Charities in Maryland That Accept Donated Cars

by Tom Streissguth

A feature of the federal tax law allows you to write off donations of property to qualified charities. In Maryland, the charitable organization to which you donate must hold tax-exempt status from the IRS; the tax law bars the group from providing any compensation to you for the car. You can either donate the car directly or have an agent of the charity handle the transaction; in most cases the car is sold at auction and the charity receives the proceeds.

Family Service Foundation

The Family Service Foundation provides mental health and social services to the community from its offices in Landover Hill. This nonprofit operates substance abuse counseling and rehabilitation, as well as developmental services to the disabled. The FSF also provides services to the deaf and deaf-blind and has a staff of American Sign Language interpreters. The organization meets the state requirement that any charity accepting car donations must be licensed as a wholesale vehicle dealer.

Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley

A branch of the nationwide Goodwill organization, this operation provides job training, placement and development services to the disabled and to young people just starting out in the employment market. Goodwill supports its services through a network of retail stores selling donated goods, including clothing, shoes and books and by donations of cars.

Baltimore Humane Society

Founded in 1927, this group provides shelter and veterinary care to homeless animals, offering them for adoption to the public. The BHS announced in 2008 that it has become a "no-kill" organization that will not euthanize animals for lack of space or time to assist them. The group works with other local animal-welfare organizations, including the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and the Maryland Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Maryland School for the Blind

The Maryland School for the Blind serves visually impaired youth through the age of 21 through residential and school programs. In 2012 the school had a graduating class of 21 students, who can rely on continuing education and vocational support as they make the transition to adulthood. Located in northeast Baltimore, the MSB draws support from the Maryland Department of Education as well as contributions from local school districts and individuals.

Vehicles for Change

Vehicles for Change accepts donations of cars, refurbishes the vehicles if needed, and then offers the cars to families in need in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The group does not give the cars away -- instead, recipients must pay a reasonable amount for the vehicle or accept a loan, which Vehicles for Change guarantees, while also covering the car with a six-month warranty.

About the Author

Founder/president of the innovative reference publisher The Archive LLC, Tom Streissguth has been a self-employed business owner, independent bookseller and freelance author in the school/library market. Holding a bachelor's degree from Yale, Streissguth has published more than 100 works of history, biography, current affairs and geography for young readers.

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