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Causes: Education, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: To solicit vehicle donations to help support Texans Can Academies. The proceeds from the sale of the vehicles goes directly to support the 13 high schools throughout Texas. The proceeds help provide eye glasses, transportation to and from school, clothing, basic needs, computers, equipment and building improvements. Our goal is to graduate thinkers and we do this by teaching kids to read and think. For over 31 years we have served over 141,000 students thanks to generous donations from people like you. Some of these kids break the cycle by being the first in their immediate and extended families to graduate and without you, none of it would be possible.

Results: Texans Can started in 1985 helping kids in juvenile services with everything from education to job training. We later expanded its services to high school dropouts. In 1995, Texans Can became one of the first 20 Texas charter schools. Today, Texans Can is expanding throughout the country with more than 67% of graduates going on to post-secondary education. Over 2,200 students graduated in 2017 with the help of our car donation program. With your help, we can change thousands more. Please donate. Read our donors comments - https://greatnonprofits.org/org/cars-for-kids-1

Target demographics: High School Dropouts

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,500 students with more than 2,200 students receiving their high school diploma in 2017

Geographic areas served: Texas

Programs: High School Diplomas

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

This experience was not as it was advertised. The process was very disorganized from the CarsforKids and their 3rd party group that actually picks up the donated vehicle. During this process they had the wrong vehicle and claim number, failed to timely correct the issue, had poor communication regarding the process, and could not locate my name in the system. The auction price was much lower than anticipated and our donated vehicle was in really good shape with new tires. Very disappointing experience! Throughout the process, I had to continually initiate contact in order to keep communication lines going about the donation. Would not recommend going this route, I will not again.

Donor

Rating: 5

From the call to the pick up of vehicle...24 Hours. Great service. I would do it again if need be.

Donor

Rating: 5

Cars for Kids came to get car next day at designated time.
Easy process and friendly, helpful people.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated 2 vehicles to Texas Can - Car for Kids and it was one of the easiest donations I have ever made. They make is so easy on the person donating. I refer them to others.

Mercedes D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I called this nonprofit in order to get my son's car removed from his parking space since the car was inoperable. The person that took the call was very nice and scheduled the car to be picked up within a day. They arrived within the time frame given to me. The tow truck driver was also pleasant. I gave him the keys and title and he removed the car from the premises. It was a big relief for me. Within a few weeks I received a tax form with the amount the car donation was worth. It was icing on the cake. I would highly recommend them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The entire process of donating my vehicle was effortless and seamless. I was updated as to what I needed to do and what to expect from the time I called to donate to the car being picked up.

Donor

Rating: 5

Texans Can was great to work with. They helped me through the entire process, had wonderful follow-up and follow through on some challenges;however they knew exactly what to do to make the process incredibly simple.

Donor

Rating: 5

My 10 year old car was towed to the repair shop and then we decided not to invest anymore money to repair it. I went online to donate the car and within minutes a friendly representative from Texans Can- Cars for Kids called to complete the donation. It took only a few short minutes to collect all the info on my car, make arrangements for the title and car to be released to them. Within weeks I was notified that the car had been sold at auction for WAY more than the dealership had offered as a trade in value. This is my second car to donate to this organization and BOTH experiences exceeded my expectations!

Donor

Rating: 5

We recently donated a roadside assistance vehicle from our company's LBJ Operations & Maintenance team. We were excited to partner with Texans Can - Cars for Kids because we love to give back to the local community. We also enjoy finding ways to support the next generation whether it be through STEM education or something like this. We thought this was a great way to help out even more! Throughout the whole donation process, Texans Can was very professional and took their time to explain each step. They were very proactive via email and even called me several times to discuss things even further. Each member of their team seemed to know exactly what was going on and what step we were on in the donation process. Setting up a day/time for pick up was also very easy and flexible. I knew exactly what to expect when they came to pick up our vehicle. We recently got the news that our vehicle was sold! Like I said, the Texans Can team is professional, communicates effectively and is very friendly! Thank you all for what you do for Texas! We are happy to have partnered with you all this year.

Donor

Rating: 4

From the beginning of the donation process everything went smooth and quick. Everyone I spoke with was very kind and gracious. The transaction was recorded and a copy sent to me for tax records. I am very happy that a well used and worn out automobile can get another life helping others.

Donor

Rating: 5

Had an old jet ski in my garage for a number of years. Thought the kids would one day take it off our hand, no such luck. Fortunately Texan Can Cars for Kids came to the rescue. With one call the folks at TCCFK graciously accepted my offer of a donation of this jet ski. I filled out a questionnaire provided photos of our donation items and within no time we had established a pickup time. The gentlemen that came out to pick up the jet ski was very professional and made this transaction very simple.

I would highly recommend that anyone having a car or any other item that can be sold at auction consider donating these item(s) to Texans Can - Cars for Kids.

Thank you all for your great attitude making this donation possible.

John D.

Gilbert W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The engine on our Civic overheated and cracked the engine block. With 150,000+ miles on the odometer we would be lucky to get $500 for a trade-in. I contacted Texans Can. They were courteous and professional. They handled all the steps necessary to transfer the car. I have a tax writeoff for more than 3 times what the dealership would have given me. I will happily recommend this organization to anyone.

J Richard T.

Donor

Rating: 5

It was an excellent experience. Everything was exactly as I was told that it would be done. Would definitely do it again!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dead car In the attached garage

Have used this organization before so called number on cute refrigerator magnet

Arranged pickup time & they call the morning of pickup to confirm & better yet they showed up at the time they said they would

Nice guys does his thing
Leave you paperwork
It is painless

Slo

Brian Trey B.

Donor

Rating: 2

Heard about them on KRLD radio on a promotion for two Texas Ranger Baseball tickets or a $50 gift card when you donate your car. I did and did not receive it, Very sad. If you orffer an incentive you should follow through.

Donor

Rating: 5

The people at Texans Can were great, very helpful and made sure the whole transaction was smooth and as little effort on our part as possible. Great communication and follow through. I have no regrets whatsoever and would recommend them to anyone who ha s a vehicle they need to get rid of.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've donated 2 vehicles and each time the process was so easy and smooth. They picked up the cars, took care of everything and I loved the tax write off! Best of all, the work they do here in DFW is simply amazing. They're changing lives for the better and I'm so proud to donate to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to donate to Cars for Kids. This is a great team of people committed to helping kids who would never have a second chance at a high school education not only graduate from high school but go on to college. Cars for Kids opened my eyes to the importance of helping local kids get a fair shot at an education and a better life.

Keith N.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful, transparent, never deviating from their mission. It's all about the kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've seen first hand the great work they do raising money for the Texas Can Academies

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed great work that Cars for Kids does for local kids in need of help and second chance. Through its car donation program, Cars for kids is helping thousands of kids get their education and high school diploma. These kids are not only given an education, but more importantly given an opportunity to succeed in life. Cars for Kids changes lives and provides an invaluable service to the community.

Mark Compton
Frisco, TX

Lisa F J.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great charity! They promptly sent a tow truck the very next day (at my convenience) to collect two disabled vehicles, everyone I encountered was very friendly, helpful and courteous. They gave me a very fair charitable donation value and a $50 gift card! The best part though is that I know that I am making a difference in a young person's life. They take the donated cars and use the money to help struggling, impoverished adolescents rejoin school and earn their diploma. The success rate of this charity is very high and the people truly care about making a difference. If you have an unused car or simply want to make a donation, you can't go wrong with Houston Can! Academy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Texan Can-Cars for Kids has been changing lives and giving kids a second chance since 1985. This is a first class organization!

Doug C. Plano, TX

Michael O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

i've visited the school in Dallas and seen the car auction site up close and personal, impressive to say the least.
hardworking, honest people making a difference and doing Texas proud.

mike o.
carrollton, TX

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen a group of people like the Texans can group that works so hard for its kids. The entire team has a bull’s-eye focus on making sure these kids get that education.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with Dallas Can Academy! Everyone was very nice and accommodating. They answered all my questions and were responsive to my calls.

Donor

Rating: 3

I chose this charity because I wanted to give some one a chance.
But at the same time to be treated fairly.
The process was very simple and scheduling the pick up and actual pick up was all very smooth.
I have a feeling of not being given a fair amount of deduction than I should have got.
WHY do they send a standard form of $500 deduction 1098 form for all the cars you donate even though they say that you will get whatever it is sold for ?
When I asked later by emailing them they revised the amount to $900.00 and sent me another form 1098.
They could this in the very first instance - I think being cheated for a working car that I donated even at $900.
Over roll a good cause to donate.

Donor

Rating: 5

I decided to donate my car on one day and by that weekend it had been picked up! The entire process was simple, online and on the phone, with everything done cleanly and accurately. Easiest process there is and a fantastic program to support!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great cause and more than competent staff.Great customer service.
I was an out of state donator and it was not a problem.
Thank you

Donor

Rating: 4

Clear easy process and helpful staff. Process online and on phone was seamless.

Donor

Rating: 5

My Dad's truck had been sitting the driveway for years. He wanted to sell it, I kept telling him to donate it, that it would be easier than going through a sale. He finally decided to go with the donation. I filled out the application online on a Saturday and about 15 minutes later we received a call from a representative from Texans Can Academy to schedule the pickup for the following Monday. No problem at all. Quick and painless.

Donor

Rating: 5

I normally don't trade in my vehicles. cars for kids I have been giving away cars for pass 20 years... they have treated my well and I have met some wonderful people thru the cars for kids organization! there are so many people in need and this is a worthy cause that I trust!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is my second car that I donated to Cars For Kids. The experience and transaction process was professional and easy.
In my case I opted for a donation that would provide me a tax deductible receipt. This was quickly processed as the car was sold at auction.

When the time comes to donate number 3, I will be doing so. I know it really helps these kids to get back in school and the opportunity to stay there.
Great Organization!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization Your making a difference it help the education of our state

2 Nancy248

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Cars for Kids for allowing me to be part of such a great cause. In purchasing a car I also was able to help make a difference in a student's life. Thank you for taking the time in caring for our future while helping our future adults get educated. Thank you for the opportunity and look forward to making future business with you. Keep on doing great things!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen how this organization has helped lots of students. I would definitely want for them to continue to give opportunities to students.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an innovative and creative way to raise money for such an incredible cause. I love this and I loved the usefulness as someone who has been a part of this and purchased a vehicle.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I encourage everyone to donate and buy is a great cause in our community education

2

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great cause and great organizations. I love the support and opportunity these young men and women have because of Texans Can. Free school and care for underserved young kids in the state of Texas. Great job!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a very good experience. The process was easy and the pickup was scheduled and took place in a timely manor.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The car was picked up promptly, and everyone I had contact with was friendly and helpful.

Donor

Rating: 5

The donation was simple and timely. It was the third time I donated a car and each time it was a great experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

The online donation is straight forward and easy to fill out. I received a call from the organization almost immediately after submitting the online form, and the representative (Lilliana) was very helpful with filling out the necessary paperwork. The tow company contacted me within a couple of hours and I was able to get my car picked up the very same day. Very prompt service, bravo!

NettieDiaz

Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated our trucks to Cars for Kids for years now and each time it seems to get easier. Total professionalism from the donation center to the wrecker service. Being in a busy office its nice to know that you can get through this donation process with ease. Will definitely be calling again.

5 Tobi V.

Donor

Rating: 5

After doing a lot of research, we selected Cars for Kids as our organization of choice. I am so glad we did! The website alone provides all of the needed information including a online donation form. Within a few hours, a friendly and patient representative called to confirm the details. A tow truck driver arrived first thing the next morning! I could not be more pleased with my experience. Way to go, Cars for Kids! I wished every organization treated their patrons with the same amount of respect and courtesy.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The guy who picked up my car brought his foster son along and was showing him the ropes. Great to meet an actual beneficiary of my donation!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The experience was extremely easy. After calling, they set up a time to pick up the car and did so promptly. The car was in fairly good condition and it was conveyed to me that I could request the Kelly Blue Book value for my tax deduction, instead of the typical $500 tax deduction. Doing so added some value to my tax return. They filed the proper forms with the IRS and sent me my form as well, stating the value of the car. I highly recommend if you are considering this path.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I gave away a car. It was running and in decent shape.

They made the process very smooth and was able to come by on a day and time when I was available. I plan to donate again.

Thanks to the staff.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

It was a very easy experience. The process was pristine and crisp. They were also very good at communicating what would happen when.

Great Experience!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Very good experience. No hassles. Came right out. I recommend them highly.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the first time that I've donated a car. Cars For Kids was very professional. I was especially impressed by the timely pick-up and notification about the status of the car. I was delighted that the auction amount was over $3000 more than we had been offered as a trade-in

2

Donor

Rating: 4

First time to donate a car to any charity. It was much better than the usual hassel of trading it in and listening to the insulting low figures they throw at you. This time I felt really GOOD because someone would have a learning experience doing the minor repairs, and another would reap the benefit from those repairs. Sounds like a WIN - WIN situation all the way around. Thank you for being there.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The process went smooth everyone I spoke with was very thankful for my donation and my sister and I enjoyed our night out to see the Mavericks thanks for the tickets.

2 Yvonne14

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cars for Kids staff was very professional, polite and prompt. I really liked the communication as they kept me informed and picked up the vehicle at the appointment time. I will certainly refer Cars for Kids to my family and friends.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience dealing with Cars for Kids. Very professional from the first phone call. Responsive, timely, accurate. Scheduled pick up time was like clock work. Would recommend to anyone with a car or boat they have to donate.

1

Donor

Rating: 3

We were pleased overall with the process of donating a car. However, the "free vacation" thank you was very lame. I would rather receive a nice thank you card than a "pay us over $200 to activate your "free" vacation options". That cheapened the experience for us.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated vehicles three times to Texas Can and it has always been a good experience. They schedule a time to pick up the vehicle, and the driver is always on time and very friendly and professional. They provide the required paperwork for the donation and provide the tax receipt after the vehicle is sold.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

I have donated 3 cars over the past several years which has always been a very simple easy no cost process. Children are our greatest natural resource. Consider this charity when you choose to give.

1 Gary Lynn H.

Donor

Rating: 4

Picked up my boat with no efforts on my part and provided a tax receipt in timely manner

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization handled my automobile donation quickly and smoothly. The staff was professional and courteous. Overall, my experience was excellent.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Just as advertised. They took care of everything and provided all necessary paper work for taxes. Great cause, glad I donated.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Quick convenient,staff impeccable great experience start to finish.Great way to give back to your community and help your fellow man.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've chosen Cars for Kids three times over the years to donate a used car, most recently a few months ago. The staff has always been pleasant and professional. My vehicles were picked up on time and the paperwork has been sent in a timely manner. Giving to a worthy cause is easier when the organization is well run. I feel my donations have been used for the intended purpose of helping kids in need.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

I chose Cars for Kids because I believe in second and third chances.
I was not very pleased with the organization's organizational skills. No one seemed to know what their role was and they didn't communicate with each other and seemed frustrated with their jobs.
I was contacted by a couple of different people that were "cold calls" because I had donated. None of them had any background and I found myself explaning things multiple times.

Scheduling the pickup of the vehicle was easy- actually getting it picked up was a hassle.

I will donate to the Salvation Army next time.