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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

112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I chose Cars for Kids because about 6 years ago I met a graduate from their school. He was looking for a job at the library that served his neighborhood/community. He presented himself very well; very articulate, and proud to be a product of this academy; he had a ready-to-work attitude. I was very impressed with him that when it came to donate my used car, the Cars for Kids was my first and only choice.
The donation process was very quick. This was a donation during the holidays and I thought that I would not hear from them until after the holidays. But I got a response very fast, polite, with an explanation of the process, pickup, and tax forms. A few questions were asked and the process was begun. At the appointed pick-up day, the tow truck driver called to let me know that he was on his way. He was very polite and professional with the paperwork and documentation. He let me take some pictures of the donated car on the tow truck. My tax forms were received in a timely manner.

I have donated cars to other worthy organizations. But after seeing the result of Cars for Kids upon meeting one of their graduates, it will continue to be my first choice for a donation.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

Upon hearing your ad on WFAA I thought this would be a way to help the kids in 2012. I had never donated a car before and I must say my experience left me with a very negative impression. While talking with the office to arrange for the donation, I was never thanked by anyone. It was amazing to me that no one from the office would say thank you and/or appreciate the donation. They acted like it was a bother to them and that they really didn't need the donation. They did say that I would receive a couple of tickets to a Mavericks game. The tickets arrived in the mail a week after the date of the game. I would not recommend donating to this organization. There are so many other organizations that really appreciate donors why help those that don't really appreciate it.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

We have donated a couple of vehicles and the process is quick and easy. Hauler showed up on time, paperwork was quick, and the vehicles were gone. Received tax documents in a short amount of time and at a fair price. I will do it again given the opportunity.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I thought this would be an awesome way to help kids and find a home for a trusted longtime family vehicle. The process for donation was effortless and all documentation required for taxes provided. Thanks for what you do~~!

1 Gail30

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization!
They are quick to respond either from online inquiries or phone. The process of donating a vehicle was quick and easy. They usually come the next day to pick up the vehicle. Paperwork is completed in a timely manner and you have all the documents for tax purposes.
I would highly recommend this organization for making a difference in keeping kids in school and giving them the education they deserve.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I think this is just an awesome way to help kids in their education. It was a smooth and easy way to remove our boat we never used anymore from our yard. What better way than to help the children in a culture that no longer values life. Thank you for this opportunity.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We donated our Aviator to Cars for Kids and I can say with absolute sincerity they handled everything with a tremendous sense of professionalism. It's not often in todays world that people meet high expectations, but they did and exceeded in every way! An awesome organization from top to bottom!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a 1st time that I donated my Honda Accord 1998 to this charity. Their service is great with a great professionalism. I strongly recommend others to donate their old cars to this charity to help the kids in education.

1 Waymond Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had been to a few of their auctions when they had a branch in Dallas. That's how I knew about them, that and the Randy Galloway ads.

I called them to donate my old Honda, they set an appointment, picked up the car, left me a receipt. Very quick and easy process.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired social worker, so I knew about this organization. I have donated 2 cars to Cars for Kids. I believe that the proceeds from this organization go directly to the clients served. Also, the donation was handled in a fast and thorough manner.

1 Beth94

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our "Betsy" need more work than we were willing to put into her. Still, we knew in donating it to Cars For Kids, she could help others. The value of the car was less than $1,000, but that money goes directly toward helping students succeed.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've heard about Cars for Kids for years and when we it was time to get rid of our 1995 Dodge Stealth, I knew exactly what I would do - - donate it to Cars for Kids. The process was very easy, professional and quick. Arrangements were made to pick up the car and we had our receipt within a couple of weeks. I'm glad our donation will help youth continue their education so they have the opportunity to make the most of their lives.

Thanks for all you do!
Charley

1 Teresa39

Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated 5 cars (two jaguars and an Audi and two mini vans) to Cars for Kids and will continue to do so as we get new cars. They are very professional, handle everything perfectly, send tax forms promptly and goes to a great cause.
Would highly recommend
tcf

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our car died in Decatur. We were driving to the grandparents for Thanksgiving when our car started sounding terrible. My husband tried several things (which did not work). When we arrived at the house it just died. we waited until Friday to take it to a dealership for repair. Hours later we got a phone call that it would cost more to repair than it was worth. my husband rented a car to go home to get our daughter back in time for school. since we had donated cars and a boat before, It was our first choice to dispose of an unwanted car. It was a win-win for everybody. Dallas can cars for kids picked the car up within four hours of our phone call, and the car was sold in time for a wonderful tax deduction (much more than we could sold it for or used as a trade in. We have recommended it to all of our friends and family. thank you, The Pacs

1 Pam_62

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently donated my car to Dallas CAN Cars for Kids, and they made it a great experience - very grateful and courteous to correspond with and scheduled a quick and very easy pickup! I could not have been happier - I will very definitely be donating to them again when opportunity arises!

1 Jamie60

Donor

Rating: 5

I had planned on donating my car to a charity. When I read the information on the Dallas Can Academy, I knew that it was the right place for my car. I had the car for 13 years and absolutely LOVED IT. If they still made them, I would buy one. I was surprised at the selling price of my car and was delighted that it helped Dallas Can Academy. The wrecker driver was so careful and courtious.



1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated three (3) cars to Can Academy to provide funds to help individuals continue their education. I decided that donating the vehicle allows me to help and at the same time I get a reasonable write off for my federal income tax. The organization is very professional and you can schedule a pickup that is convenient for you. I like the fact that I can take the license plates off the car and not have to worry about someone driving it without registering the vehicle. This happened once before when I traded in a car to a Pontiac dealership in Dallas. The people have been very nice to me and I will do it again. My last donation was two (2) years ago when I donated a Honda Accord.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cars for Kids made my donation very simple. I called, they scheduled the pick up, came and got the vehicle, gave me my receipt. Called me to see how things went and to inform me my information for the tax write off would be in the mail. I received it, saved it , wrote if off simple as that. I actually bought the vehicle from them so I guess one would say this was a full circle experience.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated a car to Texans Can Academies Cars for Kids. They could not have made it an easier more pleasant experience. They scheduled quick pick up, gave me a reciept, sent me an email, kept me updated and sent me my tax paperwork. I needed some follow up information when doing my taxes. They were so fast and professional. I was very happy to work with such a great organization. thank you Texans Can Academies Cars for Kids

1 Susan298

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated a boat that just needed some cleaning and a tune up. Cars for Kids made it very easy and we got a nice tax deduction while helping out a great organization. Win-Win all around. My late father would have liked the fact that it went for a good cause. Thanks

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Win-Win situation. I had a care that I no longer wanted and Cars for kids took it! Easy process. After one phone call - all was taken care of. Professional and kind people to work with!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The experience was made excellent by the very well versed and very intelligent people who took my call to donate 3 vehicles. My location was 4 hrs away from the nearest CAN Academy and 9.5 hours from the headquarters office. The staff reached over the miles in the snap of a finger and arranged SMOOTHLY for a SMOOTH pick up of the vehicles. Gold stars all the way around.

1

Donor

Rating: 3

I donated a vehicle to cars for kids. I am hopeful this helped some young driver. I think this is a great charity!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Every step of the car donation process was handled in a friendly and helpful method. I was truly amazed how simple they made it.

1 Bonnie54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donated 2 cars to this organization. Everyone is so friendly and eager to help. I will recommend them to anybody that wants to donate their cars.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome, Professional, Prompt, E-mail communications and phone calls to document my initial call to
donate up until the actual pick up and even the follow up acknowledgments and thank you's were perfect!
The Andersons

1 Mark127

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first car I ever donated, and the process was very simple. The staff at Cars for Kids were very professional and courteous, and explained everything we needed to do. Our car was picked up at the day & time scheduled, and they kept in close contact with the repair shop up until the car was picked up. After the car had been sold, we promptly received our receipt in the mail. I was very pleased with the process.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the 2nd car I have donated any many years. I am glad to be able to help out with the cars and the Kids

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated 3 cars to these guys. The last one not only didn't run, but I couldn't find the title!

They were able to handle everything without any issues.

In all cases, the pickup of the car was handled smoothly and had no issues with any aspect of the transactions.

-Chris

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This was the second car I had donated to the Cars for Kids. Just like my experience for a few years ago, the entire process was quick, easy and handled very professionally. I received follow-up correspondence every step of the way, thanking me for my contribution and letting me know exactly what was happening. I'm sure that when my current wheels need to be upgraded, I'll make another donation to Cars for Kids. Thanks.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Extremely efficient transaction. The valuation was fair, and the documentation was provided in a timely manner. I will certainly consider giving again in the future.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating our car to Cars for Kids was a great experience. Once i completed the online form, i got a call almost immeidately and was given options for pickup. They showed as agreed and the deal was completed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience. We donated a ski boat which had been in our family since 1984. It brought lifetime memories to all of us. Deciding to donate it was a tough decision but the boat was not being used much anymore.

Cars for Kids made the donation easy. The personnel that answered the phone were knowledgable and kind. The two gentelmen that came to our house to pick up the boat could not have been more professional.

I would reccommend Cars for Kids to anyone.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We recently donated a car to Cars for Kids. It was a very easy experience. Once I filled out the online form the pick up was scheduled within a couple of days. They sent an email that explained everything to us, told us the date the car would be auctioned and the probable value of the car. The driver left a receipt when he came to pick it up. Once the car was auctioned, we received a form for our taxes in the mail.

All in all, a very satisfying transaction. I will do it again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently donated my Chevy Tahoe to Cars for Kids. It is the second vechicle that I have donated to this organization. I have been very pleased with them on both occasions. They were always helpful and on time for the pick ups. They answered any questions that I had and sent the receipt to me in a timely manner. I will be looking foward to the next time I have the opportunity to use this organization again. They serve such a great need in our community!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization was great to work with. This is the second auto I have donated to them and each time they have been a joy to work with. I would recommend them to anyone.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They were so great to work with. Very friendly and professional. I even left my garage door opener in the car and they mailed it to me! Will donate to them again!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We donated our Ford Escape to Cars for Kids. The whole experience was well worth it. What a great organization. They were very professional and appreciative. The guy that picked up the car answered all of my questions and the whole process took less than an hour. I would highly recommended them to our friends. Very worthwhile cause.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience was great! I donated an old pick up truck that wasn't even running. We had an ice storm on the original pick up date on which I set with Cars for Kids. With the bad weather predicted, I thought it might be better for a tow truck driver to be available to help someone who was stranded instead of showing up and my house to pick up a truck that wasn't running anyway. I called to reschedule the pick up and the customer service representative was very thankful and quickly made other arrangements. I received all the proper paperwork for my taxes promptly. I will certainly recommend Cars for Kids to anyone I know.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've used this organization twice. Both times they were courteous and helpful on the phone AND the drivers were clean, organized, polite and ON TIME. The office was quick to follow-up with receipts of sale and were always available to answer my questions. Super organization to work with and very open about how the donated vehicles were used to help others. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for a worthwhile and honest charity to take a donated vehicle.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Couldn't have been easier. Very polite, professional and tow-truck was punctual, arriving exactly when schedules. I probably spent less than an hour in the whole process and feel great about helping to make a difference.

1 Leroy W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated my used Cressida with hope it would benefit some needy child. I was unexpectedly awarded two tickets to a Rockets game. The process easy and the car was picked up promptly. A great and satisfying experience.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We needed to find a charity to donate a car to. Their website was very clear on how to donate so I called and made an appointment for the car to be picked up. They showed up on time, verified I had correct paper work filled out and the receipt was mailed promptly. We had a great experience with Cars for Kids!