About The Kars For Kids Charity

Kars4Kids is a national Jewish nonprofit organization that funds educational, youth development and mentoring programs via a robust car donation program. Our charity programs operate in communities throughout the US and Canada and are largely run by Oorah. We have successfully opened the pathways to funding vital support for youth by finessing the primary service we provide: free, quick and convenient pickup of vehicles, typically to be sold.

This blog is our place to share an informal, insider view of our organization – our culture and values, interests and happenings, about our team members and random news around the office. This is not the home for our official press releases, marketing materials or formal information we publish about our service and processes. Instead, it’s a little glimpse into what Kars4Kids is really like, behind the scenes, backstage, without the makeup. Maybe no one’s actually interested… but we’ll share it with you anyway :-).

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Questions People Ask

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Is Kars4Kids a good charity?

Kars4Kids offers free towing and accepts vehicles and properties in any condition. By keeping the donation process in house, the charity eliminates the extra costs so often incurred by other charities and car donation programs. This means a higher percentage of each donation goes to helping children.

What does Kars4Kids do with cars?

Our experts assess each donation to decide the best way to make as much money as possible from the sale of the vehicle. The car is sold or its parts recycled with an eye toward maximizing the profits of each individual donation. A car that no longer runs or one that no longer meets emissions standards, can still be sold for parts or be recycled.

How do you get a car from Kars4Kids?

Kars4Kids does not, as a rule, distribute cars. We have, on occasion, made exceptions as in the case of one South African family, who moved to the U.S. to obtain treatment for their child, a pediatric cancer patient. The family was struggling to find employment and housing, and needed to travel long distances for treatment. Kars4Kids heard about their struggle and gave the family a gently used car, adequate to their needs. Our charity’s primary purpose however, is to generate revenue for our family and education programs through the proceeds of our Kars4Kids car donation program.

How much do you get for donating a car?

The IRS allows car donors to claim a tax deduction for the value of a vehicle up to $500. It is up to the donor to determine the fair market value of the car. If the sale price exceeds $500, the donor receives a tax deduction in the full amount for which the vehicle is sold.

In addition to saving on taxes, donors receive a vacation voucher for a 2-night/3-day hotel stay voucher for 2 adults and 2 children with a choice of 50 locations. The hotel destinations offered in this program are 3-star hotels, similar in quality to the Choice Hotels brand and La Quintas. While there are no fees for using the vacation voucher, the voucher holder is responsible for any taxes on the hotel stay and is required to make a fully-refundable standard hotel reservation deposit of $50.


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Other links you may find interesting

Kars4Kids Guidestar Rating

Kars4Kids Facebook page

Kars4Kids Twitter profile

Kars4Kids Educational Blog

Kars4Kids on LinkedIn

Car heaven a.k.a. the Kars4Kids Garage

Hear what the Kars for Kids donors have to say

See what we are doing on the Kars for Kids picture site