Below you will find a list of organization where you can donate your car or automobile in Louisiana to charitable organizations. Donating your car in Louisiana helps these organizations to achive the funding necessary to do the charitable work they do in Louisiana. Depending on the condition of the vehicles the cars are sold or dismanteled for parts and the proceeds helps this organization raise the money in order to to o all the good they do for the communities in Louisiana.
- Autism Speaks
- Blazesports America, Inc
- Breast Cancer Fund
- Cars for Jobs
- Diabetic Youth Foundation
- Doctors without Borders
- Glaucoma Research Foundation
- Mercy For Animals
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
- National Kidney Foundation
- National Marine Life Center
- Operation Enduring Freedom Family Fund
- Surf Aid International
- The Marine Mammal Center
- VIDA - Volunteers for Inter American Development Assistance
- Youth Radio
When you donate your car in Louisiana the donation is tax deductible, however the value is determined based on IRS rules and also the donation facility or oganizaiton you choose. Some organization give you the market value based on sources like Kelly Blue Book others when they sell or monetize the vehicle will send you the donation amount.
In order to donate your car in Louisiana you need to have registration documents to sign over when you surrender the vehicle to the organization you are donating. If you don't have a copy of the registration and you are the owner you can get a copy from Louisiana DMV for a small fee. When the donation is made and you surrender the car you must sign over the pink slip or the registration form and this should end your liability on the vehicle. In Louisiana you usually hold on to your license plates and return them to DMV in Louisiana. Exception to the registration rule in Louisiana are boats and snowmobiles also cars older than 1975. Don't forget to fill in the odometer reading when you sign the Louisiana registration form, this assures that if anything happens because of the car sucha s an accident you have proof that you were no longer the owner or driver of the vehicle.
The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway Baton Rouge, LA 70805
2435 W. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70506
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
2126 Constance St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Habitat for Humanity
1320 Monroe St., Alexandria, LA 71301
Habitat for Humanity
3331 Broadway Ave., Alexandria, LA 71302
Tips for Donating Your Car or Vehicle
Find a worthy charity, do your homework specially if the charity you usually donate to does not take cars.
Make sure the charity you have chosen in Louisiana is IRS approved so your deduction is tax-deductible. You can find out more information at the IRS site or by readin publication 78 provided by IRS on this subject. You can download a copy of this publication on IRS site by searchig for it.
Once you have selected a charity see if you can drop your car off yourself, your good deed goes a long way since the charity has to pay fees to third parties to pickup the car.
In order to protect yourself from any liabilities or future parking tickets in Louisiana, transfer the title to the charity and inform the local Louisiana DMV of the transfer.
Make sure you have proper documentation of your donation if the car value or the value of your donation exceeds $500 then you will need to document it by filling IRS tax form 8283 and for amounts over $5,000 you will need to get an appraisal for the value of your donation. Most usually you can find the value of your car by checking the Kelley Blue Book, the values of car might be slightly different in Louisiana but in general it is based on age and mileage and condition of the car. And for cars that are worth more than $500 IRS might require a proof from the charity to show how much they got for the car. So be sure to ask for these documents when you make your donation.