Local Non-Profit Organizations

141 Impact, Inc. One For One's mission is to empower individuals to impact the life of another by assisting in meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the poor, disabled, orphaned, and widowed of the world.

Alliance for Full Acceptance AFFA is a social justice organization achieving equality and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

ALS Association, South Carolina Chapter The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases — research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — in providing help and hope to those facing the disease.

American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we'll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention.

American Lung Association The American Lung Association is leading the way in helping all Americans breathe easier. Thanks to donors, volunteers, program and event participants, and staff, they are America’s trusted source for lung health education, lung disease research, support, programs, services and advocacy.

American Red Cross The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross provides vital services to the residents of South Carolina including disaster relief, health and safety classes, blood collection for hospitals and services to the armed forces.

ASCEND Foundation
ASCEND’s mission is to make ending cancer a national priority. We connect those touched by cancer into one voice to make a difference.

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired The association's mission is to empower individuals with blindness and visual impairment to lead safe, dignified, independent and rewarding lives and to prevent vision loss for adults in Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston Counties as well as children in Charleston County Title I schools.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center BBBS' mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Birthdays for All Birthdays for All's mission is to brighten the lives of children in Foster Care by providing birthday presents on their special day.

Camp Happy Days Camp Happy Days’ mission is to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis.

Carolina Children's Charity Carolina Children's Charity is committed to meeting the needs of local children with birth defects and/or childhood diseases since 1987.

Carolina Studios Carolina Studios' mission is to provide students a safe environment that fosters creative, educational, and career-focused initiatives through music technology and media arts.

Carolina Youth Development Center
The center's missions is to empower and equip our community’s most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners.

Center for Women The Center for Women serves to help educate and advocate so that women in South Carolina have economic success and are leaders in their professional, community and personal lives.

Charleston Academy of Music
The academy's mission is to empower students to become achievers by providing superior professional musical education, instruction, and performance opportunities.

Charleston Animal Society Charleston Animal Society's mission is the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Charleston Apartment Association The Charleston Apartment Association supports, serves, advocates and educates the multi-family industry. 

Charleston Area Children's Garden Project Using an edible garden as the venue, the Charleston Area Children's Garden Project (CACGP) strives to decrease childhood obesity and childhood diabetes in the Charleston area, to increase knowledge in youth and their parents regarding nutrition and health, to increase standardized test scores in math and science in the Charleston area, and to increase awareness of human impact on the environmental community.

Charleston Boxing Club Charleston Boxing Club provides a safe haven for our youth while teaching them how sacrifice, self-discipline, commitment, respect, and hope creates true friendships and positive life skills.

Charleston Co. Housing & Redevelopment Authority The Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority provides quality affordable housing and assists in improving economic opportunities for the low-income citizens of Charleston County.

Charleston County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad The Charleston County Rescue Squad provides support and operations for automobile and heavy extrication, missing or injured boaters, land and marine search and rescue, confined space operations, high angle rescue, diving, drowning (recovery and transport), swift water rescue as well as First Responder medical response for Charleston County E.M.S.

Charleston Friends of the Library Charleston Friends of the Library advocates, educates, and raises funds to support the Charleston County Public Library.

Charleston Habitat for Humanity Seeking to put God’s love into action, Charleston Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Charleston Horticultural Society The Society offers a wide array of horticultural information and involvement to its more than 1,300 individual and business members through lectures, educational workshops, garden tours, special events, and publications.

Charleston Junior Woman's Club All members of CJWC are united by dedication to community improvement through volunteerism.

Charleston Miracle League The Charleston Miracle League makes memories by providing a life-changing experience for children and adults with mental and physical challenges through a community supported baseball league.

Charleston Moves Charleston Moves advocates for enhanced conditions for walking and riding a bike in Charleston County. Their work hinges on three approaches to creating a safe, connected and livable environment: advocacy, safety and community.

Charleston Peace Charleston Peace provides peace and justice news in South Carolina.

Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society The Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society is a Christian charitable organization that exists for the purpose of welcoming and serving the needs of those men and women who make their livelihood in the port or at sea without regards to nationality, race, ethnicity, politics or religion.

Chasdoc ChasDOC inc.'s mission is to teach and educate the community on how to produce award-winning documentary films and videos on issues of concern, and in correlation with top environmental and human rights groups, produce significant works of social art, measurable in economic and cultural change through the mantra: think global, act local.

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of PLAY.

Choices Women's Center The center offers training and workshops that empower women and families to improve their educational, economic and social view of the world. Specialties include personal development training, economic enrichment, health and nutrition education, teen issues, literacy, and senior citizen issues.

Citadel Foundation The Citadel Foundation was established with the primary purpose of providing financial assistance and support exclusively for The Citadel. Founded in 1961 as The Citadel Development Foundation, the organization was initially tasked with raising money exclusively for educational purposes through the academic endowment fund.

Coastal Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America The Coastal Carolina Council is one of just 304 Boy Scout Councils in America. We are incorporated in the State of South Carolina and headquartered in Charleston, SC.

Coastal Community Foundation At Coastal Community Foundation, our focus on donors is led by the Development & Stewardship team, while our Grantmaking & Community Leadership staff run grant programs, initiatives and other community activities.

Coastal Conservation League The Coastal Conservation League works with communities, businesses, other conservation and citizen groups, and people like you.

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy The purpose of the Chaplaincy to provide crisis and community care through a diverse team of First Responder Chaplains.

Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Courageous Kidz Courageous Kidz, Inc. is a non-medical organization that focuses on families devastated by childhood cancer.

Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry is a citizen, media and police co-operative program designed to involve the public in the fight to identify, prevent, solve, and reduce crime. This invaluable community service enables anyone with details of criminal activity to pass them on anonymously, without fear of exposure or retribution.

Darkness to Light Darkness to Light is guided by the vision of a world free from child sexual abuse, where children can grow up happy, healthy and safe.
We know that prevention is possible, and we believe that it is an adult responsibility to protect children.

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center The Dee Norton Lowcountry's Children Center's mission is to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families.

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity Dorchester Habitat for Humanity pus God’s love into action by bringing people together building homes and hope.

Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry The Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry is a volunteer driven organization created for local families. We wish to see our children and adults with Down syndrome live fulfilling, empowered lives and strive to meet the individual needs of each family.

East Cooper Community Outreach Founded as an emergency relief effort in 1989 after the devastation from Hurricane Hugo, East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) has since grown into a permanent resource for the community in need with three main program areas: Basic Needs, Health Services and Empowerment

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity Seeking to put God’s love into action, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers daily nutrition - for the body and soul - to residents of Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Cainhoy and Wando who are home-bound or unable to provide their own meals.

EMPOWERR Program The EMPOWERR Program is located at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), a division of MUSC's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. EMPOWERR is funded with a five year grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI). Our goal is to reduce the onset of substance use and prevent the transmission of HIV in minority teens in Charleston County. 

Engaging Creative Minds The mission of Engaging Creative Minds is to inspire the creative and innovative potential of all students to achieve academically and become imaginative, adaptable, and productive adults resulting in stronger communities and an increasingly competitive South Carolina workforce.

Fields to Families Fields to Families empowers those in the Lowcountry who are food insecure by providing fresh produce from local farms and gardens.

For the Exceptional For The Exceptional strives to provide interactive social outlets to young adults with disabilities, while providing  parents and our communities with information, support, and services.

Girl Scouts of Carolina Low Country Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina Goodwill helps people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. We serve this mission by providing job training and employment services throughout 18 counties in lower South Carolina.

HALOS, Helping And Lending Outreach Support The mission of HALOS is to provide support and advocacy to abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers.

Healing Farms Ministries Healing Farms Ministries provides hope and opportunity to people with disabilities and their families, while teaching the community to do the same.

Helping the Underprivileged Grow Helping the Underprivileged Grow is a fundraising organization that directs proceeds to nonprofits and charities throughout the Charleston area.

Heritage for the Blind of Charleston Heritages for the Blind of Charleston's goal is to help enable the blind and visually impaired to become independent and to participate fully in society.

Heroes On The Water – Lowcountry, SC Chapter Heroes On The Water empowers our Nation’s warriors by providing healing and rehabilitating kayak fishing outings that are physically and mentally therapeutic through our nationwide community of volunteers and donors.

Huguenot Society of South Carolina The Huguenot Society of South Carolina was founded in 1885 to preserve the memory of the French Protestants (Huguenots) who left France prior to the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration on November 28, 1787. Today, the Society has nearly 2,000 members from across the United States and several foreign countries who descend from these Huguenot refugees.

Humanities Foundation The Humanities Foundation aims to develop the highest quality affordable and workforce housing possible while enhancing the lives of our residents and improving the communities in which we develop through affordability, education and advocacy.

I Heart Hungry Kids Since April, 2013, I Heart Hungry Kids has been able to feed hundreds of kids through our packing parties events while providing children under the age of fourteen with hands-on opportunities to do good in their community - over 21,000 bags packed, and counting!

Increasing HOPE Since 2003, Increasing H.O.P.E (Helping Others Prosper Economically) has been providing financial training educational opportunities to the local community.

Junior Achievement of Coastal South Carolina Junior Achievement is South Carolina's largest organization dedicated to educating our students about issues relating to work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through the use of experiential, hands-on programs.

Junior Girls Day Out Community Project Junior Girls Day Out Community Project provides positive outlets for young girls, helping them become well-rounded individuals, and inspiring them to reach their goals in life.   We have designed and execute twenty-five education, career, personal, social, and cultural development programs for girls, ages 4-14.

Junior League of Charleston The Junior League of Charleston, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 

KARS Institute The KARS Institute for Learning & Collaboration is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide training, resources, support and opportunities for collaboration and partnership to new and emerging nonprofits and community organizations.

Kiwanis Club of Charleston Kiwanis is an international organization that is dedicated to improving the world one child, one community at a time.

Liberty Hill Improvement Council The Liberty Hill Improvement Council created an Education Endowment Fund established with a mission to increase the literacy rate of students reading below their grade level in the Liberty Hill Community.

Lonon Foundation
The mission of The Lonon Foundation is to help children affected by a parent or caregiver's cancer diagnosis find comfort, heal and grow from their shared experiences.

Louie's Kids Louie’s Kids raises funds to help treat childhood obesity. We are here to inspire physical fitness whatever level you are, educate about “real life” nutrition, and provide cognitive behavioral therapy to help you and your family create a blueprint for change.

Low Country Orphan Relief Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc. (LOR) provides goods and services to children who have been abused or neglected.

Lowcountry AIDS Services Lowcountry AIDS Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons living with HIV and AIDS and to providing HIV prevention resources and programs for schools, churches, community organizations, and the workplace in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

Lowcountry Crisis Pregnancy Center Lowcountry Pregnancy Center (LPC) offers free medical & other pregnancy-related services.

Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotheraphy's mission is to enrich the quality of life and relationships of residents of the South Carolina Lowcountry, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, or economic status.

Lowcountry Food Bank The Lowcountry Food Bank's mission is to lead the fight against hunger in our community.

Lutheran Homes Franke at Seaside is a full-service retirement community of Lutheran Homes of South Carolina providing retirement options for active lifestyle living, assisted living, specialized care for those with memory impairment and healthcare and rehabilitation services.

MUSC Children's Hospital Volunteer Services MUSC Children’s health is a system of preventive and clinical care that delivers the most advanced, evidence-based health services.

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center The only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center in South Carolina, Hollings is at the forefront of cancer research. This research is the driving force behind delivering medical advances to patients and their families, enabling us to educate health care professionals and the public, and to establish outreach services for underserved populations.

My Sister's House My Sister’s House is a nonprofit organization that provides services, programs and resources to empower victims of domestic violence and their children to be free from abuse.

One80 Place One80 Place ends and prevents homelessness one person at a time, one family at a time.

Operation Home More than 1,000 families have been helped through Operation Home's critical home repair, wheelchair ramp and heat and cold relief programs.  

Origin Origin SC empowers individuals to achieve financial and housing stability through advocacy, counseling, and education.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services aims to encourage and support self-sufficiency and self-worth for people in need in our community through education, wellness and outreach services.

Palmetto Community Action Partnership The mission of Palmetto Community Action Partnership is to serve economically disadvantaged residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties by increasing self-sufficiency and developing strategies to promote economic independence through partnerships.

Palmetto Palace The Palmetto Palace provides patient-centered care in the hospital and after the transition home by supporting the needs of families caring for a loved one in medical crisis and to enhance the quality of life for individuals facing a life-threatening illness or chronic disease regardless of preference or background.

Palmetto Project Palmetto Project's mission is to identify innovative strategies to address the social and economic challenges facing our state, and put them into action.

Pattison's Academy
Pattison's Academy is a multi-faceted service agency that provides support to individuals with multiple and severe disabilities.

People Against Rape People Against Rape (PAR) is a sexual assault advocacy program offering free support and services for survivors of sexual assault in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties of South Carolina. 

Redux Contemporary Art Center Redux Contemporary Art Center is committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences. 

Rein & Shine Rein and Shine's mission is to create and sustain an equine therapy facility where people with disabilities of all kinds can learn, grow and heal.  

Rina Agriss Blair Foundation This foundation strengthens awareness and provide support in the fight against melanoma.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston is to create compassionate environments and programs that provide families the best chance of success in caring for their child with complex medical needs.

RosaLuz Children's Charity Founded in May 2014 in Mount Pleasant, SC, RosaLuz inspires action, serves donors ,and currently supports communities located in Lima, Peru and Cusco, Peru with plans to expand to now Gambia, Africa in 2017.

Rotary Club of Charleston The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

Rural Mission Rural Mission works to strengthen fragile, Sea Island houses one plank, nail, floor and roof at a time.

Salvation Army The Salvation Army operates hundreds of facilities and services in over 50 "commands" around North and South Carolina. These range from daily character building programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs and community centers, to providing shelter for families in need of transitional housing, to holding weekly worship services, to providing safe and affordable housing to seniors.

Save the Light Inc. The simple mission of Save The Light, Inc. is to save and preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse for the People of South Carolina.

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.

Sea Research Society The objectives and purposes of the Society center exploration and scientific expeditions as well as research (historical and scientific) and education, conducted through the Society or in partnership with outside individuals and organizations.

Sophia Institute
The Sophia Institute is a center of learning that provides innovative programs that foster the rise of the feminine, cultivating wisdom and mindfulness, for a more just, sustainable, and flourishing world.

South Carolina Aquarium The aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.

South Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
South Carolina's first comprehensive harm reduction program, SCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services for people impacted by drug use, sex work, and overdoses. It's mission is to encourage and motivate the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in SC by means of leadership, advocacy, resource and policy development, and education.

Speak Freely Foundation The Speak Freely Foundation is a non-profit program focused on a practical curriculum through performing arts to help stimulate positivity  in our youths, and give creative directions since its inception in 2007 in North Charleston, SC.

Special Olympics of The Low Country The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Spoleto Festival USA The Festival’s mission is to present programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to young artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists.

Summerville Family Y.M.C.A. The Summerville Family YMCA is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident and connected children, adults and families.

Teacher's Supply Closet The mission of the Teacher's Supply Closet is to serve children in the tri-county area in meeting their educational and creative needs by providing free supplies donated by businesses and individuals.

Toastmasters Charleston Charleston Toastmasters is your local resource for building your public speaking and leadership skills.

Tricounty Family Ministries Tricounty Family Ministries, is a non-profit, ecumenical ministry providing food, clothing, medical care, counseling, job training & placement, shelter, financial assistance and other vital services to the less fortunate in the tricounty area.

Tri-County Veterans Support Network Tri-County Veterans Support Network is a network of many agencies committed to implementing a planned, coordinated community response to the varied needs of our veterans to include outreach, holistic case management, spiritual support and identifying and resolving gaps in services and resources to support our local veterans and families in crisis.

Trident Literacy Association Trident Literacy Association offers individualized and small group instruction for adults that gets results.

Trident United Way Trident United Way gives you the power to make real, long-lasting change in the Lowcountry by addressing the issues that matter the most in people's lives -- education, financial stability and health.

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Coast Guard Sector Charleston is the northern most Sector in the 7th District. The AOR for Sector Charleston extends along the coast from the Florida border to the North Carolina line. Inland AOR includes all of South Carolina and nearly all of Georgia. Located in historic Charleston, Station/Sector Charleston is located shore side of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Major ports are located in Charleston and Savannah, GA.

US Vet Corps Resources The Tri-County Veterans Support Network is committed to effective advocacy and holistic service to veterans and families. 

Veterans on Deck As a maritime initiative facilitating both social and economic reintegration. Veterans on Deck offers programs to address the individual needs of  veterans.

Water Missions International Water Missions International believes that the global water crisis can be solved and they take a comprehensive approach to combating the crisis with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions.

We Are Family We Are Family is a safe space for LGBTQI and straight ally youth.

Windwood Family Services Windwood Family Services provides help, hope, and healing through behavioral, educational,  and therapeutic interventions which enhance social functioning and well-being, ensures safety, and works to achieve positive permanency for children and families in our community

WINGS for Kids WINGS for Kids' mission is to help as many low-income kids as possible experience high-quality and effective social and emotional learning. We work towards this aim because research shows that strong social and emotional skills are key to helping kids succeed in school, be prepared for the workforce, and become positive and healthy contributors to society.

Without Walls Ministry Without Walls Ministry addresses the immediate needs of the homeless in Charleston, but also gives people the tools to rise up and be self- reliant.

Y20 Y20's goal is to provide positive youth development through opportunities in water sports, environmental education, and exploration of nature, especially for underserved and at-risk youth.

YMCA of Greater Charleston The purpose of the YMCA of Greater Charleston is to improve the lives of all in the Greater Charleston area by connecting individuals, family, and communities with opportunities based on Christian Values that strengthen spirit, mind, and body.

Yo Art Project Yo Art! strives to fully integrate the digital media arts into the academic curricula of participating schools.    

YWCA of Greater Charleston
The YWCA Greater Charleston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.