As human beings, we have a long and beautiful relationship with art, regardless of its forms. We love art because it helps us express ourselves and perceive the world in a new dimension, because it soothes our soul and because it unites us. Sometimes, we can’t always explain why we love a painting, a movie or a song, but that creation can influence our lives and even society as a whole for years to come.

But even though we tend to buy art mainly because we enjoy it, it is present in our lives in many other ways, including at a social level. These 10 arts and culture non-profits unite beauty with charity and offer art lovers a way to give back to the community. Whether you would like to make a donation or become a volunteer, these examples are a great source of inspiration:

Veteran Artist Program

Reintegration into the work field is one of the biggest challenges faced by veterans in the United States and the Veteran Artist Program wants to help with that. Founded by BR McDonald, the program aims to support veterans in launching their careers in art by showcasing their works across the entire country. All art forms are welcome, from music and poetry to photographs and performance arts, and the non-profit has worked with veterans from all states, including in collaboration with the Pentagon.

The Art of Elysium

The Art of Elysium was founded on the belief that art should unite and provide comfort to those who are going through a hard time. For more than twenty years, the non-profit has partnered with volunteer artists in Los Angeles to help underprivileged members of society such as hospitalized elders, the homeless, or teens struggling with abuse and neglect. The Art of Elysium offers 110 community programs each month, helping more than 30,000 people every year. At present, more than 2,500 LA-based artists are collaborating with The Art of Elysium, and they are rewarded for their contribution with support services and networking opportunities.

Girls Write Now

Girls Write Now empowers and gives a voice to young, aspiring female writers who come from an underserved background. The organization consists of mentors who help girls hone their love of writing and discover their career in this field. Of the community Girls Write Now supports, 90% are girls of color, 70% immigrant or first generation, 25% LGBT/non-conforming; and 90% high need.

International Folk Art Market (IFAM)

Folk art is one of the best ways to pass down a community’s traditions and values, and unfortunately, it is also one of the most undervalued forms of art. The International Folk Art Market is an organization that wants to honor the works of folks artists and pass down their heritage to the next generation. So far, IFAM has hosted events across 100 countries and have impacted the lives of millions. And if the stunning artworks promoted by IFAM have sparked emotion in your life, you can always use the art coupons at Giving Assistant to get a discount and donate to a charity of your choice.

Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc

If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you probably know that a beautifully decorated hospital room can make a huge difference on your mood and healing progress. Not many hospital rooms are aesthetically pleasing, but The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals wants to change that. The Foundation collaborates with established and emerging photographers and artists to provide hospitals with soothing images that facilitate healing. To support the Foundation, you can make a donation, coordinate a photo project in a local hospital or become a contributing photographer.

Visual AIDS

In the United States, more than 1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and their voices need to be heard. Visual AIDS uses the power of art to bring the unique challenges of the AIDS-affected community in the spotlight and fight the stigma around HIV-positive patients. In addition to organizing film screenings and community events across the US, Visual AIDS also supports HIV+ artists by showcasing their works.

A Blade of Grass

The mission of A Blade of Grass is to initiate dialogue, bring down stereotypes, facilitate collaboration and spark social change in a meaningful way by using the power of art. To this end, the organization works with socially engaged artists in leadership roles to create a future where communication and mutual understanding are core values.

No Limits for Deaf Children

Every child has the right to a bright future where they can freely express themselves and follow their passion, but children with a hearing impediment are often deprived of this right. No Limits for Deaf Children is present across the US with a National Theater Program specially written for deaf and hard of hearing children, so that they can build confidence to express themselves in school and in social contexts.

Be The Star You Are Inc

Operating under the motto Read, Lead, Succeed, Be The Star You Are Inc aims to improve literacy among women, families and youth. Since 1999, Be the Star You Are! Has helped more than 400,000 individuals and family discover the amazing universe of books by donating to 109 organizations, publishing award-winning books and broadcasting thousands of hours of hours on the radio.

MusicLink Foundation

Music is one of the most beautiful and relatable art forms and those who are able to create music, be it by singing or playing an instrument, have a great gift. Unfortunately, there are thousands of talented musicians in low-income communities who never manage to share their music with the world because they cannot nurture their talent to its full extent. MusicLink Foundation is an Arlington-based non-profit that links promising students in need with professional music teachers who volunteer to teach on partial to full scholarship. MusicLink is active in 50 states and has helped over 7,000 hone their music talents.