Music Planet Radio believes paying it forward is a core value. We champion the men and women who tirelessly give of themselves to make our world and our community a better, safer, smarter and healthier place. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved, we hope you’ll find something you’re passionate about among the wonderful organizations listed here. Find out how you can make a difference through contribution, volunteering and donating, or simply by visiting their sites.
The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is “to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families-through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.”
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community.
The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes while improving the lives of all people affected by this disease. We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.
The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. With the generous support of the public, we are “Fighting for Air.” When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Supporting America’s Military Families, Lifesaving Blood, Helth & Safety Services and International Services
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. We also publish Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) is well-known for providing life enhancing opportunities for children and adolescents who may not have otherwise had access to such life developing resources. After more than a century since its formation, BGCA continues to hold to its infamous mission statement and core beliefs. The mission of the club strives “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.
Cancer Can Rock was created to give gifted musicians diagnosed with aggressive cancer an opportunity to share their genius with the world through recorded medium. Sadly many brilliant musicians will never get the chance to shine that one last time. That is our mission. To give the very best musicians battling cancer the opportunity to record their music using the finest producers, studio musicians and facilities to ensure their significant musical contributions do not go un-noticed and their musical legacy to the arts is ensured. Click here to an interview with Co-Founder Jim Ebert.
Children’s National Health System is the largest provider of pediatric care in the District of Columbia and as a non-profit health system, we have a mission to serve all children regardless of ability to pay. Each year, Children’s National provides more than $46 million in uncompensated care.
Founded in 2005, the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation (DTRF) is dedicated to funding research for a cure for desmoid tumors. The founders have a deep sense of urgency in this cause motivated by a personal connection to the disease. We press forward to fund cutting-edge research that will develop new effective therapies for desmoid tumors, leading to the ultimate goal — a cure!
Amid the Parisian upheavals of May 1968, a group of young doctors decided to go and help victims of wars and major disasters. This new brand of humanitarianism would reinvent the concept of emergency aid. They were to become Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known internationally in English as Doctors Without Borders
Don’t Stop the Music (USA) is a star-studded public media (TV, radio, community, live events and online) project that will provide students with the two cornerstones they need for a fully formed music education: experiences and equipment. The unique experiences Don’t Stop the Music will provide for the students are the spark to rekindle a love of learning music; the fuel will be the instruments the project collects, enabling this spark to grow and catch fire. One new instrument can serve five children; we are going to collect and distribute 50,000 instruments and benefit 250,000 children!
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation) seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. EGPAF has become the leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.
Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.
The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The nationwide network of food banks provides more than 3.3 billion meals to virtually every community in the United States through food pantries and meal programs.
The Fishing School prepares public school elementary and middle school students for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills; and engaging them and their parents in intensive, multi-year, and research-based out of school time and parent engagement programs and activities.
Located in Northern Virginia, Friends of Homeless Animals has been serving the Washington metropolitan area since 1973. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill shelter dedicated to saving abandoned and abused dogs and cats. We provide rescue, medical care, rehabilitation, and adoption services in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC metropolitan areas.
For those with mental illness, and the family and friends who care for them, it is a night that has fallen in their lives. The mission of Friends of Loudoun Mental Health is to drive back the darkness afflicting so many of our fellow citizens in Loudoun County. We are an all-volunteer, community-based, non-profit organization that helps those disabled by mental illness better their lives by providing assistance for living arrangements, advocating on their behalf for improved care and resources, and promoting recovery and community awareness.
The George C. Marshall International Center was founded to preserve The Marshall House, formerly Dodona Manor, the beloved home of George and Katherine Marshall, and to further the legacy of George Catlett Marshall who is considered by many to be one of the greatest modern-day American heroes. Today, GCMIC’s mission is advanced through education programs, international exchanges, exhibits, lecture series, and community outreach events that exemplify Marshall’s character, integrity, leadership, dedication, and modesty.
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind provides guide and service dogs to people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other disabilities.
As the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization, The The Humane Society of the United States has been a leading voice for animals for more than 50 years. We believe in a truly humane society, and work to reduce suffering and create meaningful social change for animals in every way possible — from providing direct care and response in the field when animals are in crisis, to working with corporate leaders and lawmakers to adopt policies preventing animals from ending up in distress in the first place.
Jill’s House provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area. We serve boys and girls, ages six through seventeen, with intellectual disabilities without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity. Our mission is to be a safe haven to which parents can entrust their children, allowing the parents a time of rest. To ensure that parents and caregivers get a real break, typical siblings are welcome to stay at Jill’s House. We believe that parents of children with intellectual disabilities need more support. Our hope is that our model will help change the way communities address the needs of families with children with special needs.
JRDF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) 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, policy influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
Knock out Abuse is a Washington, DC based organization that envisions a community free from domestic violence. Knock Out Abuse leverages its extensive network of corporate, retail and philanthropic partners to strengthen and support organizations that serve women and children victims of domestic violence in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The organization works with its passionate supporters to bring attention to the devastating effect of domestic violence on its victims, their families and our community.
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.
Our mission at Loudoun Cares is building and strengthening the Loudoun community by strengthening its nonprofits.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.
The Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) operates a private, non-profit, 4.5-acre farm shelter located in Marshall, Virginia. Our goal is to provide a safe haven for abused, neglected, and “at risk” animals, both large and small. MHF specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of animals that come to our shelter from a vast variety of abusive situations. After much needed nurturing and medical care, our animals are placed available for adoption. We depend solely on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations, as well as funds raised at various events throughout the year.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support.
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.
Paxton Campus is a full-service organization with multiple programs and services that together provide an integrated and innovative environment for people with disabilities from childhood through adulthood. Programs on the campus include preschool, adult vocational training and an advocacy center, all devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.
The goal of Petsmart Charities is to find a lifelong, loving home for every pet. We get closer every day with adoption events and centers, pet rescue programs and support for spray/neuter efforts.
Since our inception in 2012, RecycleLife has been working with local communities in Northern Virginia to help raise awareness about the importance of Organ Donation. We have hosted several events such as 5K walks & fun runs, charity concerts at local venues, black tie dinners, as well as team up with major festivals such as LOCKN’ and the FireFly Festivals to promote our mission at their events. With the money raised at theses events we are able to help families with medical expenses as well as sleeping arrangements near the hospitals where their loved ones are during the Transplant process. Perhaps most importantly, we are steadily raising awareness and registering new organ donors as “HEROES” to those in need.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children’s needs first. We advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. We save children’s lives. Join us.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
The mission of the Smithsonian Institution is the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The mission of Tigerlily Foundation is to educate, advocate for, empower and provide hands-on services and support to young women (15-40), before, during and after breast cancer.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. We work with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers and people just like you; anyone willing to help us advocate for the survival and well-being of every child.
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