Car Donations Add to the Holiday Spirit

As we enter the holiday season, car donors add to the seasonal spirit as they rush to get car donations in before the end of the year, making sure they reap tax deductions for 2009 – and their charities benefit from the holiday rush of donations.
By: Harlan Editorial, Inc.
 
Nov. 23, 2009 - PRLog -- People donate cars all through the year, but the months of November and December traditionally show a joyful leap in vehicle donations as car donors rush to get their tax-deductible contributions in before the end of the tax year.

“It’s the busy season here at our car donation offices,” says Cars 4 Causes® executive director Pat Jessup. “In fact, the seasonal rise in vehicle donations has become part of the holiday spirit for us.” The holiday rush boosts the energy and excitement at the offices of the charity.

Cars 4 Causes® is known as The Charity That Gives To Charities® because that is exactly what it does. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Cars 4 Causes® accepts car donations nationwide. Those donations then benefit charities throughout the world.

“Now more than ever, charities need the help of generous donors,” says Jessup. She explains that when someone donates a car to Cars 4 Causes®, they can choose any qualifying charity to benefit from their generosity. “So far, our list of approved charities runs to over 13,400 charities, with more being added as donors request them and as charities ask to be included,” she says.

“Almost all are in more need this year than in previous years. That’s why we’re so thrilled – maybe even more than usual – this holiday season, to see the vehicle donations coming through the door. And we accept all types of vehicles, not just cars,” she adds. “People can donate almost anything that is considered transportation – from an RV to a truck to a motorcycle to a boat. All of the vehicles count as charitable donations.”

The year 2009 has brought the possibility of making a car donation into the public consciousness. The Cash for Clunkers program (AKA the Car Allowance Rebate System, CARS), made headlines – positive and negative – throughout its implementation. According to Jessup, too, once their minds were set on getting rid of an old or simply used car, some car owners did a bit of further research and discovered the tax benefits of donating a car.

Cars 4 Causes® [http://www.cars4causes.net] created a side-by-side comparison table of tax benefit facts [http://www.cars4causes.net/cash-for-clunkers.asp] to make the decision about donating or trading in a car even easier. “Tax benefits of donating are different for everyone,” says Jessup. “So we provide the facts, plus some links to government information, but the decision to donate or not to donate a car is an individual one. A lot depends on how a tax write-off will affect the individual’s overall tax bill. Often, too, donations depend on a donor’s motivation to support a charity.”

Regardless of motivation, though, charities benefit by the end-of-year rush. “And that’s what makes our job here at Cars 4 Causes® even more exciting during the holiday season,” says Jessup. “We see the benefits to the charities and the work they do to make the world a better place.”

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.  Cars 4 Causes®, "The Charity That Gives To Charities"® is a non-profit, IRS Code 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

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