CALIFORNIA โ€” Charities across the Golden State are in need of support this holiday season and donations from generous individuals can help them thrive.

California charities that could use a boost include those that help those facing homelessness or food insecurity. There are also some focused on providing essential healthcare, while others specialize in rehabilitating former gang members. And of courseโ€” there are some dedicated to helping our furry friends.

So, if you’re looking to do a little good before filing those taxes, here’s a list of charities across the state:

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American Red Cross

Though known as the place to go to give blood, the Red Cross also provides disaster relief services and CPR training. American Red Cross has also partnered with fire departments across the country to install smoke alarms.

California Farmworker Foundation

As the “breadbasket of the world” California is home to many farms and farm-working families. The California Farmworker foundation serves the community by providing services such as health screenings, English-language classes, job training and immigration clinics.

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The California Fire Foundation

The California Fire Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Through programs the company provides immediate, short-term relief to survivors of fires or other natural disasters in the state.

Clean Air Task Force

Originally launched in 1996, the Clean Air Task force aims to help reduce smog, soot, air toxins and carbon dioxide from U.S. power plants. For 26 years the CATF has combined technology innovation, policy advocacy and thought leadership expertise to brainstorm ideas and workable solutions to the global crisis.

Community Outreach Ministry

The goal of the Community Outreach Ministry is to help at-risk kids “break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, drugs, violence, delinquency, gangs and incarceration.” Based in Riverside, the nonprofit provides mentorship and scholarships to children of incarcerated parents.

Feeding America

Patch has partnered with Feeding America since 2020 to help raise awareness in our local communities of hunger, a persistent national problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks and 60,000 local meals programs across the country, estimates that nearly 34 million people, including 9 million children โ€” about 1 in 6 Americans โ€” are living with food insecurity. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.


This nonprofit helps get stray cats spayed and neutered to control the rapid growth of their population. FixNation advocates for the humane treatment of strays through a trap-neuter-return system; meaning trapping feral cats, having them fixed and then returning them to where they were found. FixNation also works with animal welfare groups to get socialized cats adopted.

Homeboy Industries

The largest gang intervention rehab and re-entry program in the world, the East Los Angeles-based nonprofit helps former gang members thrive again in society with its employment and re-entry program. Homeboy Industries also connects individuals with tattoo removal and substance abuse services.

Mutual Aid Groups

While not traditional charities, mutual aid groups are good funds to donate to because they provide solidarity-based support that doesn’t leave individuals in need alone to fend for themselves. Mutual aid groups were popularized during the pandemic as a means to support traditionally underserved communities such as LGBTQIA+ people, the elderly and unhoused people. Mutual Aid Hub has a list of groups across the U.S., including Mutual Aid Network Los Angeles and SF Mutual Aid in California.


PATH helps provide services to California’s unhoused population, which grew to 173,800 this year, and helps them find permanent housing. Since 2013, the nonprofit has provided more than 9,00 people with homes, according to their website. Across the state it also provides case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy and employment training.

Schools on Wheels

This Southern California nonprofit is dedicated to helping homeless students get more educational opportunities from kindergarten to their senior year. Schools on Wheels provides one-on-one tutoring, digital learning access, schools supplies and scholarships to kids in need.

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