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Apologies. We currently do not accept vehicles from Utah residents

Note: The “Cash for Clunkers” program was a definite challenge for some of the primary Utah charities:

The Salt Lake Tribune

The federal “cash-for-clunkers” program may be wildly popular with auto buyers, but some Utah charities that rely on vehicle donations for funding say the initiative is cutting into the number of cars and trucks they’re receiving.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah, which gets more automobile donations than any other charity in the state, estimates the number of vehicles donated to its Kidney Kars program is down 10 percent to 15 percent since the clunkers program began.

Things are much worse at the American Lung Association in Utah. Donations are down 50 percent to 60 percent as many owners of used vehicles opt to take advantage of rebates of up to $4,500 for trading in their gas guzzlers for new fuel-efficient cars instead of making a charitable contribution.

“We’re going to need a few more weeks to really gauge the impact, but already we’re feeling the effects,” said Luz Lewis-Perez, who oversees the Kidney Kars donation program in Utah.

Standing beside an auctioneer at Brashers Auto Auction in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Lewis-Perez watched as 44 cars and trucks donated to the Kidney Foundation were sold. Although some went for a lot more and others a lot less, the average selling price was $680 — enough money for the Kidney Foundation to help several thousand Utahns receiving dialysis pay their bills while they wait for a transplant.

Thousands of Utahns have donated vehicles to their favorite nonprofit organizations and written the estimated value off on their taxes. Besides helping a charity, donating has become a painless way to get a junker out of the driveway.

But following a U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) report Friday, the Internal Revenue Service may start scrutinizing such “noncash” donations.

The GAO report found that charities and, particularly, donors, may be benefiting from car donations, but the U. S. government is not — to the tune of $654 million in taxes lost to the deductions in 2000 alone.

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Utah Charities

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Pathways Shelter for the Homeless

About Pathways Our mission is to serve the immediate needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness within the Yankton area, while…

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We currently have no Utah charities in our car donation program. However, you may be able to donate your car to one of the national charities (see below)

National Charities

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to…

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Blaze Sports America

We've always understood the positive impact sports can have, from promoting life-long health and personal empowerment to providing successful futures…

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Boy Scouts of America, Mt. Diablo Council

Boy Scouts of America, Mt. Diablo Council The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and…

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Breast Cancer Survivors Network

Our mission is to provide assistance, education and positive support services before, during and after diagnosis, treatment and recovery of Breast…

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Camp Nejeda Foundation

Camp Nejeda Foundation for Children with Diabetes About Camp Nejeda Camp Nejeda has been in continuous operation since 1958 and at our present…

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Diabetic Youth Foundation

In 1938, Dr. Mary B. Olney, a physician from UC San Francisco, took 19 children with type-1 diabetes to camp to teach them how to better manage their…

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Glaucoma Research Foundation

At Glaucoma Research Foundation, we work to prevent vision loss from glaucoma by investing in innovative research, education, and support with the…

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Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and…

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Mechanics Who Care

Mechanics Who Care was formed to help get poor performing, pollution producing, cars off the road. Transportation is the largest source of air…

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National CASA

What is CASA for Children? Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court…

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National Eating Disorders Association

NEDA is Feeding Hope. The Challenge: In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder…

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National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives…

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Operation Family Fund

OUR COMMITMENT To ensure that your donation goes to eligible families, not to unnecessary overhead, Operation Family Fund was founded with donations…

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Ratio Christi

What is Ratio Christi? Ratio Christi (Latin for ‘The Reason of Christ’) is a non-profit, tax exempt  (501c3) organization encouraging and…

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Surf Aid International

SURFAID is a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated…

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VIDA’s Local and international Programs Through a network of military, doctors, nurses, and medical facilities, VIDA is able to distribute…

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Youth Radio

Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology. Partnering with industry…

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