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Human Services : Children's and Family Services (Grantmaking)

CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Kars4Kids

Because kids are our future

1805 Swarthmore Avenue Lakewood, NJ 08701
tel: (877) 527-7454   Web Site
EIN: 22-3746050

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Eliyohu Mintz
CEO

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On May 4, 2017, it came to the attention of Charity Navigator that Kars4Kids is the subject of a compliance review by The Minnesota Attorney General's office according to a press statement titled, "Swanson Issues Compliance Report on Kars4Kids: Charity with well-known radio jingle overstates charitable work, lacks disclosures." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see The MInessota Attorney General Office's press statement.

  • Kars4Kids is affiliated with Oorah, which currently has a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see the Advisory on Oorah and The New York Post article that describes the events that led to Oorah's Advisory.

Charity Response

Kars4Kids provided Charity Navigator with the following response: 

"We had detailed and productive conversations with the Minnesota Attorney General’s office for months prior to her issuing this report and are continuing to review her recommendations. There are several important points to note in regard to this report.

The focus of the Attorney General’s report was on the fact that less money was spent on children and programs in Minnesota than was raised in that state. This is true and we have never claimed otherwise. As a community-based national organization founded and headquartered in the Northeast, it is only natural (and perfectly legal) for our charity recipients to be concentrated in this area, though we do have children and programs across the country. 

The Attorney General investigated Kars4Kids at length and did not see any reason to take legal action against the organization. In fact, the report makes clear that there has never been any question of diversion of funds from the charity. While like any healthy organization- especially one whose revenue stream comes largely from car donations- marketing and advertising is a necessary expense to enable growth, Kars4Kids’ administrative expenses are low by any standards. Our executive salaries are public and show there are no pockets being lined here.

The donation of a vehicle incurs considerable expenses that are not typically present in a cash donation. Kars4Kids strives to minimize these expenses to the greatest extent possible. We use generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in our financial filings, which are scrutinized by auditors and adhere to strict IRS guidelines. In part of the report, the Attorney General openly acknowledges there exists a lack of clarity in how charities are to report their Form 990s and how they allocate funds among and between programs and related costs, expenses and the like.

The Attorney General’s report also highlighted the relationship between Kars4Kids and Oorah. As our website clearly states, much of our charitable programming is done in conjunction with our sister charity Oorah, also a nationally recognized Jewish nonprofit organization. Oorah’s programs include mentorship and youth programs, school placement and tuition assistance, summer camp, holiday and family events.

Given this perspective, donors to Kars4Kids can rest assured they are supporting a worthy cause with the donation of their vehicle."


The nature of these allegations of illegal activity, improper conduct, or organizational mismanagement are such that Charity Navigator has issued this CN Advisory to provide donors with content that they may find useful when making their giving decisions. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

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EIN 22-3746050
Name in IRS Master File KARS 4 KIDS INC
NTEE Code T30
NTEE Classification Public Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 2001
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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Kars4Kids
1805 Swarthmore Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
tel: (877) 527-7454
EIN: 22-3746050

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CEO

Eliyohu Mintz
CEO

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