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Make a donation that has a visible and exponential impact
The value of your donation is bigger than sum of its parts and is valued by the individual lives and community members you helped to touch.
Re-write Another's Story
Sometimes there are people in our community that just need an opportunity to get their life back on track. Having a car that they can count on is a key step to their story's happy ending.
Boost Your Community
For the better part of a decade we have seen the donation of hundreds of cars turn into more than $1.2 million dollars in local economic impact! Help us continue that trend with your donation.
See Visible Impact
We have many stories of how donations like yours change lives by giving an opportunity for independence. Some of our clients even join our mission to help continue the success story!
Pledge to the Car Care Program building project today
Your generous donation will help us scale our program to meet community need. With our growth, we can continue our mission of promoting independence and restoring hope, one car at a time!
Creating visible imact in our community is as easy as 1-2-3
You understand the value to paying it forward in your community. Follow the simple steps below to begin a journey of change for our community.
If you have a vehicle or other valuable product or service that you would like to donate, reach out to us to discuss.
Begin Donation Process
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Enjoy the Change Created
You'll rest easy knowing that your donation has made a difference in your community.
To donate your vehicle, we need:
- The vehicle
If possible, bring the car to Koep’s Korner at 6th and Hawthorne in Alexandria. If not, call 320-460-7911 or email email@example.com, and we will arrange for someone to pick it up.
- The title (signed)
On the face of the title, in the top right, it identifies the owner(s). All listed owners are required to sign the title for CCP to transfer the title. The only place for the donor to sign the title is on the front left side, near the middle, where it states, ”Seller’s signature”.
- The lien release
Unless the title states, “No Security Interest” in the upper left corner of the title, we will need a Release of Lien from the lending institution with original signatures.
- List of any known issues with the car
To help us save repair costs in evaluating the vehicle, we would appreciate knowing any issues we should be aware of before giving the car to a community member. We will accept virtually all vehicles but appreciate the information to save money in repair and diagnostic costs.
All donors will receive:
- Car Donation Receipt
This form is completed when the car is dropped off at Koep’s Korner or when a CCP representative picks up the vehicle.
- Official documentation of the car donation
This letter is your proof for tax purposes that the vehicle was donated to a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. If the vehicle is not able to be repaired or feasible for donation to a community member, it will be sold and the proceeds will be used to repair more vehicles. Our goal is to donate all vehicles to community members, but in reality, about one in three are mechanically suitable for donation.
- Letter of disposition
The letter of disposition will inform you what we did with the vehicle. If we sold the car for under $500, you will not need further documentation for tax purposes. If the vehicle is donated to a community member, sold for over $500, or used by CCP, we will call you for additional information and include with the Letter of Disposition, the IRS Form 1098C along with a copy of the NADA Value Guide of your vehicle for your tax purposes. You determine the value of the donation.
IRS Guidance Explains Rules for Vehicle Donations
Notice 2006-1 provides guidance on reporting obligations to donee organizations that receive contributions of qualified vehicles. It instructs the donee on how, where, and when to report to the IRS the information contained in the contemporaneous written acknowledgment that the donee provides to the donor. It supplements the interim guidance issued in Notice 2005-44, discussed below. Notice 2006-1 also notes that Form 1098-C will be revised to elicit the additional information required to be included in a contemporaneous written acknowledgment as a result of technical amendments contained in the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005. These revisions have since been made.
In Notice 2005-44, the IRS and Treasury explain rules adopted in the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which (1) generally limits the deduction to the actual sales prices of the vehicle when sold by the donee charity, and (2) requires donors to get a timely acknowledgment from the charity to claim the deduction.
Donors may claim a deduction of the vehicle’s fair market value under the following circumstances:
- The charity makes a significant intervening use of the vehicle, such as using it to deliver meals on wheels.
- The charity makes a material improvement to the vehicle, i.e., major repairs that significantly increase its value and not mere painting or cleaning.
- The charity donates or sells the vehicle to a needy individual at a significantly below-market price, if the transfer furthers the charitable purpose of helping a poor person in need of a means of transportation.
The Service has revised Form 1098-C, which is used to provide the written acknowledgment. Finally, Notice 2006-1 provides guidance on the new penalties imposed on donee organizations that provide a false or fraudulent acknowledgment of a vehicle donation, or fail to furnish the acknowledgment properly.