Here are some of our favorite charities located in Oklahoma City, OK. 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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Supporting and Operating the OK Kids Korral, a Home for Children Battling Cancer
The mission of The Toby Keith Foundation is to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients and to support OK Kids Korral. The Toby Keith Foundation has been helping children with cancer since 2006 and continues its services through partnerships with hospitals, caregivers, foundations and civic groups. OK Kids Korral provides a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, Peggy & Charles Stephenson Cancer Center and other nearby facilities.
Preserves and interprets the evolving history
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum in Oklahoma City collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs and ground-breaking scholarly research to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of our American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture.
Fostering appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts
For nearly a century, the Oklahoma City Art Museum has actively pursued its mission of fostering appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibition, education, collection and preservation. Serving the central Oklahoma community as well as the entire state, the Museum fills a need for public arts education and is a leader in innovative, contemporary programming.
Discoveries that make a difference
Chartered in 1946, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) is one of the oldest, most respected independent research institutes in the nation. Located in Oklahoma City - America's heartland - OMRF fosters a worldwide reputation for excellence by following an innovative cross-disciplinary approach to biomedical research. OMRF scientists rank among the top in academic and independent research institutes nationally for receipt of competitive research funds. Breakthrough discoveries and sophisticated core research facilities keep OMRF on the cutting edge of pioneering biomedical science. OMRF is committed to staying at the forefront of biomedical discovery so more can live longer, healthier lives.
Founded in 1923, United Way of Central Oklahoma is creating lasting changes in people's lives throughout central Oklahoma. No longer just a fundraising organization, today United Way is on the front lines of some of our community's most pressing problems. While providing critical funding to results-oriented programs at proven non-profit agencies will always be central to our work, increasingly we find ourselves called upon to address needs even more directly. From helping to write our community's disaster response plan, to addressing the startling number of high school dropouts, United Way is engaged and actively seeking solutions to some of our most challenging issues. We harness the power of 50,000 local donors, thousands of volunteers, corporate and government partners, and outstanding non-profit Partner Agencies to impact the lives of more than 800,000 central Oklahomans.
Bringing social and economic equality to impoverished citizens in our community
The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City was established in 1946 as an affiliate of the National Urban League and a United Way Partner Agency. Today, the Urban League serves more than 10,000 clients annually. Our mission is to assist African Americans, other minorities and the poor achieve social and economic equality. We work to accomplish this mission through advocacy, research and program services in five major areas: employment & training, children & families, entrepreneurship, urban health and affordable housing.
Enriching people's lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science
Founded in 1958, Science Museum Oklahoma enriches people's lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. Every year we inspire more than 500,000 people to explore, learn and play. Whether it's helping teachers bring science alive in their classrooms or creating opportunities for families to learn together, Science Museum Oklahoma is dedicated to transforming how people learn about science.
A center for transformation
Since 1960, City Rescue Mission has been a center for transformation, changing lives plagued with addiction, poverty, mental illness and homelessness to lives filled with stability, health and hope. Our emergency relief services meet the immediate physical needs of men, women and children who are homeless: nourishing food, a hot shower, clean clothing and a safe night's rest. For some, this help is all they need to get back on their feet. Our recovery program provides opportunities for men, women and families to address life issues-addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling, domestic violence, lack of education and job skills, mental illness, spiritual bankruptcy-and to gain the confidence and knowledge to become productive members of our community.
Enriching Our Communities Through Advancement of the Arts.
Since its founding in 1971, Allied Arts has mobilized more than $63 million through its signature program, a community-wide fundraising campaign to benefit central Oklahoma's cultural landscape. Campaign funds are directed to Allied Arts' 26 member agencies and other qualified cultural nonprofits - on average, 20 per year - in support of arts education, free and affordable cultural programming, and healing arts. On an annual basis, Allied Arts-funded programs impact the lives of approximately one million people including the hospitalized, elderly, veterans, at-risk and low-income schoolchildren, and families. Just last year, Allied Arts member agencies provided more than 545,000 arts experiences for Oklahoma youth in the classroom as well as at afterschool sites, libraries, community centers and agency facilities. With Allied Arts funding, cultural nonprofits are in a position to offer community programming at no cost or very affordable rates to ensure heightened access to the arts.
Oklahoma's only professional musical theatre company
The mission of the Lyric Theatre is to produce excellent professional musical theatre, nurture artistic talent, promote collaboration among the arts, and enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans. Founded in 1963, Lyric Theatre is Oklahoma's only professional year-round musical theatre company. Beginning in the summer of 2002, Lyric Theatre moved its summer season from the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Auditorium to the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre in the newly renovated Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. For 46 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites. Lyric productions include the best of classic, modern, artistic, and family theatre for an audience of over 50,000 people.
To develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts
The Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain is a private, non-profit organization with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. Since 1977, the Oklahoma Arts Institute has recruited nationally renowned artists to teach a fine arts program for talented Oklahoma youth and a series of continuing education workshops for adults. All programs are held at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.
A home away from home
Formed in 1981, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City carries out its mission by providing the best possible resources, facilities and services benefiting children and their families at a time of need or crisis. The Ronald McDonald House and Family Room provide a "home away from home" for family members of hospitalized children. Grants and scholarships are also provided through the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Healing for Individuals and Their Families
A Chance to Change Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit agency that offers education classes, workshops and prevention programs to those suffering from addictions, behavioral disorders and those whose families have been affected. ACTC is funded by fees, insurance reimbursement, donations from individuals and corporations, private foundation grants, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Central Oklahoma United Way, and other sources. ACTC is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of community volunteers. Each member brings unique attributes to the board while all possessing a common passion for the mission of A Chance to Change. We are proud to be accredited by CARF for Integrated Treatment Services. As part of our accreditation, we have a corporate compliance program.
Share the power of a wish.
Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded in 1982, our chapter has granted more than 2,700 wishes to eligible Oklahoma children. The Oklahoma chapter is part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world, with 63 chapters in the United States and its territories, along with affiliates in 33 countries on five continents. Make-A-Wish® estimates a positive impact on more than 300,000 individuals each year.
Voices for Oklahoma's Future.
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) works to create awareness, take action and change policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma's children. OICA fights for policies that improve the lives of children and families by being their voice at the State Capitol and in the communities where they live and learn. For three decades, the Institute has informed and educated state policymakers and other citizens on the importance of investing wisely in children and families.
Creating community ownership in the success of every child.
Our mission is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in Oklahoma City Public Schools. There are many challenges that face OKCPS and the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is committed to providing hope and opportunity for every single child. With your support, The Foundation is able to train bilingual teachers, match donations made to DonorsChoose.org, manage the new Partners In Action initiative that connects community partners with local schools and a host of other efforts that are making a real difference in the lives of our students.
Providing the community with quality, accessible and affordable arts programming and education
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, formed in 1989 as City Arts Center by Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, is committed to providing the community with quality, accessible and affordable arts programming and education. Oklahoma Contemporary is able to educate Oklahomans through adult classes and workshops, art camps for local youth, art exhibitions, lectures, and film nights. Oklahoma Contemporary encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions and endeavor to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.
Because no baby should go hungry...
Infant Crisis Services provides life-sustaining formula, food and diapers to babies in toddler in times of crisis. Infant Crisis Services employees and volunteers provide education, emotional support, and guidance to the families we are privileged to serve. Each individual is treated with respect, kindness, compassion and love. Infant Crisis Services is also a link to connect families with other helping agencies in addition to programs leading to self-sufficiency. As responsible stewards, we are loyal to our mission while serving the tiniest of the poor and hungry. Since our inception in 1984, we have provided food, diapers, clothing and hope for more than 162,000 babies and toddlers.
The flagship of the conservative movement in Oklahoma
Founded in 1993, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) accumulates, evaluates, and disseminates public policy ideas and information for Oklahoma consistent with the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual initiative. OCPA's vision is to be recognized as a highly respected independent public policy institute, whose research, analysis, and commentary guides the formation of Oklahoma's public policies and helps Oklahoma to become the leader, specifically within our seven-state region, in all aspects of economic performance and quality of life issues.
GREAT Futures Start Here
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County inspires and enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. BGCOKC annually serves 3,600 Club members in four locations: Memorial Park Club in Oklahoma City, Cesar Chavez Elementary and Santa Fe South in South Oklahoma City, and Telstar Elementary in Midwest City. Tuition is only $10 per club member for the entire year.