Is there any way to find out how much car donation programs are actually giving to charities?
Is there a resource online to find out how much car donation programs actually give to charities?
While the typical percentage is around 50%, some get a lot less, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/05/19/MN31930.DTL&type=printable. I believe you can check through the IRS to see what the percentage is for a particular charity.
It all depends on whether the charity hires out to a car donation company with a car donation program. Many charities do this. If they do then the charity will get a very small amount from the sales of the vehicle. The charity you choose should be able to reveal the percentage. There isn't a set percentage because there are many car donation programs through these companies. If this is a concern, choose a charity that sells the car themselves off their own lot (not a lot that is run by another type of car donation company that brokers the cars). They will be keeping a higher percentage of the sale. Some charities will give the car to a needy person. Some charities will keep the vehicle for it's own use. Check out all your local companies first to see if they hire outside car donation programs before you donate a car.