Charity Spotlight: Fisher House Foundation

This week, take a minute or two to learn about an amazing organization, the Fisher House Foundation. Read all about the history of this amazing charity, and the unexpected way you can help…

Fisher House Foundation

Fisher House Car Donations for Veterans

Fisher House Foundation is a charity that helps military families in a unique and helpful way. Founded in 1991, the Fisher House Foundation is a network of houses that serve as temporary lodging for service members and their families near medical centers.

The Foundation also has scholarship programs, including

  • Scholarships for Military Children, which helps make college more affordable with grants to 700 students annually.
  • Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship, which honors fallen soldiers and wounded or disabled service members.

Since it began, the charity has “served more than 335,000 families and provided over 8 million days of lodging,” according to their website. The scholarship programs have provided $18,130,000 to 10,814 students! To put it plainly, Fisher House Foundation has made an immense impact of the lives and well being of service members and their families.

How to Support Fisher House Foundation

An easy, unexpected way to support this amazing military organization is by donating your car. A vehicle donation to charity is a lot simpler than it seems, and we are there for you every step of the way.

To get started, either visit our Car Donation Wizard website or giving us a call at 877-215-0227. All you need to donate your car is the title and a few minutes to complete our donation form. Even better, your charity car donation is eligible for a tax deduction!

Car Donation Wizard has the highest returns of any charity car donation. At least 75-80% of every gross dollar earned at auction goes directly to Fisher House Foundation. Help keep military families comfortable while a loved one undergoes treatment, and help ensure the children of service members have access to a good college education.

If you have questions, concerns, or are ready to get started, give us a call today!

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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

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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.

Red:

2003 Subaru Legacy from Boston, MA generously donated to WBUR

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

White:

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

Blue:

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

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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.

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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).

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