Charities

Giving Locally

Information of local interest including a selection of some major agencies that accept donations.

  • Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
    Click on “Click Here to Help Now” to donate or volunteer.
  • City of Columbia Utility Assistance - C.A.S.H and H.E.L.P. Programs
    City utility customers can pledge a monthly amount or make a one-time donation to provide assistance to others who have difficulty paying their bills.
  • NBA Woodhaven
    Make financial contributions or donate your vehicle to aid people living with developmental disabilities.
  • Rainbow House
    Click on “How You Can Help” to “keep children safe and to support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention in child abuse and neglect.”
  • Salvation Army
    Click on “Donate Now” to make a monetary donation or enter a zip-code to find your local Salvation Army Thrift or Family Store for donations of clothing or household items.
  • United Way - Callaway County
    Click on “Donate” to make a donation and on “Agencies” to view the agencies that benefit from the United Way funds.
  • United Way - Columbia
    Click on “Give” to make a pledge “Community Impact” to find out about the local agencies that benefit from United Way funds.
  • Imagination Library - United Way - Columbia
    Provides free books to children under the age of five living in Columbia. Started by Dolly Parton in her home county in Tennessee, this program has helped children to be ready for school.
  • Voluntary Action Center – Boone County
    This non-profit social service agency has information on many local community needs and programs. Click on “Contribute” to find out how you can help.

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National & International Organizations

A selection of national and international organizations that provide opportunities for donations to "keep on giving."

  • Catholic Relief Services
    In addition to emergency assistance after natural disasters, the C.R.S. undertakes projects to improve agricultural yields, provide water and sanitation assistance, build schools and provide community-based health care systems.
  • Doctors Without Borders
    International medical humanitarian organization that provides medical aid to “people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.”
  • Save the Children
    Works in more that 50 countries, including the U.S., to improve children’s lives through training new mothers with prenatal care, supplying life-saving immunizations for young children, building schools, and improving literacy and nutrition for children.
  • UNICEF
    The United Nation’s Children’s Fund supports life-saving projects such as clean water and sanitation, childhood vaccinations, food aid to prevent malnutrition, medical help for children with AIDS and education programs.
  • World Vision
    International Christian relief and development organization that sponsors long–term development through building wells, micro-financing, providing seeds and tools, etc.

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Giving to Charities

  • Check a Charity
    The Missouri Attorney General’s website has information on charities that have submitted IRS Form 990, which details how donations are spent.
  • Charity Navigator Rankings
    Evaluates the financial health, accountability and transparency of America's largest charities.
  • Ministry Watch
    Profiles public Charities, church and parachurch ministries.
  • Tax Deductible Charitable Contributions
    Search IRS Publication 78 for a list of 501c (3) charities that have registered with the IRS enabling taxpayers to take an income tax deduction when they donate.

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