.
The Jewish Federation of Nashville is the central voluntary communal organization of the Jewish community. Through its fund-raising, planning and community relations efforts, either independently or in partnership with other Jewish organizations, the Federation works to promote the general welfare, viability and cohesiveness of the Jewish community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people locally, in Israel and around the world.