From Rescued to Rescuer

YAG9NYBYZW RAugust 28, 2015
Author: Lisa Crowell

In Ojai, California there’s a non-profit, non-governmental organization that partners rescued dogs with firefighters and other emergency response agencies to find people buried alive in the wreckage of American disasters.

Forty miles away is a donor who believes so whole-heartedly in this cause that she donated her Lincoln Continental in support of their mission.

“Search Dog Foundation” is the only organization in the United States that provides advanced search teams at no cost to fire emergency service agencies throughout the country.

SDF recruits abused and abandoned dogs from across the country who are not suitable for family adoption. These dogs receive extensive professional training before being teamed with a handler. Once partnered the team trains for FEMA Advanced Certification before beginning their important life-saving work. An impressive 85% of SDF dogs receive their FEMA certification…up from a mere 15% prior to the SDF training program.1

The foundation makes a commitment to each dog: that it will never need to be rescued again. If a dog is accepted by SDF but does not complete the training program, or if it cannot remain with its handler for any reason, it is placed in a loving lifetime care home.1

There is a high price tag to rescue, train, partner, certify, and provide ongoing training for each search dog and its handler. At $10,000.00 per team, and at no cost to the benefitting agency, public funding is paramount. Our donor in California knows that and recognizes the importance of her contribution and others like her. She made the most out of what should could offer and decided it would be her car.1

We thank this donor and all like her who have donated their car, truck, van, motorcycle or other vehicle to help hose who need it most. You are all making a wonderfully positive impact on our world and you are helping to change lives.

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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.


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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Car Donation to Indiana Public Radio Made Perfect Sense

June 22, 2015
Donor Letter: Peg Maginn, IN

“(My son) Richard got this 2001 Camry upon graduation from law school 2 years ago. Then he was involved in an accident. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but as he was driving home on the highway after the accident, his car hood flew off – literally!!!! Fortunately, it propelled off to the side of the road. The repair cost estimate was over $3700, which was more than the value of the car. Richard had the brilliant idea of using plastic and duck tape to cover the car in lieu of a hood. He drove it this way for approximately 4 months, intending to get a junk yard hood as a replacement eventually. (You can note from the picture, perhaps, that the engine had burned through the plastic and was now getting rusty from exposure!).

“Recently, he drove the car from his home in Louisville, KY, to visit in Fort Wayne, IN. While his car was parked in my driveway, I carelessly BACKED INTO IT, breaking the headlight, further denting the fender, etc. I call it serendipity, because I wasn’t thrilled he was driving a car in that condition! All ended well when Richard was able to find and purchase a good used (car) that afternoon.

“Our first thought was to part out the car. However, we remembered hearing on the radio (WBNI, our local NRP station) that NPR accepted donated cars. What better way to support media we both love? It was a “no-brainer”! So thank you for all the wonderful shows on both PBS and NPR. My Wednesday nights are reserved for “NOVA” and “Nature”, and we both watched the show about the end of the Vietnam War last night. My radio is tuned ONLY to NPR, and I listen to it nonstop when I’m in my car, or whenever I’m able to listen at home.”

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About NPR

National Public Radio (NPR) is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicate to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States. NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture and a variety of very popular, and long-running public radio programs like “All Things Considered” and “Car Talk”.

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