About Us

1-877-Charity is a free service provided by the Original Charity Cars, a 501-C-3 non-profit charity, Federal ID #59-3362703.

Established in 1996, the Original Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation. The award-winning program has received an avalanche of local and national publicity being featured on shows such as Oprah, Montel, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning News. Articles about this one-of-a-kind organization have appeared in the Non-Profit Times, The Chronicle Of Philanthropy, People Magazine and a host of other publications across America. Among its many awards, the organization is honored to be a past winner of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award.

Where Your Donation Goes

A recent GAO (Government Accountability Office) study estimated that there are in excess of 4,300 charities with car-donation programs. The vast majority of car donations are processed by 3rd party, for-profit middlemen. The study concluded that when 3rd party middlemen were involved in the car-donation process, on average, only about 35% of the revenue ever reached the charity. Tens of millions of charitable dollars are lost each year to the professional fundraisers and for-profit middlemen that administer the majority of America's car-donation programs.

Through its 1-877-Charity project, the Original Charity Cars is now utilizing its vast knowledge and expertise to process car donations for other charities. 100% of the proceeds will now reach the donors chosen charity, which will provide much needed funding in these difficult economic times.*

How We Do It for Free

As stated previously, 100% of the proceeds received by Charity Cars from the sale of each vehicle donated online is forwarded to the charity of the donor's choice. The Original Charity Cars is an outstanding example of the non-profit social entrepreneur business model. Totally self-sufficient, it succeeds without a penny of government funding. The organization generates the revenue needed to operate and provide this free service through corporate donations as well as the sale of vehicles from its own, completely separate, car-donation / distribution program.

For an overview of the car donation process and tax info, click here.

* Auction and tow fees will be deducted from all proceeds.


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