The Kane County Chronicle in Illinois ran this piece by Liz Wolgemuth yesterday:
It seems so simple. As the radio jingle says, call 1-877-Kars4kids, and “donate your car today.”Sounds like a win-win, right?
Not only will you get a tax deduction and a voucher for a two-night hotel stay, you also get the satisfaction of knowing that all the proceeds of your donation will help provide food, clothing, education and guidance to children between 6 and 18 years old, as the Kars4Kids Web site says.
Cars donated through Kars4Kids actually go to the Lakewood, N.J.-based nonprofit JOY for Our Youth, which uses the catchier Kars4Kids name in its fundraising efforts.This does sound pretty sneaky, but honestly... in my experience now that the IRS has cracked down on car donations most donors should feel lucky they get a $500 deduction and some group comes and tows their piece of crap car.
And the vast majority of JOY’s program services dollars go to another organization that shares its same New Jersey address and devotes its efforts to orthodox Jewish education.
The confusing chain of charities behind the simple radio ad highlights a problem for many donors who want to better understand where their contribution is going, particularly when it comes to car donations.