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Fight Hunger by Donating a Vehicle through Family Outreach Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you accept any type of vehicle or truck?

A: Yes, However, however we are not able to receive donations of recreational vehicles or boats at this time.

2. Are donations made to your organization donation tax deductible?

A: Yes. Family Outreach Program is listed as a 5 01 (C) (3) organization and is currently listed on the IRS website as a tax deductible organization. Family Outreach Program is also exempt in the State of Illinois with it Tax exempt number and is in good standing.

3. Is it alright to donate a vehicle that is not running?

A Yes, we are able to pick up a vehicle that does not run assuming it can be easily towed and the donor has a title and if possible, keys to the vehicle.

4. What is the best way to inform you that we want to donate a vehicle?

A. Feel free to give us a call at 866 730 9567 or fill out our form online. There will be a speedy response.

5. If the vehicle is not from Illinois, can we still donate the vehicle?

A. Yes, However we prefer to limit our donations to Illinois and its neighbouring states, however our liability coverage is for the entire continental U.S...

6. Does Family Outreach Program offer a legitimate value for the vehicle when it is donated?

A: Yes, It offers as complete an evaluation as possible according to the Kelly Blue Book or the Nada Guides. A copy of that evaluation may be previewed to make sure it matches with all aspects of the vehicle donated. New laws enforced by the I.R.S. may apply regarding the deduction of the value of the vehicle.

7. How does Family Outreach Program compare with other organizations advertising the donation of vehicle?

A. Family Outreach Program will offer a tax deductible receipt, documents describing the value of the vehicle; and, as a speedy a transaction as possible. Funding from the vehicle will go to support our local charitable work in Illinois, which are described in this website. There is also a program where under certain circumstances a vehicle may be donated to a needy family. Family Outreach Program is happy to inform the donor with the appropriate federal forms as to the result of the sale of the vehicle, or how it was transferred or donated.

8. What about form 1098C and the new tax laws?

The donation of your vehicle will only be of value as a tax deduction if you itemize it. To learn more about how to itemize your vehicle on your taxes, feel free to browse the following web site from the IRS:,,id=139579,00.html

The following forms may be applicaable: IRS Form 8283 and 1098-C. Information on these forms may be seen by looking up Publication 1220, 526, and 561 on the IRS site. Our staff at Family Outreach Program would be happy to provide the necessary forms you need upon request.

Also, for your information, effective January 1, 2005, the tax deduction is based upon selling price of the vehicle. For vehicles that sell for less than $500, you can claim fair market value of the vehicle up to $499, all others will be the sale price. A contemporaneous receipt will be sent to you within 30 days after the sale.

If you have any further questions about the above, feel free to let us know.

9. How often do you check your web site for postings and do I need to fill out the form in its entirety?

A: The website is checked on a daily basis. If you leave a detailed message, you are sure to receive a prompt response.

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