Frequently Asked Questions
Why donate to Heritage for the Blind instead of the competitors?Heritage for the Blind is a non-profit organization, while most of our competitors are for-profit companies that run a car donation program for one or more charities. Usually the for-profit companies receive the majority of the proceeds of the sale of auctioned vehicles, while the charity receives less than 10 percent of the donation.
Is Heritage for the Blind a non-profit organization?Yes, Heritage for the Blind is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and is listed in the IRS cumulative list of tax-exempt organizations with our IRS identification number.
What can I donate?You can donate cars, vans, trucks, RVs, boats, heavy equipment, pianos and real estate. Vehicles do not have to run; however they cannot be stripped of doors, or parts.
Where do you pick up vehicles? Will I have to pay for the vehicle to be picked up?Heritage for the Blind will pay for your donated vehicle to be towed free of charge anywhere in the continental U.S.*
Can I donate a vehicle that does not run?Yes! Heritage for the Blind will accept most vehicles.*
How long does it take for my vehicle to be picked up?Generally it will be picked up within 1-3 days. In some areas, there is the availability of same day pick up.
Is my donation tax deductible?Donations to Heritage for the Blind are tax deductible, but as with all questions pertaining to your specific tax situation, you should consult your tax advisor.
Who determines what my donated vehicle is worth and how much it is worth?In compliance with the IRS, donors can claim a tax deduction on a donated vehicle for $500 or the selling price at auction if the amount should exceed $500. IRS Publications 526 and 561 set forth the regulations regarding donations made to a 501(c)(3) organization.
We remind you that these publications have recently changed (January 2005), so please make sure you read the updated site prior to your donation. You can review these publications on the IRS website.
How long will it take to receive my official tax receipt?After you have sent Heritage for the Blind the white receipt that was given or mailed to you by the tower, you will receive a validated official tax receipt within 2-3 weeks.
Do I have to be there the day the car is picked up?You don’t have to be there, as long as the keys and the title are left in the glove-box. The application for official tax receipt can be mailed to you by the tower.
*Certain Restrictions Apply.
Still have questions? Call us today at 1-800-DONATE-CARS (366-2832)