Car Donations That Benefit Arts and Entertainment Charities

With the many organizations out there, it can be hard to narrow down just one to donate a car to. That’s why were shining the spotlight on some of the best organizations in the arts and entertainment category, that not only accept vehicle donations, but use them to continue sharing their values and showcasing their talents.

Here are a few arts and entertainment charities that you can donate a vehicle to today:

Ocean State Theatre Company

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Founded in 2007, Ocean State Theatre Company, Inc (OSTC), aims to preserve the historic continuity of the Rhode Island landmark, Theatre By The Sea, located in Matunuck, RI, a quarter mile from the shore, and pursue avenues of art enrichment and education throughout the state of Rhode Island. Each and every car donation to OSTC will go directly toward the fulfillment of that mission.

The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook

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Donating a car to the Great American Songbook ensures that the great music of our country will remain accessible to those who grew up with it, so their children will learn and understand the history of this music and it will continue to be enjoyed by current and future generations. It’s is the hope of G.A..S. that children growing up in America will not be deprived of the knowledge and enjoyment of this music that is part of the character and heritage of America and the generation that created it will know it will remain part of what represents the best of our country.

Aid to Artisans

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Car donations help create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk. Aid to Artisans blend a passion for the deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions of the developing world with a commitment to building profitable businesses. Environmentally sound practices are at the foundation of our methodology. Recognizing that we can only bring lasting economic growth if we provide an integrated approach to product development, business skills training, market access and eco-effective processes.

Alliance of Artist Communities

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The Alliance gives a collective voice on behalf of its members, small and large, that leverages support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists. Donating a car to this organization helps provide, fund and advocate resources for the work of artists.


Vehicle of the Month: 1975 Ford Ranchero

This 1975 Ford Ranchero, was recently donated to the American Cancer Society’s Cars for a Cure program, with proceeds going towards cancer research, education, resources, support and treatment.

Produced between 1957 and 1979 the Ranchero was a unique two-door sedan on a station wagon body with a cargo bed in the back.

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Most prominent on the 70s Rancheros was a wide, gaping ‘fishmouth’ grille and a new body-on-frame design.

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In pop culture, Ranchero‘s can be found:

  • In the music video for Brooks and Dunn’s hillbilly deluxe.
  • The character of Harvey Leek on the TV show Nash Bridges drove a 1972 Ranchero.
  • On an episode of My Name is Earl, the character of Earl bought a 1970 Ford Ranchero for his brother Randy.
  • It has been reported that the Ford Ranchero was the favorite vehicle of Elvis Presley. Indeed, he owned a 1967 Ford Ranchero 500, purchased new in 1967 by Elvis, for use on his small ranch in Northern Mississippi. This Ranchero reportedly now belongs to the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, Arkansas.
  • In the James Bond movie “Goldfinger”, Odd Job used a blue 1964 Ranchero to return a crushed Lincoln Continental to Auric Goldfinger’s ranch.

Over $50 Million Dollars Raised for Top Charities through Advanced Remarketing Services’, Vehicle Donation Program

Check out our most recent press release!

Warren, RI (PRWEB) April 01, 2013

Advanced Remarketing Services Inc. (ARS), a leader in total loss and charity remarketing is proud to have passed a significant milestone. Since 2007, ARS has raised more than $50 million dollars for their charity partners. ARS provides vehicle donation services to many top nonprofit organizations including: Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, National Public Radio, Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, Car Talk, Feed the Children and several other nationally and locally recognized charities.

“We founded ARS to have a social purpose as well as a business purpose,” said Joseph Hearn, President of ARS, Inc. “The dollars we’ve helped to raise, the brands we’ve helped to support affirms that we’re doing something important in the world. I am incredibly proud of our people who have made this milestone possible. Their dedication and effort is extraordinary. ARS Inc.’s charity programs help to support projects nationally and internationally. The proceeds from just one car donation could pay for the materials to build a home for a family in need of decent shelter, critical vaccines for children in third world countries, shelter for a stray animal, lifesaving cancer research and more. ARS hopes to spread the word that one car really can make a difference.”

ARS runs the top returning charity program in the country. Since 2007, they have returned approximately 80% of every gross dollar raised. No national charity car donation program returns a higher percentage. Donors can donate running or non-running cars, trucks, motor homes/RVs, boats on trailers, farm equipment, off-road vehicles, airplanes and more. ARS Inc., vehicle donation experts help choose the best venue for tax deductible donated vehicles, earning the charity selected more for the donation and the donor the best tax deduction.

For more information about Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc., donating vehicles, or to learn about one of their associated charity partners, visit:

About Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.:

Located in Warren, RI, Advanced Remarketing Services, Incorporated (ARS) manages Car Donation Wizard. ARS offers innovative automotive recycling and remarketing solutions for non-profit organizations, consumer markets and the automotive industry.

To learn more about Car Donation Wizard, visit or call 877-957-2277.

UNICEF USA: Children in Desperate Need of Water

As the fighting in Syria rages, many children have been cut off from a vital necessity: clean water.

The conflict has shut down treatment facilities, leaving millions with limited access to clean drinking water and basic hygiene. Diarrhea and other waterborne diseases are on the rise – and children are especially at risk.

UNICEF is helping those children through a large-scale water treatment operation that was kicked off in Syria last month. Trucks began transporting 264,000 gallons of chlorine to cities and communities across the country. In total, UNICEF plans to treat enough water to provide safe drinking water to 10 million people – nearly half the country’s population.

Help bring us closer to the day when ZERO children are deprived of clean water. Support the UNICEF Tap Project in March – World Water Month. And thank you, for all that you do.

>   Read about UNICEF’s latest clean water efforts in Syria, and how you can help

>   Donate a car to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF


St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Vehicle Donations

This St. Patrick’s Day, all of us at Car Donation Wizard are feeling lucky to have such incredible donors. Donors who know the value of their car donation and choose to donate it to one of our great nonprofit partners.

In honor of this festive Irish holiday, we leave you with some recently donated green vehicles.

This 1999 Chevrolet G1500 Van was donated in Milwaukee, WI to Car Talk’s WUWM.

This 1999 Yamaha V-Star was generously donated in Winterville, NC to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program.

This 1995 Honda Accord was donated in Ithaca, NY to Planned Parenthood.

This 1970 Ford Mustang was donated in Smithfield, VA to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program.



General Motors $1 Million Corvette to Habitat for Humanity to Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

DETROIT, MI- The General Motors Foundation is providing a $1 million grant to Habitat for Humanity International to help with neighborhood revitalization efforts in 12 U.S. cities, including Detroit and Lansing.

The grant will go toward  financial support for new construction, home repair and rehabilitation, weatherization efforts and more, according to officials.

“This grant will help construct healthier neighborhoods and an improved sense of community,” said Foundation President and GM Director of Corporate Relations Vivian Pickard in a statement.

Other cities include Arlington and Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Baltimore; Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Nashville; New Orleans and Phoenix.

Pickard presented the grant during the Washington Auto Show, where the automaker also donated a a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe to the Union Beach EMS squad that was on the front lines during Hurricane Sandy.

The grant and Tahoe are the most recent donation from the Detroit-based automaker and its foundation in the past year or so.

GM Video: GM donates a car to Habitat for Humanity

Earlier this year, Chevrolet donated to Habitat for Humanity International 24 Express cargo vans to create the organization’s first-ever fleet of mobile response units filled with tools and equipment from Lowe’s and Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

“In addition to the Foundation’s grant, our team GM Cares employee volunteers will help low-income families rebuild and restore their homes and participate in other vital community projects,” Pickard said.

GM CEO and Chairman Dan Akerson has also publicly donated nearly $1.3 million to the nonprofit.

Earlier this month, Akerson sold his Regal Turquoise 1958 Corvette in the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $270,000 with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s projects in the Morningside Commons neighborhood.

For more information about how you can donate a car to Habitat for Humanity, visit

Charities Flooded with Donated Hurricane Sandy Cars

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many car donation charities saw an increase in donated cars as hurricane damaged and flooded cars poured in from the east coast.

Owners of flooded cars that did not have comprehensive insurance found that car donation was often the best option for them. Organizations like Car Donation Wizard towed the vehicles for free and gave the owners fully tax-deductible receipts for at least $500.

The car donation experts at Car Donation Wizard, who work with exceptional nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Car Talk and more, evaluated each flooded car that came in; some were sold for scrap metal recycling and others at auction. Those sold at auction got flood titles to make buyers aware of the car’s flooded status.

Learn About Car Donations to Vets Vehicles

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Vets Vehicles is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit that uses the power of vehicle donation to aid in their mission to support the nation’s best veterans organizations.

Vehicle donation is a great way for nonprofits to increase their fundraising, but the sad fact is that most vehicle donation providers keep most of the funds to pay themselves. We’ve found that some of the nation’s best known vehicle donation providers are returning less than 40% of a vehicles sale price to the nonprofits they serve. Some try to hide this fact with complicated charts and graphs. But a closer look at their IRS filings reveals otherwise.

That’s why Vets Vehicles was started in 2011. They’ve partnered with the nation’s most trusted and efficient vehicle donation service provider, selling vehicles for the highest prices and returning the highest percentage of proceeds to charities. A higher selling price for your vehicle means more money to veterans organizations and a bigger tax deduction for you.

The money raised from donated vehicles goes only to help veterans organizations. We never allocate money to other causes that you can’t see. If you want your donated vehicle to help veterans, Vets Vehicles is the best donation option you will find.

Start your car donation now online, by clicking the button below, or call: 877-957-2277 today!

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Recently donated:

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2001 Cadillac Seville, from Anchorage, AK.

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2000 Toyota Rav4 from Boston, MA

Vehicle Donation Checklist: Helping Match Donors to Charities

We understand that with all the organizations accepting car, truck, motorcycle and RV donations that it can be tricky to navigate your way through finding the best one. We want to make sure that donors doing their homework, know that with a little research, you can find the best charity accepting vehicle donations. Here’s a list Car Donation Wizard has put together to help you find the best match:

  • Verify that the recipient organization is a tax exempt charitable organization.
  • Make sure the title of the car is properly transferred and not left blank, keep a copy of this record.
  • Find out how your organization benefits from the resale of the car.
  • Check out the charity, make sure you are comfortable with its mission and activities and that its philosophy matches your own.
  • Take photos of the car for tax records and consider including a photo with your title so that your vehicle is sold in the best possible venue by your chosen organization.
  • If the car you’re donating is worth more than $5,000, get a written professional appraisal.
  • Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau serving your area.
  • Find out if the charity accepting car donations is properly registered with the government agency in your state that regulates charities (usually a division of the state’s office of the attorney general).

How to Donate Your Car to the American Cancer Society

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2008 Subaru Outback donated to American Cancer Society’s Cars for a Cure program.

Start your car donation over the phone with a customer service representative, at 888-227-5500 or by filling our our easy vehicle donation form online. All vehicle donations are processed as quickly as possible. Typically, we will pick up your vehicle within 2 or 3 days after the title is received by our processing center. If you need your vehicle picked up sooner, special arrangements can be made by contacting us and letting us know.

To donate your vehicle, we’ll ask you about the year, make, model and condition of the vehicle, whether you have the title to your vehicle, where you want the vehicle picked up and where you want your tax receipt sent (in case these are not one in the same). Once you give us this information, we will e-mail you instructions for signing over your title.

In general, when selling or donating a vehicle you must complete the section of the title labeled “assignment of title by owner” or “transfer of ownership by seller”.

In the “assignment of title by owner” or similar section, any fields that require information about the seller/owner/transferor are asking for information about you. When the title asks for the sellers name you would either print or sign your name exactly as it appears on the title where you are listed as the owner. Most states require that all owners listed on the title must print and sign their name when transferring ownership.

Any fields that require information about a buyer/purchaser/transferee are asking for information about the person you are selling or donating the vehicle to. This section should never, under any circumstances, be left completely blank as this can lead to abuses and liability for you.

Note that whiteout or cross outs on your title are not accepted by your state’s motor vehicle department. If this happens, your title will become void, but we will happily provide you the documents and help necessary to get a new title and complete your car donation.

Instructions for what to do with your title after you’ve filled it out will be provided on a case by case basis.

The American Cancer Society uses a fully licensed and insured national transportation network that complies with all federal and state regulations. By signing the title directly to Advanced Remarketing Services, our authorized agent, you are legally transferring ownership of your vehicle. When your title is received and your vehicle is picked up, you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.

After your vehicle is sold, the charity will receive the proceeds from your donation for their great mission and you will receive a tax receipt letting you know how much the vehicle sold for.