Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Tis The Season To Be Donating A Car

Friday, December 24th, 2010

The holidays usually bring out the best in everyone, with many individuals donating to charities or volunteering their time to help out others who are less fortunate. There are many great reasons why you should consider donating your car to charity this time of year, and the fact that it is the holidays is only one of them.

Holiday Giving

No matter your religion or lack thereof, we could all use a little more kindness in the world, and when you donate a car, you are helping someone who desperately needs it while helping yourself at the same time. With a car donation to our organization, a substantial portion of the proceeds go directly to children who aren’t in a position to help themselves. On top of that, you also receive a tax deduction from the government, so you don’t have anything to lose besides that piece of junk that has taken over your garage.

There are four main benefits to donating your car now. It helps the charities and the individuals it represents, it helps you, it helps spread the cheer this holiday season and also it helps to donate now because the deadline is quickly approaching to donate your car for this year’s tax deductions.

Whether this is something you have been considering for some time or it is something that you only recently thought of, it is always a good idea. The end of the year is coming up fast, and there is no time like the present to give a gift of your own.

It’s a Tough Time for Car Donation Nonprofits

Monday, December 6th, 2010

But, according to a study done by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, things are starting to get a little better. This report showed that about a third of the charities in America had an increase in donations throughout the first nine months of 2010. Unfortunately, this increase hasn’t been enough to keep up with the demand for charitable services.

Just like many other industries, nonprofit companies have been hit hard by the recession. They rely on the charity of others to generate their operational budgets, and when economic times are tough, people are less likely to make a donation. Of course, when economic times are tough, there is usually more unemployment and increasing need for the services these nonprofit organizations provide.

Last year was one of the hardest ones in a long time. Our giving was at the lowest it had been since 1956. This can be very troubling for both the nonprofit organizations and the people who rely on their services. And that is why this slight increase in giving has been viewed by some as a positive sign for the future.

Despite the increase in car donations, worthy nonprofit organizations always need more. There might be some positive signs in the economy, but that doesn’t mean everyone suddenly has more money that they can part with. Things still seem a little shaky, and it’s this kind of uncertainty that makes people hesitate about making charitable donations.

This is where donating a car to charity can make a real difference. You don’t always have to donate cash when you are looking for ways to help these important organizations. If you have a vehicle that has reached the end of its useful life, or you don’t think you’d get much for it on a trade it, you can always donate a car for a tax deduction and help this trend continue.

Get Your Car Donation Tax Deduction

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Getting in Your Deduction

The year is winding down, and as November gets started and the holiday season begins to claim our attention, the idea of paying our taxes gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list. However, if you are sitting on a vehicle that has seen better days or you intend to donate a car for the tax deduction, it has to be done before December 31 at 11:59pm.

If you are going to donate a car and take a deduction on your 2010 taxes, you should start the process as soon as possible. Right now, there are a lot of people who are thinking about donating their own cars at the last minute, and soon it will be difficult to set an appointment for pickup that fits your schedule, and you are going to feel rushed and pressured to get all the paperwork in order. December is coming faster than you think, and you don’t want to let your car donation tax deduction get lost in the holiday rush.

Tax Deduction

Get Organized

We’ve given a lot of car donation tips and information on this blog, and by adhering to these practices and starting the process as early as possible you can make the most of your car donation tax deduction. Wondering where to get started? Take a moment and review some of these important posts:

Just remember, when you are planning on taking a car donation tax deduction, you should get as much information as you can before you start the process. However, you should also remember that we’re ready to provide all the support and help we can to make this experience as simple and painless as possible.

Reasons To Donate A Car To Charity

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The reasons to donate a car are many—some of them are practical while others are more emotional, but all of them can make you stop and think. On the practical side of things, your current car might be getting a little older, less reliable and it might not have all the safety features available in newer cars.

Sometimes, the repair costs on an older vehicle can add up to more than the car is really worth, which might mean it’s time to donate it to charity. You want your family to be safe, which is easier done with a new car. While you might try selling your clunker, you probably won’t get enough money to make it worth your time.

However, with donating, it is easy and emotionally satisfying. With this simple act, you are helping out those who cannot help themselves. Every little bit helps, and when you combine your donation with all the others received at our organization, you can see why we can make a bigger difference.

Some people wonder how long it takes to donate a car to charity, and the answer is not long at all. Once you call us, we will schedule a time to pick up your vehicle and have you sign the paperwork—everything is on your timetable.

When your car has reached the end of its road, you can still use it to benefit others. We take care of all the details, so the entire process runs smoothly and you are left with that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you know you’ve done something good. Also keep in mind that you will qualify for a car donation tax deduction.

IRS Tips For Making Charitable Donations

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

If you are planning to make a charitable donation of any kind (not just a car donation), there are a number of things you can do to ensure that you take the appropriate car donation tax deduction and that the right organizations benefit from your gesture. The IRS lists 10 tips that every taxpayer should know before taking deductions on donations. (See the original, detailed list here.)

  1. Make sure that the contribution is going to a qualified organization, or it will not be deductable.
  2. The contribution must be itemized using Form 1040, Schedule A.
  3. Remember that special rules apply to a car donation and how much of it will actually be deductable.
  4. If you receive something (merchandise, services, etc) in return for the contribution, this can change the deductable amount.
  5. Keep detailed records of all charitable donations, no matter how large or small.
  6. You can only deduct the contributions that you made during the year.
  7. You can include credit card or check payments in the year you made the contribution, even if you won’t pay the credit card bill until the next year.
  8. Any contribution of more than $250 must have written acknowledgement from the recipient organization to substantiate the donation.
  9. If you deduct items (cars) worth more than $500 you must fill out Form 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions.
  10. You might need to get an appraisal if you claim the donation is worth more than $5,000.

Whether you are taking a car donation tax deduction or making some other kind of charitable contribution, these tips and guidelines will help you understand what needs to happen to maximize your deduction.

Car Donation Charity Founder Admits to Fraud

Monday, August 16th, 2010

After pocketing over $2 million from car donations, Shoba Bakhsh, founder of “Hope for the Disabled Kids, Inc.,” has plead guilty on the charges placed against her. This is in line with the State Attorney General’s efforts to crack down on fraudulent car donation charities.

Bakhsh was charged with lying to donors and misusing the funds for her own family and uses. Since the lawsuit, her company has been shut down. In the time it was operating, it accepted thousands of cars generating over 2 million dollars. The company operated eight years, and not a penny was spent on the charitable organizations it claimed to represent for the last two. Although, because Bakhsh destroyed all the records from the previous years, there is no telling if anything ever went to the charities.

As Attorney General Cuomo stated, “This individual manipulated donors and exploited children with serious medical needs in order to enrich herself and her family. As a result of her actions, millions of dollars that should have gone to help disabled children were instead spent on department store bills and real estate. As our investigation continues, my office encourages New Yorkers to be generous and informed donors.”

When you donate a car to charity, do yourself a favor and do the research. You want to make sure your money goes to good use, and the one sure way to do that is to pick a great company to complete the transaction for you.

Car Donations In Any Condition

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

A car doesn’t have to be in working condition to be a valid donation. In fact, you can donate a car that doesn’t seem to have any redeemable value at all. There is even a special occasion when someone will make sure the vehicle never runs again before trying to sell it. The resulting shape and state of these vehicles has been called “art” by some and “cubes” by others.

While some charities use a car donation as transportation within their own organization and others fix up the vehicles to sell them at auction, these options just aren’t available for vehicles that have been – in the best sense of the phrase – run into the ground. That doesn’t mean they are completely worthless, though. In fact, up in Winnipeg there is currently a program going on in which the Habitat for Humanity is benefiting from cars that have a certain “boxy” theme to them.

In an article in the Winnipeg Free Press they discuss the collaboration between Habitat for Humanity and Urbanmine – a metal recycler. This car donation program will give the proceeds from the recycled car to Habitat, which will then used those funds to help with the construction of new homes. This is just one of the many examples of people using charitable car donations to make a difference wherever they can. In this case, there are two distinct benefits. One, the Habitat for Humanity will receive some very important funding, and two, the recycling process will remove old clunkers from the road and make sure they don’t just waste away in a landfill.

No matter how attached you may be to your old car, there comes a time when you just have to let it go. You may not be fond of the idea that your faithful car or truck is headed toward a temporary career as “modern art” but the money made from recycling the steel and other components in the car can really help out a worthy organization.

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Donating A Car

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

If this is the first time you are taking the leap and donating a car to charity, then you probably have a few questions. Hopefully these answers will help you feel easier and understand the process behind car donations.

1. Can I still donate a car that hasn’t worked in years?

  • Almost always. If your car is so old that it would cost more to tow than the value it would give the charity, then chances are it will not be accepted.

2. I get a tax deduction right? How much is that deduction?

  • You can claim the value of your donated car up to $500. Or, if we can sell it for more than that, they you can use our receipt to claim that amount.

3. I don’t have the title to my car, can I still donate a car?

  • This depends on your situation. If you do not have your title, then contact us for the specifics.

4. Will my car be sold for parts or donated whole?

  • This depends on the condition the car is in. Regardless, when you donate a car to charity, you still are doing a good thing.

5. When you pick up my car, do I need to be home?

  • No. If you can’t be home, then just make sure that the keys and title are available in the car. Make sure you don’t leave anything personal in the car.

6. Do I have to pay for towing?

  • No

7. The owner of the car passed away. Can we donate for the deceased?

  • If you have a death certificate and the documentation saying you inherited the belongings, then we can pick up the car.

8. I saw an abandoned car, can I donate it?

  • Unfortunately, no. In this case, you would need to contact a junkyard.

9. What do I do with the license plate of the car?

  • Depending on the state where you live, usually you need to return the plate to the DMV. Some states require that the plate stay on the vehicle. Contact us for more details on your individual situation.

10. What should I do if there is a problem after I have donated a car to charity?

  • We accept all responsibility for your car after it has been picked up. However, if you have any previous fines, you are responsible for them.

Hopefully these answers help you in your decision, and make the process a little easier.

Choosing A Car Donation Charity

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

In the car donation business, a few charities are, unfortunately, less than stellar. In the news recently, you may have heard about Cars 4 Causes®, which is currently undergoing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay the funds owed to the fundraiser. You can read about the lawsuit here, but here is the short version of what happened:

  • Cars 4 Causes hired Charity Development, LLC to handle the logistics of car donations. Charity Development handles the repair, storage and selling of the cars given to Cars 4 Causes, and Charity Development in turn gives Cars 4 Causes the money.
  • Charity Development claims that they have been delivering more proceeds to Cars 4 Causes than the company has actually donated to charities.
  • Charity Development asserts that Cars 4 Causes is only giving about 16% of the proceeds to the designated charities, while they are spending the rest on their own internal overhead and other programs.

When you want to donate a car to charity, make sure you choose a reputable company that will do its part of the bargain. Make sure you research the charity company online and find out everything you can about them. If they are reputable, then they will not have anything to hide.

At, we care just as much about your charity car donation as you do. Make sure your donation goes to people in need, and make sure you choose a company that can help your donation make a difference.

10 Reasons To Donate A Car

Friday, May 7th, 2010

There has been a lot of talk about car donations to charity, and many people have discovered that this really is a great way to get rid of that old clunker while doing something good for the community or a favorite charitable organization. Everyone seems to have a different reason for donating a car, though. Here are 10 of the best reasons (in no particular order) to consider this as a final option for your vehicle.

  1. The Tax Deduction – A car donation can lead to fairly substantial tax benefits. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people save a lot of money on their taxes because of this deduction.
  2. Help a Family in Need – There are a lot of low income families that could use a working vehicle. It may not be the newest, sweetest thing on the road, but it will get them from place to place, which can be priceless.
  3. Contribute to a Favorite Charity – Charitable organizations need your help. If you have a favorite organization that supports something you believe in, this could be a great way to lend a hand.
  4. Provide the Charity with a Working Vehicle – Sometimes charities need more than money. Sometimes they can put your car straight to use within the organization.
  5. Stop Making Useless Insurance Payments – Why keep paying insurance on that clunker when you never use it? You can easily eliminate this burden.
  6. Stop Making Repairs on Clunkers – At what point have you put more money into your vehicle than it is worth? Donate the car and stop the money drain.
  7. Stop Feeling Unsafe in Your Own Car – Have you ever driven down the road and felt sure that the axel was about to drop out of the car? It’s time to get rid of it.
  8. Reduce Pollution – Those old cars weren’t the most environmentally friendly vehicles around. Donating it will get it off the road and reduce your carbon footprint.
  9. Recycling Potential – Is your car completely unusable? It can always be recycled and put to use in a different way.
  10. Feel Good About Something – Whatever other monetary benefits are involved with this process, you can walk away from your car knowing you’ve done something good.

There are many other good reasons to donate your car to charity, just take some time to consider your options and evaluate your vehicle. Is it doing you any good? Could it do some good for someone else? Car donations may be the simplest, most effective way to deal with those old vehicles.