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Kars4Kids Inc

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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: Kars4kids funds educational, developmental, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families. Our goal is to foster a generation of well-balanced, productive adults. Our means to accomplish this goal is to provide children and their families with a strong network of personal guidance and educational resources, individualized to their needs. Our wide array of services is designed to maximize each facet of a child's development - academic, social and cultural.

Programs: Kars4kids overall areas of activity consist of educational programming, school placement, tuition assistance, mentorship programs, cultural activities, weekend retreats, religious instruction, summer camps, recreation and guidance counseling.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brooke's Place benefitted from a grant from Kars4Kids to support our work with grieving children. We were honored to have their support!

Amy T.11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids provided United Way of Central Minnesota - Partner for Student Success with a grant to support literacy for our multi-lingual learner community. Once granted funds, they reached out and highlighted our organization on a national platform whish was greatly appreciated! Their professionalism and support is top-notch and appreciated!

William R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Kars4Kids was a great experience. Their support came to the Fire Museum of Maryland during a critical time. In addition to financial support, their promotion and highlighting of our efforts really helps supplement our limited marketing budget. THANK YOUS!

Up With Books

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids provided our nonprofit, Up With Books, with a generous grant donation. We are so grateful for their support in helping us get books into the hands of children in need. Very easy process and response time was great. Everyone has been so kind and helpful. Thank you for all you do for our communities!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids helped sponsor a Sparrow Project empowering an entire school to look outside themselves and help a child in medical need through sponsored community service . Because of Kars4Kids, students were able to unlock real money for their Sparrow Alice, learning lessons in compassion, empathy, character and conscience. Kars4KIds was a delight to work with through the entire process and truly took an interest in the project from start to finish.

Donor

Rating: 5

great service , great organizations, fast service, amazing to work with

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

I will NEVER donate to this "charity" again. Not only did they get my car, they got $50, which they promised to refund to me if I could not use their voucher. Since the voucher is nothing more than a pitch for a time share, I did not use it. However, when I went to get my $50 back, I was told that it wouldn't be possible. However, "as a courtesy" they would grant me another voucher if I would just give them $50 more of my hard-earned money. Well, no thanks. Next time I want to donate to a charity, I will give to the Red Cross! I encourage everyone to view this organization with considerable skepticism.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids made a generous donation to Chess for Success, a non-profit in Portland, Oregon which helped fund several kids in our after-school chess club program. These students will learn how to play a great game in a safe environment while developing skills like impulse control, memorization, perseverance, decision making, and acceptance of consequences. These skills lead to success in school and in life. Thank you Kars4Kids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is nothing short of extraordinary to have a 124-year history of individuals and community partners supporting the work of Camp Courant. Ari Finkelstein, a digital marketer and member of the Kars4Kids marketing team, figured out how to run a search in old newspapers and decided to look up his grandfather. That’s when the most amazing thing happened: Ari discovered that his grandfather, Sidney Finkelstein, along with 8 other children, had donated $2.26, the proceeds of a lemonade stand and a movie showing, to Camp Courant in the summer of 1932, the year they all attended the Camp. What makes this even more incredible is that Kars4Kids just awarded a grant to us last month!

The coincidence was a startling, but a wonderful surprise, considering the timing of this discovery. Ari, in telling the Kars4Kids team about his grandfather’s early crowdfunding effort, commented, “seems like we just continued his great work from 85 years ago!”

Thank you, Ari and Kars4Kids on discovering this heartwarming treasure from Camp Courant’s remarkable past!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We're so grateful to Kars4Kids for their wonderful support of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Youth Environmental Education programs. Their online application was simple and straightforward, and they also wrote a wonderful article about our work which is highlighted on their website (http://www.kars4kidsgrants.org/our-grantees/minnesota-landscape-arboretum-hands-plant-science-thing/). We are excited to have them as a funding partner, and we look forward to reporting on our progress and hopefully sustaining our partnership for some time to come. Thank you, Kars4Kids!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids has been supportive of our organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They provide a great service in raising funds and sharing them with nonprofits to support kids around the country. Simple application, unrestricted funds, additional visibility for the receiving organization, who could ask for more! Thank You!

Jessica Theresa H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kars4kids made a generous contribution to Hartford's Camp Courant, allowing Hartford youth to attend our summer program for the entire 6 weeks!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids on the Block in Chattanooga, Tennessee is so very grateful to Kars4Kids for helping us be able to continue our mission of using the power of puppetry to educate children on social concerns and differences, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy. We were thrilled and very surprised to receive a grant through Kars4Kids! Their team is amazing to work with and so incredibly helpful, giving and supportive , not only of our mission, but of so many well deserving non-profit organizations working to make a difference in the lives of children and families. We can't thank them enough for their support and encouragement!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a small non-profit in Arizona and they applied for a small grant. They were so kind in listening to our story and going above and beyond to help us receive our grant. They do so much and are the most prompt and kindest organization I have dealt with when writing a grant. I write many grants and their application process was the easiest I have ever done!

1 famtofamily

Board Member

Rating: 5

A heartfelt Thank You to Kars4Kids for recognizing Family-to-Family's GivingWorks Literacy program with a grant! The application process and the turn around - notification that a grant had been to awarded us -was so swift. This was a truly great experience for us!

Jenny H. J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Girl Scouts Heart of the South is so grateful to Kars4Kids and their support of furthering our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The grant process was easy and the response time shorter than expected. Thank you, Kars4Kids!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids has been a wonderful funder for Don't Hide It, Flaunt It (DHIFI, Inc), a nonprofit organization working to advance acceptance, understanding, tolerance and mutual respect for a person's blatant or invisible difference. The ease of the grant application process and the rapid response were extremely helpful to our fundraising efforts, and the warm and personal engagement of the leadership is deeply appreciated. The donation from Kars4Kids will make an impact on our ability to promote active dialogue about difference in schools, community groups, and through online media, and we are grateful for the support!

Joel Daniel Harris

Client Served

Rating: 5

I run a small non-profit and we applied for a grant through Kars4Kids. They were prompt in response, communicative throughout the process of awarding the grant, and very helpful. It was obvious that we weren't just another thing for them to do, but that they actually cared about our mission and work and wanted to be supportive. Great experience!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids, Inc. is a great charity to work with. Staff are professional and respond quickly to all inquiries. Our Library Foundation applied for a grant for literacy and Kars4Kids awarded us $1,000 to help further our mission! We are looking forward to working with this non-profit in the future!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kars4kids is one of the best organizations we have dealt with during our non-profit tenure (2001 to present). Extremely responsive and definitely reliable. Wendy Kirwan is THE greatest "go to person" . Their organizational purpose is for the prosperity of youth and their accountability. Kids WORLDWYD greatly appreciates their donation of 100 basketballs!!! Incredible!! We have a very positive outlook with the alliance of kars4kds!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the CEO of a nonprofit myself, I greatly appreciate the support from Kars4Kids, and the friendlessness of their staff. I couldn't be happier with my interaction with them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the leader of a small non-profit organization called Bench Mark Program in Lancaster, PA, I look up to non-profit leaders like Kars4Kids. We are honored to have received their support that helped us to further our own mission and vision. They were quick to see our potential for continued impact in our community, and went the extra mile by providing us the platform to spread the word about our work. My organization is stronger for the connection and friendship that we have established with Kars4Kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So caring and understanding of the needs of children. Great customer service. They are the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was privileged to visit Kars4Kid's summer camp with my family. The staff was so helpful and friendly. I didn't know where anything was, but had no trouble finding anything as there was always someone to ask. My family and I were amazed at the concern the staff showed to everyone they passed.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having seen both the front and back end of the organization there is nothing as rewarding when you see the results of all the hard work that goes into it. Watching a smile break out on a child's face while enjoying a sporting activity at a summer camp or an underprivileged child gain confidence with positive reinforcement from a caring mentor, makes it all worth it. Kars4kids charity makes a solid impact on the kids, these guys deserve a pat on the back.
Yisachar B. Broyde

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the great work they do with kids from various backgrounds.
They invest a lot of effort into bringing out the best in each child

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of spending a weekend at their summer camp and saw first-hand the great work of the organization. Besides for being such a beautiful campus, the activities were truly catered to the children's overall well-being. The counselors and staff were all so devoted. It's amazing to see such a unique organization truly dedicated towards it's mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Neighborhood Association, Camp Curtain Community Neighbors United of Harrisburg PA, received 300 backpacks from Kars4Kids.org and their organization was wonderfull to work with. Wendy at Kars4Kids made everything a breeze!!! They provided and paid to ship the backpacks to us, it took only one day to get the shipment, the children in Uptown Neighborhood of Harrisburg were so excited to have brand new backpacks! We are so happy to have an organization that helped our corner of the world, making life better for struggling children and neighborhoods. We look forward to working with them again!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have a great relationship with this organization. They have been very supportive of our mission and goals and have provided us great exposure. The members have been very responsive in any and all collaborations. We look forward to our continued partnership.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with K4K for 12 years and am in awe of the organization! The volunteers are so selfless and give hours of their time to help others. I have personally seen hundreds of children and their families benifit from the summer camps, year round mentorship, and school supply giveaways. Many of the children are now married and leading successful lives thanks to the support they received from their K4K mentors. An amazing and worthy organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to events a few times and I am always amazed at the great work this charity is doing. The children are benefiting so much from being involved in these programs! Keep up the amazing work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this incredible nonprofit organization has been behind MANY kids from beginning to end and help them with ALL their needs we are one big happy family:):) Thanks to this AMAZING organization because i wouldn't have been were i am today without them!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mentor for Kars4kids children, I see first hand all the amazing work they do.
One girl I know lives in the city and was a young teenager when her mother passed away. She had to take on the role of what her mother did in the house. She was very busy cleaning and cooking while at the same time keeping up her grades and doing well in school. Kars4kids sponsored her summer in camp where she met me and was able to have a good time and enjoy her summer like a regular teenager. Even now, as she is married and running a house of her own as an adult, she tells me how she misses camp and how her experiences with kars4kids changed her life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered running a Saturday night program that is funded by Kars4Kids, it's an amazing program to keep these kids off the streets, playing sports and meeting of with mentors, It's truly amazing to see these children grow up graduating high schools and moving on to collage.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Kars4Kids made it so simple and easy...! Detailed communication throughout the process, wasn't left with any unanswered questions, everything happened right on schedule, provided all documentation for tax deduction, was quick and *no stress*. And knowing the donation goes fully to help children and their education, this is a complete win-win for all. Highly recommended, would absolutely call upon them again in the future. PS - and a catchy jingle!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the director of an independent council of Girls on the Run, and we were fortunate to receive one of the Program Partnership Grants from Kars4Kids. This organization is wonderful to work with! After filling out the short grant application online, I was contacted with some follow-up questions and then notified that we had been chosen for the grant. Kars4Kids is an amazing organization that works to benefit kids through their own direct programs but also partners with other small non-profit organizations to ensure that even MORE children are receiving quality opportunities for education and growth!

Donor

Rating: 5

I filled out the Kars 4 Kids form online and within minutes received a follow up email. They quickly scheduled a pick up time that was convenient for me, and the driver was on time and courteous. I received an email receipt the next day and I'm good to go knowing that my my old minivan is now helping kids! Awesome

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whether you are looking to make a donation or sign your child up to one of their many programs, Kars4Kids is a charity you can trust. Their volunteers are incredibly warm and handle each child with great care. I cannot say enough great things about this organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at a Kars4Kids-sponsored summer camp several years ago and in the years since have been privy to much of the incredible work this organization makes possible. Truly changing countless lives with real dedication.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Got to see first hand their work as i bumped into a group of college kids over the weekend that were in our neighborhood for a reunion with their mentors through kars4kids. What an impressive bunch they were, keep up the good work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They really care about the families they work with, and help them reach their fullest potential. I am always impressed how volunteers will go the extra mile.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Kars4Kids' support helped us get disadvantaged youth outside in the Pacific Northwest, kids who may not otherwise have had a chance to hike, camp, or snowshoe in the wilderness. They were easy to work with, very friendly and encouraging!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Completely devoted to ensuring that children in this program are given the best chance to succeed!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

What an impressive organization! Between the events, opportunities, programming and marketing, I am constantly amazed at what they are able to accomplish. Great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JOY for our Youth, to me, is exceptional on two levels. First of all, the sheer amount of projects that they undertake is impressive. I only know of a few of them as I have friends who are volunteers for them, but they include supplying inner-city youth with their basic school supplies at a time of year that other kids are happily purchasing them. This is a lifesaver and a face saver for these kids! They take kids into summer camp and provide programs throughout the year. But I'm more impressed with the way they built their organization from a fiscal perspective: They run about as good as any high level mid sized for profit business, but use their earnings to sustain their core charitable activities. With the abundance of non-profits all clamoring for the same donation base, it is refreshing to see an organization that looks to earn profits from a sustainable business model, keep overhead extremely low, and minimize their dependence on donations to a very quantifiable and achievable goal.

einshem

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen personally the extent this organization is willing to go for even one child's welfare. The care they show replenishes my hope for humanity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent follow through with customer service and going the extra mile to make their customers happy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As an educator, I see the difference support and resources can make in a child's life. This organization does make a difference one child at a time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Very impressed with the organization's logistics systems. Seem to be very thought out.

Varda E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an organization that understands the key role that mentoring plays in countering the difficulties kids meet growing up. Kids are one of the most vulnerable sectors and it's our duty to protect them and offer them the safest, most nurturing environment possible. That is what this organization does: it offers warmth and support to kids at risk. I've seen the results.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donated my old car to Them. I'm glad I was Able To Help THIS Cause As Children's Education Is Something I Try To support. Kars4kids also was very accommodating and helpful with working around my schedule and arranged a weekend pickup. Highly recommend!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

doing great work with the kids. just attended a wedding of a teen i knew in the program . what a sight to see how he made a life for himself and is a mature successful young man.
Kudos to all who made this possible

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great advocaters of children's issues, especially education. Education blog very insightful and full of good reads.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've donated to Kars4Kids a few times already, and the experience has been wonderful! They sent the receipt quickly, and their staff was courteous and professional. Best of all was knowing how they really help children, and being a part of such a great mission.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at several events and was extremely impressed by the blend of professionalism and warmth of the organization. I found it very heartwarming to watch the interaction between the mentors and kids and how the mentor would encourage the reluctant teens to join the activities and succeeded.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at on of their coat giveaways in Newark. It was so nice to see the happy faces og children receiving backpacks, school supplies and of course a balloon!

Donor

Rating: 4

I've been donating to this charity for a few years without really knowing what they did. Just this past summer, I met some families impacted by their programs and my mind is blown! I am awed by their comprehensive family programs, and the personal touch in all that they do. I wish I would have known all these years! Keep up the great work, and you should continue being successful.

Paul110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work and efforts of this charity and the people involved go above and beyond the scope people realize or see! The work effects everyone like a chain reaction of good for everyone. Anyone who has seen or been involved with this charity becomes a better person for it, while the scope of the variety of things they are able to accomplish are incredible and continue to grow. It gives me great pleasure to help them whenever I can and I love to hear about all the good things they are doing &/or trying to do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

my son has been mentoring a boy(now a young adult) with this program for the past 7 years. seeing the impact my son has been having on this boy has made me really proud and i'm thankful for kars4kids for giving him that opportunity. As an Accountant with many years of audit experience , i find their organizational model and program expertise quite impressive.
Highly Recommended

Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys are truly amazing. I seen first hand how they have taken kids and changed their life for the better .

Anyone who has an extra car should donate to them .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Saw this charity's work firsthand on the streets of Newark, NJ and was very impressed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Oorah/ JOY for our Youth for almost 10 years now. They are a great professionally run organization. They're work is important and rewarding! Their dedication to their 'clients'/familes is one that remains for as long as neccesary to ensure the best possible outcome. The results speak for itself and I am proud to be a part of their vital work

Abe B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've donated to this organization and I've seen their work up close, dealing with children who they've helped and their families.

The dedication of the staff is incredible, and their commitment to enable children to "be all that they can be" is not just lip service -- it's brought to life by the JOY/Kars4Kids team.

Cars headed for trash have been used to turn around lives that would have otherwise been headed for the dustheap.

Kudos!