Want to donate a car, and help fight against cancer? These charities are what you’re looking for. Each one is set up to accept donated cars, and either the majority or a substantial part of their work goes toward helping people with cancer or helping support cancer research.
The American Cancer Society
This instant-recognition charity has its “Cars for a Cure” program. It accepts cars, trucks, RV’s, motorcycles and boats (if they are on a trailer). This program does not give cars to needy people, though — the cars are sold at auction. Your car also needs to have a transferable title (for example, there are no liens on the car), four inflated and working tires, and at least one set of keys.
If you need help, you can talk directly with the Cars for a Cure program director. The American Cancer Society is listed on Charity Navigator with 3 out of 4 stars. About 73% of the money donated to them goes directly to their charity programs, with the rest going to fundraising and administration.
Breast Cancer Survivors Cars for Breast Cancer
This IRS approved 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization accepts cars, boats, trucks, vans, SUVs, jet skis, snowmobiles, trailers, motorcycles, motorhomes, forklifts, tractors and any other kind of heavy equipment. If whatever you want to donate has wheels or moves forward, call them and check, but they’ll probably check.
Cars for Breast Cancer also offers free towing, so all you have to do is fill out the online form, or call them at 800-648-1902 (they have 24/7 phone support) and they will send someone to pick up your car. Please do note that I can’t find a listing for this charity in Charity Navigator or on CharityWatch.org. They may be listed under a different name, maybe. The Breast Cancer Survivors site does say they give 92% of their donations directly to “individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer who are unable to meet their basic living expenses due to the impact of their disease.” That’s a very good figure, but I don’t know where I could verify it.
The Cancer Research Institute
This charity outsources their car donations to DonateACar.com, also known as America’s Car Donation Center. You can give them a car, or a boat, or an RV, but that’s it. They do offer free towing, but you should know this charity and donateacar.com do not actually give cars to needy people — they’re still in the “auction them off for cash toward the charity” business.