Car Donations Ease the Economy Crunch for Charities

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Even in a tight economic year, car donors support their causes, with Cars 4 Causes®, "The Charity that Gives to Charities®," reporting that it processed car donations (of both running and non-running vehicles) garnering in excess of $2 million and going to over 2,000 charities this year.

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but in terms of the impact a donation can have on their organizations, they are huge recipients, and they were both chosen by at least one car donor in 2008.

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Cars 4 Causes®, "The Charity that Gives to Charities®", passed proceeds from car donations on to more than 2,000 charities in 2008, in a dollar figure that comes in well over $2 million, proving once again that even in tight times, people still do what they can to support their causes.

Some of the biggest recipients of car donations made through Cars 4 Causes, dollar-wise, have been national non-profit organizations. Patti Kennedy, Cars 4 Causes president, reports that, nationally, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, received almost $240,000, making it the year's most-chosen donation recipient.

When car donors make their donations through Cars 4 Causes, they can choose where the proceeds from their vehicle's sale will go. The list of choices is extensive, to date encompassing more than 11,000 charities. "Our number of charities has grown organically over the years," says Kennedy. "We've added charities as they've been requested by vehicle donors, and as we've vetted them to make sure they qualify."

Though most major national charities are on the list, hundreds of small ones occupy places there, too. Kennedy cites the charities, Project Wildlife and the Children of the Night, as recipients of donations. "These may not be the biggest donation recipients in dollar terms," she says, "but in terms of the impact a donation can have on their organizations, they are huge recipients, and they were both chosen by at least one car donor in 2008."

Cars 4 Causes®, founded with the philanthropic mission of helping to fund youth education, has developed over the years into The Charity that Gives to Charities®, expanding beyond education and into one of the largest car donation charities in the country. Last year, the not-for-profit charity reached the $20 million milestone. It had contributed more than $20 million to charities, all from vehicle donations.

Cars 4 Causes®, "The Charity That Gives To Charities"® is a non-profit, IRS Code 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. Cars 4 Causes® has been a trusted avenue for charity funding since 1997. Proceeds from tax-deductible donations of vehicles go to qualifying non-profits.

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