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If you are a nonprofit and wish to be listed on this page, please notify our Leave 5 team by emailing or call us at 325-676-3883.


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Abilene Zoo

The Abilene Zoo was founded in 1966 as a collaborative partnership between the City of Abilene and the Abilene Zoological Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving wildlife and protecting wild places. Through its passion and expertise in animal care, conservation, and education, the Abilene Zoo’s mission is a place of learning and adventure where people make memories, share in the joy of discovery, and become inspired to save wildlife.

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All Kind Animal Initiative

All Kind is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve animal welfare in the city of Abilene by building a new animal shelter facility, decreasing homeless pet overpopulation through accessible spay/neuter programs, increasing pet retention through expanded foster programming and adoption events, and offering greater education and resources through community outreach. 

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

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Abilene Philharmonic Association

The Abilene Philharmonic Association unleashes the power of music to entertain, educate, and inspire through live symphonic music and community engagement. Established in 1950, the Abilene Philharmonic is the oldest performing arts organization in Abilene and is known for its high artistic quality. 


Under the leadership of Maestro David Itkin, the APO provides four masterworks and three pops concerts every year featuring world renown guest artists as well as young emerging talent. Additionally, the APO provides high quality music education programs through its Discover Music Children's Concert Series, the Abilene Youth Orchestra, Baby Music of Abilene, Instrument Petting Zoos, and several guest artist masterclasses every year.


The Center for Contemporary Arts

The mission of the Center for Contemporary Arts is to encourage, empower and inspire artists, children, and the community through the arts.

The Center has 10 artist studios and four galleries that feature 20+ exhibits throughout the year, showcasing predominantly local art. These exhibits and our monthly ArtWalk festival in Downtown Abilene attract more than 25,000 people annually.

Our outreach programs offer educational and healing arts experiences for incarcerated youth, military veterans with PTSD, people with disabilities, children in after-school programs, and many others.

Our 60+ artist members are a network of local artists who partner with the Center to provide these transformative art opportunities in Abilene. The impact of these artists’ work, through the Center’s exhibits and programs, is proof that art truly does have the power to change lives and community for the better.

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The Grace Museum

Our Mission: The Grace Museum builds multifaceted connections through new experiences in American fine art and history within the evolving Texas story through exhibitions, programs, and collections.


Originally built in 1909 as the Hotel Grace, this beautifully restored structure now houses eight gallery spaces spanning three floors, an interactive area for children and families, an education classroom, a research library, administrative offices, plus several elegant spaces available for public rental. Visitors can enjoy the museum's rotating gallery exhibitions, period room displays, and public programming for all ages throughout the year.

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The Paramount Abilene

The Historic Paramount Theatre is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the task of preserving and maintaining this 1930 downtown Abilene landmark. Our mission statement, written in our bylaws: To preserve this unique historic landmark and enrich the community through its use.

We create our own diversified programming that engages and encourages the widest scope of patrons in Abilene. The non-profit is equally dedicated to mission of making the facility available for usage by the largest number of individuals, groups, arts organizations, businesses, and corporations possible.


Abilene Preservation League

The Abilene Preservation League is a non-profit organization established in 1977 to promote and facilitate preservation of historical sites and buildings in Abilene, Texas. We promote alternatives to demolition when structures or sites are threatened with loss, due to neglect and deterioration or new site development. The Abilene Preservation League promotes increased public awareness and participates with other public and private organizations to save, restore and preserve historically significant structures in Abilene, Texas.


The vision of the Abilene Preservation League is to provide leadership, education and imagination to inspire a common vision of preserving the places and stories of our shared heritage to enrich the lives of West Texans.


Cultura Local ABI

Our mission is to promote multicultural proficiency and harmony for our community, build bridges and connect diverse cultures in ways that bring meaning and value to our lives both as individuals and as a community.

Cultura Local ABI fosters local multicultural development by promoting our diverse populations, preserving, showcasing, celebrating and educating of their living heritage, history, traditions, arts, music, language, foods through educational programming, workshops, and exhibits.

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Chorus Abilene

Chorus Abilene is a non-profit choral organization made up of four choirs with singers ranging in age from kindergarten students to senior citizens.  Our mission is to promote choral music through performance, participation, and education.  


The Old Jail Art Center

The mission of the Old Jail Art Center (OJAC) is to broaden engagement with visual art and culture through exhibitions, education, and preservation. The OJAC is recognized as a unique contributor to the global visual art community by sharing collections and resources, promoting the work of visual artists, expanding audience reach and diversity, and encouraging creative initiatives in the community.


The OJAC provides numerous programs to its constituents that rival larger institutions with greater financial resources and budgets. Admission to all on-site and virtual programming including exhibits, gallery activities, events, lectures, and workshops are free, or at very low cost, making them accessible to all audiences.

Children and Youth

Children and Youth
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Big Country CASA

Big Country CASA advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system through trained, community volunteers.

Big Country CASA endeavors to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in Taylor County. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. 

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Christian Homes & Family Services

Christian Homes & Family Services pursues its vision of a Christian home for every child by changing lives and building Christian families. The ministry provides free maternity care to young women with unplanned pregnancies; offers adoption services to Christian couples; and provides foster care and foster-to-adopt services for children who have been abused or orphaned.

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Hendrick Home for Children

Hendrick Home for Children provides a safe place for a school-aged child in need of making positive changes through its residential programs.


The Family Care program serves single parents and their children as they work to achieve financial, emotional, educational and spiritual stability. We assist parents by providing housing, utilities, food, counseling and an opportunity to further their educational goals.

After Care is a program designed to continue emotional, financial and relational support for young adults while helping them transition to independent living. Youth who turn 18 years old while in Basic Care and complete high school, are eligible for the After Care program.


New Horizons

New Horizons provides a home and intensive therapeutic treatment to children who suffer from emotional, behavioral, and attachment trauma due to physical and sexual abuse and neglect. We assist children and families through residential treatment, foster care and adoption services, and youth and family counseling services.

Audrey Grace House here in Abilene is home to 40 children, and The Ranch in Goldthwaite is home to 70 children ages 5-17. 


Boys & Girls Club of Abilene

The Boys & Girls Club of Abilene, Inc. provides affordable after school programming to all families who have a need. We also provide Spring Break Camp and Summer Camp.  Our programming covers Character/Leadership development, Recreational and Social development, Career and Education development, Healthy lifestyles, and the Arts.  We look to provide well rounded experiences for youth from 6-18 years of age and provide Teen Night three times a week to give teens their own place and provide mentoring to all ages.

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Day Nursery of Abilene

Day Nursery of Abilene provides quality child care options for working families with young children, ages birth through 10 years.  The agency has been serving the Abilene community since the early 1970s and provides a safe, healthy, learning program for children to grow learn and develop.  The agency operates in 4 licensed, quality facilities and also offers a researched-based learning curriculum for all ages and PreK programming to prepare children for school readiness and life success. 

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Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.


Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help of our education partners and volunteers from the local community.


YMCA of Abilene

The Y is a leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.

Community Development

Community Development

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American Red Cross -
Big Country Chapter

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of  emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has helped neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. As the nation’s premier emergency preparedness and response organization, the Red Cross is there through every imaginable crisis – from home fires to tornados – helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters.


Since its founding, the organization has expanded its services while maintaining its mission. Today, patients needing lifesaving blood transfusions, parents learning CPR, members of the military deployed overseas and many more turn to the Red Cross every second of every day for training, help and support.

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United Way of Abilene

United Way of Abilene promotes the education, financial stability, and health of every person in Abilene and the Big Country counties of West Central Texas.


Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life: EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY, and HEALTH.


We work with our Community Partners to address the needs of today and tomorrow while seeking ways to improve the quality of life in our community. Everyone in West Central Texas is connected and interdependent. We all win when children succeed in school, when families are financially stable, and when every person is healthy.

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Abilene is an ecumenical, non-denominational Christian Housing ministry that believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live.


Our mission is to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since inception in Abilene in 1990 we have built or remodeled 174 affordable homes for more than 800 Abilenians. We keep them affordable by using volunteer labor for much of our work, and by not charging interest or making a profit.

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United Way Foundation of Abilene

United Way Foundation of Abilene was established in April 2014 to build a permanent, sustainable avenue of support for United Way of Abilene’s network of partner agencies and programs in Abilene and the Big Country.


Through bequests, endowments, and other planned giving options, the Foundation provides a safety net to meet the basic needs of our citizens both now and for future generations and to provide support in the event of a catastrophe or unforeseen emergency in our community.


A gift to United Way Foundation of Abilene provides mission minded leadership for your investments that will extend beyond your lifetime. It is easy to include United Way Foundation of Abilene in your estate plans. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to take the next steps to build a stronger community.

Disability Services

Disability Services
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Joseph Thomas Foundation

The John Thomas Foundation began in 2007, after the passing six year-old Joseph William Thomas, following a life-long struggle with multiple medical complications. Part of the family's journey was learning that financial expenses associated with long-term illness adds up, making life for the family of such a child even more difficult than it should be.

The Joseph Thomas Foundation assists medically fragile children in the purchase of medical equipment and services when Medicaid and other sources are unable to assist.



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Abilene Education Foundation

The Abilene Education Foundation, established in 2000, is a non-profit community organization created to inspire and enhance excellence in education for the students and teachers of the Abilene Independent School District. We provide program support that falls outside of the District’s tax revenue. 

STAR grants bring innovative, hands-on learning to classrooms. GIFT Grants help new-to-the-profession teachers set up their classrooms for the first time. Our COOL program counselors help first-generation students navigate the college entrance process and then continue to mentor them until they graduate from college or finish their program. Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition celebrates our young artists and helps guide and encourage them to submit a diverse AP Art Portfolio. Teachers in the Limelight (TLC) is an evening to celebrate teachers and recognize leaders from every campus in the district. 

When education is top-notch, it makes our community stronger, our economy stronger, and Abilene an even better place to live. Equipped Learners. Brighter Futures. All for the students and teachers of Abilene ISD.

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St. John's Episcopal School

St. John's Episcopal School is a private school established in 1952 that serves students ages 2 years through the 5th grade. St. John's is dedicated to providing an enriched academic program that emphasizes the development of each child’s potential within a caring and Christian environment.  


Clyde Education Foundation

The vision of the Clyde Education Foundation is to assist all Clyde High School graduating seniors with scholarships as they pursue their education after high school.   


The Clyde Educations Foundation is a 501C3 organization that exists solely to provide scholarships.

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Let Us Breathe

As a multiracial society, through education and by facilitating community partnerships, Let Us Breathe will advocate for empowerment, equality and justice for the underserved in our community.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

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Cancer Services Network

Cancer Services Network provides post-diagnosis assistance to cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment, and the people in their lives who are affected by their cancer diagnosis, including family members, friends and caregivers. Current services include financial, educational, and emotional support. The financial assistance program helps cancer patients with the cost of prescriptions, medical equipment and supplies, nutrition, medical insurance premium assistance, costs for transportation to treatment, and household emergency funds for rent or utilities when patients can’t work during cancer treatment. Educational sessions and support groups are provided to help families manage the emotions related to cancer, concerns in managing their illness and side effects of treatment, and cancer-related issues before, during and after cancer treatment. 


West Texas Rehabilitation Center

On a daily basis, our staff works together as an integrated team to provide a wide array of services including outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, orthotics, prosthetics, and hospice care.


Though it is certainly possible to find programs in West Texas which provide some of the services offered at West Texas Rehab, no other providers offer the full complement of outpatient rehabilitation treatment services available at West Texas Rehabilitation Center. Additionally, some programs which are similar to West Texas Rehab’s do not have the state or national certifications awarded to Rehab for its program excellence.


Finally, West Texas Rehab's philosophy of providing quality care regardless of the patient's financial status distinguishes it from other providers of outpatient rehabilitation care.


Strength for Life

The mission of Strength for Life is to help cancer patients remain strong and hopeful through a free community based exercise program.


The vision of Strength for Life is to change cancer's outcome through a consistent exercise program and to provide cancer patients and survivors the resources they need to live healthy lives.

Hunger Relief

Human Services
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Food Bank of West Central Texas

Fighting Hunger… Feeding Hope.


Serving our food insecure community in Abilene and surrounding counties.




Abilene Interfaith Council

Abilene Interfaith Council is a nonprofit organization of individuals and congregations in the Abilene area dedicated to promoting communication, understanding, and peace among people of many different faiths living together in community. Our motto is “Breaking Bread Together in Peace.”

​Practicing interfaith dialogue is an essential skill that can build bridges and help neighbors of all faiths find common ground.

A bequest or other planned gift from your estate will ensure Abilene Interfaith Council has the financial security to continue delivering high-quality speakers and interfaith experiences to people living in Abilene and its surrounding counties in future generations. 

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Live Missions

The mission of Live Missions is to educate and empower Christ followers to share the gospel through intentional discipleship by way of short term missions. Their vision is to be disciples who make disciples and their goal is to make 1 Million Disciples by 2035. 

Live Missions emphasizes personal discipleship as well as ministry preparation through: evangelism and discipleship, discipleship training, and cross-cultural experience to share the gospel around the world.

Social Services

Social Services

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Beyond Trafficking

Beyond Trafficking is a 501(c)3 dedicated to bringing awareness through education to the injustice of human trafficking and to provide a safe house for identified trafficking victims where they can begin to heal.

Our vision is a world without exploitation where every human is free with a network of resources and services to bring awareness to the public, prevent this atrocity, and lead survivors beyond the bonds.

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Noah Project

Noah Project is a center of care for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and trafficking.  Covering a ten-county area, Noah Project serves women or men, their children, and unaccompanied youth with safe shelter, counseling and legal services, outreach services, referrals, protective orders, and life skills classes. 


In addition, Noah Project’s Primary Prevention team works in our schools and college campuses with age-appropriate information on self-worth, bullying, self-care, and red flags in a relationship.


Safe Families for Children

Safe Families is committed to serving families in crisis by partnering with the local church, where volunteer families open their homes and hearts to vulnerable children.


Ministry teams are working tirelessly to develop a safety net for socially isolated families across the Abilene area by providing loving, temporary homes for children or short-term babysitting, transportation, and mentoring.


Our goals are to empower the church, unify families and deflect children from being unnecessarily put into the foster care system.  


Houses for Healing

The purpose of this non-profit organization is to provide services to people in difficult medical circumstances by helping them on their journey of healing.  

Houses for Healing works to compliment the professional medical care being received in Abilene by meeting basic needs of the patients and family members. These include: free short-term housing in a tiny house, assistance with stays at a hotel or the League House, food, transportation, and other necessary support services. 


Pregnancy Resources of Abilene

Many pregnant women and families face challenges which make it difficult to adapt to change. These women in our community simply do not have the support or resources needed to thrive emotionally, physically, or financially. These issues may feel devastating and insurmountable, especially when facing an unexpected pregnancy. Pregnancy Resources of Abilene (PRA) exists to provide compassionate support, positive solutions, and life-affirming options to these women and their partners. PRA aims to reach women and families in our community facing unexpected pregnancies by offering unconditional compassion and high-quality healthcare. 

It is our hope that that all of our available services will prepare and empower women and families to achieve their brightest futures. PRA believes the empowerment of individuals will strengthen families and have a meaningful and lasting impact in our community.

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West Texas Veteran Support Services

Rusted and Weathered, Inc. dba West Texas Veteran Support Services brings life enhancing services to our low-income Veterans, Seniors, Disabled, and low-income families with disabled children ages 0-18 years of age. Services provided include home repair services ranging from grab bars, handrails, ramps, weatherization to the major such as roofs, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.

If you are a nonprofit and wish to be listed on this page for planned giving consideration, 

please notify our Leave 5 team by emailing or call us at 325-676-3883.

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