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."

Adaptive Expeditions
"Adaptive Expeditions is an interactive educational nonprofit using sport and recreation to offer critical health & wellness programs to individuals with physical and sensory disabilities. Through education and outdoor recreation adventures, Adaptive Expeditions empowers individuals with both technical skills and personal confidence to maintain active, independent lifestyles. We aim to build a community where outdoor adventure seekers and Paralympic hopefuls can share ideas and common experiences, have fun, push limits, and redefine what’s possible."

Alliance for Full Acceptance
AFFA's mission is "to achieve, nurture, and defend equality and full acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people... That’s why we root out ignorance, hatred, and inequity wherever they live – in courtrooms, in fine print, in emergency rooms and classrooms, in boardrooms and living rooms, in systems, institutions, and language, in private and public spaces – and replace them with knowledge, empathy, and justice."

ALS Association, South Carolina Chapter
The ALS Association's mission is "to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest."

Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter
"The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support."

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society's mission is to "save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer."

American Heart Association Lowcountry
The mission of the American Heart Association is "to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives."

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association's mission is "to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease." 

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
"The Clarence Phillips Ascend Organization is a non-profit, membership organization which is committed to expanding opportunities for economic growth and educational training within minority-based communities. It also sponsors programs which improve race relations and foster support and values for minority children and socio-economically challenged families."

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
The association's mission is "to enrich the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired."

Avian Conservation Center
The mission of the center is "to identify and address vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research, and conservation initiatives."

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic
"The Free Clinic opened its doors to patients in the spring of 2008 with one mission: to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the uninsured, low-income adults who live or work on Johns, James & Wadmalaw Island."

Be a Mentor
"Be A Mentor’s mission is to enable youth to develop positive relationships with caring adults who empower them to reach their full potential through mentorship."

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.

Boy Scouts of America, Coastal Carolina Council
"Coastal Carolina Council provides services and youth-development programs to families and community organizations in nine counties of coastal SC." Five key focus areas include leadership, achievement, character, service and the appreciation of the outdoors.

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 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 Action Project
The Carolina Youth Action Project is an abolitionist organization that centers political education and community organizing to build power among girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth.

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.

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

Charleston Apartment Association
"The mission of the Apartment Association is to recognize the vastly increasing role of the apartment industry in providing quality housing... for the purpose of improving the services of the apartment industry, staying abreast of legislative issues, networking amongst our members, offering educational programs, participating in charitable endeavors, and featuring local and national speakers."

Charleston County 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 Friends of the Library
Charleston Friends of the Library's mission is "to help the Charleston County Public Library be an outstanding community resource" through gifts of time and money.

Charleston Habitat for Humanity
“Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Charleston Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. By facilitating homeownership, families can break the cycle of poverty, which goes a long way to building a better future for multiple generations.”

Charleston Horticultural Society
"The Charleston Horticultural Society provides educational programming that fosters gardening excellence, builds community connections, and promotes the legacy of horticulture in the South Carolina Lowcountry."

Charleston Miracle League
"The CML creates lasting memories by providing a life-changing experiences for children & adults with special needs through social, recreational, & developmental activities."

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."

Charleston Surfrider
"The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network."

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."

Coastal Community Foundation
"Coastal Community Foundation helps create vibrant communities by uniting people and investing resources." Their focus is on affordable places & inclusive spaces, access to economic opportunity and education.

Coastal Conservation League
"With your help, we work to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life here in South Carolina."

Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area
"At Communities In Schools® (CIS™), we believe that every student, regardless of race, gender, ability, zip code, or socioeconomic background has what they need to realize their full potential in school and beyond. We walk by their side, in their communities, to challenge the systems and barriers that stand between them and their success in life."

Courageous Kidz
"Courageous Kidz, Inc. is a non-medical organization that focuses on kids and families devastated by childhood cancer... Our mission is to provide year-round, amazing experiences for children with cancer and pick up the pieces, relieve the stress on the family when life becomes overwhelming, restore normalcy to the family and give the Magic of Hope!"

Darkness to Light
"Through the combination of research, education, and community advocacy, Darkness to Light uses a social behavior change approach to pioneer new training initiatives that bring child sexual abuse to the attention of the broader cultural conversation."

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
"The mission of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. Our community has a long history of advocating for children who are victims of abuse."

Doors to Freedom
"Doors to Freedom provides a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life."

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity's mission is "putting God's love into action by bringing people together building homes and hope."

Dorchester Paws
"We are committed to: ending unnecessary euthanasia and giving every animal a chance; combating overpopulation by encouraging spaying and neutering; championing responsible pet ownership through public education; feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and protecting the abused; reuniting lost pets with their families and finding homes for strays."

Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry
The Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry's mission is "To provide support to new parents; enrich lives through art, athletic and educational opportunities and events; to increase community awareness of Down Syndrome; to enhance employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome; and
to improve education for students with Down Syndrome."

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)
The mission of ECCO is to "provide assistance, guidance, and resources to help our neighbors navigate through life’s challenges."

East Cooper Meals on Wheels
Our mission at East Cooper Meals on Wheels is "to improve the health and quality of life for the homebound residents we serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated."

EMPOWERR Program
The EMPOWERR Program's mission is "to reduce the onset of substance abuse and prevent the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted infections as well as prevent unintended pregnancy in minority youth and young adults in the Charleston Area."

Engaging Creative Minds
Engaging Creative Minds's mission is "to spark creativity and curiosity in all learners through innovative learning experiences."

Fields to Families
"Fields to Families serves those experiencing food insecurity in the Lowcountry by providing access to fresh produce collected from local farms, farmers markets, and their Moncks Corner garden."

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 Eastern South Carolina
"Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place."

HALOS, Helping And Lending Outreach Support
"The mission of HALOS is to promote safe and nurturing homes for children in kinship care."

Healing Farms Ministries
Healing Farms Ministries' mission is "to provide hope and opportunity to people with disabilities and their families, while teaching the community to do the same."

Heroes On The Water – Lowcountry, SC Chapter
Heroes On The Water's mission is "to help warriors relax and reconnect through kayak fishing and the outdoors."

Humanities Foundation
Humanities Foundation's mission is 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
I Heart Hungry Kids "has created meaningful youth service opportunities that beat hunger through hands-on service, community engagement, and food advocacy."

Increasing HOPE (Helping Others Prosper Economically)
The mission of Increasing Hope is "to create financial freedom and stability for families in South Carolina by building assets through financial education and training."

Junior Achievement of Coastal South Carolina
"Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed."

Junior Girls Day Out
Junior Girls Day Out was founded "as a means of providing positive outlets for young girls, helping them become well-rounded individuals, and inspiring them to reach their goals in life."

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."

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

L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue
"L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue rescues and rehabilitates neglected and abused horses in need with the goal of placing them in responsible lifelong homes. We utilize the rehabilitation, general care and retraining of abused and neglected horses as a learning tool to educate our youth, owners and prospective owners in responsible and compassionate animal stewardship. The ultimate goal being to reduce or eliminate the vast numbers of abused and neglected horses through education and awareness."

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.

Lost Got Found
"Lost Got Found is dedicated to eliminating the negative stigma surrounding mental health. Our organization exists to educate and inform students about mental illness and suicide prevention through our curriculum. We encourage individuals who have been affected by mental illness and suicide to share their stories and connect with others."

Louie's Kids
Louie’s Kids raises funds to help treat childhood obesity. They work to find the "fix that fits, one kid at a time."

Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (LEAP)
"LEAP'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 Blessing Box Project
"Studies show adults with food insecurity will skip meals or reduce their portions to provide for children in their homes as they wait for pay day. Many food insecure families do not qualify for the assistance of food banks, or are hesitant to turn to food banks for assistance due to the stigma. One "bad month" can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car maintenance, unforeseen medical bills, or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. This is the purpose of our project- to bridge this gap."

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

Lowcountry Land Trust
Lowcountry Land Trust is a local land conservation organization "focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant Lowcountry lands - and the way of life they make possible."

March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is "to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth."

Mental Health Heroes
"The mission of Mental Health Heroes is to promote and support the activities and services of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center in its efforts to facilitate the recovery of its clients with mental illness."

My Sister's House
The mission of My Sister's House is "to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing comprehensive support, services, and education within and beyond the wall of our shelter."

One80 Place 
The mission statement at One80 Place is simple: "We end and prevent homelessness."

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 underserved residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties by promoting economic independence through programs and partnerships."

Palmetto Goodwill
"Our mission is to help 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."

Palmetto Palace
The Palmetto Palace's mission "is to improve the health of rural South Carolina & advance community outreach through preventive and diagnostic care supported by health information technologies to under-served populations & communities."

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 an education and rehabilitation academy providing comprehensive, year-round programs to support children with disabilities and their families. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children with multiple, severe disabilities, and their families, by providing comprehensive education and rehabilitation programs."

Play Today! Foundation
This organization was "founded in 2010 with one simple mission: to create play opportunities for people of ALL abilities."

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

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

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston
"We believe that when a child is in time of greatest need, families and communities can come together to create solutions, ultimately changing a child’s life forever."

Salvation Army
"The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."

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

South Carolina Aquarium
"Our 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
"The South Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is 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. Our mission is to encourage and motivate the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in South Carolina by means of leadership, advocacy, resource and policy development, and education."

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 mission of Summerville Family YMCA is "to be a community cornerstone that puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, body and mind for all."

Susan G. Komen South Carolina
The Susan G. Komen mission is to "save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer."

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."

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

Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S.
"Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. (formerly People Against Rape) 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."

Tri-County Veterans Support Network
"We are a Network of many agencies committed to implementing a planned, coordinated community response to the varied needs of our veterans to include emergency relief, housing, employment, education, spiritual support and others as well as identifying and resolving gaps in services and resources to support our local veterans and families in crisis."

Trident Literacy Association
The association's mission is "to help adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy through the acquisition of vital life skills."

Trident United Way
"Trident United Way is a catalyst for measurable community transformation in education, financial stability and health."

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 
"Our mission is 1) To promote and improve Recreational Boating Safety; 2) To provide trained crews and facilities to augment the Coast Guard and enhance safety and security of our ports, waterways, and coastal regions; and 3) To support Coast Guard operational, administrative, and logistical requirements."

Veterans Nexus
"Our mission is to help veterans reach their full potential by providing educational assistance through textbook grants, mentorship opportunities in S.T.E.M. fields, and employment connections at the local, state and national level."

Veterans on Deck
"Veterans on Deck works to prevent and treat the invisible wounds that affect members of our Armed Forces, during and after their service, through a sailing program which provides holistic support and resilience training."

Water Mission
"Water Mission is a Christian engineering nonprofit that builds safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in developing countries and disaster areas."

We Are Family
"Our mission as a Southern Grassroots non-profit organization is to provide affirming spaces for LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, etc.) and ally youth up to the age of 24 through direct support, leadership development, and community engagement."

Windwood Family Services
The mission of Windwood Family Services is "providing help, hope, and healing through behavioral, educational, and therapeutic interventions which enhances social functioning and well-being, ensures safety, and works to achieve positive permanency for children and families in our community."

WINGS
"Our mission is to equip at-risk kids with the skills they need to succeed in school, stay in school, and thrive in life."

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, families, and communities with opportunities based on Christian Values that strengthen spirit, mind, and body."

Yo Art Project
"Yo Art enhances everyday classroom curriculum with media arts programs designed to spark students’ curiosity and teach real-world skills. Our projects encourage learning through discovery and discipline, improvisation and technique, and provide a fertile ground for creative thought through coding, photography, filmmaking, and design."

YWCA of Greater Charleston
"We are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. And we will settle for nothing else."