Charities got 31 percent of car donation proceeds

Less than a third of car donation proceeds to charity

Charities in California received 31% of the funds raised in commercial car donation programs during 2012. Total revenue for vehicle donations was approximately $17.7 million, with the charities receiving approximately $5.5 million.

The three largest campaigns together brought in $9.5 million (54% of the total), but turned over only $1.3 million (14%) to charity. The remaining campaigns together turned over 51% to charity.31 percent to charity

Charity 2012 Revenue Amount to Charity Percent to Charity
Breast Cancer Research Foundation  $4,756,236  $475,624 10.00%
Car Donation Foundation  $3,176,465  $577,784 18.19%
Operation Gratitude, Inc.  $1,593,002  $233,853 14.68%
Subtotals for largest three  $9,525,703  $1,287,261 13.51%
All other campaigns  $8,189,965  $4,201,936 51.31%
Totals for all campaigns  $17,715,668  $5,489,197 30.98%

By law, commercial fundraisers are required to register with the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts. Then, for each solicitation campaign conducted, they are then required to file annual financial disclosure reports that set forth total revenue and expenses incurred.

Source: The 2012 report from the California Attorney General covering charity campaigns by commercial fundraisers.

31% is six-year low

31% is the low point, going back to 2007. The six-year average was 46.5% and the high point was 57.8% (2009). This information is from the 2012 report and similar reports for prior years.

Year All Campaigns Revenue (millions) Amount to Charity (millions) Percent to Charity
2012  $17.7  $5.5 31.0%
2011  $21.6  $11.6 53.8%
2010  $23.0  $11.0 47.2%
2009  $33.0  $19.0 57.8%
2008  $21.4  $9.8 45.9%
2007  $27.2  $11.8 43.4%
Average  $24.0  $11.4 46.5%