As we’ve rounding the bend into a new year, lots of people were giving thought to making yearly charitable donations, and that includes car donation. You may have heard ads for car donations or seen billboards that promise you a tax donation, regardless of what a clunker piece your old ride might be. The good news? It’s actually a thing, you can get rid of those vehicles riddling your front yard, Ma Clampett, but like everything else, it pays to be mindful. Make sure you donate directly through your charity of choice, otherwise your car donation might go through a middle man – one who keeps a cut for himself, naturally. Here’s a list of 5 nonprofits where you can donate that old car before it turns your driveway into a hazardous waste site.
Car Donation Through Kars 4 Kids –
Despite the phonetic spelling, Kars 4 Kids is happy to accept your cars with a “c” to help add a little sunshine into the lives of kids at crucial points in their personal development. The goal is to help children have consistency and stability in education and recreation in a way that helps them to become grown up, self-actualized human beings. If you choose a car donation through their website, they’ll tow it, free of charge, 24-hours a day, and you’ll get a receipt to show to your accountant at the end of the year for a potential tax write-off.
Habitat For Humanity Accepts Car Donations –
Being a long-serving member of most communities, Habitat for Humanity is probably a familiar charitable name to you. If you’re like me, you may have even spent a Spring Break or two building houses under their banner, rather than running the streets of some beach town. Habitat will also accept a car donation in their Cars for Homes program, and their FAQs state that sales from the cars you donate generate returns of 80 percent of the gross revenue, a healthy percentage by any measure.
Make-A-Wish of Car Donation –
The Make-A-Wish Foundation has had some high-profile partners over the years – lots of kids have met their heroes and celebrities, from the President to Justin Bieber, all through the hard work (and connections!) of the organization. Children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses are given a shot at a wish, and your car donation can help to fuel that dream-making, which is a heck of a lot more than it can do sitting in some scrap yard.
NPR’s Car Talk Car Donation –
Those of us that grew up on NPR’s Car Talk know all about the distinctive guffawing of Click and Clack, those Tappet Brothers that talk us through car issues each week. A car donation through their program will ensure that nobody messes around with the funds – they go directly to the charities they support, with Click and Clack being the feisty emissaries of goodwill.
Car Donation for Kittens With the ASPCA –
If you’re like me and your eyes mist up the second you hear Sarah McLachlan’s music begin to play with a slideshow of sad puppies, then you’re probably already giving to the ASPCA. Car donation is just another way that you can easily do a good turn for those puppies and kittens that need your support. Check out their site to compare the difference of a trade-in to donation.