How does your city’s charities stand up?

Charity Navigator just published their most recent Metro Market Study – a report that compares the financial performance, the size, the accountability and the transparency of the largest nonprofits in the 30 largest metropolitan markets represented in our database of 6,000+ charities.

The 30 Metro Markets are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Washington, DC.

In terms of their overall Financial Health and commitment to Accountability & Transparency, the study’s highest and lowest rated charitable communities are:

Highest Rated
Current Ranking Previous Ranking
1) San Diego 1) Houston
2) Houston 2) Kansas City
3) Kansas City 3) St. Louis
4) Cincinnati 4) Cincinnati
5) San Francisco 5) Portland
Lowest Rated          
Current Ranking Previous Ranking
30) Indianapolis 30) Orlando
29) Orlando 29) Tampa/ St. Petersburg
28) Nashville 28) Indianapolis
27) Atlanta 27) Milwaukee
26) Miami 26) Miami


Happy 4th of July from Car Donation Wizard!

Happy Independence day from all of us at Car Donation Wizard! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

It’s no secret that we have the best vehicle donors. They have generously supported the great nonprofits we work with through the donation of vehicles like these festive red, white and blue donated cars.


2003 Subaru Legacy from Boston, MA generously donated to WBUR

1991 Jeep Cherokee donated in Dallas, TX generously donated to the ASPCA


2003 Hyundai Santa Fe from Fort Myers, FL generously donated to the American Cancer Society

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit from Minneapolis, MN generously donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes


2005 Suzuki DRZ from Mobile, AL generously donated to V-DAC’s Special Operations Warrior Foundation

1992 Mazda Miata from Newark, DE generously donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes


Car Donations That Benefit Religious 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 that benefit religious missions and organizations. These organizations not only accept vehicle donations, but use them to continue sharing their voice and values.

Here are a few religious mission based charities that you can donate a vehicle to today:

World Magazine is a news organization that helps journalists cover all aspects of the news: national, international, and cultural; politics and business; medicine, science, technology, and sports with feisty columns and religious reflections.

Donate a car to World Magazine

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Donate a car to the Salvation Army

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research.

Donate a car to National Jewish Health

To search for more religious organization accepting car donations, click here.


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).


Military and Veteran’s Organizations Accepting Car Donations

Car donation in support of our military and military veterans is easy. Choose from our list of charities that benefit those of our soldiers, leaders and armed forces today or start your car donation by clicking on the links below.

Learn more about a few of the military/veterans organization we work with:

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families.  Supporting these heroes helps repay the debt all Americans owe them for the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation.  They are, in the words of our founder, the late Zachary Fisher, “our nation’s greatest national resource,” and they deserve all the help that our nation can provide.  The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in meeting this important national mission.

Fisher House Foundation

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation was founded in 1980 to provide support and assistance to personnel serving in the U.S. Special Operations Command.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.
AMVETS Charities was created in 1948, with the goal of assisting our returning veterans from World War II by aiding in their readjustment back into civilian life. This goal has continued to this date
AMVETS Charities is continuing its commitment to freedom made by our veterans, past and present. Help us support our veterans with a vehicle donation. Without you, our veterans would face a far more difficult and uncertain future.
The DAV Charitable Service Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs, meets the special needs of veterans with specific disabilities – such as amputation and blindness – and aids and shelters homeless veterans.The Trust accepts gifts through workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign and United Way, employee matching gift programs, and similar special giving arrangements, and provides a variety of direct services for America’s disabled veterans.