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Charity Cars

Providing donated vehicles to struggling families

four stars

90.22

407 Wekiva Springs Road Suite 201
Longwood, FL 32779
tel: (800) 242-7489   Web Site
EIN: 59-3362703

CEO
Brian Menzies
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.22 four stars
  Financial 88.08 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1996, Charity Cars provides a free vehicle and vehicle support services to assist disadvantaged families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. The Charity Cars program provides a vehicle that has been refurbished to insure safety and reliability, and at times a license plate, the down-payment for insurance, a service warranty, and case management services to families willing to work. The National Car Donations System (NCDS) has the ability to process vehicle donations from anywhere in the country. Charity Cars is now in a position to assist other communities in the task of implementing a viable, responsive, accountable and cost-effective vehicle donations program. The Charity Cars program offers an indispensable solution to the critical transportation dilemma confronting States grappling with welfare reform.

Established in 1996, Charity Cars provides a free vehicle and vehicle support services to assist disadvantaged families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. The Charity Cars program provides a vehicle that has been refurbished to insure safety and reliability, and at times a license plate, the down-payment for insurance, a service warranty, and case management services to families willing to work. The National Car Donations System (NCDS) has the ability to process vehicle donations from anywhere in the country. Charity Cars is now in a position to assist other communities in the task of implementing a viable, responsive, accountable and cost-effective vehicle donations program. The Charity Cars program offers an indispensable solution to the critical transportation dilemma confronting States grappling with welfare reform.

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Financial

three stars

88.08

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
78.3%
  Administrative Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.53
  Program Expenses Growth 20.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charity Cars on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charity Cars on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charity Cars (FL) 90.22 four stars
Assistance League of Austin (TX) 92.49 four stars
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (MD) 91.36 four stars
Community Services League (MO) 93.91 four stars
Arm In Arm (NJ) 91.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,936,305
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,936,305
   Program Service Revenue $3,947
Total Primary Revenue $10,940,252
   Other Revenue $4
TOTAL REVENUE $10,940,256
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $7,128,533
   Administrative Expenses $307,438
   Fundraising Expenses $3,198,447
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,634,418
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $305,838
   
Net Assets $4,174,129

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
www.800charitycars.org - Car Donation Portal $6,994,262 76.9%
www.Freecharitycars.org $2,054,357 22.6%
www.1-877-Charity.org $14,850 0.2%

Ratings History
Charity Cars has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 02/01/2020 90.22 four stars
2018-08 06/01/2019 94.74 four stars
2017-08 07/01/2018 94.74 four stars
2016-08 09/01/2017 98.23 four stars
2015-08 08/01/2016 94.69 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 91.03 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 04/01/2016 82.90 three stars
2014-08 10/01/2015 81.21 three stars
2013-08 09/01/2014 76.47 two stars
2012-08 06/01/2013 72.53 two stars
2011-08 07/01/2012 67.16 one star
2010-08 09/20/2011 67.27 one star
 
CN 1.0
2010-08 07/01/2011 57.35 one star
2009-08 06/01/2010 62.02 one star
2008-08 09/01/2009 78.96 two stars
2007-08 07/01/2008 80.10 three stars
2006-08 05/01/2007 76.85 two stars
2005-08 10/01/2006 71.54 two stars
2004-08 05/01/2005 62.81 one star
2003-08 01/05/2005 67.50 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 59-3362703
Name in IRS Master File CHARITY CARS INC
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 June, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$386,403 3.63% Brian Menzies President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charity Cars (FL) 90.22 four stars
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Portland Council (OR) 91.16 four stars
Person-to-Person (CT) 91.84 four stars
Crisis Assistance Ministry (NC) 91.46 four stars
Memorial Assistance Ministries (TX) 100.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Charity Cars
407 Wekiva Springs Road
Suite 201
Longwood, FL 32779
tel: (800) 242-7489
EIN: 59-3362703

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CEO

Brian Menzies
CEO

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