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    The Youth Rescue Fund has established its own customer self-service section.  We have answered many questions frequently asked by our many donors.  Most likely, your question will be answered here too! If not, please call us (1-800-433-5111) or send us an email by filling out the contact form by clicking here.  We appreciate what you are doing to help others in need.
   
Q01: How do I know that you are a legitimate organization?
Q02: How is the value of the vehicle established? And who does this?
Q03: What kind of paperwork will I receive and when?
Q04: Who handles DMV paperwork?
Q05: What do you do with the donated vehicles?
Q06: How much money has this vehicle donation program raised for charitable purposes?
Q07: Do all donors benefit from this tax write-off?
Q07: What are the IRS rule regarding donations?
Q08: How do I go about donating my vehicle?
Q09: What kind of cars can I donate? Or in what kind of condition?
Q10: How soon can you make arrangements to pick up the car?
Q11: When can you have my car picked up?
Q12: Is the towing free of charge to me?
Q13: How far do you go to tow donated vehicles?
Q14: What other donations do you accept?
Q15: I want more information about your organization

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Q01: How do I know that you are a legitimate organization? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: We are legitimate and in good standing with both the State and Federal Governments, and are recognized to be tax-exempt organizations as described in Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3). Our IRS identification number is 95-4534972. We are in our eighth year of serving high-risk youth. You can read more about us and our good work on our web site http://www.la-youth.org Most of our organization's financial data including copies of our IRS form 990 filings are posted in our area on GuideStar's national data base. To view this information please click here.
Q02: How is the value of the vehicle established? And who does this? return.gif (1055 bytes)
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The donor determines the value of their vehicle donation. The IRS rules state that the value of the vehicle is determined by the amount of money paid for it when the charity sells it, if it sells for more than $500. If it sells for less than $500, the donor can claim up to $500 of the fair book value.

Q03: What kind of paperwork will I receive and when? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: At the time the car is picked up, you will receive from the tow truck operator an official receipt of your donation with our Tax ID # that is required by the IRS to support any claim you might make for a tax deduction. If you will send a copy of that receipt to us at The Youth Rescue Fund, P.O. Box 46606, Los Angeles, CA 90046, we will also send you a certificate of donation with the selling price of your vehicle, which you can use as back-up when you file your tax return.
 
Q04: Who handles DMV paperwork? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: We do. We will provide all necessary forms for you to sign at the time the vehicle is picked up. If your car is registered in California, you will need to enter the necessary information, sign and mail the "Release of Liability" form (that is attached to your title) directly to Sacramento DMV. (List "Youth Rescue Fund" as the buyer and "Donate" as the selling price). If you do not have the form, let us know and we will get one to you.
 
Q05: What do you do with the donated vehicles? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: Donated vehicles are sold to the public, to dealers, to auto shops, to dismantlers and to salvage dealers depending on their condition.
 
Q06: How much money has this vehicle donation program raised for charitable purposes? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: Please visit the Financial Information section of our web site for details.  
Q07: Do all donors benefit from this tax write-off? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: No, not all donors benefit from this donation. Some donors will be able to take advantage of this and some will not, depending on that individual's income tax situation. In general, if you do the IRS "short form" you will not benefit. If you itemize and use the IRS "long form", however, you may be able to benefit from this. Please consult with your tax preparer or CPA for individual consultation.
 
Q07: What are the IRS rule regarding donations? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: We have prepared a brief, unofficial summary of the applicable IRS regulations. Please remember that these rules change over time, so we advise that you check the official regulations by clicking on the link to them on the summary page. To view the summary page Click Here
 
Q08: How do I go about donating my vehicle? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: It's simple. Call The Youth Rescue Fund at 1-800-433-5111. We will take care of all the paperwork and handle all the arrangements for you, or click here to for more detailed donation information.
 
Q09: What kind of cars can I donate? Or in what kind of condition? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: Practically we can accept any vehicle as a donation. The few vehicles that we cannot accept will be those which are not complete, with fire damage extensive body damage or that have been flooded. Also, the vehicle must be accessible and in safe condition to tow. If in doubt, please call us at 1-800-433-5111.
 
Q10: How soon can you make arrangements to pick up the car? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: Usually within 24 hrs. after notification. And sometimes, depending on the location and the volume of calls, it will take up to 3 days.
 
Q11: When can you have my car picked up? return.gif (1055 bytes)
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We provide towing service on a daily basis including Saturdays. We usually schedule morning, afternoon and evening pick ups on any given day. Of course we will do this at your convenience.
 

Q12: Is the towing free of charge to me? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: Yes, we provide free towing at your convenience.
 
Q13: How far do you go to tow donated vehicles? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: We have set up a network that enables us to tow from most areas surrounding the LA and San Diego metropolis as follows:
To the West of LA The Ventura and Mira Monte areas
To the North of LA The Santa Clarita area
To the East of LA The San Bernardino and Yucaipa Areas
To the South of LA.... Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and San Diego areas

We also have arrangements with a company that will process vehicles donated to us, nationwide. Please call the toll free number at 1-800-443-5111 for more detailed information.
 

Q14: What other donations do you accept? return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: At the present time we can accept vehicles, motorhomes, RV trailer, motorcycles and some boats. If you are interested in making large corporate donations of other goods, or donations of industrial nature, please call us at 1-800-433-5111. For household items or other goods please call us.
  
Q15: I want more information about your organization and the programs that you provide. return.gif (1055 bytes)
A: For more information about us you can go to our web site at http://www.YouthRescueFund.org or call us at at the numbers in Q14, above. We'll be glad to fax or mail this information to you.
  
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ADDRESS: P.O. Box 46606
West Hollywod, CA 90046
Nationwide Toll Free: 800-433-5111 Phone: 323-969-8726  
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