Here are some of our favorite charities located in cities nearby Los Angeles, 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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Breaking audio and visual news from Israel and the world
StandWithUs is an international education organization that ensures that Israel's side of the story is told in communities, campuses, libraries, the media and churches through brochures, speakers, conferences, missions to Israel, and thousands of pages of Internet resources. StandWithUs was founded in 2001 in response to the misinformation that often surrounds the Middle East conflict, and the inappropriate often anti-Semitic language used about Israel and/or the Jewish people worldwide. StandWithUs has offices and chapters in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Michigan, Chicago, Seattle, Orange County, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, the UK, Australia, and Israel.
Words & Images Matter
Formed in New York in 1985, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. Because of GLAAD's work, LGBT stories and issues are covered in national and local news publications, in film and on television. In step with today's always-changing media landscape, GLAAD continues to provide journalists and media professionals with timely, inclusive and authoritative resources, expanding the representation of our community one story at a time through an effective, forceful mix of advocacy, education and visibility.
Opening doors for homeless youth
Covenant House California is dedicated to serving all God's children, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need.Covenant House California (CHC) is a non-profit youth homeless shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth, ages 18-24. We believe that no young person deserves to be homeless; that every young person in California deserves shelter, food, clothing, education … and most importantly, to be loved. Now serving over 1,800 youth a year, CHC has served over 186,000 homeless youth since we've opened our doors. CHC provides a full continuum of services to meet the physical, emotional, educational, vocational, and spiritual well-being of young people, in order to provide them with the best chance for success in independence.
Dedicated to dialogue, cooperation and peace
The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam (American Friends of NSWAS) encourages, supports and publicizes the projects of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the Oasis of Peace. For more than thirty years, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has been dedicated to dialogue, cooperation and a genuine and durable peace between Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis. Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel have chosen to live and work together as equals in this community to promote trust, understanding and mutual respect well beyond its own borders. At Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the bilingual, binational, multicultural Primary School, the School for Peace, the Pluralistic Spiritual Center, and other projects, serve the village and beyond reaching thousands of Jewish and Palestinian youth and adults.
Education for today. Research for tomorrow.
Founded in 1977, Will Rogers Institute's mission is to perpetuate the memory of Will Rogers by promoting and engaging in medical research pertaining to cardio-pulmonary diseases and educating the general public on pulmonary health. Most of the Will Rogers Institute-sponsored research is conducted at our research hospitals: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, USC, and UCLA. The Institute also sponsors research fellowships in lung diseases at universities and medical centers throughout the U.S., thereby helping to train future leaders of lung research to serve our children and future generations. As of 2002, we also have the Pioneers Assistance Fund which provides financial assistance for members of the motion picture industry (exhibition, distribution, trade services) who are facing an illness or life changing event. The Brave Beginnings program was created in 2015 to provide neonatal ventilator equipment to hospitals across the country to make sure premature babies survive and thrive.
Playing our way to a better world
The Zimmer Children's Museum's mission is to make a better society through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences for children and families. We are dedicated to teaching people about the BIG IDEAS of global citizenship, community responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. The Zimmer Children's Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, and features hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, helping those in need, generosity, and creativity.
Commemorate and educate
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States. We have a two-fold mission that has remained constant since its inception in 1961: commemoration and education. LAMOTH dedicates itself as a primary source institution, one that commemorates those who perished and honors those who survived by housing the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust. LAMOTH provides free Holocaust education to the public, particularly students from underfunded schools and underserved communities. We are committed to providing opportunities for dialogue with Holocaust Survivors, who are the living embodiment of history.
Change. Not Charity.
Liberty Hill is first to identify community leaders at the frontlines of change. We invest in changemakers and equip them with the skills and relationships they need to build power and advance social justice. After more than 30 years, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to bring together forces for change and forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity in Los Angeles.
Rescuing children . . .giving hope
Children's Relief Mission (CRM) is dedicated to providing resources for families and communities at home and abroad who are determined to create better lives for their children--for they are our children as well, and they will craft the world for our children's children. To accomplish this goal, we offer relief and development assistance that provides for medical care, education, feeding programs and economic support for children and families. We seek to nurture as many children as we can, always focusing on the long-term needs and opportunities they present to us, never being satisfied with the temporary or superficial solution. We are selective, as good stewards must be. We want to be an enduring presence in the lives of the children we serve.
Celebrating excellence in the art of film, television and digital media
The American Film Institute (AFI) is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Founded in 1967, AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital technologies in entertainment and education through the AFI Digital Content Lab and K-12 Screen Education Center. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the US, AFI ON SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST as well as year-round programming at ArcLight Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Founded in 1999, MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve. We serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.
Working to make ME/CFS widely understood, diagnosable, and treatable
The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (formerly known as the CFIDS Association of America) was founded in 1987 and has established itself as the leading charitable organization dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). Our mission is to make ME/CFS widely understood, diagnosable, and treatable by stimulating participatory, patient centered research aimed at the early detection, objective diagnosis and effective treatment of ME/CFS through expanded public, private and commercial investment.
Investigating and exposing psychiatric human rights abuse
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR functions solely as a mental health watchdog, working alongside many medical professionals including doctors, scientists, nurses and those few psychiatrists who have taken a stance against the biological/drug model of "disease" that is continually promoted by the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry as a way to sell drugs. It is a non political, non-religious, non-profit organization dedicated solely to eradicating mental health abuse and enacting patient and consumer protections. CCHR's Board of Advisers, called Commissioners, include doctors, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, educators, business professionals, artists and civil and human rights representatives.
The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential - despite the obstacles often put before them - to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation is the nation's largest LGBTQ students of merit; having provided more than 350 scholarships since 2002. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training. Upon completing their tenure as scholars, Point Alumni continue to have access to the Point community, resources, and leadership programming. Point is continually exploring ways to uplift and support our diverse and growing network of LGBTQ leaders. In 2017 Point is expanding its Community College Scholarship Program (initial funding thanks to Wells Fargo), which assists LGBTQ students in their final year at a community college who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Discovering and developing independent artists and audiences
Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute's programs include the annual Sundance Film Festival, the Feature Film Program, the Documentary Film Program, the Film Music Program, the Theatre Program, the Independent Producers Conference, and the Native American Initiative. The Institute also maintains the Sundance Collection at UCLA to conserve and archive the history of independent film.
Films that inform, inspire and engage
Katahdin Foundation, Inc., (dba Katahdin Productions) is a nonprofit documentary production company based in Berkeley, California, with production offices in Los Angeles. Katahdin's mission is to tell compelling stories often ignored by mainstream media - stories that inform, inspire and engage. Dedicated to creating high quality documentary films and educational material, Katahdin projects tackle issues of social, political and historical interest that open minds, provoke dialogue, and encourage positive social change. Katahdin also provides video production services to museums, philanthropies, nonprofits and other organizations.
Protecting the breath of life
First formed in 1903, Breathe California of Los Angeles County (BREATHE LA), formerly the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County, is committed to promoting clean air and healthy lungs through education, research and technology. BREATHE LA provides educational and health awareness programs, conducts research, promotes clean air initiatives, enhances professional development for respiratory health professionals, and works with local communities, elected leaders, business leaders and the health education community to increase awareness and effective advocacy.
Give life meaning
The Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles identifies and funds social service, educational and humanitarian needs locally, in Israel and around the world. Through its network of agencies and programs, the Federation helps alleviate Jewish poverty, provide emergency relief, ensure a Jewish future, and support the greater Los Angeles community. The Federation provides a multitude of services and programs to enrich Jewish life and establish a strong Jewish communal network.
Changing our community, Little by Little
At Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, our mission is to assist children, primarily from single-parent homes, in achieving their full potential by helping to facilitate Excellence in Mentoring. Our goal is to continue enriching the lives of children by providing mentoring programs that help develop self-esteem, self-respect, and relationship building skills.
Building better lives. One job at a time.
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) serves people in the greater Los Angeles area who are looking for work, seeking career advancement or interested in better managing their work environment. A non-sectarian organization founded in 1930, the agency offers individuals, businesses, governmental and social service agencies high quality programs related to job seeking, career planning, skills assessment, training and retraining. JVS' commitment to helping people help themselves is rooted in the Jewish tradition of caring in a way that supports human dignity and respects each individual's capabilities and potential. Over 24,000 individuals annually benefit from the programs of JVS and its community partners.
An interest-free micro-lending agency since 1904
The Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles ("JFLA") offers interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial resources. Interest-free loans instead of charity fill an important gap in our social system by promoting self-sufficiency with dignity. JFLA affirms the ancient biblical requirement for interest-free lending by offering assistance to people in need with the goal of helping them to lead more rewarding and responsible lives.Today, JFLA grants more than 1,200 interest-free loans per year for emergencies, education, healthcare, developing small businesses, environmental upgrades and life cycle events. JFLA maintains a 99% repayment rate and as loans are repaid new loans are made, perpetuating a cycle of hope.
Enrich, Instill, Inspire
The Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood has been providing academic enrichment programs to underprivileged students since its founding in 1937. We offer a broad array of academic, health, artistic, and leadership programs for our students at our main facility, as well as after school programs at West Hollywood and Van Ness elementary schools. Our programs all further our mission, which is to "inspire and empower young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults." We serve over 1,400 students in Los Angeles from predominantly low-income families by providing them with quality youth development programs that also help keep them sheltered, safe, fed, and supervised, away from gangs, crime, drugs, and other risky behaviors. Our five core program areas: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Athletics, Social Recreation, and Fitness.
Empowering youth to dream big
Founded in 2001, every year, BBBSLA impacts more 1,500 youth through five unique mentoring programs that serve children and youth in their communities, schools, and in the workplace. By building a strong, one-to-one and professionally-supported mentoring relationship to serve as a foundation for transformative impact and life skills learning, BBBSLA's innovative approaches to expanding mentoring opportunities help to close both the achievement and opportunity gaps that exist for too many underserved children and youth.
Collecting, conserving, exhibiting, and interpreting significant works of art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was established in 1910 as part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art. LACMA's collections encompass the geographic world and virtually the entire history of art. Among the museum's special strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. LACMA's mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods, and through the translation of these collections into meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the widest array of audiences.
Nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) was created to support the Los Angeles Zoo in its mission to nurture wildlife and enrich the human experience. GLAZA's primary responsibility is to seek and provide financial support for the Zoo's programs and capital projects. GLAZA provides support through fundraising, membership, organizing special events and travel programs, producing award-winning publications, coordinating one of the largest zoo volunteer programs in the country, administering the contract for visitor services concessions within the Zoo, and supporting community relations, and public relations.
Building a better Los Angeles one family at a time
The Saban Community Clinic in collaboration with strategic partners, provides dependable and affordable quality health care and human services in a caring environment for the underserved and those who are most vulnerable. We serve men, women and children of all ages in the Los Angeles area without regard to race, creed, ethnic background or sexual orientation. Our patients are the uninsured, the working poor, the homeless, runaway and high-risk youth, and others who are unable to access affordable health care and human services.
Advocates for the Integrity of Creation
The Immaculate Heart Community is made up of dedicated men and women with a mission to create community, to work as advocates for the marginalized, for social and economic justice and peace, and for the integrity of creation. Originally called the Daughters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Heart Community was founded in Spain in 1848. Ten sisters were sent to California in 1871. A climate of renewal, called for by the second Vatican Council, brought about a break from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1970 and opened membership to men and women, single or married, from all Christian denominations. Members come from many fields including education, social work, law, parish ministry, the arts, health care, and administration of public and non-profit organizations.
Empowering youth through education
As a college access organization, the Fulfillment Fund is dedicated to making college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. Through classroom instruction, college counseling, mentoring and scholarships, we transform the lives of students, beginning in high school and extending to college graduation. Our impact spans beyond the students we serve directly. They, in turn, influence siblings, peers and their community by becoming role models, volunteers, mentors and donors.
Disaster relief & development since 1979
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. We provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, provide education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA rapidly and expertly provides on-the-ground aid by sending vital life-saving supplies and cash grants to assist communities in rebuilding. Partnering with grassroots organizations, Operation USA specializes in reaching vulnerable populations who are in the greatest need, yet who are often ignored by governments and larger aid organizations.
The world's largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society.Since 1969 we have cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.
Providing Southern California audiences with the broadest possible movie-going opportunities
The American Cinematheque is a viewer-supported cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the moving picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents the best of film and video - ranging from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. The American Cinematheque was created in 1981 to honor and promote America's indigenous art form -- the moving picture; to present the full range of film and video, not otherwise available, to the widest possible audience; to establish a forum for an on-going dialogue between filmmakers and filmgoers; to provide a high profile exhibition facility for other independent film and video organizations; and to encourage and support new talent by creating a showcase for their work.
We believe in a world where all artists can realize their dreams and children are empowered to create their own.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children's literacy programs.
Alleviating animal suffering and exploitation
Founded in 1984, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) recognizes that animals have the ability to experience pain, and as such they deserve certain basic rights protecting them from pain caused by humans. LCA believes that non-human animals should not be subjected to suffering and exploitation by humans because alternatives exist for nearly every traditional usage of animals. LCA opposes the use of animals for scientific curiosity, entertainment, clothing, and food. LCA recognizes the use of non-human animals in medical experimentation as both immoral and of questionable scientific validity due to the tremendous biological difference between species. LCA's work advocates conscious and informed lifestyle decisions, and LCA is committed to disseminating truthful information about societal animal abuse to improve the treatment of animals.
For life, for love, for as long as it takes
Project Angel Food's mission is to feed and nourish the sick as they battle critical illness. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver nutritious meals, free of charge, to homes throughout Los Angeles County to alleviate hunger, prevent malnutrition and return our clients to health.
Protecting and preserving motion picture history
The Film Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore nearly 700 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project has restored 26 films from 19 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation's free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people - over 10 million to date - about film language and history.
After school and summer programs for underserved youth
After-School All-Stars provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. For more than 20 years, we have offered free, high-quality programs to at-risk youth across the country. Our goals for our All-Stars are that they grow up safe and healthy, graduate high school and go on to college, find careers they love and give back to their communities. We achieve these goals by fueling our students' passions, tying their interests to academic support, enrichment activities and health and fitness programs that instill the confidence and resilience they'll need for success in school and in life. At ASAS, learning is disguised in hands-on, student-directed projects that engage students' imaginations and extend the classroom to their playing fields, neighborhoods, and homes. We help our All-Stars gain the confidence and skills they need to lead their communities.
Giving youngsters the many benefits of music education
Founded in 1996, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (MHOF) donates musical instruments to underserved schools nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. MHOF was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland's Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film's composer, Michael Kamen, founded MHOF in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education.
Saving Young Lives
The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 866.488.7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org
Dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture
Founded in 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Covering four floors, the facility features: permanent exhibits that trace the history of the automobile; state-of-the-art displays of racecars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, and auto design and technology; and the May Family Discovery Center, and interactive hands-on learning center designed to spark interest in science by way of the automobile.
A place to be safe, a place to belong
My Friend's Place assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. In 1990, the doors of a facility called My Friend's Place were opened, providing sack lunches to the homeless youth of Hollywood, social services and creative opportunities. Today, My Friend's Place is the most frequently visited drop-in Resource Center for homeless youth in Southern California serving 1,000 youth ages 12 and over and their children, each year. In addition, we offer a free comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health and education services through three program areas: safe have program, transformative education program, and a health and wellbeing program.
Music changing lives in L.A.
Harmony Project is an award-winning research-based nonprofit organization that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles. We promote positive youth development through year-round music lessons and ensemble participation. Our mission is to: promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music; to build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music; to develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We accomplish this by bringing quality music instruction and ensemble playing to children who otherwise would not have access to it; complementing music education with supporting resources and opportunities; and, fostering a community of families that actively support their children's growth and development.