Car Donation Florida

Donate a Car in Florida

The sunshine state has been struggling just like the rest of the country. Both individuals and the charities that could help those individuals could use a helping hand, and your Florida car donation is a fantastic way to help them. If you’ve ever been without a car you know what a challenge it is to get to work, get to school, to go shopping, even to do the most basic errands. In fact, not having a car is usually the largest impediment people have to do the serious job hunting that is required these days.

All the charities listed on this page are 501(c)(3) certified by the Internal Revenue Service, so any donation to them is deductible (so long as you meet other deduction requirements, like not exceeding 50% of your gross income, and the deduction you make fits the IRS’s definition of a qualifying deduction. All the charities here have are also been given the top, 4-star rating by the website Charity Navigator, so you can be sure you are giving your car to a very well run organization.

Finally, I have added a note where the charity may also use the donated car themselves or give it to a needy person. If possible, try to find a charity that will actually use your car, give it to a needy person, or make “material improvements” to the car before they sell it. In that case, you can deduct much more for your donation than you otherwise would be able to. That because most car donations end up at an auction lot, and are per IRS rules you can not deduct more for your car donation deduction that what your car sells for at auction. But if either the charity or someone selected by the charity gets your car, then you can deduct the “fair market value” or roughly the Kelly Blue Book value of your car. So a little extra work here will pay off.

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
http://www.habitatcollier.org/ways-to-donate.html
11145 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL
+1 844-331-0007 For More information / Donate
Habitat for Humanity is a national organization that helps people build and repair their own homes. Program recipients have to actually pick up tools and work on their own homes, so a lot of people look to Habitat as a good example of offering a hand up instead of a handout. Habitat for Humanity has a Cars for Homes program that all Habitat chapters participate in, though it is not specifically mentioned on the Collier County Habitat site.

University of Miami
http://www6.miami.edu/umgiving/make_a_gift.html
Associate Vice President for Development and Donor Relations, Susan Jones
+1 833-866-7869 For More information / Donate
While the University of Miami does not have a car donation program set up, they do accept gifts of tangible personal property. Your car would have to be in good working condition to be accepted as a donation, but it is worth a call to them to see if they might take it.

Humane Society of Tampa Bay
3607 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607
+1 844-939-0838 For More information / Donate
http://www.humanesocietytampa.org/DonateSupport/DonateYourCar.aspx
This animal shelter has an established car donation program through V-Dac. Your car will be sold at auction, but you will still get a pretty good deduction and you’ll be helping out some very wonderful creatures.

Southeastern Guide Dogs
4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221
+1 833-866-7869 For More information / Donate
http://www.guidedogs.org/index.php?page=vehicle-donation
Help people and dogs by giving to this excellent charity. They have an established car donation program, so you get free pickup of your vehicle, and they’ll handle all the IRS forms for you.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
+1 844-331-0007 For More information / Donate
http://www.bgcnf.org/main.asp?id=3
Help provide young Floridians with a safe place. This charity has a car donation program that accepts cars and boats.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County
http://www.bgcirc.org/Volunteer.html
They do not have a separate car donation program, but they are accepting in-kind donations. Give them a call and they might be able to use your car.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
3755 NW Hwy 17-92 Sanford, FL
+1 844-939-0838 For More information / Donate
http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/zoowishlist
This is a charity that would actually use your donated car, not sell it at an auction. Your car or truck will need to be in good working condition. The Zoo is also looking for an ATV and a golf cart.

Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County
+1 833-866-7869 For More information / Donate
This is a local chapter of the national organization. The national organization runs a “Cars for Homes” program, and you could probably give your car to the local chapter as well.

Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy St. Tampa, FL 33625
http://www.bigcatrescue.org/donate.htm
Help protect Florida’s big cats and the big cats that end up in Florida thanks to people that relocated them. This charity has a standing car donation program that is managed by Cars4Causes. They take cars, trucks, motor homes, rvs, boats and more.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation
http://www.specialops.org/?page=Make_A_Donation
Help several wounded military personnel and help them find the money to educate their children. This excellent charity has a vehicle donation program rub through V-Dac.

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
http://www.habitatpinellas.org/support_habitat/other_giving_options/
Like other Habitat chapters, you can give your car to Habitat for Humanity’s national “Cars for Homes” program through this local chapter.

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
http://www.pensacolahabitat.org/donate/carsforhomes.php
Another Habitat chapter that will take your car for their “Cars for Homes” program.

Sheridan House Family Ministries
1700 South Flamingo Road, Davie, FL 33325
+1 844-331-0007 For More information / Donate
https://www.sheridanhouse.org/donate/Default.aspx#
This Christian charity has a set up a car donation program, but to get information about it you’ll need to download a form from their website. Once you are on their site, see getting involved > donating a vehicle (downloadable pdf form).

Lighthouse Ministries
+1 844-331-0007 For More information / Donate
http://lighthousemin.org/get-involved/give
They accept working in-kind donations and might take a car. Call to check.

The Humane Society Naples
370 Airport-Pulling Rd. North, Naples, FL 34104
+1 833-866-7869 For More information / Donate
http://www.collierhumanesoc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HSCCHowtoHelpPage
Has a vehicle donation program run through the Vehicle Donation Processing Center.

Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Venice
7810 South Tamiami Trail, A-5, Venice, FL 34293
+1 833-866-7869 For More information / Donate
http://www.catholiccharitiesdov.org/wish_list.html
They are accepting cars in Venice location. As cars are a wish list item, this means they will actually use your car, not just sell it at auction. That means a larger tax deduction, but it also means your car will need to be in decent working condition.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay
28 Columbia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33606
+1 844-331-0007 For More information / Donate
http://www.rmhctampabay.com/carboatdonations.php
They have a car donation program set up, and they also take just about any other kind of vehicle. They also sometimes offer partial cash payments for donations, which is a fantastic way to get an extra financial bonus for your donation.