Here are some of our favorite charities located in cities nearby Tucson, AZ. 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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Because life is good.
The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. The Center has six program areas: Biodiversity, Climate, International, Oceans, Wildlands, and Urban Wildlands. The Center looks forward to a future of continued expansion, creativity, and no-holds-barred action on behalf of the world's most critically endangered animals and plants.
We ensure the people of Southern Arizona have access to nutritious food and programs they need.
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona responds to the root causes of hunger and seeks to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people living in poverty. Our mission is to change lives in the communities we serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.
Helping sustain and improve the lives of people in Southern Arizona, Israel, and around the world
For more than 50 years, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has served as our community's coordinating body for fundraising, planning, and communal services. Federation helps sustain and improve the lives of people in Southern Arizona, Israel, and around the world; wherever the needs are the greatest. Through a network of affiliated agencies, we help individuals and families, the old and the young, the unemployed, the homeless, the sick, the poor, and those who are persecuted or oppressed. In this way, Federation helps to fulfill a sacred Jewish promise which has shaped our culture for generations: the promise to build and care for our community here and around the world.
For more than 80 years, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has held a reputation as our community's fundraiser, but United Way doesn't just raise money. Our mission is to build a better community. We aim for an economically strong, safe and healthy community where southern Arizona residents can live and work. Our strategic goal is to achieve measurable community results in critical areas so that: children will enter school prepared to learn and attend safe, nurturing after-school programs; families will have the tools they need to remain strong and free from violence; and seniors will live actively and make independent life choices.
Where the desert comes alive
Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is dedicated to the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. Its mission is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost two miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.
Dedicated to sustainable-use wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and chapter-driven humanitarian service projects.
Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) is "First for Wildlife." The mission is to fund and direct worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. SCI Foundation works closely with Safari Club International, its chapters, and members to advance local, regional and global wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian projects each year. The group also supports scientific studies in the field of predator-prey relationships and wildlife habitat restoration and management. SCI Foundation demonstrates the constructive role that sustainable-use hunting and hunters play in the conservation of wildlife; carries out and supports outdoor educational programs; supports humanitarian programs to assist the disabled and those in need to enjoy hunting; and provides donations to other organizations pursuing similar goals.
Living our diverse faiths
The mission of Interfaith Community Services is to live our diverse faiths by helping seniors, disabled individuals and people in financial crisis in Pima County achieve stable and independent lives though support from volunteers, faith communities and the community-at-large. Our vision is that: seniors and disabled individuals will have transportation, meals, and caregiving services available to them so they can remain independent in their homes; people in financial crisis will have a compassionate place to turn to for vital services that help stabilize their housing, employment, and health care situations; and seniors, disabled individuals, and people in financial crisis may gain access to personal resources, social support, and information to make informed decisions.
Exploring and protecting the places of our past
Founded in 1989, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources.
Shaping the future of the west
The Sonoran Institute's mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. We work at the nexus of commerce, community, and conservation to help people in the North American West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the values which brought them here. We envision a West where civil dialogue and collaboration are hallmarks of decision making, where people and wildlife live in harmony, and where clean water, air, and energy are assured.
Providing pathways out of poverty
The Primavera Foundation provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. The Primavera Foundation began in the early 1980's as a response to the growing numbers of homeless individuals on the streets of Tucson. Primavera has expanded its services and advocacy work over the past 27 years to include: workforce development programs that help people return to work; develop job skills and provide special assistance to former prisoners; rental housing that provides stable, long-term and affordable solutions to the community's lack of affordable, safe housing; Financial Education, Home Ownership and Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention workshops that help families work towards financial security; Neighborhood Revitalization programs that help neighborhoods become communities of choice; and proactive Community Engagement that provides communities with sustainable solutions to issues.
Join us in the fight against Niemann-Pick Type C Disease!
Founded in 1994, the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation is a grassroots organization dedicated to funding medical research projects to find a treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NP-C) disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. As of January 2009, 25 medical research projects are being funded by the Foundation in the United States and throughout the world. Another 50 grants have been funded by the Parseghian Foundation in the past. Of the more than 400 rare disease organizations in America, the Parseghian Foundation is a leader in raising funds totaling $33 million in fourteen years.
Protecting our mountain islands and desert seas.
Founded in 1991, Sky Island Alliance is a science-based conservation organization. We are dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. We work with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region's unique biological diversity.
Providing assistance to the economically and emotionally disadvantaged
The Crossroads Nogales Mission was founded in October 1995 by Ben and Bert Wenke. It is a Christ centered recovery program serving the needs of individuals, developing life skills, giving the disadvantaged, homeless and poor a better quality of life and providing a full range of opportunity for restoration to obtain a productive and stable life. The Mission started with a homeless shelter for men and women. A few weeks later a community lunch program was started and today we have four shelters, five programs for men and women, a domestic violence shelter for women and children, holiday meals, and Bible clubs for children five times a year. Last year we were able to feed over 35,000 individuals thanks to the financial generosity of our donors. Our newest addition is the Crossroads Family Fellowship Center which was dedicated February 18, 2009.
Reusing and recycling for humanity first
Established in 1996, World Care seeks to improve world health, education, and the state of the environment in our programming efforts. Additionally, our organization serves as a nationwide model in providing emergency relief anywhere in the globe within 24 hours of a disaster. Our efforts combat poverty, illiteracy, famine, disease, and waste by recycling resources for those in need in the United States and around the world. By bringing together collaborative organizations locally and internationally, World Care creates progressive solutions that draw on the unique character and strengths of each community we work with. With our efficient programs and innovative strategies, World Care has provided assistance in a variety of ways to hundreds of thousands of people needing help.
Connecting Art to Life
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown, and features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art as well as tours, education programs, and Museum Store to delight and educate visitors. The Tucson Museum of Art serves the city and surrounding regions and is committed to broadening public access to the arts, enriching daily life.
Help a homeless pet
The Petfinder Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity, helps shelters and rescue groups save homeless pets through adoptions, disaster response and recovery and becoming more sustainable. Its mission is to ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home. The Foundation provides cash, training and equipment and supplies so that hundreds of thousands of homeless pets can have happier lives and the people who work with them can do their jobs better.
Regional Seed Solution Model
For 25 years, Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) has endeavored to conserve the rich legacy of agro-biodiversity in the arid Southwest because of its genetic potential and cultural importance. NS/S conserves, distributes, and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico. We envision the Greater Southwest as a place where farms and gardens, kitchens and tables, stores and restaurants are brimming with the full diversity of arid lands-adapted heirloom crops; people are keeping the unique seeds and agricultural heritage alive; and the crops, in turn, are nourishing humankind.