Here are some of our favorite charities located in cities nearby Minneapolis, MN. 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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Empowering children to succeed
The mission of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin cities is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities targets children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty or coping with parental incarceration.
Advancing progressive social change and economic justice.
Wellstone Action Fund believes that politics shouldn't be about money and power games; it should be about the improvement of people's lives. We believe that electoral politics, public policy, and grassroots organizing can be woven together to create progressive change. Today, Wellstone Action is the largest training center for progressives in the country. More than 350 organizations have partnered with us to advance progressive change on the issues we all care about; more than 55,000 candidates, campaign staff, and community organizers have turned to us to learn how to run and win progressive campaigns, and trusted us to teach them the key to creating long-term, lasting change in our communities.
Reducing violence, protecting civilians
Nonviolent Peaceforce is a global non-profit organization. We protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. We build peace side by side with local communities. We advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.
Addressing the root causes of injustice.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice is a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. All Minnesotans deserve the chance to both contribute to and benefit from the state's environmental, economic, social and civic resources. We believe community organizing is the best way to make this vision a reality. Through grantmaking and organizational assistance, Headwaters supports grassroots groups addressing the root causes of injustice. Headwaters engages and partners with a committed community of donors and allies who work for justice.
Restoring the Dignity of the Human Spirit
Founded in 1985, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) heals the wounds of torture on individuals, their families, and their communities and to stop torture worldwide. We work locally, nationally, and internationally to build healing communities where torture survivors feel welcomed, protected and healed. CVT fulfills this mission by providing services directly to torture survivors; training and providing capacity building support to professionals and organizations who work with torture survivors and refugees; conducting research on the effects of torture and on effective treatment methods to be sure that we are providing the best care we can to our clients; and advocating for public policy initiatives that will help heal survivors and put an end to the practice of torture.
Developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions
SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our supportive, non-competitive environment helps youth build self-esteem and confidence in a community that celebrates diversity. SteppingStone's programs foster creativity, self-expression and self-confidence; teach children and youth about history, diverse cultures, literature and the arts through engaging and entertaining learning; and help to create in youth a lifelong appreciation for the arts. We serve youth from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Since the theatre's founding in 1987 from the education programs at the former Chimera Theatre, more than 750,000 children, families and educators have attended or participated in SteppingStone Theatre events.
Dedicated to serving the communities in South Minneapolis
Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation opened in 1993 as a faith-based, community development organization dedicated to serving the communities in South Minneapolis. The mission of Urban Ventures is to build successful community within the city by: developing youth leadership; strengthening families; and creating meaningful work opportunities. The programs of Urban Ventures serve more than 2,500 youth and adults each year. Urban Ventures' comprehensive approach to healing the community is woven into all of our programs. It is our goal to touch the head, the heart, and the hurt of each individual who walks through our doors. Our holistic efforts take the form of educational programs, empowerment groups, mentoring, and other important collaborations with community partners.
Center of the American Experiment is Minnesota's leading public policy organization. The Center is more than a think tank. It not only researches and produces papers on Minnesota's economy, education, health care, the family, employee freedom and state and local governance. It also crafts and proposes creative solutions that emphasize free enterprise, limited government, personal responsibility and government accountability. For more than 25 years, Center of the American Experiment has been the most impactful and effective public policy organization in Minnesota. It leads the way in creating and advocating policies that make Minnesota a freer, more prosperous and better-governed state.
Dedicated to changing the world through resourcefulness
Matter is a non-profit organization that believes the simple act of being resourceful can change the world. By seeing a new purpose for what others cast off, we are able to partner with service organizations to deliver opportunities to those living in scarcity. It's our calling to create a world where we all matter.Since 2000 - when the organization began operating as "Hope for the City" - we have re-purposed valuable goods and distributed material resources to organizations serving those living in scarcity. Over the next 15 years, we have evolved to become an organization that has helped distribute more than $550 million in wholesale goods to people in need all over the world. And that was just the beginning.Through the simple act of being resourceful, we are addressing the needs of people living in scarcity while creating a better world - a world where we all matter.
Engaging the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals
The leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, the Animal Humane Society is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals by providing comprehensive programs and services to compassionately serve all of the stages of an animal's life. At our campuses in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury, our mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals. Our programs at our five campuses include adoption and surrender, outreach, rescue, pet training and boarding. Animal Humane Society assisted over 23,000 animals in 2013.
Here for good
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a health and human services organization that promotes the social welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means, including: relief of the poor; care of the sick and aged; care and nurture of children; aid of the disadvantaged and otherwise needy; promotion of physical and mental health; support of rehabilitation and corrections; provision of needed housing and social services; and operation of residences and facilities for the aged, the infirm and those requiring special care.
Connecting our community
Keystone Community Services is a community-based human service organization in St. Paul, Minnesota, offering a variety of human service programs for all ages at multiple sites. Our programs include three foodshelves and emergency assistance; a comprehensive Seniors Program that provides Meals on Wheels, peer counseling and programs for active seniors; case management for seniors, the disabled and at-risk families; a support program for Hmong youth and their families; and Youth Express, an employment and youth development program that operates two social enterprises - Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing.
Sharing The Gospel With Addicts Since 1926!
Metro Hope Recoery Ministries is a Residential faith-based drug and alcohol recovery program serving men, women, and mothers with children, prroviding healing and hope for the whole family since 1926. We are a restorative recovery ministry providing real help and lasting hope for the entire family in a grace-filled environment through Jesus Christ. We provide separate Christ-centered long term residential ministries for men and women with children who are seeking freedom from the shackles of addiction. These mentored programs emphasize a unique restorative process that cleanses the body, clears the mind, changes the heart and saves the soul.
Building healthy families & communities one job at a time
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota provides comprehensive, proven employment, education and independence services, including: job preparation, skills training, job placement, family strengthening and support services. Other services include the Minneapolis FATHER Project, AgrAbility farm program and the Medical Equipment Loan Program. The mission of Goodwill/Easter Seals is to assist people with barriers to education, employment and independence in achieving their goals. We prepare people for work. We believe all people have the right to work. We advocate on behalf of persons with barriers to work by encouraging everyone to get involved in public policy initiatives.
Celebrating Swedish culture
The American Swedish Institute (ASI), founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad, is a historic house, museum, and cultural center that celebrates Swedish and Swedish-American culture. The Institute's Turnblad mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places. The ASI's purpose is to maintain an institute for the purpose of education to provide lectures, public meetings, conferences, art galleries, libraries, museums, exhibitions, concerts, and publications which promote knowledge of Swedish arts, literature and science. Our accomplishments for fiscal year ending 2008 include 75,000 museum visitors, two major exhibits, 10 smaller exhibits, and enhancements to permanent exhibits.
Taking action to make immigration systems work for all
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ICLM) envisions a country in which immigrants are accepted and valued as full participants in the community. ICLM enhances opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal representation for low-income individuals, and through education and advocacy with diverse communities. We bring our full legal passion, dedicated attention and highest quality service to our low-income immigrant/ refugee clients and their families. We value relationships with the communities we serve and seek to express their full potential and contributions through our work together. We believe in taking action to make immigration systems work for all.
Care. No Matter what.
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is the leading provider and protector of reproductive health in our region. We are a dynamic organization whose mission is grounded in mainstream values. Each year, nearly 70,000 people turn to Planned Parenthood as their local provider of confidential, affordable health care services and comprehensive sexuality education. We support women and men of all ages to make responsible choices and plan their futures. Our health care, education, and advocacy programs help women, men, and families make informed, responsible decisions about their personal health as well as the health of our communities.
The Heart of South Minneapolis
Sabathani Community Center was founded in 1966 and is now a multi-service organization serving a diverse community in four program areas: Building strong, healthy families, creating school success for children and teens, keeping seniors active and healthy, and community-based health resources. It has created a focal point for community identity, empowerment and social change. Sabathani serves as a place where residents can gather in a welcoming environment, fellowship, build community, conduct business and receive programs and services that would move people forward.
Reducing isolation and loneliness among elders while promoting their well-being and independence.
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life. In living out this mission, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly strives to promote the well-being and independence of older adults in the Twin Cities Metro Area. LBFE staff provides in-home visits and phone calls, acts as advocates, makes referrals to other services, and helps these older adults solve problems. Program staff may also utilize Visiting Volunteers who can offer friendship to these older adults, help reconnect them to their community, and enhance their personal independence. The Twin Cities Chapter was founded in 1972.
Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy. NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.
Charity is good. Change is better.
Community Shares of Minnesota (formerly Community Solutions Fund) is a community-based fund for social justice. We bring people and resources together to create strong, healthy communities and a more equitable Minnesota. Community Shares of Minnesota is a workplace giving organization that turns up the heat. On discrimination. On situations that reinforce poverty. On attitudes that look the other way at inequality. And by turning up the heat with smart and effective solutions - led by the very communities that are often held down - we're creating a world where a single working parent has access to both good and affordable childcare. Where entire neighborhoods can have a voice in policy decisions that affect their daily lives. A place where charities become less necessary.
Building healthy and stable lives
PRISM (People Responding In Social Ministry) is a social service agency that helps local families during times of financial hardship. For over 45 years, the volunteers and staff at PRISM have provided services to empower people to build healthy, stable lives.The three core programs at PRISM address food, clothing and housing. Guiding values are Dignity, Accountability, Collaboration and Innovation.
Serve. Learn. Change the world.
For 30 years, the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and captivated students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, service-learning content to school districts, classrooms, out-of-school youth programs and everything in between. By partnering with NYLC, we can accelerate student achievement in your district by strengthening academic, civic, and character outcomes through service-learning. We help you tap into the passion, creativity, and ingenuity of all young people to make real change happen. NYLC offers a variety of opportunities for you to engage students. With online content, customized professional development, tools, resources, and more, NYLC is leading the way to transform community into classroom and inspiring all young people to Serve. Learn. Change the world.
Keeping the land and people together
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) was founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop sustainable communities. Made up of farmers as well as rural and urban residents, LSP works together to: secure a healthful food supply; preserve soil, water, and wildlife; support diversified, profitable family-sized farms; organize communities for positive change; hold corporations and governments accountable; and create a new sustainable vision for our food and agriculture system. Our work is concentrated in four areas: community based food and economic development, Farm Beginnings, policy and organizing, and stewardship science.
Educating children, empowering families
Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, health care, and housing. The organization was established in 1986 by the Huebsch family, who made the difficult decision to leave friends, family, and a peaceful lifestyle to see what they could offer the people of Guatemala. Since then, Common Hope has grown into a dynamic organization serving more than 11,000 Guatemalan children and adults living in rural and urban poverty. With Common Hope, more than 1,500 young adults have graduated from high school with the skills for professional careers, in a country where the average adult drops out before sixth grade and survives on several dollars a day.
Building positive school communities
Founded in 1987, Youth Frontiers' (YF) mission is to partner with schools to build positive school communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically. Our vision is to change the way kids treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom in America. Our focus on school community is embedded in educational research that has consistently found that a positive school climate is associated with academic achievement, effective risk prevention and positive youth development. Both mission and vision are realized through the delivery of daylong retreat programs that focus on building the capacity of students in grades 4 - 12 and educators to engage in igniting change in their own, and school's, attitudes and behaviors. Each program uniquely engages all learners through the use of the experiential learning model, defined as learning through reflection or doing.YF partners with 650 public, private and charter schools annually, mainly across the Midwest.
Advancing Ceramic Arts
Northern Clay Center's mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Ongoing programs include exhibitions by contemporary regional, national and international ceramic artists, as well as historical and architectural ceramics; classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.
10,000 reasons why
Twenty-one members strong, the Minnesota Environmental Fund is a balanced group of organizations with one common goal: maintaining our high-quality environment. Minnesota Environmental Fund provides education and a vital payroll giving choice to employees through our member organizations that protect, conserve and restore Minnesota's environment. Minnesota Environmental Fund provides the opportunity for employees to choose the environmental cause(s) they wish to support: protecting the air, water, land, and food; advocating environmental justice; or promoting a safe, clean and healthy environment throughout Minnesota.
Building Neighborhood Economies from Within
Founded in 1993, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) works to empower entrepreneurs and community partners to transform low income neighborhood economies from within. NDC works with entrepreneurs and community organizations to concentrate the power of micro-enterprise development around dynamic "hubs" of community revitalization, linking the energy of people to the vitality of places. This "network of hubs" allows NDC to generate and sustain large-scale impact while communities retain ownership of the process and the results.
Vaccination information for healthcare professionals
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies.
Working hand in hand to improve lives in Bolivia
Mano a Mano International mission is to create partnerships with impoverished Bolivian communities that improve health and increase economic well-being. We collaborate with our counterpart organizations in Bolivia to build sustainable solutions that improve quality of life for the long-term. All of our projects are more than just constructing a building; there is a huge focus on training, education, and continuing community and government support to ensure that projects are used for their intended purpose and that the level of service remains high. Our continuing health education program and community maintenance days are two examples.
Better energy. Better world.
The Great Plains Institute takes a pragmatic, non-partisan approach to solving our energy and climate change challenges – working with diverse interests to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, and technology acceleration, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.
Faith in Democracy
Founded in 2000, ISAIAH was officially created through the merger of three independent congregation based community organizations: Great River Interfaith Partnership (GRIP) in the St. Cloud area; Interfaith Action in Greater Minneapolis; and, St. Paul Ecumenical Alliance of Congregations (SPEAC) in Greater St. Paul. Today, ISAIAH is a faith-based coalition of more than 100 member congregations that lets communities in Minnesota more effectively live out their faith in biblical justice and the common good. By uniting local congregations in a large regional organization, ISAIAH strengthens the ability of people of faith to address both local and regional community issues, including sprawl, affordable housing, transportation, and racial inequity.
Funding research and making a difference against ovarian cancer
Since the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance was founded in 1999, our mission has been to create an awareness regarding early warning signs that may be indicative of ovarian cancer; create and promote resources for support, networking and education for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their families; unite and educate individuals, the medical community and organizations to achieve earlier diagnosis, better treatment and a cure for ovarian cancer; advance ovarian cancer research toward earlier diagnosis, better treatment, and a cure.
Open a world of opportunity
College Possible was founded in 2000 because far too many college-capable low-income students fail to earn admission to college and complete their degree. A student from an upper income family is ten times as likely to earn a college degree as a low-income student. This trend has been widely identified not only as a fundamental problem of injustice, but also as a factor that will inhibit our country's ability to compete in the global economy in the years ahead. By providing low-income students with both the guidance and the basic tools necessary to compete effectively, College Possible has demonstrated that its program can dramatically improve students' chances of earning a college degree. To date, 98% of our students have earned admission to college and nearly 80 percent have graduated or are persisting towards their degree.
Preserving and improving the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation preserves and improves the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and supports State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational programs. Our priorities are to raise funds in the following areas: agriculture, arts and culture, education, environment, and history and heritage. Based on the historic 1911 Agricultural Society creed, the Foundation believes that the Minnesota State Fair is: "a mirror of Minnesota greatness, a school for her citizens, and a place where all are welcome, entertained and experience the results of the best thought and effort in all lines of endeavor."
A one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world
The Bakken Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism. It is a museum with electrifying exhibits and activities that are fun for kids and families and an education center that offers top quality hands-on programs for students and teachers. The Bakken has the world's leading collection of books and artifacts on the history of electricity in life.
Empowering Lives and Restoring Hope
Founded in 1975, The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) strengthens the community by responding to the basic emergency needs of individuals and families in St. Louis Park. STEP is a community-wide resource which serves the basic needs of more than 1,600 people each month. STEP is more than just a food shelf; it provides a full-service resource for people in need and helps people by providing advocacy, referrals, and going the extra mile to serve those who are most vulnerable in our community.