In fact, at least a couple of the car donation “charities” that come up in the top 10 Google search results, are not charities at all!
3 Facts to Consider When Donating Your Car:
1. The top car donation charity in the search results (kars4kids) only benefits a certain ethnic group of children, Not ALL children. They have apparently gotten into trouble with at least a couple of U.S. states, for not making this exclusivity clear. Here’s one of a number of examples.
2. Another car donation charity that appears at the top of search results is WheelsforWishes. They claim to contribute a portion of their proceeds to the well-known charity, Make-A-Wish. However, according to this article (and others) WheelsforWishes got in hot water in the state of Minnesota for only giving “Make-A-Wish” 20% of the donation proceeds!
3. Most are familiar with the charitable organization, Goodwill Industries. So when you see a website by the name of “Goodwill Car Donation” you’ll of course assume that the website is owned by the actual Goodwill, correct? Especially since the Goodwill logo is showing on the browser tab.
Well here’s the thing: they’re not Goodwill. They’re a for-profit company, called “National Charity Services”, who are not even a charity, but a for-profit company. Here’s what this for-profit company made in a previous year (hint: MILLIONS).
To be clear: Goodwill Industries is allowing National Charity Services (AKA “Goodwill”Car Donation) to collect cars for them.
But the issue here is that anyone considering donating their vehicle to “Goodwill” Car Donation” won’t know that, because their website looks for all the world like it’s owned by Goodwill Industries.
You can verify the above by calling the 800 number on the “Goodwill” Car Donation” website, and insisting they tell you who they actually are.
All of the above information, and more, can be found on the following website, from which we gathered the above information: Best Car Donation Charities.
In conclusion: Make certain that the “charity” you want to donate to is actually a charity, by searching for them here. Here is our charity’s Nonprofit 501(3)(c) information, or you can find it on the IRS search page (scroll down page to see our link, Amercian Children’s Cancer Association). Also make sure the charity (or otherwise) is being completely up front with you — no matter how well known a vehicle donation organization they may be.
They’re are a number of charities to avoid out there — and we’d like to see you make the wisest decision for yourself!