Columbia Charities – Nonprofit Organizations in Richland County

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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

  • Building Better Communities
    Building Better Communities is a nonprofit, grassroots organization that helps bridge the gap between local law enforcement and our communities.

  • Eastover Community Garden
    Volunteers are working to create a food oasis in an area without much access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Home Works
    Home Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to repairing homes of low-income residents, often retired and disabled individuals. Youth and adult volunteers come together to meet the needs of these homeowners, empowering the community as a whole.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marnie LEADS Academy
    Nonprofit educational program which uses technology and new ways ​to learn, teach, and evolve to assist youth to develop their academic and social-emotional skills.

  • Passion 2 Pay Project
    Working in the Columbia area, Passion 2 Pay Project's mission is to change the mindset of young men and women by developing their gifts and talents for the business world.

  • Ron Howell Foundation
    The Ron Howell Foundation is a nonprofit organization that equips and empowers young adults with IT leadership aspirations by providing scholarships, mentoring, and other programs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EZE Farms
    EZE Farms provides urban farming apprenticeships for middle and high school boys to mentor them in faith, farming and entrepreneurship.

  • 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.

  • Kindred Hearts of South Carolina
    This Columbia based nonprofit organization's mission is to support the caregivers of kinship children.

  • Palmetto Place Children & Youth Services
    This nonprofit provides comprehensive services and a safe environment for children, youth, and pregnant and parenting 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.
    Richland County CASA Foundation

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • Visions of Women
    Based in Columbia, this nonprofit organization's mission is to raise awareness about domestic violence and promote healthy relationships with a focus on teens and college students.

  • 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.

  • The Blood Connection
    The Blood Connection is a non-profit community blood collection and main distribution provider to local hospitals.

  • 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

  • Blanketing Families, Inc.
    This organization's mission is to "cover" families by collecting donated, gently used or new blankets, clothing, toiletries, and fresh and/or non-perishable food and water to distribute to those in need

  • 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.

  • Feed My Sheep Movement and Ministry
    Based in Columbia, this organization provides emergency supplies, food, hygiene items, clothing and assistance locating housing to veterans, homeless, seniors, and families in need.

  • FoodShare
    This organization strives to make it easier for families to have access to fresh, affordable food.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Services 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.

  • Revival Ministry
    This Christian nonprofit organization partners with local churches and invests time and resources to help those in deep poverty and neglected elderly with basic needs.

    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.

    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.

    • Cola Town 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.

    • Family Promise of the Midlands
      This non-profit organization helps families who are experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence through the help of faith-based congregations who provide shelter, food and hospitality.

    • 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.

    • HUSH No More
      Non-profit organization founded to provide a platform for survivors to share their experience with the "HUSH Topics" and to receive support from other survivors and victim advocates.​

    • Lighthouse for Life
      Located in Irmo, Lighthouse for Life exists to educate the community about the realities of human trafficking in SC and empower survivors.

    • River Alliance
      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.

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