Here are some of our favorite charities located in cities nearby Milwaukee, WI. 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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Time of Grace is a donor supported, international Christian outreach media ministry that connects people to God's grace through Jesus Christ so that they know they are loved and forgiven. Time of Grace uses television, print, social networking and the web to reach people throughout the world each week with Bible studies that are understandable and interesting. Time of Grace's vision is to ignite spiritual growth and renewal in all people that produces a joyful life now and forever.
Founded in 1909, United Way of Greater Milwaukee is committed to improving lives in our community. We provide for people's basic needs, we strengthen families, children and youth, and help individuals become self-sufficient. We also focus on the root causes of our community's most critical problems to break the cycle of poverty - the key to lasting change. United Way supports a safety net of services that provides people with the support and tools they need to build a better life while also focusing on the underlying causes of problems by investing in programs that address: early education, healthy girls, job training and retention, and asset building.
A Club for Every Kid.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, one of the largest and longest youth-serving agencies in Milwaukee, offers structured after-school and summer programming to more than 43,000 children and teens each year. Within the safety of 44 locations, youth have access to free meals, academic support, role models and opportunities to build character and explore new interests. Through programs like SPARK Early Literacy Initiative, Graduation Plus and World of Work, the Clubs provide a structured pathway for members to thrive in all stages of their education and gain valuable job experience that will help them develop successful careers as adults.
Serving people of all faiths
Inspired by Christ's call to serve, our mission is to provide services to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same. Since 1920, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been helping people of all faiths throughout the ten counties of Southeast Wisconsin, providing compassionate and competent human services to people in need. The majority of our clients are low-income individuals and families, many living under the national poverty level. To date in 2015, we have served over 35,000 individuals. Our programs help individuals and families in crisis situations, addressing personal needs and aiding clients on the road to self-sufficiency and wellness.Our programs include: Community Outreach & Case Management, Behavioral Health Counseling, Pregnancy Support Coordination, Adoption, Supported Parenting Services, In-Home Support, Adult Day Services, Refugee Resettlement, and Legal Services for Immigrants..As a non-profit, we have an ethical obligation to our constituents and the public to conduct our activities with accountability and transparency. We wish to regularly and openly convey information to the public about our mission, activities, accomplishments and decision-making processes. Because we want this information to be easily accessible to the public with external visibility, important documentation regarding our agency's functions is shared on our website. It is listed under the Get To Know Us tab/Agency Transparency.
Serving children, strengthening families, building communities
COA Youth & Family Centers (Children's Outing Association) was founded in 1906 as a fresh air camp for needy immigrant children of Milwaukee. Today, the agency provides a holistic array of family-centered programs including early child development (early child education and parental engagement), youth development (after school and summer youth programs as well as our year-round camping programs), and community development. COA's Family Resource Centers provide daily programming for parents and their children.
The favor, the fever, the fervor
The Florentine Opera Company (FOC) is one of Wisconsin's oldest and most enduring professional performing arts organizations. Celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season in 2008-2009, it is also the sixth oldest opera company in the United States. All programs are driven by the mission to present Grand Opera productions reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards and designed to fulfill the Company's vision to expand the experiences of patrons with memorable, outstanding and exciting performances. The education department works to make opera more inviting and accessible to communities in Milwaukee and throughout the state of Wisconsin by: educating students and the community about opera and career opportunities within opera; providing opera introduction and continuing education events for adults; and providing opportunities for young artists.
Teaming up to cure childhood cancer through research
Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund) was formed in 1976 to support research into the effective treatment and cure of childhood cancer and blood disorders. Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. The MACC Fund has contributed $33 million for pediatric cancer research. This research impacts children throughout the country since the successful protocols become the standard for patient care everywhere. The MACC Fund believes it will one day be cured right out of existence and shares this optimistic, hopeful vision with all the dedicated researchers, doctors, nurses, parents, children and friends who support its work.
Transforming lives impacted by domestic violence
Founded in 1978, the Sojourner Family Peace Center's primary goals are to ensure the safety of victims of family violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children. Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year. Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being.
Providing compassionate spiritual care for Catholics unable to participate in holy Mass at a parish.
Heart of the Nation produces and televises weekly Sunday Mass nationwide, providing compassionate spiritual care for Catholics unable to participate in holy Mass at a parish. For the faithful who can't get to church because of the frailties of age, illness or injury, lack of transportation, or other struggles, Heart of the Nation Catholic Mass on TV and online offers a connection with the Lord Jesus and the community of faith. Since Holy Saturday, 1984, Heart of the Nation has televised Sunday TV Mass. Today, more than 78 million TV households nationwide can tune in the Mass on the ION Network and additional channels. The online Mass makes Catholic Sunday liturgy available to travelers, troops, and others around the globe.
Home away from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin is dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child's illness or injury. We provide a home away from home. Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children. Since our doors opened in 1984, more than 33,000 families have called the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee home. In 2014 we completed a major expansion, so now we have 70 rooms available families. In 2015, we served 1,833 families for 15,447 nights. These families stayed an average of 8.4 days, but 46% had to stay longer than 1 month, some up to a year.
Supporting Children's Hospital and Health System member organizations
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation provides philanthropic support to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and its tax-exempt affiliates. The Foundation has advanced the Hospital's mission by securing endowment funds for a large number of programs and services related to pediatric patient care, education, research and advocacy for children. Our accomplishments include: helping to fund the creation of the Children's Hospital's child protection center and the child life program of education and play therapy for children; significant funding of the hospital's intensive care units' equipment; and funding for school-based health centers in Milwaukee schools.
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984 and has granted more than 5,300 wishes since that time. The chapter covers the entire state of Wisconsin with the help of two regional offices in Appleton and Madison. Last year, the chapter granted 351 Wisconsin wishes. This year alone, more than 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, and currently, more than 330 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. According to a National Study, a wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them it marks a turning point in the fight against their illness.
Working together, Sharing the Gospel
Kingdom Workers spreads the Gospel by mobilizing Christians to create locally sustainable ministries addressing spiritual and physical needs in communities around the world. Kingdom Workers mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people: by working with individual members, ministries, congregations, and church bodies in doctrinal fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod; in cooperation and collaboration with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod mission divisions, by heightening awareness among individual members and congregations regarding mission and outreach ministry needs and opportunities, by coordinating lay efforts and volunteer efforts in mission fields, and by promoting and providing support for ministry projects in which Kingdom Workers is a partner.
For more than a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,300 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world and is also among the largest.
Conserving, educating, and supporting
The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), established in 1910, is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Helping the Milwaukee County Zoo maintain its reputation as Wisconsin's premier educational and cultural treasure is a big part of the Zoological Society's mission. Together, the Zoo and ZSM serve more than 1.3 million Zoo visitors a year. The ZSM and Zoo work together to attract both a strong family base as well as a diverse, non-traditional audience through free days, targeted school programs, evening concerts, special events and other efforts.