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Charity Cars

Providing donated vehicles to struggling families

four stars

98.23

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

CEO
Brian Menzies
CEO and Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
91.0%
  Administrative Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.55
  Program Expenses Growth 14.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charity Cars on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
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) 98.23 four stars
Interfaith Social Services (MA) 96.66 four stars
Barnabas Center (FL) 98.23 four stars
Action Ministries (GA) 92.41 four stars
Northwest Assistance Ministries (TX) 93.81 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,047,431
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,047,431
   Program Service Revenue $4,045
Total Primary Revenue $6,051,476
   Other Revenue $11,500
TOTAL REVENUE $6,062,976
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,716,248
   Administrative Expenses $147,218
   Fundraising Expenses $243,773
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,107,239
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $955,737
   
Net Assets $2,185,502

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 $4,368,847 92.6%
www.Freecharitycars.org $338,663 7.2%
www.1-877-Charity.org $8,738 0.2%

Ratings History
Charity Cars has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
  • August, 2012

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$113,559 2.22% Brian Menzies President

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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Charity Cars (FL) 98.23 four stars
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Maine Seacoast Mission (ME) 92.43 four stars
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Crisis Assistance Ministry (NC) 89.39 three 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 and Founder

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