Each year, more than 300,000 cars are given to nonprofits. But only 5% are given to Christian ministries. This paltry number is true despite the fact that the majority of these cars are given by Christian donors.
Why the disparity? First, many people don’t understand how to give a car. The process is relatively simple. Find a charity that has the mechanism in place to accept the car, or an umbrella organization like www.idonate.com that can help you direct the gift. Make sure the charity has the capability to pick up the car, and sell it for the maximum value and then to do the proper receipting. Once the car is picked up, you’ll receive an acknowledgment and when the car sells, you’ll get your final receipt. You get to deduct what the car sells for (which is why it is important to get the maximum sales price).
Second, the disparity also results from the fact that many Christian charities don’t have the mechanisms to receive gifts. If they do, the process is often cumbersome and takes several staff people to handle—not a good use of resources. Because the mechanisms don’t exist, Christian donors tend to go to places that have existing programs.
Third, many Christian ministries simply don’t realize how big the vehicle donation actually is. Each year there are more than 600 million dollars worth of vehicle donations. Consider what happens if Christian ministries began tapping into that market. The impact would be huge—multi million dollars redirected to Christian work.
The message for Christian nonprofits is to pursue this area of donation. For the Christian donor look to organizations like www.idonate.com who can help you direct your vehicle to the ministry of your choice. The impact is an eternal one.
William High is the President/General Counsel of the . Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.