From Pensacola in Florida’s Panhandle to the shores of South Miami, there’s more than tourism to the Sunshine State. CHARITIESHUB provides this overview of 10 Florida charities that everyone should know.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida
Established in 1984, Ronald McDonald House Pensacola has grown from a modest 6-bedroom facility to a 26-bedroom respite which has served the needs of more than 20,000 children and adults for over three-and-a-half decades. This human services focused charity received a 2016 Financial Accountability and Transparency Rating of 89.18 out of 100 from Charity Navigator’s Guide To Intelligent Giving.
One of 300 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, the Pensacola facility’s mission is to provide a home-away-from-home and meals for the families of children receiving medical treatment and procedures from the combined resources of The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, Nemours Children’s Health System and West Florida Hospital.
Habitat For Humanity of Brevard County
Located in the City of Palm Bay along Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard Habitat has, for 31 years, served more than 340 families by working to eliminate sub-standard housing by building decent, safe and affordable homes for low-income, hard-working individuals, and families who cannot afford a conventional mortgage.
It’s three primary programs include Home Ownership, Home Preservation and Rock the Block. This Human Services charity received a most recent Charity Navigator Rating of 94.07 out of 100, for Financial Accountability and Transparency during Fiscal Year 2016.
United Way of Collier County
Situated in the City of Naples, United Way of Collier County conducts, organizes and coordinates fundraising campaigns and events supported by businesses and individuals which partner with more than 30 human service agencies. Those combined agencies help more than 100,000 adults and children each year. In 2013 UW of Collier County assumed the responsibility for oversight and operation of the non-emergency “211” hotline serving Collier County which provides information and referrals for both those seeking basic human services and those in crisis. Charity Navigator’s Fiscal Year 2016 rating for this organization for Financial Accountability and Transparency was 95.36 out of 100.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
With programs serving kids in seven different counties, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida covers a wide swath of the middle portion of the Sunshine State. This agency serves youth in Orange, Brevard, Seminole, Osceola, Nassau, Lake and Sumter counties. Through its 30 different club locations, BGCCF focuses on five core programming outreaches: Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, Education & Career Development, The Arts, Sports/Fitness/ Recreation. This organization received a cumulative rating of 88.66 for Financial/Accounting/Transparency in the latest data reported to Charity Navigator.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida
Located in Ft. Myers and established in 1981, the CAC provides a coordinated response to child victims of abuse and neglect through abuse determination, therapeutic counseling, parenting education and prevention programs to children in Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties. Its latest Charity Navigator cumulative rating for Financial/Accounting/Transparency is 91.42 out of 100.
United Way of Escambia County
Sitting deep in the northwest corner of Florida’s panhandle, United Way of Escambia County serves the cities and towns of Cantonment, Century, Mc David, Molino and Pensacola. Working with its community partners, this nonprofit focuses its programming efforts on overall education, financial stability and the health of all citizens of Escambia County. Charity Navigator rates this agency with a cumulative score of 88.28 for the latest data regarding Financial/Accountability/Transparency.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Located in West Palm Beach, the Peggy Addams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches Inc., provides shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted pets. This nonprofit scores a Five Star rating from GreatNonProfits and focuses its programming efforts on spay/neuter initiatives and advocates for community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. Latest data from Charity Navigator scores this agency with a cumulative rating of 98.23 for Financial/Accountability and Transparency.
Focusing primarily on food banks and food pantries to assist those in need of essentials, Josephs House of Brooksville serves the Hernando County area. This Christ-centered ministry partners with other local ministries and organizations in its service area to provide food, faith, hope, love and compassion for those in need. At present this organization is not rated by Charity Navigator which indicates neither a negative or positive assessment based on Form 990 filing data.
Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
Even in paradise, there are those in need. Situated in Key West of the Florida Keys, FKOC has been providing for homeless men, women, and children in Collier County since 1992. This nonprofit focuses its social services programming efforts on adequate nutrition, medical attention, and personal hygiene facilities. This agency is potentially eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator based on Form 990 data submitted. Charity Navigator also provides a helpful link to other means available for interested parties, donors, volunteers to rate nonrated organizations.
Disabled American Veterans (various locations throughout Florida and the U.S.)
With more than 1,300 chapters around the United States and in excess of 1-million members, the DAV is a nonprofit charity providing a lifetime of support to veterans of all generations and their families. This organization helps process more than 250,000 veteran’s benefits claims annually. Charity Navigator only evaluates organizations granted tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and who file an annual Form 990. Organizations fitting the 501(c)(3) profile are considered public charities. Organizations such as Disabled American Veterans (DAV) are considered Social Welfare Organizations under IRS Code 501(c)(4). Charity Navigator does provide an evaluation link for the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust.