Here are some of our favorite charities located in San Jose, CA. 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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To transform Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education.
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) focuses on raising student performances in the critical areas of math and science across all 33 Santa Clara County school districts. Our goal is to be the leading advocate for public education in the region. SVEF was founded on the belief that a new kind of organization is needed- one with a different philosophy and approach to the challenges in legacy systems. A nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators, SVEF is dedicated to putting all students on track for college and careers, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
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The San Jose Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past, the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists' broad contributions to society and engages audiences with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process.
Feed the hungry. Clothe the needy. Welcome the stranger.
Sacred Heart Community Service, founded in 1964, works to change lives and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering tools for self-sufficiency, and ministering with dignity, compassion and respect. We engage the community and inspire volunteers to love, serve and share. Over 1,500 customers walk through our doors daily to access a wide range of services. Our programs, from basic needs to education, are offered comprehensively under one roof and are free of charge to the customers. We also provide helpful information and referral to our customers in collaboration with other human service agencies in the community.
Working capital for working people
Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping thousands of California families build financial stability. Our strategy combines microloans for small businesses, microsavings accounts, and community real estate financing. Now California's leading microfinance provider, Opportunity Fund began based on the idea that small amounts of money and financial advice could help people make permanent and lasting change to improve their own lives. Since making our first loan in 1995, our team has deployed $280 million into our communities.
The greater South Bay's premiere orchestra
Founded in 2002, Symphony Silicon Valley has progressed from daring idea to exciting reality, rapidly becoming the greater South Bay's premiere orchestra and a notable community success story. The Symphony subscription season includes seven program sets of two or three concerts each, plus other programs such as December's Carols in the California, and additional concerts by the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale. In addition to its regular subscription concerts, the Symphony produces free outreach programs for thousands of our community's children each season. It accompanies many Ballet San Jose performances, and performs for other community events that range from San Jose State University's recent 150th Anniversary Gala Concert to concerts of music and visuals from popular video games.
Empowering the maverick
A global company set in the Silicon Valley, The Cinequest Institute produces Cinequest Film Festival, Cinequest Distribution, Cinequest Mentoring & Education, and Cinequest LLC operates Cinequest Mavericks Studio. Cinequest's uniqueness and impact results from being ahead of the curve, whether it comes to discovering or producing original voices, showcasing new technology, or reinventing the very definition of film distribution and marketing. It's a celebration of premium quality Maverick cinema, television and innovation. Cinequest remains one of the last big festival bastions for the discovery of new and emerging film artists. Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) presents a dynamic 13-day event of 200 international films with over 600+ film artists, technologists, and professionals from 44 countries in attendance. Over 10,000 artists have attended CQFF to date.
Rebuilding communities one homeowner at a time
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Since 1991, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley has transformed homes and lives by repairing and rebuilding homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, the disabled and families with children. Each year, more than 1,300 volunteers gather to complete both critical repairs and accessibility modifications, enabling residents to live in warmth, safety and independence. All work is provided at no cost to the owner, with materials provided through donations and funds from area businesses, organizations, and private individuals. The impact extends beyond the individuals served to our community through revitalizing and stabilizing vulnerable neighborhoods. Since inception, over 31,000 local volunteers have renovated over 2,600 homes and facilities in the community.
Provoking new ideas, sparking experimentation, and seeding creative strategies today.
ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley arts organization. We connect creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that shape a more resilient future. Working with some of the most fertile and creative minds from the worlds of art, science, design, architecture, and technology, ZERO1 produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology and the ZERO1 Fellowship program where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges.
Help give a woman a new life.
Fistula Foundation funds treatment of obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury most commonly caused by obstructed labor in countries where women too often give birth at home, without access to trained medical help. Obstetric fistula renders a woman incontinent, which can ruin her life: her husband too often leaves and community too often abandons her because they cannot stand her smell. But, through the inexpensive fistula repair surgeries that Fistula Foundation donors help fund, which cost $586 on average, a woman's health is restored and her life is transformed. Founded in 2000, the Foundation is active in more than 20 countries and has supported nearly 18,000 surgeries, more fistula surgeries than any other nonprofit organization not receiving government funding.
Feeding the hungry with dignity
Martha's Kitchen works to feed the hungry with dignity, no questions asked, no judgment made. It sends out over 260,000 hot and cold meals annually to over 30 other non-profit organizations in Santa Clara county as far south as Morgan Hill and Gilroy, as well as Merced, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Martha's Kitchen has created a network of cooperating community-based organizations who collaborate to help each other deliver the services for which they have the expertise. This arrangement allows participating agencies to focus on their core competencies at the most efficient level by avoiding duplication of services.
Fighting lung disease in all its forms
As the local lung health leader, Breathe California of the Bay Area fights lung disease in all its forms and works with its communities to protect lung health. Since 1911, organization has dedicated itself to helping all local residents breathe easier. Originally founded as the Tuberculosis Society and later working under three other names (including the American Lung Association of Santa Clara-San Benito Counties, 1970-2005), we have offered a wide array of services that address the most pressing lung health issues of our time. This includes programs to: teach kids how to manage their asthma; prevent teens from using tobacco; assist smokers who want to quit; offer support to local COPD & lung cancer patients; advocate for clean air policies; and support innovative lung disease research.
Dedicated to improving employment opportunities
Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley helps our community's unemployed become employed. Founded in Santa Clara County in 1926, GWSV is part of Goodwill Industries International, a federation of over 200 autonomous, community-based Goodwill organizations worldwide. Together we are one of the largest social service organizations in the world. We are dedicated to improving employment opportunities, increased standard of living, economic independence, and restoring our clients self value. We do this through workforce creation, vocational training and environmental stewardship.
Providing a range of reproductive and general health services
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) is the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the U.S., providing medical and education services to more than 250,000 people annually at our 32 health center locations in 42 counties in mid-California and northern Nevada.PPMM was formed by a series of mergers of Planned Parenthood affiliates and independent health centers during the 1990s. The affiliate's name was chosen to reflect a service area that stretches from the sea (mar) through the mountains (monte).Health services include birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, abortion, adult general care, breast and cervical cancer screening, pediatrics and well-baby care as well as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing, and sterilization.Our mission is to ensure that every individual has the knowledge, opportunity, and freedom to make every child a wanted child and every family a healthy family.
Promoting safety for women and children since 1971
Next Door provides innovative prevention and intervention services to diverse ethnic and low-income families in Santa Clara County, California, the majority of them coming from San Jose. Next Door sees the issue of domestic violence as an intergenerational cycle of transmission - some children of victims and batterers tend to exhibit high-risk behaviors that enable the transmission of self-destruction and violence to continue. By addressing domestic violence from this perspective, Next Door both helps rebuilds the lives affected by present traumas while preventing further violence for future generations.
Igniting investment and engagement in the arts and creativity.
Silicon Valley Creates is dedicated to igniting investment and engagement in arts and creativity in Silicon Valley. Our resources are focused on supporting and advancing participatory arts, cultural heritage, children's creativity, placemaking, and innovative ideas, partnerships and art forms.
Inspiring the innovator in everyone
Opened in 1990, The Tech Museum of Innovation is an educational resource established to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives, and to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. An expansive variety of interactive exhibits and unique floor programs showcase not just how technology works, but how it affects who we are and how we live, work, play and learn. The Tech's 132,000 square feet are divided among themed galleries focused on innovation, the internet, the human body, and exploration. Annually, The Tech plays host to roughly 400,000 guests - 80,000 of whom visit as part of a school field trip - making it one of California's most popular destinations.
Your children's museum in Silicon Valley
The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) serves the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. The Museum's programs encourage children to define their role in and contribution to both local and global communities. Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations, while programs provide facilitated, focused, and sustained interactions. Since opening in 1990, the Museum has welcomed over five million visitors and has offered new interactive exhibits each year that respond to children's diverse educational needs.
Providing the South Bay with theatrically produced ballet and professional dance education
Ballet San Jose's mission is to provide the South Bay with theatrically produced ballet and professional dance education in a manner that honors the vision of the artists, meets the highest technical and artistic standards, contributes to the fulfillment of the cultural needs of the community, and is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. The Ballet School's free education outreach programs are dedicated to serving young audiences and at-risk children in our region. Founded in 1986 as Cleveland Ballet, Ballet San Jose has been in its present location since 2000. Ballet San Jose has become known as one of this countries most innovative, classically-based ballet companies with a resident company of 33 dancers, and a repertoire of over 120 traditional and modern classical ballets.