What You Should Know About Car Donation Programs

By: Raylam
There are more than 100 notable vehicle donation programs across the United States, most of which are initiated by specific organizations or associations. Almost all these programs offer services to make the donation procedure simple for you. They will handle everything from free pick up to offering you a list of charitable or non-profit organizations for you to choose from. They also provide documentation for tax purposes and handle any problems that may arise in the course of getting proper documentation for your vehicle.

There are two types of vehicle donation programs. The first type of program has a list of charitable or non-profit organizations to choose from. Some of the programs available are like the America's Car Donations Charities Center, which has been operating since 1992. They are renowned for fund raising via vehicle donations for non-profit organizations, and have processed more than 500,000 vehicles thus far! Donate for Charity is owned and managed by Harvard Business School graduates and has been around for more than 20 years. They are the ideal people to contact if you are an organization looking for a fundraiser.

Another organization for you to consider would be Cars 4 Causes, which was founded in 1997. Do not be fooled by its name; it accepts all types of vehicles, not just cars. Car Angel is another organization which accepts vehicles other than cars. They started off providing scholarship funds, and slowly diverted into other charitable causes by adopting the vehicle donation program in 2001.

The second group of vehicle donation programs includes the ones organized by associations or organizations of a specific cause, such as the American Lung Association Vehicle Donation Program, National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Cars Program, Cars for Sight for the visually impaired, Car Donation Program by the American Diabetes Association and also Donate a Car for the American Heart Association. Even though most of the programs carry the name car, they normally accept other vehicles as well.

Car donation programs which cannot, or will not, give you clear answers to these questions are not those on which you can depend to see that your ca, or the money it brings gets, to the charity of your choosing. And if the charity does not directly receive the car or its value, you do not have the right to claim the value of the car as a deduction.
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