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Donate Your Car for Kids in Need and Get Tax Credit

There are many ways to get rid of that old car sitting in your driveway or in front of your home: sell online, Carmax, trade-in and sell to a friend.  However, as your car start aging beyond that threshold level, it starts loosing its attractiveness and options get limited.

Donating your car to a charity organization used to be much more popular options, and it has lost some of it's charms due to tax code changes and news headlines covering stories on scams relating to such practice.  It's not that you no longer get tax credit for your valuable donation, but it just boils down to more stringent documentation requirement if the value of the car you donated is over $500.

You can refer to our recent post on this topic, "Donating a Car in 2013 for Tax Deduction" for more details.  If you are considering donating a car for a double benefits; one for yourself and one for children in needs, check out the organizations below:

First Things First

1. Search the Attorney General's Charities Bureau Registry at to see if the charity is properly registered and has filed its financial reports with the Attorney General.

2. Confirm that the charity is a 501(c)(3) organization - if it isn't, your contribution will not be tax deductible.  The IRS lists 501(c)(3) organizations in its Publication 78 at,,id=96136,00.html

Highly rated Charity Organizations that Benefit Kids

UNICEF, Car Donations for Kids - UNICEF is a very reputable charity organization with a mission to help children in needs, and they do have a program that is specifically designed to take car donations in benefit of kids.

Wheels for Wishes - Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions. When you make a car donation, proceeds from the sale of your vehicle donation through the Wheels For Wishes 501(c)(3) charity benefits your local Make-A-Wish®. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish as a whole has granted the wishes of more than 250,000 children around the world.

Feed the Children - This is another reputable organization with high rating on BBB and other websites.
With your car donation to Feed The Children, you can help give a child hope and provide them with the nourishment they so desperately need. Your car donation will translate into food, medicine and other necessities for hurting children in the U.S. and around the world.

Organizations with questionable history and business practice

1. Kars4Kids - Kars4Kids is well known to attorneys general in Oregon and Pennsylvania who investigated the charity for leading donors to think the charity benefited a broad group of children, not a "narrow religious purpose."

Kars4Kids is the primary funder of a New Jersey organization called Oorah Inc. that provides religious-based services to Orthodox Jewish children. Kars4Kids paid $65,000 in fines in each state in 2009.

"If you donate to an organization called Kars4Kids, it's a huge red flag that the money isn't going to an organization with that name," said Lindsey Nichols, spokesperson for Guidestar, a national charity information websites.

2. Others First, Inc ("Cars to Help Kids") - This organization may operate in multiple business names.

A national charity that is seeking car donations in the St. Louis area has ties to a Detroit area businessman who has been criticized for alleged improprieties in running similar programs, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns.

The BBB advises caution when dealing with Rick Frazier and the charity Others First. Others First is a two-year-old nonprofit that raises money for causes, such as disabled and homeless veterans, cancer research, children and animals.

3. Cars 4 Causes - Not rated by BBB, and a number of rip-off reports and complaints can be found for this organization.

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