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Car Donation Charities - A directory

Here is a list of the major car donation charities that routinely advertise on Google. Your donations are tax deductable because these organizations are on the IRS cumulative list of tax-exempt organizations. Most will accept donations of cars that do not run. However, the percentage of the proceeds that goes to charitable causes will differ from organization to organization. Be sure to read the fine print on each of these sites carefully!.

Cars for Sight

A charity, founded by actor Robert Gavin, that provides funding for the Center for Keratoconus. Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that affects more than one million individuals worldwide. It's the largest international nonprofit organization for keratoconus. Their scientific and medical team includes doctors at Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at San Diego, University of California at Berkeley, New York University, University of Michigan, University of Cambridge, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, University of Houston, and University of Iowa. This charity accepts donations of cars, trucks and boats.

Items accepted: Cars, trucks, boats, timeshares
Pick up area? Contintental United States

Charity Cars

Charity Cars provides donated vehicles to struggling families willing to work and become self-sufficient, tax paying members of the community. However, the vast majority of donated vehicles are not eligible to be program cars (Charity Cars bases its decisions on many factors including, but not limited to, yr/make/model/mileage/condition/location/recipient/repair and funding limitations.) and since placing a vehicle with a client is the exception rather than the rule, individuals who donate a car should assume that their vehicle will be sold at auction with the proceeds returning to Charity Cars Inc.

Items accepted: Cars, Real Estate
Pick up area? Contintental United States

Donate a Car 2 Charity

Vehicles donated on this site will benefit Activated Ministries, a nonprofit Christian Ministry classified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Activated Ministries is a Christian charity dedicated to helping those in need, sharing God's Word with others through the distribution of Christian outreach materials and providing support to missionaries of the gospel, especially those of the The Family International fellowship. Their mission is to strengthen families and children by promoting and teaching the moral values and character-building principles of the Bible.

Items accepted: Cars, boats, RVs
Pick up area? Contintental United States

Donate Car for Charity

This Charity is part of the Family Care Foundation (FCF), an IRS registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offering relief and assistance to those in need worldwide. They offer assistance with:

  • Orphans and Street Kids
  • AIDS Care
  • Medical Relief
  • Computer Literacy
  • Physically Challenged
  • Drug Awareness
  • Emergency Relief
  • Education
  • Food Programs

Items accepted: Cars, boats, RVs
Pick up area? Contintental United States

Cars for Causes

Cars 4 Causes is an organization that accepts auto donations (cars, trucks, vans, RV's, motorcycles, and boats) from donors nationwide. They accept most car donations - whether the automobiles are running or not. Proceeds from the auto donations are shared with the charity of your choice.

Items accepted: Cars, boats, RVs
Pick up area? Contintental United States

Cars for Homes

The Cars for HomesTM vehicle donation program uses your car donation to help Habitat for Humanity build homes in partnership with families in need of decent, affordable shelter. A majority of the net proceeds from your vehicle donation will distributed to your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate and HFHI to partner with families in need of decent, affordable shelter to build their own homes.

Items accepted: Cars, boats, RVs
Pick up area? Currently accepting donations in the following states only: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR (southern), UT, WA & WY


The American Children's Cancer Association (Give2Kids) is a national nonprofit charity, and has been accepting car, truck, SUV, (and any other kind of vehicle) donations for over 15 years, in order to fund their mission to help children with cancer (and their families) find and afford the safest, most effective treatments.

Items accepted; Cars, Trucks, SUVs, and any other kind of vehicle.
Pick up area? Continental United States.

Heritage for the Blind

Heritage for the Blind is a national non-profit organization dedicated to servicing those who are blind and visually impaired. Since 1979, their mission has been to provide the tools necessary to help the blind and visually impaired independently explore and participate fully in society. Their organization is listed in the IRS cumulative list of tax-exempt organizations with our IRS tax identification number, 58-2164446. Heritage for the Blind is listed in the American Foundation for the Blind's Directory of Agencies serving the visually impaired in the United States.

Items accepted: Cars, vans, trucks, RVs, boats, heavy equipment, pianos and real estate
Pick up area? Anywhere in the continental U.S.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision assists millions of people in nearly 100 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America, and in the United States. In 2002, 84% of all funds donated to World Vision in the US went towards relief and develop- ment programs.

Items accepted: Cars, child sponserships
Pick up area? Anywhere in the continental U.S.

The Outreach Center for Children

Donate a car, truck, van, SUV, boat, RV or almost any type of vehicle through this vehicle donation program. In addition to vehicle donations, they also accept contributions of real estate and land. Contributing to their cause will allow them to continue working towards the care and living situations of children in the community. In addition, when you make a car donation, you can write it off on your yearly tax return. They accept any auto donation nationwide. Your tax deductible car donation makes it possible for us to support dozens of children's charities. When you donate an auto, boat, or real estate property, you will know that you are helping a worthy cause

Items accepted: Cars that run, cars that don't, boats, RVs, travel trailers, fleet vehicles and real estate.

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