Different Ways to Help People In Need

Just Donate It.

I have donated every car I have owned. Yeah you read that right. I have only driven two cars but they were so bad that they didn’t even have any resell value to sell to a private buyer. My first car was a 1988 Ford Aerostar, the car was as old as I was. But my dad took care of it and I was lucky enough to drive it in high school. It was terrible but ran well. I drove that car for over two years. It was a faded grey and the hood of it barely had any of the paint left on it. The back bumper was all banged up, my Dad got rear ended while he was driving it and he decided not to fix it and just pocket the cash. This car was beat up but as mentioned before it ran really well, and it got me around very nicely. It did exactly its purpose, it got me from A to B. But sadly, this car burnt oil at very quick rate and I was supposed to check it periodically but I guess I went a little too long once and the car was essentially out of oil and I cracked the engine head. This means the car is basically dead, or you can pay a lot of money to have it fixed. I deemed the car wasn’t worth the trouble and so I donated my car to a charity. My Dad was pretty upset with me, as was I considering I no longer had a car to drive.

The next car I drove was a 1995 Mercury Sable; this car was a real piece of work. It had faded purple coat of paint on it, paint was chipping, and the bumper was being held up by tape. This car would barely get me around. I drove this car for about a year and had some real trouble with it. Near the end of the car’s life I was driving to school and I was stopped at a stoplight and the brakes suddenly stopped working. So I had to sit there and pump the brakes and they finally caught again. But this was another expensive fix so I decided to donate another car.

My family is not just about donating cars either, we used to have a boat that we took camping with us every summer. We had some great times on this boat, we used to wake board, inter tube, and kneeboard behind it. This boat was so much fun. But as with everything this boat started to have problems, the engine would no longer get out of first gear so it would only go 10-15 MPH. It was a expensive problem so my Dad decided to donate boat. Its too bad it wasn’t a yacht donation it would have been much lucrative for the charity. Although, I have not driven the best cars or boats it does feel good to give back to charity. So I recommend it, if you have an old car or boat.

5 Essential Tips On Donating Your Car or Boat

Donating you car or boat to charity can do a lot of good for someone else. The charity can make a nice little profit from it, you get a nice little tax deduction, and someone out there will get a car. It is really a win-win-win. Although, there are things you should be aware of when donating your car or boat so you can make sure you and the charity get the most out of it.

1. Know Your Charity – Some charities sell the car or boat and use the profits for their work, and some restore the cars and give them out. There are a large number of charities that have different business models, so make sure to do a little research and find the one you like the most and feel comfortable with. Perhaps you already do have a favorite charity and you can donate to them directly.

2. Run The Numbers – Once you decide on the organization, find out how much of the cars sale will go to helping others. Some intermediary organizations only give charities a flat fee regardless of the value of the boat or vehicle. If this is the case and the fee is to low, you may not be eligible for a tax credit.

3. Deductions – In order to qualify for a tax deduction the organization that you choose must be an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization. This is very important, so make sure they qualify. For more information on this you can go to the Internal Revenue Service Web Site and look for Publication 78 to find more of these non-profit organizations.

4. Re-Title The Vehicle – When you do decide to where you are going to donate your vehicle, make sure you re-title your car over to the charity. Then you have to report this transfer to your local DMV. This way you can protect yourself from getting all kinds of parking and speeding tickets long after you have said goodbye to your four-wheeled friend.

5. Drop The Vehicle Off Yourself – If you have the charity come do it, then they are going to have to pay someone to come pick it up. If you drop it off yourself then you can really know that the charity is getting the most profit they can from your donation.

Tips on How To Donate Your Car To Charity

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Supporting a Cause - There are plenty of ways to help people in need just by supporting companies and non-profits aim to make a difference in the world. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are companies who take responsibility by giving back to the world and what most people don't know about businesses is that most like to give back to the community. Companies and non-profit organizations such as TOMS, One Laptop Per Child, Angel for Hope and more help people around the world and by supporting these companies, it can be a great way to purchase items while helping a great cause. These companies can also be local businesses in your neighborhood. I know plenty of small businesses that are giving back to their communities and if you’re not sure who they're, just go in there and ask a worker if this business is doing anything to give back to the community. By supporting these businesses you know that you're doing the right thing.

About Angel For Hope - In December of 2002 the original owner of “Angels for Hope” stepped down. At that time, Kelly Smith assumed the duties of running the group of 15 members. Due to health problems Kelly took on a partner, Cindy Gabner, in January, 2003. As Kelly’s health worsened, she was unable to be online and Angels For Hope is now run by Cindy. Angels for Hope was Incorporated in April 2005 and became a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization on December 29, 2005. As of December, 2005 the group has grown to over 600 Angels from all over the world

About TOMS Shoes - In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

Why Shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.

•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.

•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

About One Laptop Per Child - They aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, they have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.

Celebrities Car Donation

Celebrities have joined the line of fancy car owners who donate their cars to philanthropic organizations.

Jay Leno, Tonight Show host, have auctioned off his 2012 Fiat 500 Prima Edizione to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. The car was sold for $350,000.

George Clooney, Gloden Globe and Academy Award winning's actor, have donated his 2008 Telsa Roadster to be sold to charity where the proceeds will go to funding his non-profit organization, Satellite Sentinel Project. The car is expected to fetch $100,0000$125,000.

The late Sir Jimmy Savile, a British DJ and television host, have donated his Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible and was sold for £130,000 ($209,118) where the proceeds will go to Sir Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust.

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