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Key Terms for Charities

As you likely know, there are charities found all over the world, and these organizations offer assistance in different ways. Typically people have the opportunity to donate money to charities, or volunteer to help the homeless or children in need. Generally these organizations are nonprofit, and provide necessary aid to millions of people on a global scale. Below you will find some helpful key terms that can assist you with better understanding charity organizations and event fund raisers.

  • Philanthropy – The desire to help or assist others in some way out of compassion. This can be done through community volunteer work or donations made to a specific charity.
  • Charity – This is an organization that is set up to specifically assist people in need. Most charities are geared toward a specific cause, such as helping alleviate child hunger.
  • Nonprofit – Something that is conducted or organized without the intention of making any profit or money from it. The funds that are raised or donated to organizations like this are used to help people in need.
  • Emergency Relief – Assistance in the form of money, food and volunteer work that is provided for people that suffer from a natural disaster or other major plight.
  • Homeless Shelter – A designated building or shelter that is meant for adults and children in need. These are found in cities all over the United States, and provide a place to sleep for individuals without homes.
  • Event Fundraiser – A nonprofit event that is held specifically to raise funds for a certain organization or group of people in need.
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    Community Health Charities of America
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Making donations is a way to give back to those less fortunate in your community. Make a difference by donating to our local Olathe area charities and get a tax write off to help you, too!
     
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    Kars4kids Car Donation
    4741 Central St. #199, Kansas City, MO 64112
    Kars4kids car donation program will accept your used car donations. With your donation, you'll receive a tax deductible receipt, plus a free vacation! Donate your car today! The process is simple.
    (816) 298-9192
    Blair's Foster Socks
    12014 East 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64133
    We are a non profit organization offering children hope for a stable family life. We have volunteer opportunities, charity events throughout the year in KC. Check out how you can help Blair's!
    (816) 607-9415
    Doulos Discipleship
    3205 N Twyman Rd, Independence, MO 64058
    Nonprofit providing a one-year paid internship for young men and women to live and work with struggling teens throughout our ministry. Mature relationship with Christ a must, as well as a dedication to helping those in need.
    (800) 568-3133
    Catholic Charities
    333 E Poplar St, Olathe, KS 66061
    (913) 782-3280
    Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System
    17501 W 98th St, Lenexa, KS 66219
    (913) 564-6100
    Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System
    9801 Renner Blvd Ste 220, Lenexa, KS 66219
    (913) 895-2800
    Harry J Lloyd Charitable Trust
    7200 W 132nd St, Overland Park, KS 66213
    (913) 851-2174
    Workforce Partnership
    9221 Quivira Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215
    (913) 577-5900
    Make A Wish Foundation
    7000 W 105th St, Overland Park, KS 66212
    (913) 341-9474
    American Diabetes Association
    10580 Barkley St Ste 400, Overland Park, KS 66212
    (913) 383-8210
    Catholic Charities
    9806 W 87th St, Shawnee Mission, KS 66212
    (913) 384-6608
    Syria Relief & Development
    10107 W 105th St, Overland Park, KS 66212
    (913) 438-9990
    Charitable Research & Healthcare Foundation
    6700 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 66204
    (913) 432-4196
    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Heart of America Chapte
    6950 Squibb Rd Ste 310, Mission, KS 66202
    (913) 384-8997
    Community Health Charities Inc
    6701 W 64th St Ste 112, Mission, KS 66202
    (913) 831-7002


    The idea that there is a certain responsibility to give to those less fortunate has been around for a very long time. In the modern United States, however, what is and is not a charity is heavily regulated. A charity or non profit is required to obtain a 501(c) and abide by various regulations as to how it can spend its money. Despite this, there are a large number of charities, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations in the country. Individuals may donate money or goods to these organizations. They may also volunteer their time. They cover all kinds of causes. Some focus on helping children, some on animals. Others handle emergency and disaster relief. Children's charities may address poverty or medical research. Funds may be raised by a variety of methods. Event fund raising is popular, including silent auctions, concerts and dinners. Some individuals tithe a specified amount of their income. Personal philanthropy can also be spontaneous. It is possible to get a tax break if you donate money or valuable items. Old cars, for example, are commonly donated to charity. Other charities take old cell phones, either for recycling or reuse. Some charities actually form event funds to give to other charities. Volunteering for a nonprofit is common in some segments of the population and can be highly rewarding. Other individuals and businesses may contribute their professional services rather than donate cash. Charities may also benefit from government grants and aid. Sponsorship is a form of donation whereby an individual agrees to pay a certain amount towards a specific action. Normally, a charity will ask for individuals or companies to sponsor a child or an animal. Charities may focus on disease, poverty or hunger. Homeless shelters are also often owned by charities or charitable foundations. The positive impact of charities is considerable.
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