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Donate Your Vehicle

Ready to get rid of your gas guzzler and reduce your carbon footprint? Or maybe you just have one too many vehicles and want to do some good?

Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo can now accept donated vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, and more. All you need to do is to complete this simple online form or call 1-866-628-2277 and Vehicles for Charity will take care of the rest - including picking up your vehicle or arranging towing, with no charge to you. This is an easy and convenient way to support the zoo's work, and it's tax-deductible too.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I donate?
You can donate most any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. They do not have to be currently running. Your vehicle donation will be sold at an auction or to salvage depending on condition. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, the Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo is a non-profit organization (EIN# 39-6077008) and all donations qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.   

What do I need in order to donate my car?
The title to the car must be in your name. We will also need some information about where the car is located and the condition of the car. This will assist us in scheduling appropriate towing arrangements.  

Will you pick up my car?
A towing company will call you to schedule the pick-up of your vehicle. You will need to give the driver the keys to the vehicle as well as your signed title.   

How is the value of my car determined?
The IRS allows you to take a charitable tax deduction on your federal income tax form equal to the amount the vehicle sells for at auction unless it sells for less than $500. If your vehicle sells for less than $500 you may deduct no more than $500. If your vehicle sells for more than $500, you will need to include the IRS form 1098C. Vehicles for Charity will supply this documentation after your vehicle sells. We recommend you consult your tax advisor with questions about your deduction. 

How do I donate?
Call 1-866-628-2277 - they will answer any other questions you may have and can also make arrangements to pick up your donation. You can also get started by filling out our online vehicle donation form. If you have questions for Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo, we can be reached at (608)258-9490 M-F between 8:30am and 5pm.