There is a rich history of unofficial organizations setup by members of the Church. This article on Societies and Organizations provides a description of six important functions that unofficial organizations may serve, outlined below:
- Interfaith efforts and understanding
- Affiliation and kinship
- Scholarly research and sharing of knowledge
- Creation of literature and collection of personal stories
- Publications where unorthodox beliefs can be safely expressed
- Promotion of and advocacy position to promote change
Below are some examples of organizations that may serve as models for anyone interested in establishing an LDS-based disability organization:
- Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists provides support for LDS mental health professional through their website, conventions, research, networking and publications.
- Collegium Aesculapium is an organization for LDS health professionals that provides a newsletter, conference and journals.
- Family Humanitarian Experience provides village-driven, sustainable humanitarian service in developing countries.
- LDS Earth Stewardship based on earth stewardship as a gospel principle through committee work and a blog.
- Liahona Children's Foundation provides nutrition supplements and education to malnourished and underweight LDS children and their friends in Ecuador and Guatemala.
- More Good Foundation promotes positive LDS content using the Internet.
- North Star provides support for issues surrounding homosexual attraction through an online community, a newsletter, mailing lists and events.
- The Mormon History Association was founded to understand all aspects of Mormon History through scholarly research, conferences, awards and publications.
- Upward Reach promotes social, spiritual and emotional wellness, see also Mental Health Library.