Here are some of our favorite charities located in cities nearby Denver, CO. 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.
Want More Selection?
Displaying 37 Charities.
Education and information resources
The Cable Center, which opened its doors in 2001, provides education and information to the educational community, the cable industry, and the public, while celebrating cable's contributions to society. Created to educate, to remember, and to influence, the Cable Center is both a destination and launching pad. It's part repository, part incubator. It's a busy, active environment where the cable industry, the education community, and the general public go to learn, to advance their careers, and to enhance their understanding of cable telecommunications. Headquartered in Denver, The Center chronicles the story of where cable has been, and provides the tools and knowledge to support where it's going.
Free, full lives for the children affected by war and oppression.
Through holistic action, Partners Relief and Development demonstrate God's love to children and communities made vulnerable by war and oppression. Partners Relief & Development is a registered charity in Australia, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, working with communities impacted by war. We are a community committed to the leadership of Jesus. We follow Christ's teachings. As he modeled a life of love, so we are committed to demonstrating love. We pray and seek God's guidance. We are committed to empower individuals and communities and co-create sustainable solutions to their poverty. We are a voice for the displaced and oppressed. We seek system change.
Where Action Matters
The Action Center's mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and to promote pathways to self-sufficiency. We do this through our continuum of services to families and individuals of Jefferson County. Since 1968, the Action Center has been providing essential stabilizing services to the people in Jefferson County who are in danger of becoming homeless, or attempting to move out of homelessness. It serves as a haven of hope for the thousands of homeless, near homeless, and working poor who come through our door every year. People can receive assistance with a five-day supply of food, clothing for the whole family, necessary household items, and medical care.
Everyday people putting faith into action
FORGE (formerly Kingdom Building Ministries) is an evangelical Christian, parachurch organization that partners with churches, universities, denominations and other ministry organizations to challenge, equip and mobilize Christians to become Kingdom laborers. FORGE has three ministry divisions that help it achieve its mission. Itinerant Speaking Ministries has over 20 itinerant speakers who speak to hundreds of thousands of people at hundreds of events around the world each year. The Laborer's Institute is committed to equipping, teaching, mentoring, encouraging and supporting Christians as they seek to live a life of laborership. Laborer's Resources is committed to providing on-going support and training through various kinds of resource materials.
Independent, post-partisan news and views.
Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become civically engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. Promoting voices and perspectives under-represented in the media, FSTV broadcasts and webcasts independently-produced programs addressing social, political, cultural, and environmental issues. Featured programs include Democracy Now!, The Thom Hartmann Program, Gay USA and investigative documentaries. FSTV airs on DISH Network (9415), DIRECTV (348), Roku and community cable affiliates. Programming streams on www.freespeech.org and is syndicated on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. FSTV broadcasts are commercial-free and viewer supported. Free Speech TV is owned and operated by Public Communicators.
At Colorado Christian Home.
Founded in 2003, Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home works with children, youth, and their families to overcome a variety of life crises, including abuse and neglect. As a treatment center and K-12 school for emotionally and crisis-affected children, the Tennyson Center for Children is dedicated to ensuring that these kids have the fighting chance they deserve at a satisfying and fulfilling life. They strive as professionals and concerned citizens to provide competent and caring treatment, education, and advocacy services that are community-based, family-focused, and child-centered.
A homeownership program for hard-working families
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver builds and sells homes to hard-working people in need of decent and affordable housing. We are an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-denominational Christian housing ministry and global home-building movement. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver works in partnership with God and people from all walks of life to build decent, affordable homes in which people can live and grow into all that God intends. Since our founding in 1979 we have built more than 400 homes.
Strengthening States for 40 Years.
The NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures is committed to the important work of strengthening state legislatures, counteracting cynicism and distrust of the legislative process and helping lawmakers confront and solve the critical issues of our time through a public-private dialogue. The Foundation for State Legislatures was created in 1982 by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the nation's preeminent bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staff members of the nation's 50 states, territories, and commonwealths.
No one goes hungry in Northern Jefferson County
The Arvada Community Food Bank (ACFB) formed in 1982 in Colorado to serve the needy and vulnerable in our community. Our goal is to secure the resources (food, financial, physical, and volunteers) necessary to provide programs to help meet the nutritional needs of qualifying community members. The Arvada Community Food Bank has worked with city government, churches, schools, civic organizations, businesses and private citizens to ensure that the residents of Arvada and surrounding communities would have a place to go for emergency food. ACFB volunteer force has grown to nearly 300 people providing approximately 20,000 hours of service. Annual community food donations have grown to exceed 500,000 lbs.
It takes more than blood to save a life
Bonfils Blood Center Foundation was established in 1995 as the fundraising arm of Bonfils Blood Center and serves the core function of encouraging and managing philanthropy to support a variety of programs and initiatives for Bonfils Blood Center. Opened in 1943, Bonfils Blood Center has become an important part of the healthcare system throughout Colorado. Our headquarters are in Denver in the Lowry redevelopment area and we have nearly 400 employees who work at Bonfils each day to make a difference in our community. It now operates six community donor centers, serves nearly 200 healthcare facilities in Colorado and beyond, collects nearly 154,000 units of blood annually and offers a variety of services to better meet the needs of the community, including the Colorado Marrow Donor Program.
Strengthening the community by providing vital services to people in need
Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to people in need. Every day, JFS helps people overcome life's challenges to live fuller, more meaningful lives. Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS helps seniors live independently at home, provides quality mental health counseling, offers training and job placement to those with barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to people in crisis. Every year, the agency benefits more than 20,000 people of all ages, faiths, and incomes.
Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves
The Dumb Friends League is committed to the welfare of animals: we shall provide shelter and care for animals; we shall provide programs and services that enhance the bond between animals and people; and we shall be advocates for animals, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned pets, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, educating pet owners and the public, and rescuing sick, injured and abused animals. Beginning in FY 2012, the League began receiving abused and neglected horses that are removed from owners by law enforcement agencies, offering them rehabilitation, training and adoption opportunities. The largest independent, community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, it receives more than 24,000 animals a year.
Reducing stigma, transforming systems of care, and improving lives since 1953
Mental Health America of Colorado, incorporated in 1953, began setting the stage for mental health leadership in our state. Since our founding that year, we have been changing community attitudes about mental health; replacing the one time hopelessness of a mental health diagnosis with hope, recovery and fulfilled lives. It is our dream that the stigma that is so often associated with mental health conditions will be eliminated, and it is our desire to provide Coloradans with current information about mental health conditions and their treatment. Our programs, built on the cornerstones of advocacy, education, prevention and outreach, make these aspirations a reality.
Championing the wonder and joy of childhood
The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus works to open doors for our future leaders, innovators, and adventurers to explore, create and learn on their own terms. Our target ages are newborn through eight years old, but everyone can have a good time at the Museum! Our exhibits are hands-on, interactive and totally one-of-a-kind. Last year we served more than 359,000 children and their grown-ups. Our mission is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood.
Training faith leaders and volunteer community leaders to join together to resolve community issues.
Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing. Comprised of 60+ congregations, schools and youth committees from Pueblo to Fort Collins and a growing statewide clergy network, we are building a moral and democratic voice in Colorado through a racial and economic lens. Grounded in our faith and democratic traditions and in the everyday concerns of the people in our congregations, schools and communities, we train and equip faith leaders and volunteer community leaders to join together to resolve community issues on their own behalf at local, state and national levels.
Fighting hunger. Feeding hope.
Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) was founded in 1978 and known as the Colorado Food Clearing House. Operating from a 900 square-foot schoolroom in northwest Denver, the fledgling organization collected food from nearby Safeway stores and distributed it to one needy agency. Today, the Food Bank has extended its reach across northern Colorado and into Wyoming, providing food supplies to more than 1,000 hunger relief programs. Last year, we distributed nearly 25 million pounds of food, enough to provide over 52,000 meals each day to children, seniors and families in need.
Connecting children and families since 1983
The Adoption Exchange is a child welfare organization founded in 1983 to work for safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Initially an exchange point for caseworkers to discuss placement of children with families seeking to adopt in the Rocky Mountain region, the organization has grown considerably over the years. Today, The Adoption Exchange works to create a world where every waiting child finds a permanent family. Through rigorous collaboration with state, federal and other relevant agencies, The Adoption Exchange focuses on innovative child-specific strategies that provide vibrant pre- and post-adoption services that speed waiting children to caring and loving relationships that last. Since its inception, the agency has connected over 8,000 waiting children with loving adoptive homes. Headquartered in Colorado, The Adoption Exchange offices operate in Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming are also participating member states.
Enriching the quality of life through the presentation of opera performances
Opera Colorado is an opera company based in Denver, Colorado. Since its inception in 1983, Opera Colorado has been committed to presenting the highest quality live performances of opera in their original languages. Opera Colorado enriches the quality of life through the presentation of opera performances that inspire our audience, and serves the community through education and cultural programs. As Opera Colorado looks to the future, it hopes to continue the tradition of presenting conventional performances and innovative restagings, bringing renowned stars and emerging talent to Denver, and sharing opera with audiences through live performances and educational and cultural programs.
The best little cat house in the west!
Cat Care Society (CCS) was founded in 1981 to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. The Society's goals are: to sponsor educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of all animals, and the elimination of pet overpopulation; to shelter cats in a healthy, cage free environment and to find compatible and responsible families for every cat; to provide community outreach programs that improve the quality of life for cats and people; and to be a friend to all cats. The shelter provides a temporary refuge for up to 45 adult cats until an appropriate and permanent home can be found for each. Veterinary care, premium diet and human interaction are lovingly provided.
Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth
Founded in 1982, Colorado UpLift offers a unique, comprehensive solution to the issues faced by urban kids. Colorado UpLift provides full-time, salaried teachers, who begin building relationships with kids in 2nd and 3rd grade. Staff follow students from grade to grade until they graduate from high school and go on to pursue post-secondary education. Along the way, staff members teach classes, mentor kids, build resiliency and prepare kids for college. Colorado UpLift's overall goal is to empower urban young people to become leaders and productive citizens through long-term, relational support.
Seeing life differently
Through early intervention, Anchor Center for Blind Children works with children to maximize the use of any vision they may have as well as optimizing their use of all senses. Additionally, early intervention enhances the families' ability to support their children's well being, capacity for learning and full participation in their communities. Anchor Center's specialized staff assists children with visual impairments in developing the emotional security, social competence and intellectual skills needed to build on their natural talents and ability to succeed in school.
Always Up to Something
The mission of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is a public museum that displays numerous aircraft and other air and space collections. The Museum's Primary exempt purpose is to enhance, preserve, and exhibit the heritage of military, civil, and commercial aviation and space-age involvement in the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region while educating and inspiring people of all ages about aviation and Space Endeavors in the past, Present, and Future. The Collection housed by the museum includes aircrafts from the earliest days of flight to the space age. An interactive education program challenges youth to explore the adventure of flight. Wings over the Rockies was designated as Colorado's Official Air and Space Museum by the Colorado State Legislature in 1996.
Think big. Be bold. Make change.
The Women's Foundation of Colorado's (WFCO) mission is to build resources and lead change so that the women and girls of Colorado are full and equal participants in society. Our goal is that every woman in Colorado is economically self-sufficient, and every girl in Colorado is on the path to economic self-sufficiency. WFCO focuses its efforts on: an interactive and collaborative grantmaking process; and on research, education, advocacy, and collaboration. A catalyst for social change since 1987, WFCO has built an endowment of over $11 million, and has invested more than $9 million with 180 agencies in 75 communities statewide.
Clinical care, Advocacy, Research, and Education (CARE) for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect
To increase awareness, engage in advocacy and to secure and provide resources to improve direct clinical services and delivery systems; for research of innovative prevention and treatment programs; and to provide training, education and consultation for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect throughout Colorado and the nation.
Supporting and assisting fellow veterans and their families
The Retired Enlisted Association Memorial Foundation (TREA Memorial Foundation) was established in 1990 to support and assist fellow veterans, active and retired, their families, military widows and children as necessary to provide assistance during their time of need. The Memorial Foundation has the following programs which provide assistance for veterans and their families: scholarships for the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of TREA and TREA Auxiliary members; benevolent assistance for families of veterans who are faced with adversity; and disaster relief assistance for victims of disasters who may be left homeless or in financial despair as a result of natural disasters. In January 2005, the Foundation started a new program, AFAC, in support of a military person or their dependents in need of help as a result of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Men of integrity
Promise Keepers (PK) is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to introducing men to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord; and then helping them to grow as Christians. This is mainly accomplished through our seven promises and our men's conference ministry. Millions of men have participated since 1990 when PK first began. Promise Keepers is dedicated to igniting and uniting men to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ through the effective communication of the seven promises: honoring Jesus Christ; pursuing vital relationships with a few other men; practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity; building strong marriages and families; supporting the mission of his church; reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers; and influencing his world.
Everyone | Forever
Water For People is an international NGO organization that exists to promote the development of high quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. Our work in nine countries will ultimately enable millions of people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. For water and sanitation services to be reliable and permanent, they require capacity and commitment from local institutions. Accordingly, Water For People's strategy focuses on building strong relationships among the private sector, civil society, and government, which will ultimately serve as the collaborative network that sustains water and sanitation for the long-term. Through strategically-focused programs, we are extending sustainable services to each of the regions where we work, while simultaneously providing a model for greater replication. This approach is called Everyone Forever.
Advancing patient safety
The mission of the AORN Foundation is to advance patient safety by supporting nurses who make surgery safe through education, research and patient safety initiatives. The philanthropic arm of AORN, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds: academic scholarships; research grants; professional development scholarships; patient safety resources such as tool kits, webinars, and seminar series. The AORN Foundation impacts over 45,000 perioperative nurses and the patients they serve on a daily basis.
A meal with heart gives hope
Founded in 1991, Project Angel Heart addresses the critical need for nutrition by providing home-delivered meals specifically designed to meet the heightened nutritional requirements of people battling life-threatening illnesses. We rely on crews of volunteers, working six days per week under the supervision of a professional chef, to prepare, cook, and package our meals in our own kitchen. We prepare our meals using only the freshest ingredients and we modify up to 60% of our meals each day to meet individual clients' dietary restrictions. Clients can receive up to the equivalent of three meals per day, depending on need as measured by the stage of disease, resources and the ability to access other sources of nutrition, like food banks.
Bringing hope to Denver's at-risk youth
Founded in 1985 by Tom Tillapaugh, The Denver Street School (DSS) is a Christian alternative high school primarily serving the troubled and at-risk youth of the Denver metropolitan area. DSS offers struggling students a second chance to earn a high school diploma through a fully accredited program in a small classroom setting. We believe that a quality education is the most effective approach to transforming many underprivileged members of our society into productive citizens, and serves the population of students in Metro Denver that have struggled with, dropped-out or been expelled from the public school system, helping them toward self-sufficiency through education.
Mentoring saves lives!
Save Our Youth (SOY) is a youth development organization providing at-risk youth with educational, emotional, and spiritual skills for success through long-term mentoring relationships. SOY has served Denver's urban at-risk youth since 1994. 409 kids, ages 10-17, were served by SOY's mentoring program in 2013. SOY's average mentoring match lasts 42 months while the national average is 9 months.
Support. Educate. Advocate. Choice & care at the end of life.
Compassion & Choices works to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. Our professional staff and trained volunteers help thousands of clients each year by listening without judgment to their fears and guiding their search for a peaceful, humane death. We help clients with advance directives, local service referrals and pain and symptom management. We offer information on self-determined dying when appropriate and provide emotional support through a difficult time. We employ educational training programs, media outreach and online and print publications to change healthcare practice, inform policy-makers, influence public opinion and empower individuals. Compassion & Choices devotes itself to creative legal and legislative initiatives to secure comprehensive and compassionate options at the end of life.
Learn. Grow. Achieve.
Focus Points primarily serves low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrant families in northeast and north central Denver through family literacy programming. The mission of Focus Points Family Resource Center is to help build better communities by strengthening families. The New Focus Points Family Resource Center will continue its evolution to become a family resource center that offers more intensive, more far-reaching, more impactful programs
Research to protect, treat and cure animals
Founded in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) improves the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about those studies. MAF has been at the forefront of funding health breakthroughs that have helped animals on all seven continents. Our funded research helps a wide variety of animals, including companion animals such as dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas, as well as wildlife including mountain gorillas, elephants, rhinoceros, wolves, sea otters, and many varieties of birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. More than 50 of the world's most respected research institutions, colleges of veterinary medicine, and zoos are conducting nearly 200 MAF-sponsored studies and veterinary student projects.
Meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need
Denver Rescue Mission is changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. Denver Rescue Mission is a leader in building and strengthening the community; one person at a time. Founded in 1892, the Mission is the oldest, full-service, faith-based non-profit organization serving the poor and homeless in the Rocky Mountain region. The Mission has four core strategies for addressing homelessness: emergency services, rehabilitation, transitional programs and community outreach. Through meals, shelter, restroom and shower access, health services, and laundry facilities our homeless neighbors who are struggling can access these basic services. The Mission's New Life Program is offered for men and women to overcome addictions and hardships. For working individuals and families experiencing homelessness the Mission offers a transitional program as well as mentoring programs to help them reach self-sufficiency. Lastly, people who are struggling to put food on the table and pay bills can utilize community outreaches including a food pantry, clothing, furniture, diapers and hygiene distribution.
Preserving, enhancing and advocating for Denver's parks, recreation resources, open space and urban forest
The Park People, created in 1969, works to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver's parks, recreation resources, open space, and urban forest. These efforts are accomplished primarily through two on-going programs and by raising private funds to support capital projects in Denver's parks. The Park People is home to both the Denver Digs Trees and Community Forester programs - both of which support Denver's ongoing commitment to improving the tree canopy and providing trees along public streets and parkways.