Despite Stricter Rules, Some Charities Still Seek Car Donations

Despite Stricter Rules, Some Charities Still Seek Car Donations 1

Organizations like Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington are among the nonprofits that still actively seek car donations.

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Organizations like Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington are among the nonprofits that still actively seek car donations.

Car donations once played a huge role in the fundraising strategy at Melwood, a Washington charity that helps people with developmental disabilities find jobs.

At its peak in 2004, it received nearly $11-million from selling about 29,000 donated cars.

But that all changed in 2005, when a new federal law sought to crack down on Americans who exaggerated the value of their cars to get bigger tax breaks.

Nationally, car donations fell 78 percent, from $2.6-billion in 2004