About Ali Lyons

Ali Lyons joined Advanced Remarketing Services in January of 2018 as a Content Strategist. She brings a background in education as well as digital marketing.

Donate for #GivingTuesday!

Today marks #GivingTuesday 2018, a day of giving and collaboration powered by social media. It is estimated last year $274 million dollars was raised online in response to the sixth annual #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday also kicks off the spirit of giving season. Are you thinking of doing something different than a monetary donation to charity this season? Celebrate #GivingTuesday by donating your car to charity and we will return 80% of every gross dollar raised back to our charity partners. We work with some of the nation’s best charities, visit Car Donation Wizard to make your charity choice. #GivingTuesday is a great day to remind us as Americans the importance of giving to those in need and the thousands of non-profit organizations around the world that spend 365 days a year working to make a difference. Your car donation can help build a new home for a family, help find a cure for cancer, or be put to use with humanitarian efforts worldwide.  Donating your car to such causes is a great way to give something back. Not to mention the environmental impact donating your old vehicle has on our planet!

2018 will present new opportunities and challenges with the tax reform, but based on more people and organizations aware of the success of #GivingTuesday since its start in 2012, it is likely we will see more dollars raised than last year. And, contrary to some predictions, people are in fact still donating, and not just for the tax deduction. ARS President, Joe Hearn’s Wreckonomics Special Charity Spotlight, looks specifically at car donation trends and why they are here to stay. Our largest charity programs continue to grow in 2018 and we predict that growth to continue. Ready to be a part of the #GivingTuesday movement today? Simply start your car donation online at www.cardonationwizard.com or call one of our vehicle donation experts at  (877) 957-2277!

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Car Donation to American Cancer Society-1970 Blakely Bernardi

Here is a 1970 Blakely Bernardi donated to the Cars for a Cure program with the American Cancer Society.

1970 Bernardi

The sister of the owner of the car donated his beloved car to American Cancer Society because she wanted to be a part of their mission to find a cure for cancer. Her brother loved his car, “Stuart Little”, so much she knows that it deserves to be showcased in a better way. The owners nickname “Dok” which was short for Car Doctor is on the passenger door.

The Bernardi was produced in Princeton, Wisconsin at Blakely Auto Works. This model Blakely is named after Italian inventor of the gasoline internal-combustion engine. The Bernardi design is fitting of a post WWII era car and is often compared to in physical appearances as the British MG TD. Being built after the Blakely Bearcat “S” models, Blakely vice president ArtHerschberger made major changes to the new Bernardi model such as changes to the hood, fenders, windshield, bumpers, a new interior, and better folding convertible top.

To learn more about donating your car to charity, please visit us to day at www.cardonationwizard.com or call us at (877) 957-2277 and we will be happy to talk about donating your vehicle to one of the best charities out there!

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Chop Top Challenge Car Donated to Charity

Teams in the 2018 Chop Top Challenge embarked from Chicago, Illinois and headed South for New Orleans, Louisiana. Cars in the Chop Top Challenge have had the tops chopped and windshields cut off of the vehicles making it a crazy drive as they take on their interstate challenge. Along the way, teams were asked to participate in different challenges to earn points. These challenges were not announced to the teams until they left Chicago, making them think on their feet and have some fun! Based on social media, it looks like that is exactly what they did, check some of the action out on Instagram at #choptopchallenge.

This year, the Chop Top creators brothers, Luke and Joe’s, sister and team piloted a 1993 Toyota Previa in the Chop Top Challenge. They donated the car to charity at the end of their stay in New Orleans. Thanks to their generous donation this mini van will be donated to WWNO public radio in New Orleans. Reusable parts will be taken from the vehicle and the rest will be recycled for scrap metal. After a fun rally race this team is also helping out the environment by recycling their car! I heard from Luke about some of his sisters highlights of this years 2018 Chop Top Challenge and here’s what he said: 

“The girls chopped the roof and windshield on Friday evening and then left Chicago Saturday morning. They braved a snow storm right out of Chicago, got Chop Top Challenge tattoos, and made it to New Orleans on Monday night. Tuesday night they led a parade down Bourbon street, complete with a 5 piece brass band playing from inside the vehicle.”

 

We are thrilled with this teams decision to donate their car to charity. When you donate a vehicle to a National Public Radio station of your choice, you actually turn your car into the community programming you love. WWNO will be able to turn the car donation into financial support for the local and national programming you trust and depend on. To learn more about the 2018 Chop Top Challenge visit them at the Chop Top Challenge website or follow them on Instagram at @choptopchallenge. To find out how to donate your car visit us today at www.cardonationwizard.com or call one of Car Donation experts today! We look forward to the 2019 Chop Top Challenge! 

 

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Concern Worldwide U.S. Car Donation Program

We are happy to announce a new car donation program through Concern Worldwide, U.S. Concern Worldwide is dedicated to ending poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest countries. An international group that strives to promote human welfare, Concerns main values are health, hunger, and humanitarian response in emergencies. Concern was started in Ireland by John and Kay O’Loughlin-Kennedy in 1968. Concern has spread worldwide with more than 3, 200 staff from 50 countries, and operates in 26 of the world’s poorest countries, headquartered in New York City and Chicago, Illinois in the U.S.

Concern’s mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major life improvements that last and spread throughout communities. To achieve this mission, Concern seeks to help change the root cause of poverty through their work with advocacy and education. Concern Worldwide strongly believes in the concept that eliminating extreme hunger and poverty is possible, and they prove this belief through their work every day.

By donating your car to charity through Concern Worldwide’s vehicle donation program, your generous support will help the poorest people in 26 of the world’s least developed countries. In 2016, 92% of Concern’s expenditure was used for programs such as buying clean water for a whole village, helped furnish a classroom for 90 people, providing family farming tools, giving school supplies to children, and helped to feed malnourished children.  Donate your car to Concern Worldwide today, and help stop extreme poverty and hunger. To learn more about Concern visit https://www.concernusa.org/ or call one of our Car Donation Representatives today! 

 

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New Tax Rules Challenge Charities but Car Donation Still Provides Benefits

The 2018 Job Act will bring many changes to US households. It will also significantly impact the nonprofit industry and how and why people choose to donate.The 2018 tax changes allow individuals a standard deduction of $12,000 ($24,000 for married couples). This means those who are more likely to itemize their deductions may not find it advantageous as it has been in the past.

Generally, It is expected that charitable giving will be negatively affected by the tax law changes. Charities are going to be challenged in many ways…I can say with confidence donating a car to charity through Advanced Remarketing Services & Car Donation Wizard is still (and will continue to be) beneficial and here’s how:

2018 Job Act and Car Donation Programs

Supply

In 2017 there were 269.7 million registered cars in the United States, with an average age of those cars being 11.6 years old (both record levels)… In 2016, it was estimated the number of vehicles 16 years and older on the streets is expected to grow from 62 million units to 81 million units in 2021. These numbers tell us a few things, first it is safe to say Americans are changing how they feel about cars and driving them longer than they used to. Second, it shows us there will be a significant amount of cars available for donation.

Environment

Car donation is impactful to not only the charity but to the environment, too. Many of the cars donated every year are end of life vehicles (ELVs).

The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world. Every year, over 25 million tons of materials are recycled from old cars. When a car is ready to be scrapped, almost the whole entity of the vehicle is able to be sold, repurposed, or recycled. In the U.S and Canada, the car recycling world produces enough steel to produce nearly 13 million cars each year.

Efficiency

We take the car donation business seriously and have proudly raised more than $140 million dollars to charity and counting. There are many car donation programs that promise to donate your vehicle to organizations that you may know little about and they are not willing to share a lot. Do not become a part of their scam by falling for catchy jingles and bad marketing. Car Donation Wizard only works with the very best 501(c)(3) organizations.  And, we return between 75-80% of the gross dollar from each car donation back to the charity unlike any other car donation program.

In truth, it may take months or years to see what the tax changes does for us individually and as a country. Let’s not forget, in the long run donating goods to charity is ultimately not about the money a person may receive in return, but rather the gratification of giving to an organization and the people that benefit from it.  

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