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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Tennessee

Each week, Charity Navigator features of the highly-rated charities at work in one of the 50 states. Today, we're excited to be talking about a few of Tennessee's top organizations. The charities on this list are hard at work in communities around the state to provide for children, families, and animals in need. They deliver much-needed social services and offer unique learning and cultural opportunities.

Nashville Zoo (Nashville, TN)
Where animals, nature, and fun converge

Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year. 
Since opening its doors in 1991, the Zoo has grown from a small, private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility with international conservation involvement. Over 960,000 visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually. The Zoo is home to 375 species and 2,675 animals. 

The Elephant Sanctuary (Hohenwald, TN)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Providing sanctuary for more than 20 years

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, founded in 1995, is the nation's largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. The Sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee-85 miles southwest of Nashville. The Sanctuary exists to provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being; and to raise public awareness of the complex needs of elephants in captivity, and the crisis facing elephants in the wild. As a true sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary is not intended to provide entertainment, and it is therefore closed to the general public.

United Way of Blount County (Maryville, TN)
Live united

United Way of Blount County is advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. They believe we all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people have good health. That's why United Way is focused on the building blocks for a better life by supporting programs that help kids succeed, strengthen and support families, promote self-sufficiency, improve people's health, and protect community well-being. Their goal is to support programs that help the most vulnerable in Blount County, Tennessee.

Soles4Souls (Old Hickory, TN)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Wearing out poverty

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization repurposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes in 127 countries. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis (Memphis, TN)
The positive place for kids

Since 1962, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has offered leadership and support to thousands of youth ages 6-18. Through one-to-one interaction with trained adult staff, Club members learn to make positive decisions about their lives. They do better in school, stay away from drugs and gangs and begin to set personal goals for themselves, which ultimately helps them be responsible citizens of our community. We inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

You can use Charity Navigator's Advanced Search Tool or Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities at work in communities throughout Tennessee.

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