South Carolina SC Organizations SC Charities Columbia Charities
Please choose from one of the following types of nonprofits and community organizations:
Animal & Wildlife Rescue in Columbia
- Animal rescue in Midland South Carolina
These animal rescue organizations – all of which are based in Columbia or nearby areas of the South Carolina's Midland region – provide care and refuge for cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, and other domestic animals.
- SC wildlife rescue, rehabilitation
Have you found an injured wild animal? This guide can help you locate a licensed rehabber in South Carolina. It also lists the many great places you can volunteer to help native critters in need.
Arts & Cultural Organizations in Columbia
- Columbia art & culture
These Columbia nonprofits focus on various art forms including music, dance, visual arts, theater, and more.
Columbia Community Improvement Groups
- Junior League of Columbia
The Junior League of Columbia is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League seeks to strengthen the health and well-being of children and families in the Midlands.
- Junior Woman's Club of Columbia
The Junior Women's League strives to equip young women to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding. One of this organization's main area's of focus is to help support the Palmetto Place Children's Shelter.
- Keep the Midlands Beautiful
Established in 1989 to serve Richland and Lexington Counties, the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful is to engage, inspire and educate the Midlands to invest in the community through litter prevention, recycling and beautification.
- Pink & Green Community Service Foundation
This non-profit community organization promotes the health, education, and well being of individuals and families in the Greater Midlands Community through leadership, training, economic development, and the arts.
- What's Next Midlands
What's Next Midlands is an idea hub that inspires community action. Share, vote and invest in great ideas to make the Midlands a better place to live, learn, work and play.
- Women in Philanthropy
Women in Philanthropy is a nonprofit organization seeking to improving the lives of women and children in the community through leadership, community investment, fundraising, advocacy and mentoring.
Education & Literacy Organizations
- Be Great Academy
The Be Great Academy is an afterschool and summer program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands addressing today's most pressing youth issues and teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life. This group hosts more than 25 national programs pertaining to education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.
- Camp Discovery
Located on 104 scenic acres in Blythewood, Camp Discovery offers a variety of nature-based programs, activities, and special events for children, families, adults, school groups and educators.
- Communities In Schools of the Midlands
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.
- Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina
Covering 34 counties of South Carolina including this Headquarters in Columbia, this chapter of the national Junior Achievement organization teaches financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness skills to kindergarten through 12th-grade students in order to inspire and prepare them to succeed in a global economy.
- Youth Corps
The mission of Youth Corps is to provide a one-year course of practical, hands-on, on-site study and experience for select 9th and 10th grade students that will provide opportunities and exposure to relevant professional competencies as an important aspect of community service and leadership.
Environmental Nonprofits in South Carolina Midlands
Family Support & Assistance in Columbia
These Columbia groups provide support for families and children in need.
- Babcock Center
Babcock Center is a private, non-profit organization that provides residential homes, vocational training and work opportunities for over 800 people with life-long disabilities.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nationally acclaimed program matching children from single-parent families to caring adult role models. These adult mentors shape the lives of these children by providing them with companionship and guidance, allowing that child to have a more stable and diverse care structure.
- Binding Ties, Inc.
Binding Ties, Inc. is a non-profit entity committed to creating a positive environment for youth by focusing on teaching youth to understand the value of becoming successful and to maintain personal accountability for their actions.
- Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program
South Carolina's Guardian ad Litem Program pairs volunteer guardians with children so that the volunteers may gather information about a child's needs and make recommendations to the court regarding the child's future.
- The Children's Trust of South Carolina
Based in Columbia, the Children's Trust is a statewide organization that seeks to strengthen and support public and private prevention efforts that keep South Carolina's children safe.
- Epworth Children's Home
Epworth Children's Home is a residential home for children ages 4–18 providing education, counseling, medical care and spiritual enrichment.
- Greater Columbia Area Mothers of Twins Club
This nonprofit organization is a support group for mothers of twins and higher order multiples in the Greater Columbia, SC area.
- Killingsworth Home
Killingsworth is a 501c3 nonprofit ministry providing a community residence and support for women who are emerging from crisis situations including alcohol and/or drug abuse, incarceration, mental and emotional problems, violence and assault, or family crisis situations.
- Palmetto Place Children's Emergency Shelter
This non-profit organization provides a safe and caring environment for children and teens who have faced abuse, abandonment, neglect and/or homelessness.
- Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates
This non-profit organization has judge appointed volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Richland County Family Court by providing quality volunteer and legal representation to ensure every child a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia
This organization provides a comfortable "home away from home" where families can stay while their child is hospitalized.
Sistercare's mission is to provide services and to advocate for domestic violence survivors and their children, and to promote prevention of domestic violence through community awareness and training. Sistercare offers shelter and support services for survivors and their children in Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Newberry, and Fairfield counties.
- South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy
Located at the SC National Guard's McCrady Training Center, the SC Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a residential program for at-risk youths ages 16-18 providing values, life skills, education, and self-discipline.
- Therapy Place
Therapy Place provides traditional and innovative therapies and recreational opportunities for children with special needs in an environment that is family-friendly and allocates resources and education for the parents/caregivers.
- WREN - The Women's Rights and Empowerment Network
This non-profit group works to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina's women, girls, and their families.
Health Organizations in Columbia
- American Red Cross, Central South Carolina
Provides services to the residents of South Carolina including disaster relief, health and safety classes, blood collection for hospitals, and services to the armed forces.
- Free Medical Clinic
This nonprofit medical clinic provides quality health care, at no cost, to residents of the community who cannot pay for such services and who have no health insurance.
- New Morning Foundation
New Morning Foundation is a nonprofit organization striving to improve the environment for and access to sexual and reproductive health education, counseling, and clinical services for South Carolinians ages 30 and younger.
- Richland/Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Board
This non-profit organization supports individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities and related disabilities, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and similar disabilities and promotes their pursuit of life goals and their presence, participation, and inclusion in the community. This group is supported by the Greater Columbia Disabilities Foundation
- Mental Illness Recovery Center
Located in the Midlands of South Carolina, this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization assists individuals with mental illness to recover in the areas of their lives impacted by their illness through housing, behavioral healthcare, and assistance with obtaining and managing their disability income.
- Planned Parenthood of Columbia
Planned Parenthood provides sexual and reproductive health care, family planning, education, information, and outreach for women, men, teens.
- Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
One of 14 rape crisis centers in South Carolina, this non-profit organization advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Clarendon and Sumter counties and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
- Stepping Stones Ministry
Stepping Stones Ministry assists men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction by providing sober living homes once they complete treatment programs or detox centers.
Organizations that Fight Poverty & Hunger
- Acts Metro
Acts Metro exists to empower families in crisis to move from despair and dependence to hope and self-sufficiency.
- Blanketing Families, Inc.
This organization's mission is to "cover" families by collecting donated, gently used or new blankets to distribute to those in need during the winter
- Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
Using volunteer labor, this national organization builds affordable housing for qualifying individuals and families residing in midlands South Carolina.
- Cooperative Ministry
Cooperative Ministry is a coordinated effort amongst Columbia-area churches to increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.
- GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission
Based out of Greenwood, this not for profit organization assists low income households with job training, home weatherization, and youth programs. GLEAMNS seeks to empower low-income residents through education, employment, and self-sufficiency.
- God Cares Charities
God Cares Charities is a non-profit organization that operates thrift stores to raise funds to assist poor people that reside in urban communities in the Columbia area. This organization also has initiatives providing teens with mentors as well as conflict resolution skills in order to decrease the likelihood of dropping out of high school.
- God's Storehouse
God's Storehouse is a faith-based outreach program that assists the needy throughout the greater Columbia, SC, area by providing food, clothing and household supplies at no cost to them.
- Harvest Hope Food Bank
With a local branch in Columbia, this organization serves hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion, and education.
- Latino Communications Community Development Corporation
This nonprofit group helps low-moderate income families residing in Columbia achieve financial stability and independence through financial literacy education, job training and home-ownership workshops.
- Salvation Army of the Midlands
The mission of this international, evangelical movement is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
This non-profit organization is working in the Columbia area to rebuild homes damaged by the floods of 2015.
- Wateree Community Actions
Wateree Community Actions is committed to enhancing the social and economic self-sufficiency of low income people through coordinating and partnering relationships and by conducting a range of custom designed services and activities geared toward reducing poverty problems and making the community a better place to live.
Recreation & Sports Teams in Columbia
- Recreation in Columbia
The majority of these organizations are nonprofits that offer social companionship and athletic training and education for their members.
Religious Organizations in Columbia
- Churches in Columbia
This helpful directory of churches, temples, and mosques in Columbia is sorted by denomination.
- Interfaith Community Services of South Carolina
The mission of this organization is to convene, educate and coordinate faith and other community partners to build strong families and strong communities.
- Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas
With a branch in Columbia, this non-profit organization places children in foster and adoptive homes, provides comprehensive services to adults with special needs, aids veterans in regaining their independence, helps refugees acclimate to life in a new country.
Senior Citizen Organizations in Columbia
Social, Fraternal & Professional Nonprofits
- Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees
The Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees is a chapter of the statewide nonprofit organization of active citizens between the ages of 18-40 who wish to improve themselves and make new friends, all while serving charitable interests in Cayce, West Columbia, and the surrounding metropolitan Columbia area.
- Columbia Jaycees
The Columbia Jaycees is a chapter of the statewide nonprofit organization of active citizens between the ages of 18-40 who wish to improve themselves and make new friends, all while serving charitable interests in Columbia.
- Columbia Sertoma
The Columbia Sertoma Club is one of the oldest service organizations in the Columbia area. Started in 1950, its mission is to raise money for other local charitable organizations by coordinating and hosting fundraising projects and events, and to encourage civic engagement by hosting weekly meetings featuring community leaders of all types.
- Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
This chapter was established in 1994 and has continually served in Fairfield, Lexington, and Richland counties by participating and hosting community and service projects.
- Richland Sertoma Club
Started in 1959, this civic organization raises money for other local charitable organizations by coordinating and hosting fundraising projects and events, and to encourage civic engagement by hosting weekly meetings featuring community leaders of all types.
- Sons of Italy in America Bella Italia Lodge 2808
Chartered in 2005, this non-profit group promotes the awareness of Italian heritage and influence and recognizes Italian Americans for their service and contributions locally through business, industry, entertainment or other service. A major initiative of the Lodge is to give back to the community through fundraisers to award college scholarship funds to deserving students and by providing donations to charitable organizations.
More Columbia SC Organizations
Alston Wilkes Society
The Alston Wilkes Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing offenders, former offenders, the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families the tools they need to become productive citizens.
Artists For Africa
Based in Columbia, Artists For Africa provides free arts education programs, housing and academic support to orphaned and impoverished children in the slums of Kenya.
Central Carolina Community Foundation
Based in Columbia, the Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides grants and links donors to other nonprofit charities with areas of need in 11 counties in Midlands of South Carolina.
ColaTown Bike Collective
A Columbia nonprofit organization that educates about bike safety and promotes the use of bicycles as a reliable form of transportation including helping those in need acquire bikes for daily use.
Columbia Urban League
The Columbia branch of the Urban League works to enable African- American and other underserved communities to secure self-reliance, primarily in education, employment , and economic development.
Filipino-American Association of Greater Columbia
This group is an all volunteer nonprofit organization seeking to promote intercultural education and understanding between Filipinos and their community of residence within Columbia.
The River Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help the regional community become more engaged with the Broad, Saluda and Congaree Rivers by making the rivers accessible to everyone while keeping them protected.
United Way of the Midlands
This wide-reaching non-profit organization works to improve the lives of individuals with programs to address education, financial stability, and health needs in the communities of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Richland counties.
World Affairs Council
The Columbia World Affairs Council is a non-profit organization fostering public awareness of international activities in the Midlands of South Carolina.