Here are some of our favorite charities located in Phoenix, AZ. 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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Providing respite and palliative care to Arizona's most medically fragile children.
Ryan House provides family respite service and end-of-life care to Arizona children with life-limiting conditions from diagnosis through death, easing pain and suffering while improving quality of life for the entire family. A national leader in pediatric palliative care, we are the only facility in Arizona and one of two in the country.
Bringing Hope. Providing Health. Transforming Communities.
Since 1970, Esperança has been providing health and hope for the world's poor through health and development projects and a volunteer surgical program in more than fourteen countries around the world, including the United States. Our mission is to improve health and provide hope for families in the poorest communities of the world through sustainable disease prevention, education and treatment. Each project is unique to the needs of that community, and we partner with local trusted agencies and community leaders at each project site to ensure that programs are culturally appropriate and build capacity. Esperança provides long-term solutions that promote sustainability and empowerment of the entire community.
Arizona's Oldest and Largest No-Kill Shelter
Founded in 1971, Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL/SPCA) is the state's oldest and largest no-kill shelter. We provide a full range of services to the community in an attempt to lower the euthanasia rate and increase the "live release" rate of animals in Arizona, a state which has one of the highest euthanasia rates in the country. Our shelter facilities provide a temporary home for nearly 5,000 dogs and cats every year, offering medical and behavioral treatment for those in need. The Mission of AAWL/SPCA is to create a world where there are no homeless dogs or cats. Our Vision is to be the community's leading source for pet adoptions, veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare. We are a no-kill shelter in that we do not euthanize animals except for the rare occasion when it is in the best interest of the animal, usually from untreatable medical conditions. We are a registered 501c3 organization
We tell stories worth singing
Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. We are among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music-- cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.
Supporting families of public safety
Officially organized in 1968 as the Phoenix 100 Club, the 100 Club of Arizona is a volunteer, benevolent organization committed to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The mission of the 100 Club of Arizona is to provide financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.
Promoting the elimination of hunger
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian organization, that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry. Serving 13 of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. By partnering with 534 Arizona agencies, the Food Bank is able to distribute food to 700 sites. Keeping pace with the incredible upturn in need that has followed the poor economic climate and the huge rise in unemployment and underemployment, the Food Bank will distribute more than 65 million pounds of food in 2008-09 to meets the needs of the ever-rising number of Arizona's hungry - providing enough food into the community to provide nearly 300,000 meals per day.
To advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center's (SARRC) mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. SARRC provides programs that address the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) of all ages by offering an early intervention program for newly diagnosed children up to 6 years of age; a seven-classroom inclusive preschool for children from 18 months to 5 years of age; K-12 school consultation services; home-based programs; intensive parent training for families living in rural communities; community-based life skills and vocational experiences for teens (ages 13-18); and employment services for adults. In 2016, SARRC served nearly 1,000 children, teens and adults with ASD through our clinical and research programs; educated over 5,200 parents, family members, typical peers and community members; and provided training to 600 educational and medical professionals.
Phoenix Art Museum is a vibrant destination connecting people to great art from around the world to enrich their lives and communities. This vision is supported by four pillars which are Exceptional Art, Enrichment and Learning, Broad Audience, and Fiscal Stability and Organizational Excellence.
Building futures for children and families
From humble beginnings dating back to 1915, Phoenix Day has taken huge strides to be innovative and progressive in addressing the needs of early care and education, as well as supporting the comprehensive well being of the children we serve. Phoenix Day's HealthLinks Program provides our families with much-needed case management and assistance in enrolling in AHCCCS. Through the eligibility process, HealthLinks coordinators promote the availability of a variety of health resources available for our families. In addition, HealthLinks partners with ten community agencies to provide the same health-related services to over 500 families each year.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
The Valley of the Sun YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Valley of the Sun YMCA was established in 1892, and currently operates18 branches and two resident camps in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The vision of the YMCA is to be a premier provider of programs and services that enhance the quality of life for individuals and families by anticipating and responding to the evolving needs of our communities. We offer health and fitness, sports, and aquatics programs, child care, summer camps, and enrichment programs for adults.
Founded in 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way's mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our vision is to build a caring community where all children and youth succeed, families are self-sufficient, and all people enjoy maximum health and independence.
Giving voice to a uniquely American people
Opened in 1929, the Heard Museum works to educate the public about the heritage and living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with an emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest. Since its founding as a small museum in a small southwestern town, the Heard has grown in size and stature to where now it is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. The Heard is a living museum - giving voice to a uniquely American people. Through innovative programs, world-class exhibitions and unmatched festivals, the Heard Museum sets the standard nationally for collaborating with Native people to present first-person voices. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.
Great futures start here!
Founded in 1946, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (BGCMP) provides services to more than 34,000 boys and girls annually, operating a total of 12 clubhouses throughout the central and west area Valley, a full-service dental clinic and outreach services. BGCMP enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our focus is to provide quality after-school programs, under the supervision of a professional staff, that supplement and enhance their learning and nurturing environments.
Breathes life into well-crafted stories
Phoenix Theatre breathes life into well-crafted stories, to serve and benefit a growing, diverse and increasingly urban community. Phoenix Theatre, originally founded as the Phoenix Players in 1920, is the oldest arts organizations in Arizona and remains one of the oldest operating arts organizations in the country. Phoenix Theatre has launched stars in the industry, developed young audiences, introduced emerging playwrights and composers, created a space for alternative and experimental theatre, and hosted world premieres. Most importantly, it remains at the center of an active arts complex serving its audiences by creating dynamic, professional productions while following its mission of educating and elevating the growing Phoenix artistic and cultural community.
Fighting For Air
The American Lung Association (ALA) of the Southwest consists of the American Lung Associations serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The American Lung Association is committed to preventing lung disease and promoting lung health through education, research, and advocacy. We offer practical help to people living with asthma, emphysema and other lung diseases. We also confront lung disease at the root level, educating kids about the dangers of smoking, pushing for more smoke-free workplaces and even working to reduce air pollution.
Where girls grow strong
Girl Scouts, Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is Arizona's pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls, where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, Girl Scouts cultivate their full individual potential. The qualities they develop in Girl Scouting - leadership, values, social conscience, and conviction about their own self-worth - serve them all their lives. The Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is unique because we serve a vast jurisdictional area encompassing approximately 75,000 square miles of our great state.
Improving the lives of animals since 1957
Founded in 1957 by a compassionate group of volunteers who recognized the need to end animal suffering in the community, the Arizona Humane Society envisions a world in which all people regard companion animals as lifelong, valued family members; embrace their responsibility for the welfare of animals; and respect, value and protect the animals with whom we share this earth. Our mission is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. We safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.
Advancing excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants
Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world's finest collections of desert plants. Founded in 1939, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year. The Garden's commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.
Promoting the well being of the natural world
The Phoenix Zoo provides experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. The Zoo has served more than 42 million people since opening in 1962 and more than 1.5 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo is located on 125 acres in Phoenix's Papago Park, with 40 acres currently developed and is home to more than 1,300 animals including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians from around the world. The Zoo has approximately 100 viewing exhibits on four Zoo trails: Africa, Arizona, Children's and Tropics; more than 1,200 plant varieties that make up the botanical collection; and participates in 37 Species Survival Plans to breed and maintain endangered species in captivity.
Improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by bleeding disorders
The Arizona Hemophilia Association (AHA) is a volunteer-based non-profit that works to improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by bleeding disorders by providing caring support, quality education and targeted advocacy aimed at enhancing medical care and insurance coverage for our community in the entire state of Arizona. The AHA has served families and individuals affected by bleeding disorders in Arizona since 1967, providing bilingual and bicultural services and programs. We are the only such organization in the state of Arizona.
Helping Donors Give With a Passion for More Than 30 Years
Established in 1978, the mission of the Arizona Community Foundation is to lead, serve and collaborate to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona. With regional affiliates across the state, ACF is a family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. Funds are established for the common good or for special purposes, and grants are awarded annually in the areas of health and human services; education; community and economic development; animal welfare and the environment; law, justice and public safety; and scientific research.
Hands-on, eye-opening fun
The mission of the Arizona Science Center (ASC) is to inspire, educate, and entertain people about science. Located in downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a five-story giant-screen theater, live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions, and exciting science programs for people of all ages. The ASC was originally opened by members of the Junior League of Phoenix in 1984 as the Arizona Museum of Science and Technology, and provided hands-on science learning to more than 750,000 children and adults during its 13-year history. Construction of a new facility began in 1994 and the new ASC opened to the public in April 1997.
Providing an immediate response to basic human needs
At ICM Food & Clothing Bank (formerly known as Interfaith Cooperative Ministries), we meet the needs of more than 100 families and individuals every day, six days a week. Our mission is "providing an immediate response to basic human needs." Essential items such as food boxes (that last up to several days), clothing, toiletries, household goods are given to clients who come to ICM; a free medical clinic once a month is also provided, and screening day by day for blood pressure and other basic issues. The majority are working poor, many are elderly on fixed incomes (some raising grandchildren), and some are disabled mentally and/or physically. Some are veterans. Nobody is turned away who needs help.ICM began 31 years ago as an interfaith collaboration among local Christian and Jewish congregations, and has expanded to include many supporters of civic organizations, schools, and corporate employee groups, foundations and corporations.
Better jobs for better tomorrows.
Arizona Women's Education and Employment (AWEE) changes lives through the dignity of work. Founded in 1981, AWEE makes it possible for generous people in our community to help women overcome obstacles and get better jobs, creating better tomorrows for themselves, their families and their community. AWEE clients receive connections to Arizona's best employers to make great job matches; skills training, coaching, mentoring and support; assistance with travel, transportation, clothing and interview preparation; access to the innovation economy via entrepreneurship trainings and leadership development opportunities; and connections to a supportive community that offers essential caring, nurturing and advocacy for long-term career success.
Serving children and families through foster care and adoption
Founded in 1982, Christian Family Care Agency is a private nonprofit, 501(c)(3) social services agency that provides program focused on meeting the needs of children and families in Arizona. CFC's fundamental belief is that a nurturing family is vital to every child's success. Hundreds of children that have come to CFC in crisis situations are now part of loving and caring families. Our programs include adoption, foster care, pregnancy counseling, and child and family counseling.
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish America helps to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the organization is one of the nation's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes, on average. It has granted more than 225,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
Home away from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix is a welcoming "home away from home" for families with children facing medical challenges, providing an atmosphere of comfort, hope and courage. The families who benefit from RMHC travel far from home to receive treatment for their child at world-renowned pediatric centers located in Phoenix. Their child's treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It's a long time to be away from home or to divide a family, and often times commuting or staying at a hotel is either impossible or financially challenging for a family. RMHC is able to help families overcome these obstacles by providing low-cost, temporary housing that is near their child's hospital.
Improving Phoenix's competitiveness
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is one of the region's premier economic development groups. GPEC has been working on behalf of businesses looking to relocate and expand -- at absolutely no cost to the company -- for nearly 25 years. We are a public-private partnership representing Maricopa County, 22 communities throughout the region and more than 160 private investors. Our mission is to attract quality businesses to the Greater Phoenix region from around the world, and to advocate and champion foundational efforts to improve the region's competitiveness.
A Voice For Arizona's Children For Over 25 Years
Children's Action Alliance (CAA) is an independent voice for Arizona children at the state capitol and in the community. CAA works to improve children's health, education, and security through information and action. Through research, publications, media campaigns, and advocacy, CAA seeks to influence policies and decisions affecting the lives of Arizona children and their families on issues related to health, child abuse and neglect, early care and education, budget and taxes, juvenile justice, children and immigration, and working families. CAA works toward a future in which all children have health insurance, no child is raised in poverty and hunger, every child enters school ready to learn and succeed, no child endures the ravages of abuse and neglect, every child has a place to call home, and struggling teens have the support they need to become responsible adults.
In defense of liberty
The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty. The Institute develops innovative, principled solutions to pressing issues facing the states and enforces constitutionally limited government through litigation. The Institute focuses its work on expanding economic freedom and educational opportunity, bringing transparency to government, and protecting the rights guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. and state constitutions. The Goldwater Institute was founded in 1988 with Barry Goldwater's blessing.
Transforming lives through mentoring
Since 1989, New Pathways for Youth has positively impacted the lives of more than 5,500 at-risk youth, with dramatic and demonstrable success. In its first year, New Pathways provided mentoring services to 40 youths from the Greater Phoenix area. Today, there are over 500 youths served annually. Throughout its history, New Pathways has developed programming that transforms the lives of at-risk youth through the power of mentoring. Having grown by acquisition of mentoring programs over the years, the organization has become a thought leader in transformative mentoring programs.New Pathways serves youth whose needs go far beyond companionship. The youth face environmental circumstances (poverty, gangs, substance abuse, violence, etc.) that have resulted in problematic and disruptive attitudes and behaviors. New Pathways for Youth facilitates transformative relationships between youth ages 9 - 21 and adult mentors, to help these youth reach their greatest possible potential.
Housing & Support Services for Homeless Families
Homeward Bound's mission is to create pathways out of poverty for homeless families ready to make a change.Homeward Bound is a family stabilization program with a housing component. Our two-generational approach simultaneously equips parents and kids with tools they need to thrive while removing obstacles in their way. Parents access resources to achieve financial stability and learn how to emotionally support and advocate for their kids; while children receive high-quality childhood education and enrichment experiences. Homeward Bound serves 150 families (500 individuals of which 300+ are children) annually with programming that builds resiliency, stabilizes the family, and breaks the cycles of poverty and abuse that lead to homelessness.
Prevention. Wellness. Research.
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is the largest clinical trial, education, behavioral health and nutrition support center dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS in the Southwestern United States. Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (formerly Body Positive) was founded in 1990 by Kirk Baxter. The Center's vision, "leading the fight against HIV and AIDS" is carried out through our mission of reducing infection, improving quality of life and contributing to worldwide research. Today, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking HIV- and AIDS-fighting drugs that earned Federal Drug Administration approval, thanks in part to the Center's clinical trials and biomedical research program.
Share the power of a wish
Founded in 1993, the mission of Make-A-Wish International is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish International serves children outside the United States in nearly 50 countries through its 39 affiliates. With the help of generous donors and over 32,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 350,000 wishes worldwide since inception.
To be the presence of Jesus Christ
Our mission is to be the presence of Jesus Christ, sharing his life-transforming hope, love, and power among distressed families of urban Phoenix to ignite their passion for God and His Kingdom. Our outreach programs meet our community's most basic needs including food and clothing and youth programs. Our empowerment programs provide case management, academic support, and workforce development. Neighborhood Ministries is a great place for urban mission opportunities for individuals, churches, and other groups.
Helping Animals Live On
HALO (Helping Animals Live On) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1994 by two women, Michel Herstam and Heather Allen, out of their homes in Phoenix, AZ. HALO provides temporary shelter to abandoned cats and dogs until they can be adopted into a permanent home. We help Animals Live On through increased adoption, sterilization and pet care education. Since HALO's inception in 1994, over 30,000 dogs and cats have found a new home, with our adoption numbers growing every year. In 2013, we adopted out over 7,000 dogs and cats in to new homes, giving them a second chance at happiness!
Restoring health and restoring lives
Organized by a group of volunteer healthcare professionals, The Neighborhood Christian Clinic exists simply to: provide medical and dental healthcare services to the uninsured, underserved community, share the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ with interested patients and colleagues, and train and equip healthcare professionals to respectfully share the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ in their daily practice.
Winning the Fight for Charities
Recognized as one of the nation's elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening presented in honor of our featured guest, Muhammad Ali. Celebrities and professional athletes from all over the country participate in a night filled with incredible live auction items and live musical performances by many of today's brightest stars. This power-packed night of excitement not only leaves our audience with unforgettable memories each year but, more importantly, provides significant dollars for charities. Throughout Celebrity Fight Night's 20-year history $118 million has been raised with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute as the primary beneficiary. Numerous other charities have benefited and countless lives have been changed thanks to the tremendous generosity of our supporters.
The heart of the Celtic community
The mission of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide a link between the people of Arizona and the people of Ireland and other Celtic cultures. Programs, classes, festivals, exhibits and special events include history, music, art, dance, literature, drama, crafts, language, travel, sports and traditional activities. The goal of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide the public with the highest quality educational and cultural programming. The Center is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated through public private partnership with the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation.
The Phoenix Symphony, performing live symphonic music of excellence, beauty and vitality at a consistently high level.
The vision of The Phoenix Symphony is to be the arts leader in the revitalization of a thriving Arizona. In ten years, The Phoenix Symphony will be a cultural icon and a reason people will like to live in Arizona whether they attend concerts or not. And, the Symphony will be one of the many compelling reasons people will want to move to Arizona. This will happen because our community will recognize that the Symphony provides unparalleled civic value. Our mission is to provide the joy of music as a catalyst in helping Arizona to become the best place in America to work and live. We accomplish this mission by creating high quality music experiences to feed the souls of our residents, to bolster the cultural economy and to educate and strengthen our next generation resulting in a creative workforce.
Transforming lives. Transforming our city.
The Phoenix Rescue Mission was founded in 1952 by six businessmen from the Phoenix area. In the beginning, they ministered to migrant workers and vagrants. Homelessness was not yet a term that was associated with persons who had unfortunate circumstances. The Mission has expanded its services to offer three meals daily, a 24-hour walk in center, showers and clean clothing, up to 150 emergency shelter beds nightly, a 21-bed Residential Addiction Recovery Program, a Career Education Center, Chapel services, and referral information. Hope Coach is a van sent out daily providing lunches, bottled drinks, Christian literature, blankets and a friendly word of encouragement to the homeless on the streets. Last year we:* Provided 11,293 bed-nights of shelter;* Provided 14,503 hours of classroom programming for men in our recovery program;* Served 285,812 meals* Distributed 9,614 cases of water; and* Partnered with 7,364 volunteers.
Let's end poverty together
Since 1971, Food for the Hungry has boldly served and spoken out for the poor, sending courageous men and women to help communities, by the power and grace of God, achieve sustainable, lasting transformation. Food for the Hungry is more than a relief and development organization. We are a tested, trusted and innovative partner who respectively walks with the poor in more than 26 countries worldwide while intentionally reflecting the love of Jesus. Food for the Hungry implements transformational development programs in impoverished communities around the world. Our programs include: food and agriculture; water and sanitation; health and nutrition; child sponsorship; HIV/AIDS; economic development; church development; disaster relief; and shipping gifts in kind.