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Make a donation that you know has exponential impact
Like you, we understand that the value of your donation is bigger than sum of its parts but is valued by the individuals lives and community businesses 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 donations, like yours, change lives by giving an opportunity for change and growth. Some of our success stories even joined our team to help continue the success story!
Pledge to the Car Care Program campaign today
Your generous donation will help those in need of reliable transportation to regain their independence and restore home. Thank you!
Creating visible imact in our community is as easy as 1-2-3
We know that you understand the value to paying it forward in your community. We're asking you to consider following the simple steps below to begin a journey of change for someone.
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
Follow our simple steps to process your donation. Let us know what questions you have or how we can help.
Enjoy the Change Created
You'll rest easy knowing that your donation has made a difference in not just one persons life, but your community too.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 or owners. All owners are required to sign the title for DCCCP to transfer the title. The only place for the donor to sign the title is on the front left side at about the middle of the title 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 with original signatures.
- List of known issues with the car
To help us save repair costs in evaluating the vehicle, we would appreciate knowing what issues we should be aware of before giving the car to a needy family. 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 DCCCP 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 needy family, it will be sold and the proceeds will be used to repair more vehicles. Our goal is to donate all vehicles to needy families, but in reality, about one in three are financially feasible for that 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 needy family, sold for over $500, or used by DCCCP, we will call you for your social security number 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.