Habitat for Humanity’s Featured Vehicle: 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL

380A Habitat donor made a fantastic contribution to Cars for Homes as she parted with her 1984 Mercedes Benz 380 SL, a well maintained roadster that was one of the longest running series the company has ever produced. This donated car is a two door convertible with a seasonal hardtop and folding seats for the rear bench. This Benz will benefit Habitat for Humanity as it continues to build up opportunities and hope for families and communities alike.

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Featured Car Donation of the Week: 1964 Ford Thunderbird for Last Chance for Animals

October 19, 2015
Author: S.A. Stevenson

This week we’re featuring two vintage charity car donations: a 1976 MG B Roadster that was donated for Michigan Public Radio & NPR, and as you can see above: the 1964 Ford Thunderbird for Last Chance for Animals. We’re currently auctioning this featured car donation on eBay.

This black, classic convertible is a slice of pure Americana, and a great vehicle for any collector! This initial installment of the fourth generation of the Ford Thunderbirds (also known as the “Jet Birds”) was a market segment leader for Ford as it led to a 50% annual increase in sales.

The 1964 Ford Thunderbird is a culmination of Ford’s effort to couple sporty intentions with luxury as the 1964 iteration of the Thunderbird received a restyling that gave it a squared-off, formal look. Though this vehicle’s 8-cyclinder, standard engine takes about 11 seconds to push this vehicle to 60mph, it does have a potential top speed of 120 mph!

According to its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), this particular Ford is a 1964 convertible that came off the line in Wixom, Michigan. It’s got a 390 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 engine and was the 139,991st car ordered for production. Today, this ’64 Thunderbird became part of the car donation wizard program and is slated to help save the lives of mistreated and abused animals around the world.

About the Last Chance For Animals
Founded in 1984 by Hollywood actor Chris DeRose, Last Chance For Animals (LCA) has its roots in fighting and exposing the inherent cruelty of vivisection. In the organization’s early years, DeRose led teams of dedicated activists employing non-violent strategies modeled after social movements led by such leaders as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

With its national reputation growing, LCA received support from around the country, and around the world — from caring people who decided that it was time to fight peacefully yet fight hard… staging direct action, and gathering evidence to send animal abusers to jail.

With an increased budget and staff, LCA expanded its focus beyond vivisection. In the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, LCA has worked on virtually every animal rights issue, including farming, fur, and animals in entertainment. LCA’s primary focuses are vivisection, pet theft, fur, and circuses.

If you have any questions about the vehicle donation process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our charity car donation experts at 877-999-8322. Or begin your car donation by visiting our online vehicle donation form.

Do you have a question about how to donate a car to charities? Check out our FAQ section and we’ll help you out! Interested in what other charities we service? Check out our charities page to get started!

Featured Car Donation: 1964 Ford Thunderbird

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Cool Donation of the Week: ’89 Mercedes for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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September 30, 2015
Author: Lisa Crowell

This week we’re featuring a fun donation to U.S. Fund for UNICEF, a sharp Mercedes-Benz 560SL. These slick convertibles with the detachable hard tops were produced from 1971 through 1989. They are the second longest single series ever produced by the Mercedes after the G-Class.

The Mercedes-Benz 560 SL is really the ultimate classic roadster. The car was built for the luxury market but the durable V8 engines have made the SL a very desirable collectors piece. With advanced safety features for a car of this age SL collectors are driving these around town on a daily. Our California car donor took very good care of this SL but the vehicle was stored outside and needs some cosmetic TLC.

We’re always excited when we receive a donated classic convertible!

#roadster #ragtop #classicmercedes

About the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. To donate your vehicle in support of the US Fund for UNICEF, visit Car Donations for US Fund for UNICEF or phone us at 1-855-487-3863.

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Villains – Charity Scams and Scammers

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission and regulators for all 50 States filed complaints alleging that a family group and members of their church congregation bilked donors of $187 million over five years. That number again is $187,000,000!!!!!!

The complaints identify four connected groups operating as “personal fiefdoms” and “sham charities”. The complaints explained how the family members enriched themselves at the expense of donors and provided little benefit to the patients in need of support. According to the investigation, the defendants used the $187 million–donated to cancer patients for cars, gym memberships, luxury cruises, vacations, tuition, and to employ extended family or members of their church congregation with six-figure salaries.

Donors were fooled into thinking that they were helping patients battling cancer, but instead, 97% of every dollar went to the family and friends. The defendants allegedly used telemarketing, direct mail, websites and car donation programs to fuel their high flying lifestyle.

While outrageous and despicable, their crimes are unfortunately not unique. As long as there has been not for profit charities, there have been opportunists and criminals conducting frauds in the name of the weak and disadvantaged. These villains take advantage of weak charity oversight and limited enforcement resources to defraud donors and to prey upon the spirit of contribution that fuels charitable giving.

The area of Car Donation is especially vulnerable to charity scammers. Automobile donors are willing to donate a valuable automobile to a charity of their choosing. Fraud charities exploit this willingness and ‘acquire’ the vehicle for $0.00. Many Charity Car programs have little interest in delivering the money to the needy and vulnerable. This is especially true of some car donation charities related to ‘children’ or ‘kid’ causes. These ‘cars for kids’ programs fool donors into thinking that their donation will make a difference in the lives of children but if you take the time to really investigate you’ll find that very little of the ‘Car’ gets back to the ‘kids’ most just goes to support the processor; not education, not wishes, not health, no real benefit is delivered.

Advanced Remarketing Services was founded to be donor and charity focused. We work exclusively with well-known charities that are focused on service and known for their good deeds in the community. To date, ARS has raised over $95 million dollars for the charities we work with and returned over 80% of every gross dollar raised. NO OTHER NATIONAL PROGRAM COMES CLOSE.

For years Advanced Remarketing Services has been warning donors about the tricky business of charities charity scams. But ultimately the responsibility in policing these organizations doesn’t lie with the attorney generals or the charity watchdogs it lies with the donors. Take a moment to read our Suggestions for Choosing a charitable Car Donation program.

If you’d like more information about Vehicle Donation or Vehicle Donation Scams please contact us we’d be happy to help.

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Share the Love – Beloved Subaru Donated to Public Radio KLCC

 

Schroeder 1“My 2004 Subaru Impreza was the best companion I’ve had in a vehicle. My faithful, internally combustive steed. It took me from the mountains of Wyoming to the farms of the Willamette Valley, and just about everywhere in between. I donated my car to KLCC because I believe publicly-funded media is essential to a functioning society, especially one that pegs itself as democratic and I remember fondly the hours upon hours I spent listening to NPR from inside my Little Silver Bullet. May she continue to keep on giving.” – Derek Schroeder

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