Here are some of our favorite charities located in cities nearby San Jose, CA. We have made sure each of them are eligible for tax deductions when you help your local community by donating your car. Your values and choice can make a difference.
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A Culture of Sharing
Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don't always allow that idea to be realized.
You can learn anything. For free. For everyone. Forever.
Khan Academy works to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
At FLY, we believe all our children deserve the chance to become more than their past mistakes.
Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens. FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY's unique programs include legal education, leadership training, and one-one-one mentoring. For less than one-tenth the cost of incarceration, FLY provides youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and those most at risk, with the motivation and support to stay out of trouble with the law, get engaged in school, and begin to change their lives. Visit us on the web at flyprogram.org.
UNITE. SERVE. CELEBRATE
The India Community Center (ICC) promotes Indian culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs, thereby uniting the Indian community, and raising awareness about Indian culture in the local community. ICC welcomes all without regard to racial, ethnic, regional, religious, political or socio-economic background and its mission seeks to make a positive difference in the community by providing social, cultural, educational, professional and recreational programs, to foster community spirit by creating a place for family and friends to come together, to be an essential resource for the community by providing free or heavily subsidized services in critical areas such as health, legal aid and senior support, and to promote awareness and understanding of the Indian-American subculture in the mainstream as well as provide a bridge to India.
Opera San José is dedicated to maintaining a resident company of opera singers.
Opera San José is dedicated to maintaining a resident company of opera singers with whom we present compelling, professional opera performances, while creating and providing cultural and educational programs that both enrich the opera-going experience and encourage future generations of artists and audiences. Opera San José also provides technical assistance to other organizations.Founded in 1984, Opera San José is unique in that it is the only year-long resident opera company in the nation. Members of the resident company form the core of the artistic staff for main-stage productions as well as educational programs.To achieve this mission, Opera San José will:-Maintain a professional, fiscally responsible opera company of artistic excellence for San José and its environs;-Discover, retain and develop outstanding, emerging professional singers;-Provide these singers with repeated performance opportunities;-Develop, entertain, and educate audiences from the extended community.
Freedom From Addiction
Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada was started in 1964 in San Francisco and was legally incorporated in Northern California in 1964. The purpose of Teen Challenge is to help people who have life-controlling problems and initiate the discipleship process to the point where the student can function as a Christian in society. The Teen Challenge approach is to teach a whole new way of living by addressing family relationships, work attitudes, self-image and esteem, peer pressure, addictions, social issues, community relationships, and a variety of other life skills. Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.
Make a Difference
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley provides stability and hope to abused children by being a powerful voice in their lives. By matching trained volunteers (Advocates) with dependent children, we ensure the needs and best interests of foster children in our program are met. Because our volunteers are court-appointed, they can thoroughly research every aspect of a child's case, including meeting teachers, social workers and foster parents. Advocates provide reports to the court so judges can make decisions with clear and accurate information. In addition to representing children in court, Advocates serve as friends and mentors.
Fulfilling wishes, changing lives
Founded in 1990, the Family Giving Tree's mission is to offer assistance to as many people as possible through the Giving Tree programs, by creating a simple and effective way for anyone to enrich their own life by helping others. We work with more than 250 Bay Area social service agencies that supply us with the names and wishes of the children they serve year-round. A wish card is printed for each child, detailing their age, gender, first name and their wish for a holiday gift. Over 900 Bay Area companies, schools and organizations participate in the program by displaying the wish cards, often on trees, in their lobbies and other public areas. It is the generosity of employees, customers and students that make this program a success. By selecting a wish card, they pledge to purchase a special gift for a child in need.
Seeding innovative solutions
Founded in 1989, the mission of All Stars Helping Kids is to disrupt the cycle of poverty and encourage innovation by seed funding start-up nonprofits in the Bay Area. Our vision is to increase the effectiveness of these nonprofits so that all youth are able to thrive, regardless of where they come from. The values that guide our work, both internally and in the community, are: Risk-taking, Teamwork, Integrity and Reflection. We believe that breaking the cycle of poverty will give all youth a fair shot, and will benefit each and every one of us too.
Inspiring hands-on learning
Founded in 1994, the RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) mission is to help educators transform a child's learning experience through hands-on education to inspire the joy and discovery of learning. We provide educators and community groups with creative ideas, materials, and training to promote hands-on learning in science, math, technology, and art. To learn 21st century skills - critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration - students need to be actively engaged in solving meaningful problems. RAFT connects thousands of educators with the inspiration and affordable resources students need to work, think, innovate and learn creatively.
Help us eradicate curable blindness
Founded in 1998, the mission of the Sankara Eye Foundation, USA (SEF, USA) is to realize the goal of 20/20 vision for the people of India by the year 2020. We initiate and drive community eye care activities in India by working with eye care organizations such as Sankara Eye Society, which runs the Sankara Eye Hospital in Coimbatore. SEF, USA has played a significant role in increasing the number of free surgeries eight fold to its current projected annual rate of about 70,000.
Maintaining and strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish community and Jewish life
The mission of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley is to raise and to allocate funds needed to maintain and strengthen Jewish identity, Jewish community and Jewish life, and to work toward meeting the needs and concerns of the Jewish community locally, in the United States, in Israel and throughout the Diaspora and to develop leadership. In fulfilling its purposes and programs, the Federation embodies a primary commitment to Klal Yisrael (the responsibility of each Jew for another), to Tikun Olam (the process of repairing the world), and to the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people.
To save and enhance lives, both two-legged and four-legged.
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has been serving people and pets for over 85 years. Having facilitated more than half a million animal adoptions into permanent, loving homes, HSSV is leading the charge for animal welfare through their creative marketing techniques, community education programs and effective homeless animal prevention strategies.HSSV has made a commitment to become America's first shelter to meet the standard-of-care guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians-a goal they anticipate reaching in 2017. They also opened the country's first Animal Community Center in 2009-a place where people can come together to learn about, engage with and celebrate animals. Humane Society Silicon Valley also launched the Mutual Rescue initiative in early 2016. Mutual Rescue is an inspiring new national effort highlighting the life-changing power of human-animal relationships through an ongoing series of short films.
Partnering with nature to teach kids science
Our mission is to Inspire Enthusiasm for Science and a Love of Learning in Pre-K through 6th-grade students in Santa Clara County, CA. We teach inquiry-based, life, physical, earth, and social science to nearly 30,000 children per year. Since our founding in 1953, we have taught hundreds of thousands of children. Our two youth programs are School & Group Programs and Summer Science Camps. We are committed to ensuring these programs are available to low-income, academically at-risk, and underserved populations. We also offer family Science Safaris (weekend and evening programs). YSI maintains 3 park-based Science & Nature Centers (San Jose, Saratoga, and Los Gatos). Each Center has specialized and unique artifacts, collections, and resources that connect children with nature while teaching science. Our programs are founded on the best practices of both hands-on science and experiential environmental education, and are correlated to the science content standards for CA public schools.
Real life, real hope, real change
Cityteam serves the poor and homeless in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Philadelphia, and has partnerships in many countries around the world. Since 1957, Cityteam has provided life-saving food, shelter, clothing, recovery programs, community outreach, discipleship and other essential care 365 days a year. Cityteam reaches out to one person at a time to help meet their immediate needs and introduce them to the hope that only God can provide - so they can truly make real changes in their life. Each person we help can be the key to ending the cycle of poverty, homelessness and despair for a whole family.
Restoring hope for families, seniors, and adults
Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFS SV) believes that people facing difficult challenges deserve a better life. Every day we restore hope for families, seniors, and adults because we believe in tikkun olam, repairing our little corner of the world. Since 1978, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley has been committed to serving a diverse community with quality social, vocational, senior, counseling, refugee resettlement and volunteer services.
Committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Harvest Evangelism is an inter-denominational ministry committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20). The Harvest team, led by founder and president Ed Silvoso, is dedicated to serving the entire Body of Christ around the globe while instilling vision for city, regional and nation-wide transformation. The Five Pivotal Paradigms for Nation Transformation, the biblical principles of prayer evangelism (Luke 10: 1-9, I Timothy 2:1-8), marketplace transformation (Acts 2:17-21) and unity in the Body (John 13:35) form the core strategy for our efforts.