Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Organizations – National

American Diabetes Association (ADA): The ADA leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes, and fights for those affected by diabetes.

Americans for the Arts (AA): Their mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together AA can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

ASPCA: Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Their mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” While there are SPCAs and humane societies all over the country, the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with them. However, the ASPCA works nationally to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws, and share resources with many shelters across the country.

Association of University Women (AAUW): The AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since their founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Consumers Union: Consumers Union is the policy and action division of Consumer Reports. They work with their million plus activists to pass consumer protection laws in states and in Congress. They hammer corporations that do wrong by their customers, and encourage companies that are heading in the right direction.

Goodwill Industries International: Goodwill strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training, and the power of work. Goodwill meets the needs of all job seekers, including programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds, and other specialized needs.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA): The Society is a National, voluntary health organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Huntington's disease and their families. They also promote and support research and medical efforts to eradicate Huntington's disease, and assist people and families affected by Huntington's Disease to cope with the problems presented by the disease. They also educate the public and health professionals about Huntington's disease.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF): JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners, and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

Lighthouse International: Since 1905, Lighthouse International has led the charge in the fight against vision loss through prevention, treatment, and empowerment. Their founders, Winifred and Edith Holt, blazed a trail of firsts and opened up new doors of opportunity for people without sight. Today, they’re proud to continue the Holt legacy on behalf of all those who look to the Lighthouse as a beacon of hope today — and will for many years to come.

March of Dimes: The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies, and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

National Kidney Foundation: The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS): The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. MS exists to make sure it doesn't. They help each person address the challenges of living with MS through their 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

National Resource Defense Council (NRDC): NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF): The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education, and public advocacy. They are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research, while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world, and over $42 million to support national education and advocacy initiatives.

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate.

United Way: United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability, and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Nonprofit Organizations – New Jersey

Arts, Music, and Theater Organizations

All Children's Theatre, Inc.: All Children's Theatre, a nonprofit group based in Parsippany, NJ, provides creative drama and musical experiences for children from ages 4 to 17.

The Arts Council of Princeton: The Arts Council of Princeton is a nonprofit, community arts organization whose mission is to nurture and support the visual, performance, and literary arts in the greater Princeton area.

New Jersey Center for Visual Arts: The Center, a nonprofit organization located in Summit, New Jersey, offers a variety of fine arts education programs. Its mission is to enrich our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art and the variety of cultures and ideas it represents and evokes.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC): NJPAC is a spectacular live venue — the artistic, cultural, educational, and civic center of New Jersey, where great performances and events enhance and transform every day.

Civil Liberties

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) NJ: The ACLU of New Jersey works to defend liberty throughout the state of New Jersey. They are involved in litigation and advocacy on behalf of individuals, and lobby on scores of bills in the state legislature and local councils. In addition, the ACLU is active in many public education and community organizing projects. The ACLU of New Jersey is located in Newark. They implement legal, legislative, public education programs in conjunction with large numbers of volunteers to advance the ACLU's goals of liberty and justice for all.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACPLDF): The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 70 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

Disaster Relief

American Red Cross of Central New Jersey: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. "Together, we can save a life."

Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ): Their mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions.  CFBNJ will engage, educate, and empower all sectors of society in the battle.


Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey: Their mission is to preserve rare and imperiled species of wildlife that live, breed in, and migrate through New Jersey.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF): The EDF’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, they find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF): The New Jersey Conservation Foundation is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit land conservation organizations.

New Jersey Future: New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies. The organization employs original research, analysis, and advocacy to build coalitions and drive land-use policies that help revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods, and fuel a prosperous economy.

Health Care and Health Issues

AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (ARFC): The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (ARFC), founded in 1985, is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to providing cost-effective, family-centered services to children coping with the impact of HIV/AIDS.

Alpine Learning Group: To provide learners with autism and their families comprehensive, scientifically-validated educational and behavioral services designed to foster individual growth and personal achievement.

Alzheimer’s Association New Jersey Chapter: The Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is a founding member and affiliate chapter of the national Alzheimer's Association -- the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing research for the causes, treatments, and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.  Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Lung Association of New Jersey: The American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary health organization, founded in 1904, fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health.

Central NJ Maternal and Child Health Consortium (CNJMCHC): The mission of CNJMCHC, a nonprofit organization, acting as advocates and catalysts, is to improve the health of infants, children, and women of childbearing age in the region, utilizing the resources of private, public, governmental, and community based organizations, and consumers.

Cerebral Palsy Association of Middlesex County (CPAMC): With a dedicated staff of more than 500 employees in 25 locations throughout the State, and a budget which exceeds $23 million, the Cerebral Palsy Association of Middlesex County is one of the largest not-for-profit agencies of its kind in the nation. Each year, more than 1,000 infants, children, and adults with disabilities and their families are helped by the unique continuum of services provided by CPAMC.

Childhood Leukemia Foundation (CLF): The mission of The Childhood Leukemia Foundation (CLF) is to educate, empower, and raise awareness and the necessary funds to support programs that benefit children living with cancer. Their programs improve health literacy, increase self-esteem, and empower cancer victims with hope. CLF believes that by working together, we can make a difference one child at a time.

Eden Autism Services: Eden's mission remains the same - to provide a comprehensive continuum of lifespan services designed to enable children and adults with autism to lead fulfilling, productive, and independent lives in their communities, to the full extent of their abilities.

Hyacinth Foundation: Hyacinth is the first and largest AIDS service organization in New Jersey. Founded in 1985, it is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt agency. Hyacinth's mission is to help people live with HIV, slow the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey: As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is dedicated to improving the prevention, detection, treatment, and care of patients with cancer, through the transformation of laboratory discoveries into clinical practice.

Sharsheret: Sharsheret is a nonprofit organization connecting young Jewish women recently diagnosed with breast cancer with survivors who can share their personal and medical experiences.

Housing and Community Organizations

Alternatives Inc: Alternatives, Inc. is a nonprofit New Jersey corporation that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, helping them live in communities rather than institutions. Their services have expanded to include the mentally ill, homeless, teens at risk, and others with special needs.

Community Access of Unlimited: Community Access Unlimited is committed to providing community access through a broad array of person-centered support services for adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and at-risk youth aging out of the child welfare system. They believe each individual, no matter of ability or need, should have the opportunity to live independently, and have a voice as productive citizens integrated into the community. They also have extensive housing options throughout Union County, which provides affordable housing to individuals in need. (Part of United Way)

Isles, Inc.: Isles, Inc. is a nationally recognized nonprofit community development and environmental improvement organization that specializes in revitalizing distressed neighborhoods and communities. The mission of Isles is to: Foster self-sufficient families in sustainable communities.

National Housing Institute (NHI): NHI is a nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and the community.

New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC): New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) is a private, nonprofit community development and social service agency founded in 1994 with a mission of creating opportunities to transform lives. The focus of their work is the City of Paterson.

Volunteer Center of Bergen County: The Volunteer Center of Bergen County strengthens the community by connecting people through service and developing civic leaders.

Youth and Families

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen, Passaic and Sussex: For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Boys and Girls Club of Clifton: The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton provides a tangible measure of hope for our children, who are faced with a rapidly changing world, filled with more confusion and uncertainty than ever before. The Club offers young people what they need and want most, adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits. A youth development strategy that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness, and influence underlies all Boys & Girls Club programs, and builds self-confidence and self-esteem.

Center for Family Services: The Center for Family Services is committed to changing the odds for children and families through more than 50 programs across southern New Jersey.  They support and empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope, and strength.

Daytop New Jersey: Daytop New Jersey delivers a comprehensive substance abuse treatment and education program to male and female adolescents, with a focus on co-occurring disorders in order to provide the best possible outcomes for those in their care. Families from all walks of life turn to Daytop because their program is individualized, family-based, cost-effective, peer-oriented, and multi-disciplinary in nature.

Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS):  FAFS is a New Jersey nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The heart of their mission is to provide support, training, and advocacy to meet the special needs of foster, adoptive, and kinship families who provide safe, stable, and nurturing homes for children in foster care.

Prevent Child Abuse, NJ Chapter: Their mission is to prevent child abuse in all of its forms, for all of New Jersey’s children.

YMCA of Western Monmouth County: For over 110 years, the YMCA of Western Monmouth County has been committed to promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Year after year, they’re there, helping people throughout the community to achieve their full potential.

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