General Motors CEO donates his 1958 Corvette to help Detroit Habitat for Humanity

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson plans to give up his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette to help rehabilitate a Detroit neighborhood.

Akerson and his wife, Karin, are donating the vehicle for an auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s efforts to improve the Morningside Commons neighborhood.

The Akersons have taken a special interest in the rehabilitation of the neighborhood, which is located on the city’s lower-east side. They donated $1 million in February to Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s three-year project to build and upgrade houses in the Morningside Commons neighborhood.

Their Regal Torquoise Corvette, which boasts a 245-horsepower V8 engine, will be displayed at the Birmingham Triangle on Woodward Avenue during the Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend.

“The 1958 Corvette is a great example of American passion and ingenuity, and my hope is that the auction will help bring attention and resources to Habitat’s efforts to revitalize a historic Detroit neighborhood,” Akerson said in a statement. “I love this Corvette, and if putting it on the block can help rebuild the heart and soul of a neighborhood, I am all for it.”

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Car donations drive our mission’s success

By Krysta Morgenthaler, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley vice president of development and communications

Honk your horn if you love Habitat!

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re honking our horns to thank our generous donors for making Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley the top affiliate in the nation for revenue generated through car donations. Vehicle donors in our service area area have generously contributed more than $600,000 through car donations. That’s enough to build a dozen Habitat homes or provide material for 60 Habitat roofs or buy 20 million nails.

The Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes Program is an easy way for donors to make a huge impact on the local Habitat mission in their surrounding communities. In 2010, our affiliate worked with Cars for Homes to launch the Partnership Project, which provided a $100,000 challenge grant to match all car donations dollar for dollar. Donors from across the area responded generously by exceeding the $100,000 goal in just nine months!

The vehicle donations helped fund the construction of a home for Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley’s 250th family served, Teebe and Ande Nerayo. The donations raised through the Partnership Project also funded the renovation of two homes as part of our affiliate’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Car donations at Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley continue to play a major role in the success of our mission by funding, on average, two homes per year.

The next time you have a junker sitting in your driveway or would rather put your old car to work than put more work into it, think about the impact your car could have on a local family in your community.

Find out more about Cars for Homes today!

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Interview with the CEO of Car Donation Wizard

Our Partner, Car Talk, recently sat down with Car Donation Wizard’s CEO, Joseph Hearn to discuss the vehicle donation space. Check out the article below!

The Many Ways Car Talk Sells Your Car

Last week, Car Talk talked with Joe Hearn, the CEO of Advanced Remarketing Services, the company that handles the sale of each donated vehicle that comes in through our vehicle donation program. Joe pointed out that not everything in the vehicle donation world is as it seems: Some companies that handle donations also run used-vehicle auctions, and may not have the donor’s or charity’s interest first in every case. (You can read that discussion, here.)

But, what happens when a car is donated to Car Talk? Here’s the scoop!

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Joe Hearn, CEO of Advanced Remarketing Services, walks us through the vehicle donation process.

Car Talk: So, how does ARS sell a donated car?

Joe: Well, after working for these other companies, I wanted to make sure our sales were focused on the charity, not on making the most for the company handling the processing. So, I think of us as being totally oriented toward the donor, not the transaction. It’s a different mindset.

Because we’re not owned by an auction company, we’re totally liberated to take full advantage of every resale opportunity. We sell through over 500 different auctions nationally and about 1,500 direct buyers—these are dealers and dismantlers. In most markets we can get competing bids for our cars – not just a price from one auction house. That’s really important when it comes to getting the most for each vehicle.

Auctions take place anywhere from twice a week to twice a month, depending on the location, our direct sales take place all day, every day.

When a high-value car comes in, we’ll sometimes sell it directly on eBay or through another channel. Because we can’t be at every location at every moment, we use a variety of vehicle inspection services. They’ll check out the car, and take photos for us, as a first step.

All of these advantages make a big difference. In some markets, we are getting 15 percent to 20 percent more for vehicles than the larger “captured” auction houses.

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Old Cars Among Earth’s Chief Offenders

Let’s focus on getting the dirtiest cars off our roads. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, cars in the U.S. emit more than 333 million tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis, an amount equal to one-fifth of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. The most polluting cars are the oldest ‘gross polluters.’ Vehicles 15 years and older represent less than 25% of miles driven, but account for approximately 75% of the most harmful emissions.

If you really want to make a difference, donate your clunker to a charity you know and trust. You can research reputable charities at  Choose an organization with well-recognized work, then call them and ask how much the charity will receive and where the money will be spent. Inquire about how the vehicle will be handled. You’ll want to know that the vehicle will be picked up and transported by a properly licensed and insured towing company, and that the legal transfer of the vehicle will be handled by a licensed dealer contracted by the charity. Finally, make sure you sign the title directly over to the charity or their agent. By leaving the title blank, you may remain liable for the vehicle.

If you decide to donate your car, pick a charity you can trust. At, you can donate your car to Habitat for Humanity, Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, Feed the Children, and many more. Car Donation Wizard returns 80% of each dollar raised back to charity.

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New Report Tracks Growing Population of Cancer Survivors in the US

A first-ever report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are 13.7 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 18 million by 2022. This includes everyone who’s ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis for the rest of their life. The report, “Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures,” and an accompanying journal article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians were released Thursday.

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It’s easy to donate a used car or other vehicle to the fight against cancer:

  • Simply complete our easy to use car donation form with basic information about you, your vehicle and where your vehicle’s pick-up location.
  • Once you have completed the form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with information about how to properly transfer your title over.
  • Once our processing center receives your title, they can schedule the pickup of your vehicle in as little as 24 hours!

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A Collection of Donated Cars in Honor of the Olympics

We’re pretty excited about the 2012 London Olympics over here at Car Donation Wizard. We send our sincerest wishes out to all the athletes competing in hopes that they all have  safe and exciting performances.

In honor of the opening ceremonies tonight, we thought we’d share a few Olympic ring colored cars. Did you know that the five rings of the Olympic logo represent five continents coming together in healthy competition? Those five parts of the world being: the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Both the Americas are regarded as a single continent, while Antarctica is not taken into consideration (sorry Antarctica!).

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Our blue ring: 1978 Ford F150 donated in Tucson, AZ to the American Cancer Society

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Our yellow ring: 2004 Nissan Sentra donated in Seattle, WA to Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes™

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Our black ring: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser donated in Los Angeles, CA to Disabled American Veterans

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Our green ring: 1995 Land Rover Discovery donated in Boston, MA to Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes™

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Our red ring: 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis donated in Sharon, VA to Car Talk


New Partner: Children’s Wishes

We are proud to partner with Children’s Wishes of RI, based out of Warwick, Rhode Island. Children’s Wishes is an organization that focuses on granting wishes to children under the age of 18 who are facing life-threatening medical illnesses or long treatments. Some examples include: traveling to a dream destination, meeting their heroes, having a family party, having their own computer, or more. Children’s Wishes uses the proceeds from your car donation to help make the wishes of these kids come true. Regardless of the complexity or grandness of the wish the volunteers with proceeds from your car donation work every day, not only to grant wishes but to promote positive healing and hope

car donation to Children's Wishes Learn more about Children’s Wishes here.

Start your car donation to Children’s Wishes now online or over the phone at 877-957-2277.

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The Life Cycle of Recycled Building Materials

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Young Habitat for Humanity volunteers work to deconstruct a home in Raleigh, N.C. Photo: Jillian Cain/Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Last April, Sarah Proctor and her husband Dick decided to tear down the home they shared in Raleigh, N.C. for more than 25 years. While the couple loved the neighborhood, their 1928 home was falling into disrepair and becoming increasingly difficult to live in as their needs changed with age.

“We’re at the age and stage where we wanted a first-floor bedroom,” Sarah Proctor remembered. “Everything in [the old home] was upstairs. No insulation, no central air…Architecturally, we wanted a better living house for us.”

After resolving to tear down the old house and start from scratch, the Proctors were faced with a dilemma: How to demolish the home that meant so much to them and what to do with the remaining materials.

The couple started where most of us would; they called a local contractor to come by with a bulldozer and give them an estimate. But the young Proctor generation had different ideas.

“To be honest our children are greener than we are, and they’re always urging us to do greener things,” Proctor said with a laugh and a quintessential Southern twang.

With encouragement from their 20-something children, the Proctors contacted a friend on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County – the local affiliate serving Raleigh and surrounding neighborhoods – and asked about its deconstruction program. Within weeks, Habitat volunteers were hard at work in the family’s home – painstakingly disassembling components and salvaging materials for reuse in the community.

“We looked at it from all kinds of angles, financial angles as well, and hands-down deconstruction won in every category,” she said. “It worked in the building schedule, and there was a financial tax break about it. It was a win-win all the way around.”

As work on the Proctors’ new house began, the couple found comfort in the fact that pieces of the home in which they raised their children would find a second life in another family’s dwelling – providing a setting for a whole new wave of cherished memories.

Why choose deconstruction?

Building-related projects in the U.S. generate an estimated 164 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) material every year, according to the EPA. At a typical demolition site, emphasis is placed on removing the structure as quickly and cheaply as possible. As a result, a mere 40 percent of C&D material is reused, recycled or sent to waste-to-energy facilities, while 60 percent is sent to C&D landfills, the agency said.

But by choosing deconstruction as an alternative means to manage tossed building materials, families like the Proctors are beginning to change all that. So, what exactly is deconstruction, and how can it benefit the environment and local communities?

“Deconstruction is the dismantling of buildings to maximize the reuse and recycling of building materials in a cost-effective manner, turning much of what is traditionally considered demolition waste into a valuable resource,” the EPA said.

Preventing useful materials from heading to the landfill carries obvious environmental benefits, such as shrinking the C&D waste stream and reducing the need for virgin materials in new construction. But deconstructing homes in partnership with charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity can also make a world of difference for local families in need, as reclaimed materials find their way into neighbors’ homes while funding other community projects.

“People want to feel good about what they’re doing,” said Joel Lubell, who has been the deconstruction manager at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County for more than eight years. “So we come in, we can give them a fair quote, they get to work with Habitat and they get a tax deduction.”

“All that said, it kind of becomes a win-win-win situation: The homeowner wins, Habitat wins and the community at-large wins for having that stuff not piled into the landfill and also having it available for sale at our ReStore.”


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How Efficient is Vehicle Donation Recycling?

By Tom Watson

Many of us have vivid memories of visiting a muddy auto junkyard to find parts for an old car or truck. Junkyards persevere, but in recent years additional alternatives have emerged for dealing with old cars.

No matter what indignities they’ve suffered, old cars still have value. Recycling and reusing cars and car parts are American traditions, and many of us have vivid memories of visiting a muddy auto junkyard to find parts for an old car or truck.

Junkyards persevere, but in recent years additional alternatives have emerged for dealing with old cars. For a consumer wondering what to do with an old vehicle, the biggest change has been the proliferation of charity auto-donation programs.

Relentless ads in various media urge us to donate our old cars to charities or nonprofit organizations. But consumers need to be careful, since the financial implications of this modern way of dealing with old cars can get confusing.

Q: Why should I consider car donation?

A: Many vehicle-donation programs will pick up the car from you, even if it’s not running, and handle most of the paperwork. You also support a charity.

Q: Do I get a tax deduction?

A: You only receive a deduction for a car donation if you itemize deductions on your federal tax return.

Q: How do I know if a car-donation program is legitimate?

A: Local charities or nonprofits with good reputations are usually safe bets for vehicle donations. If you’re not familiar with an organization, investigate it (search online for the charity name and “complaints,” for example) before you donate your car.

Q: What happens to my car after I donate it?

A: Most donated cars are resold. If the car is beyond repair, the scrap metal will be recycled after the car has been salvaged for parts.

Q: Isn’t it best environmentally if gas-guzzling cars get taken off the road?

A: That’s true. The risks of emissions and pollution to the environment, of vehicles older than twelve model years, increase each year the vehicle ages.

Q: How eco-friendly is the auto-recycling business overall?

A: Although occasional problems arise with the handling of fluids and toxic materials, the salvaging of cars and car parts is one of the most efficient reclamation industries around. Making use of nearly every piece of the car, auto salvagers epitomized recycling before the word even existed.

Tom Watson is project manager for King County’s Recycling and Environmental Services.

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UNICEF’s Promise: ZERO by 2035

ZERO by 2035 The Child Survival Call to Action forum in Washington, D.C. was an incredible moment. A remarkable coalition of governments, the private sector, and UNICEF came together and committed to ending preventable childhood deaths by 2035. Representatives from countries like India and Ethiopia gave hope to the assembled child survival activists. They shared how they have achieved huge reductions in child mortality since 1990 – thanks to successful interventions like new vaccines and community health centers. Both countries also reinforced their commitment to achieving zero by 2035.UNICEF is redoubling its efforts to stop needless deaths from preventable causes, with a renewed focus on the 2 primary killers of young children: pneumonia and diarrhea. Stopping them alone will save up to 2 million children’s lives each year. With your help, preventable child mortality can become history.

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