Donate a Car in Illinois

The following charities all accept donated vehicles or gifts in kind (gifts of goods and services, or tangible personal property). They are also all qualified with IRS 501(c)(3) status, so any donation to them that meets the other IRS requirements is deductible. Most importantly, they have all received top, four-star ratings from the charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, so you don’t have to doubt them for a second — they have all met the most stringent requirements for effectiveness and financial responsibility.


Inspiration Corporation
4554 N. Broadway, Suite 207, Chicago, IL 60640
toll-free 1- 833-866-7869 to donate
Provides services, jobs, and housing for the homeless or at-risk individuals. Accepts gifts in kind but does not have a dedicated car donation program. Still, worth a call because if you can find a charity that will use your car instead of just turning around and selling it (which is what 90% of charities do), then you can declare the “fair market value” of the car for a tax deduction, instead of about 70% of the fair market value, which is typically what donated cars sell for.

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 925, Chicago, IL 60606
toll-free 1- 844-331-0007 to donate
Helps abused and homeless children find a new home and provide services and programs to help them cope with what they’ve been through. Accepts gifts in kind, including “equipment”.

PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
toll-free 1- 844-939-0838 to donate a car
A no-kill shelter and much more. PAWS is working to make all of Chicago a no-kill one for homeless pets, and they’ve dropped the euthanization rate by 50% already. They have a car donation program that accepts cars, trucks, RVs, boats, trailers, and motorcycles. Your donation will be sold at auction, but you get the benefit of working with people who are pros at the car donation process.

People’s Resource Center
201 S. Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
toll-free 1- 844-939-0838 to donate;=inkind
Accepts gifts in kind and has several computer items listed on their wish list. The website is a little hard to read; you may have to call them.

Habitat for Humanity Lake County
315 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085
toll-free 1- 844-331-0007 to donate
This local chapter accepts cars and other vehicles for the national “Cars for Homes” program. In addition to cars they take trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, trailers and recreational vehicles. They also take airplanes and boats (in case you’re bored with your Lear jet), but they request that you call them first to make sure your boat or airplane meets their donation requirements.

The Zakat Foundation of America
P.O. Box 639, Worth, IL 60482
toll-free 1- 844-331-0007 to donate
This charity works internationally to sponsor emergency relief, help and house orphaned children, and provides many other services and programs. They have a car donation program, but they have outsourced it to a third party. Its still an excellent program, and worthy of your donation, but your car will be sold at auction.

The Art Institute of Chicago
37 South Wabash, Suite 818, Chicago, IL 60603
toll-free 1- 833-866-7869 to donate
Does take in-kind donations, but each donation is reviewed before it is accepted. Does not have an operating car donation program, so this is a bit of a reach, but if you really want to help the Institute, and your car is in reasonably good running condition, then it is definitely worth a call.

TreeHouse Humane Society
1212 W. Carmen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640-2999
toll-free 1- 844-331-0007 to donate
Give your car to the ‘Cars for Cats’ program and help this wonderful cat shelter continue their work finding homes and caring for sick, injured and abused stray cats. All donations (cars, truck, etc) must be in running condition, so no junk cars here, please.

The Night Ministry
4711 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640-4407
toll-free 1- 844-331-0007 to donate
Accepts gifts in kind, but they have to be in good condition.

Prairie State Legal Services
303 North Main Street, Suite 600, Rockford, IL 61101
toll-free 1- 833-866-7869 to donate
Does accept non-cash gifts, but they will be sold.

Kidney Cancer Association
P.O. Box 3516, Oak Brook, IL 60522-3516
toll-free 1- 844-939-0838 to donate
You can give your car, truck, boat, or recreational vehicle to the KCA’s vehicle donation program. They will pick up your donation for free and process most of the IRS and title documents for you. Do note that this is a local chapter of a national organization.

American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL, 60601
toll-free 1- 844-331-0007 to donate
This is another local chapter of a national organization that has a vehicle donation program. They accept most vehicles. To get started you fill out a form on the website, then wait a day or two for them to call you to get some information about your car. A day or so later, a tow truck will come to collect your donation, and about a month or so after that, you will the IRS documents outlining your donation.