Preparing a Vehicle For Donation Is Easy!

When donating your car to charity, one of the most important documents to have is your vehicle title. While in some cases Giving Center can make arrangements when you can’t locate your car title, the process is much easier if you do have the title.

Because this is the legal document that shows you own your vehicle, it is important to fill it out correctly when you need to do a title transfer. Duplicate copies can be obtained if you make a mistake. However, you can avoid a time-consuming trip to the DMV by learning exactly how to fill out your title when donating a car to charity. Looking for a charity that will take in your vehicle? Consider donating with the Giving Center! They accept a wide variety of charitable vehicle donations, including but not limited to: commercial vehicles, suv’s, trucks, cars, motorcycles, RVs, industrial vehiclesdonate aircraftdonate boats, and more

What Does My Car Title Look Like?

Vehicle titles vary from state to state, but it is an easy document to identify. Most car titles will say “Certificate of Title” or “Department of Motor Vehicles” at the top along with your state. The title will have the owner’s name and address as well as all the details about your vehicle. These details include the VIN, make and model of your vehicle and the odometer reading at the time you purchased the vehicle. If your vehicle has been damaged, the title may be “branded” as a salvage, prior salvage, flood damaged or rebuild vehicle.

Your vehicle title should be stored in a safe place inside your house. It may seem convenient to store it in your glovebox. However, this could lead to trouble if someone were to break into or steal your car. If the title is in your car, the thief could potentially switch the vehicle into their name or sell it to someone.

Tips For Filling Out Your Vehicle Title

When you do choose to donate a car, filling out the title correctly the first time will save you time and money. Keep in mind that rules vary from state to state. What is allowed in one state might not work where you live. If you are donating your car to Giving Center, you can always call us for help before filling out your certificate of title.

Here are a few tips to get you started in the right direction:

  • If you have a lien on your vehicle, this will be shown on your title. You will likely need paperwork from the bank showing that it has been paid off.
  • Some states require that your signature be notarized when you sign the title. If you live in such a state, do not sign your title until you are with a notary public.
  • Don’t use a pencil or colored pen to fill out your vehicle title. In most cases, only black or blue ink is allowed.
  • If you do make a mistake, using white-out or scribbling out your mistake may void your title. If you do mess up, it is best to ask how to correct it before covering up the mistake.
  • Fill out the accurate odometer reading. Intentionally misrepresenting the odometer reading or attempting to roll back the odometer itself is illegal.
  • Be aware that rips, stains, burn marks or other marks may cause a delay or other issues if these marks cover up important information.
  • Remember that it’s best to contact Giving Center if you have any questions. Filling out your title incorrectly can lead to extra paperwork and delays regarding your donation.

How To Donate A Car To Giving Center

The vehicle title is one of the most important things you need in order to donate your car. Filling it out correctly can be stressful, but we have a Title Department dedicated to helping with all of your questions. Give our Title Department a call at 1-888-228-7320 for any questions you may have about your title.

We strive to make car donation a simple and stress-free process. We handle everything for you and are here to answer all your questions when you donate your car to Giving Center. If you have a car to donate, just give us a call at 1-888-228-7320 or fill out an online car donation form.

When you donate a vehicle, you receive free towing from just about anywhere in the U.S. Because we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you will also receive a great tax deduction for your donation. Best of all, the proceeds from your donation benefit programs for those in need in local communities. Donate your car today and let us take care of everything!

Prepare Your Comic Books for Donation!

Comic book collecting is fun and a great hobby that you can pass on from generation to generation. But what happens when you accumulate too many comics? Do you have a collection that is simply getting too large? Are your kids just not interested in your collection? If that is the case, put your comics to good use and donate them! Instead of letting them collect dust and take up storage, you can donate comic books to charity! Giving Center will take in your comic book collection and provide you with a tax deduction! 

What are some ways to prepare your comic books for donation you may ask, we’ll tell you 6 easy steps to maintain and preserve your comic book collection before donating them! 

1. Handle with Care

If your hands are dirty or oily, you can transfer the muck onto your comic books. Take the extra time to wash and dry your hands before packing up and storing your collection. You may even want to wear gloves when handling valuable Golden or Silver Age comics. That way, you avoid staining the cover and inner pages.

2. Support the Backs

The spines of your comic books are particularly important. To help protect a comic book collection, be sure every comic has an appropriately sized backing board. This backing board will keep the comics from bending. 

Backing boards are basically precisely cut cardboard pieces that are inserted along with the comic into a protective sleeve. Without them, your comics are more susceptible to bending when crowded together in a box or being handled. This bending will damage the spine and reduce the value of your collectibles.

3. Bag Them Up

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Mylar sleeves are the best type of bag for storing comic books because they minimize the amount of air that can reach the comic and cause the paper to yellow. Mylar bags are not as flimsy as other types of comic plastic bags that are made from polyethylene or polypropylene.  Mylar bags cost significantly more than polypropylene bags, but the additional protection they provide is well worth the investment.

4. Use Archival Comic Boxes

If you’re going to keep your collection in self-storage, put your books in acid-free cardboard boxes. Once the comic books are in the bags, the boxes will add yet another layer of protection.

Why comic boxes instead of regular cardboard boxes? That’s because the dimensions of comic boxes are designed specifically for comic storage, which makes it extremely easy to pack. Plus they are extra sturdy and durable.

There are are two kinds of comic boxes, short and long. Long boxes hold 200-225 comic books, while short boxes hold 150-175 books. If you have a large comic collection, long boxes are probably the best choice.

5. Consider the Environment

Comic books should be kept in an area that’s dry and maintains a steady temperature, preferably between 60 and 70 degrees. For that reason, if you are keeping your comic collection in a self-storage unit, make sure it has climate control. In addition to regulating temperature, climate-control self-storage units often also maintain optimal humidity levels.

Also, be wary of other environmental factors. For example, when storing his comic books, makes sure the boxes are elevated off the ground via milk crates to help protect against any flooding. Any kind of shelving or filing cabinet can also work.

Water damage is one of the greatest threats that your valuable comics face, so keeping them off of the ground is important. You might even consider covering the stored boxes with a tarp in the unlikely even that the roof of your storage space leaks.

6. Do a Regular Checkup

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Out of sight isn’t just out of mind. If you don’t check on your comics regularly, you won’t know until it’s too late whether they’re beginning to turn yellow or whether they’ve become contaminated with mold or mildew. If you are putting your comics into long-term storage then it is even more important to check on them regularly. If you check your stored collection and smell mildew, move your collection to a new location promptly and replace all of the boards, bags, and boxes. But let’s hope that never happens!

The better you preserve your comics, the more valuable they become. When donating, the higher value in turn means the more deduction you can receive! If you are interested in making a comic book donation to charity, contact Collectibles with Causes or the Giving Center for more information how! You can also speak to a live representative at 888-228-7320. Giving Center is a nationwide nonprofit charity organization that will pick up your charitable donation at no cost to you!. Contact us today!

Are You Ready to Donate a Vehicle?

Are you thinking about getting a new vehicle? Maybe you’ve been dragging your feet because you don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling your current car. Here’s an idea: donate your car instead. Not only does a car donation save you the headache of selling, but it also makes a difference in the lives of other people. With Giving Center, you can help hurting heroes who have served our nation and now need some extra support.

Ready to learn more? How does a car donation work, and where do you get started? To make the process as simple as possible, here’s a quick guide on how to donate a car to charity

1. Decide Where To Donate

The first step in donating a car is to do your homework. Thanks to modern technology, it’s simple to gather important information about different charities, their reputations and how they operate. For example, Giving Center is an IRS approved 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that helps individuals, families, Veterans, the homeless, rescues, and other nonprofits across the US. 

When you are researching where you would like to donate your car, make sure that you choose a reputable nonprofit organization, such as Giving Center, that is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. If you are planning to use your donation as a tax deduction, it must be to an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) to qualify. If you want to verify this status, you can ask for the organization’s IRS tax-exemption letter, or you can look it up on the IRS website online.

2. Choose How Your Car Will Be Delivered

The next thing you need to consider is how you will physically donate your car. For example, when you choose to donate your vehicle to Giving Center, we will pick up and/or tow your vehicle for free — at a time and date of your choosing. You don’t want any added expenses or hassle trying to coordinate a drop off when you are trying to donate something.

However, if you’d prefer to drop off the car yourself, make sure it is road worthy. You will also need to provide the original title so that all parties can sign.

3. Get a Receipt

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If you plan to claim your donation for a tax deduction on your income taxes, you need to make sure your get a receipt for your donation. Charities are supposed to provide you with a receipt within 30 days of selling your car. At Giving Center, we will mail you a receipt after the donation occurs.

If your car will be sold, you can receive a deduction for the amount your vehicle is sold for, and you should expect a receipt after the sale. Always follow up and make sure you get your receipt, because you will need it when you file your income taxes.

Also, according to Edmunds.com, the IRS is more likely to audit non-cash donations, so you will want to keep the receipt…just in case.

4. Itemize Your Tax Return

The final step in donating your car is to itemize your tax return when you file your taxes. In order to get the biggest bang for your buck, make sure that the amount of your donation plus your additional tax-deductible items equal more than the standard tax deduction.

If the car you donate has a sale price or fair market value that’s higher than $500, you will also have to complete Section A of IRS Form 8283 and include it in your tax return. If the value is higher than $5,000, you will need to get an independent appraisal and complete Section B of IRS Form 8283. Check the Kelley Blue Book, the Hearst Black Book or the National Auto Dealers Association for fair market values.

What Paperwork Do You Need To Donate a Car?

When you donate your vehicle, you will typically need to provide a valid title, although requirements vary from state to state. Also, for the sake of claiming a tax deduction, you’ll want to obtain documentation from the charity about your donation. This documentation should include your name, your vehicle’s VIN number, the date of your donation and a statement describing what you received in exchange, if anything.

How Much Do You Get for Donating a Car?

It depends. First of all, you can only take a deduction for a car donation if you’re itemizing on your return. Assuming you are not taking the standard deduction, you can deduct the fair market value of the vehicle if one of the following is true:

  • 1. The organization to which you donated is using the car in its regular operations.
  • 2. The charity is selling or donating the vehicle to someone needy for below market value.
  • 3. The nonprofit is improving the car so that it can either use or sell it.

If none of those statements are true, you can only deduct the amount that the charity receives after selling the donated automobile. You will need to provide a receipt from the charity to the IRS verifying that amount.

How Do You Choose To Which Charity You’ll Donate?

To make a donation that’s tax-deductible, you’ll want to give to an organization that has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the IRS

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How Do You Find a Local Charity? 

When you’re researching charities, pay attention to where they’re stationed and if there are locations near you. When an organization is in your area, it’s easier to ask around and get feedback. You can also visit the nonprofit in person if desired.

At Giving Center, we have a presence and accept donations in all 50 states. If you’re looking for the best car donation charity near you, you can’t go wrong with us.

Do Most Charities Offer Free Pickup?

Many charities will offer free pickup for donated vehicles, which can give you extra convenience.

With Giving Center, we’ll come to you at the time and date of your choosing, hauling away your car at no additional cost.

These simple steps make it easy to donate your car. Not only is auto donation an excellent way to get a tax deduction, but your contribution will be helping a person, business, or community in need.

7 Reasons Why You Should Donate To Charity Today

You know what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you’re willing to let go of unnecessary belongings (hello old furniture and computer equipment), you could be helping those who actually need them. Not to mention, reaping multiple benefits for yourself. From saving money on your move to selling your home faster (and for more!), here are 7 reasons why donating items before a move is a good idea.

If you’re interested in donating your furniture, collectibles, or computers, please contact Giving Center at 888-228-7320 or visit us online here. Giving Center is a nationwide nonprofit charity organization that offers free pickup of your charitable items!

7 REASONS WHY DONATING ITEMS BEFORE A MOVE IS A GOOD IDEA

You’ll save on taxes

Looking to save money come tax season? Don’t forget to keep those donation receipts! Donating your household belongings is one of the easiest ways to save a bundle on taxes this April. You may need to fill in those donation receipts with an itemized list of all donated items, as well as their corresponding current cash value. If you don’t have time to record all donated belongings before moving, simply take a photo of each item. Using these pictures to keep track of donated belongings will make it easier to go back and fill in your donation receipts after you move to your new home.

Your move will be cheaper

Rule of thumb: the more stuff you have to move, the more expensive your move will be. The reason? The cost of a long distance move is based on the weight of your belongings. So the more belongings you have to move, the heavier your overall move will be. Similarly, the cost of a local move is based on an hourly rate. So the more stuff you have to move, the longer (or more hours) it will take for a moving company to finish the task. By getting rid of unnecessary household belongings, you’ll be cutting back on both the weight of your move and the time it will take to do it.

You’ll create a calming space

Clutter equals chaos. By dejunking your home and donating unnecessary household goods, you can easily transform your once messy abode into a calming oasis. Multiple studies have proven time and time again that less stuff can actually increase happiness. 

You may be able to sell your home faster

One of the best ways to sell your home fast (and for more) is by donating excess belongings. This will help buyers focus on the home’s features instead of its clutter, which will hopefully make it easier to sell. If the home is decluttered and staged to appear spacious, tidy and welcoming, you can bet it will also sell for more.

You’ll be less likely to clutter up your new home

Feel like you can’t find anything? Moving is a great excuse to declutter and start fresh in a new home. So don’t waste time packing useless knick-knacks that will only serve to junk up your new place. Instead, focus on purging your belongings and making your house as clutter-free as possible before the move. Not only will this make it easier for you to find everyday items, but it will also prevent you from tripping over cords, toys and other hazardous belongings.

You won’t have to pay for a storage unit

Good news! If you donate all of your excess belongings, you may no longer need to rent a storage unit. While self-storage units are fairly affordable, the costs do add up – especially if renting long-term. In addition, loading a self-storage unit takes time and energy that could be better spent elsewhere during a move.

You can help others

Don’t forget that by donating household belongings to a good cause, you are also helping those in need. From furniture to working electronics, your hand-me-downs can be recycled and reused by others who need them.

Where to donate your belongings before moving

Not sure where to donate belongings before moving? Visit http://www.givingcenter.org for more information on what you can donate! You can also speak to a live representative by contacting them directly at 888-228-7320. Your charitable donation

How To: Get Your Computer Ready For Donation

Your computer, phone, or tablet holds all kinds of personal information about you, and before you donate it, you should make sure to delete all of that information correctly.

Your charitable computer donation will be donated to help those in need. Below are some tips on how to prepare your device to be donated safely. On most devices, wiping your data securely is pretty straightforward, and doing so can prevent your data from being recovered by someone you would rather not have it. How you do this depends on which operating system you have and what type of storage drive your device has. Before you wipe a computer, make sure that you have a backup of any files you need and deactivate any software that requires doing so.

For Macs, Apple recommends logging out of any iCloud services, including iTunes and iMessages.Next, figure out which type of storage your computer has. On Windows, this information is harder to find than it should be, but the easiest way is to open the Defragment and Optimize Drives tool (type “defragment” into the search menu in the taskbar). On a Mac, click the Apple logo and then About this Mac, and select the Storage tab. The entry typically says “solid state” or “flash storage” for a solid-state drive (SSD), whereas for a mechanical hard drive it says “hard disk drive.”The following directions for wiping a computer will work with any system running Windows 10, as well as most Macs. If you have an older copy of Windows or if you like to get into the weeds with different file-deletion methods, a third-party tool like Dban is your best option.

Wipe and reset your computer

This is your last chance to retrieve any files, so check one more time before you proceed.If your computer has a mechanical hard drive, all that’s left is to format the storage drive and reset the operating system. When you do this, you have two options: to keep your files (which is useful if your computer is running slow or has other issues) or to remove everything, which deletes all your files stored on the computer and reinstalls the operating system. If your computer has an SSD and it’s encrypted, this step isn’t necessary if you’re recycling the computer, but it is a good practice.

Windows

A screenshot from a Windows computer during the process of wiping the hard drive.Open Settings and select Update & Security.Click the Recovery tab, then Get Started.Select Remove everything.Follow the on-screen prompts, and your computer will restart; depending on the size of your storage drive, this can take a few hours. Eventually it’ll land on the setup screen, and you can power it off.

Mac

The Mac Disk Utility area and a popup dialog prompt for erasing data stored on a media deviceFor a Mac, you need to boot your computer into a special menu:Turn on your computer (or restart it).Immediately press and hold the Command and R keys on the keyboard until the Apple logo appears. Once it does, release the keys.Your Mac will boot into a special recovery menu. Select the Disk Utility option from the menu.Choose your storage drive and then click the Erase button. It’s okay to keep the default settings for the format and the scheme.Click Security Options. If you encrypted the storage drive, you can leave this at the default option, but if you’re formatting a mechanical hard drive, you should move it up to at least the second most secure tier, “3-pass secure erase.”Once Disk Utility finishes erasing everything, you can turn off the computer. Or you can head back to the Utilities menu and select Install macOS if you want to start the process for the next owner, but that isn’t required.

ChromeOS

A Powerwash reset screen in the ChromeOSGoogle enables encryption in ChromeOS by default, and the reset process is straightforward:Open Settings.Type Powerwash into the search bar.Click Reset.Click Restart.Click Powerwash and then Continue.Note that Chromebooks connect to a Google account, which still stores most, if not all, of your data. When you run Powerwash, it automatically logs you out of your Google account.

Smartphones and tablets

As with a computer, you should take the steps to securely wipe and reset your phone or tablet before selling it. The process is much easier on mobile devices than on computers.

iOS and iPadOS

A general reset screen for iOS and iPadOSiPhones and iPads have device encryption enabled by default, so you need only to reset yours. First, make sure you have a recent backup, and then disable Find My. Once that’s done, you can reset the phone or tablet:Open Settings.Tap General.Tap Reset.Tap Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your passcode when prompted and then tap Erase.When the process is complete, the iPhone or iPad will restart, after which you can power it off.

Android

A reset options screen on an Android deviceRecent Android devices have encryption enabled by default, but double-check to make sure it’s enabled under Settings > Personal > Security (it may be in a different place on some Android phones). Also, make sure your phone is backed up. From there, you can reset the device. This process will vary depending on the phone model, but here’s how to do so on a phone running stock Android:Open Settings.Tap System and expand the Advanced drop-down.Tap Reset options.Tap Erase all data.Tap Reset Phone, enter your PIN, and select Erase Everything.Encrypting and erasing your devices is plenty for most people, though you can take the destruction route if you don’t plan on passing the device along. If you have a laptop that’s still functioning, though, consider donating it! Computers with Causes, in connection with Giving Center, will take in your donated computers and electronics, ensure that all data is deleted, and then donate to individuals and families in need! It is important to know older computers still have more life in them, and there’s always someone who can use them. For more information on what you can donate, or how you can donate computers to students, families, and veterans in need contact us at 888-228-7320 or visit us online at http://www.computerswithcauses.org 

7 Reasons to Donate Your Furniture to Charity

You know what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you’re willing to let go of unnecessary belongings (hello old furniture and computer equipment), you could be helping those who actually need them. Not to mention, reaping multiple benefits for yourself. From saving money on your move to selling your home faster (and for more!), here are 7 reasons why donating items before a move is a good idea.

If you’re interested in donating your furniture, collectibles, or computers, please contact Giving Center at 888-228-7320 or visit us online here. Giving Center is a nationwide nonprofit charity organization that offers free pickup of your charitable items!

7 REASONS WHY DONATING ITEMS BEFORE A MOVE IS A GOOD IDEA

You’ll save on taxes

Looking to save money come tax season? Don’t forget to keep those donation receipts! Donating your household belongings is one of the easiest ways to save a bundle on taxes this April. You may need to fill in those donation receipts with an itemized list of all donated items, as well as their corresponding current cash value. If you don’t have time to record all donated belongings before moving, simply take a photo of each item. Using these pictures to keep track of donated belongings will make it easier to go back and fill in your donation receipts after you move to your new home.

Your move will be cheaper

Rule of thumb: the more stuff you have to move, the more expensive your move will be. The reason? The cost of a long distance move is based on the weight of your belongings. So the more belongings you have to move, the heavier your overall move will be. Similarly, the cost of a local move is based on an hourly rate. So the more stuff you have to move, the longer (or more hours) it will take for a moving company to finish the task. By getting rid of unnecessary household belongings, you’ll be cutting back on both the weight of your move and the time it will take to do it.

You’ll create a calming space

Clutter equals chaos. By dejunking your home and donating unnecessary household goods, you can easily transform your once messy abode into a calming oasis. Multiple studies have proven time and time again that less stuff can actually increase happiness. 

You may be able to sell your home faster

One of the best ways to sell your home fast (and for more) is by donating excess belongings. This will help buyers focus on the home’s features instead of its clutter, which will hopefully make it easier to sell. If the home is decluttered and staged to appear spacious, tidy and welcoming, you can bet it will also sell for more.

You’ll be less likely to clutter up your new home

Feel like you can’t find anything? Moving is a great excuse to declutter and start fresh in a new home. So don’t waste time packing useless knick-knacks that will only serve to junk up your new place. Instead, focus on purging your belongings and making your house as clutter-free as possible before the move. Not only will this make it easier for you to find everyday items, but it will also prevent you from tripping over cords, toys and other hazardous belongings.

You won’t have to pay for a storage unit

Good news! If you donate all of your excess belongings, you may no longer need to rent a storage unit. While self-storage units are fairly affordable, the costs do add up – especially if renting long-term. In addition, loading a self-storage unit takes time and energy that could be better spent elsewhere during a move.

You can help others

Don’t forget that by donating household belongings to a good cause, you are also helping those in need. From furniture to working electronics, your hand-me-downs can be recycled and reused by others who need them.

Where to donate your belongings before moving

Not sure where to donate belongings before moving? Visit http://www.givingcenter.org for more information on what you can donate! You can also speak to a live representative by contacting them directly at 888-228-7320. Your charitable donation

How to Prepare Your Computer Equipment For Donation

Your computer, phone, or tablet holds all kinds of personal information about you, and before you donate it, you should make sure to delete all of that information correctly.

Your charitable computer donation will be donated to help those in need. Below are some tips on how to prepare your device to be donated safely. On most devices, wiping your data securely is pretty straightforward, and doing so can prevent your data from being recovered by someone you would rather not have it.

How you do this depends on which operating system you have and what type of storage drive your device has. Before you wipe a computer, make sure that you have a backup of any files you need and deactivate any software that requires doing so. For Macs, Apple recommends logging out of any iCloud services, including iTunes and iMessages.

Next, figure out which type of storage your computer has. On Windows, this information is harder to find than it should be, but the easiest way is to open the Defragment and Optimize Drives tool (type “defragment” into the search menu in the taskbar). On a Mac, click the Apple logo and then About this Mac, and select the Storage tab. The entry typically says “solid state” or “flash storage” for a solid-state drive (SSD), whereas for a mechanical hard drive it says “hard disk drive.”The following directions for wiping a computer will work with any system running Windows 10, as well as most Macs. If you have an older copy of Windows or if you like to get into the weeds with different file-deletion methods, a third-party tool like Dban is your best option.

Wipe and reset your computer

This is your last chance to retrieve any files, so check one more time before you proceed.If your computer has a mechanical hard drive, all that’s left is to format the storage drive and reset the operating system. When you do this, you have two options: to keep your files (which is useful if your computer is running slow or has other issues) or to remove everything, which deletes all your files stored on the computer and reinstalls the operating system. If your computer has an SSD and it’s encrypted, this step isn’t necessary if you’re recycling the computer, but it is a good practice.

Windows

A screenshot from a Windows computer during the process of wiping the hard drive.Open Settings and select Update & Security.Click the Recovery tab, then Get Started.Select Remove everything.Follow the on-screen prompts, and your computer will restart; depending on the size of your storage drive, this can take a few hours. Eventually it’ll land on the setup screen, and you can power it off.

Mac

The Mac Disk Utility area and a popup dialog prompt for erasing data stored on a media deviceFor a Mac, you need to boot your computer into a special menu:Turn on your computer (or restart it).Immediately press and hold the Command and R keys on the keyboard until the Apple logo appears. Once it does, release the keys.Your Mac will boot into a special recovery menu. Select the Disk Utility option from the menu.Choose your storage drive and then click the Erase button. It’s okay to keep the default settings for the format and the scheme.Click Security Options. If you encrypted the storage drive, you can leave this at the default option, but if you’re formatting a mechanical hard drive, you should move it up to at least the second most secure tier, “3-pass secure erase.”Once Disk Utility finishes erasing everything, you can turn off the computer. Or you can head back to the Utilities menu and select Install macOS if you want to start the process for the next owner, but that isn’t required.

ChromeOS

A Powerwash reset screen in the ChromeOSGoogle enables encryption in ChromeOS by default, and the reset process is straightforward:Open Settings.Type Powerwash into the search bar.Click Reset.Click Restart.Click Powerwash and then Continue.Note that Chromebooks connect to a Google account, which still stores most, if not all, of your data. When you run Powerwash, it automatically logs you out of your Google account.

Smartphones and tablets

As with a computer, you should take the steps to securely wipe and reset your phone or tablet before selling it. The process is much easier on mobile devices than on computers.

iOS and iPadOS

A general reset screen for iOS and iPadOSiPhones and iPads have device encryption enabled by default, so you need only to reset yours. First, make sure you have a recent backup, and then disable Find My. Once that’s done, you can reset the phone or tablet:Open Settings.Tap General.Tap Reset.Tap Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your passcode when prompted and then tap Erase.When the process is complete, the iPhone or iPad will restart, after which you can power it off.

Android

A reset options screen on an Android deviceRecent Android devices have encryption enabled by default, but double-check to make sure it’s enabled under Settings > Personal > Security (it may be in a different place on some Android phones). Also, make sure your phone is backed up. From there, you can reset the device. This process will vary depending on the phone model, but here’s how to do so on a phone running stock Android:Open Settings.Tap System and expand the Advanced drop-down.Tap Reset options.Tap Erase all data.Tap Reset Phone, enter your PIN, and select Erase Everything.Encrypting and erasing your devices is plenty for most people, though you can take the destruction route if you don’t plan on passing the device along. If you have a laptop that’s still functioning, though, consider donating it! Computers with Causes, in connection with Giving Center, will take in your donated computers and electronics, ensure that all data is deleted, and then donate to individuals and families in need! It is important to know older computers still have more life in them, and there’s always someone who can use them. For more information on what you can donate, or how you can donate computers to students, families, and veterans in need contact us at 888-228-7320 or visit us online at http://www.computerswithcauses.org 

Donate Your Vehicle in 5 Easy Steps!

Step 1: Determine What To Donate


You can donate a cardonate a truck, donate an SUVdonate a motorcycledonate a boat, or donate an RV that you own. To prove ownership, you will need to have the title for your vehicle, or we will be unable to accept the donation. For more information, please visit the links below:

Step 2: Determine The Value of Vehicle


The IRS has taken the guesswork out of determining the value of your vehicle. You may deduct the full price that we receive from the sale of your vehicle. This greatly simplifies the process for you, the donor, because you no longer have to research and come up with an estimate of the fair market value of the vehicle. This also eliminates the risk of you getting into trouble by overstating the value of your deduction on your tax return. You’ll know exactly the amount you may deduct, eliminating guesswork, and saving you both time and risk.

You will receive a receipt at the time we pick up your vehicle, and as a follow up we will send you a second receipt later, as soon as we sell it, letting you know the exact amount for which it sold. That amount is your tax deduction. Giving Center will also provide you with your tax form 1098 C for your tax deduction. 

If the age or condition of your vehicle is such that your tax deduction works out to be less than $500, you may use its fair market value instead of the sale price.

Step 3: Complete Donation Form


Complete the donation form with your vehicle information. Once we have received your form and reviewed your information, we will contact you to start the donation process. If you need assistance filling out the form, you can always call us at 888-228-7320 to speak to a live representative! 

Step 4: Acquire The Title, Arrange For Pick up


Once we’ve reviewed your information, we will arrange to pick up your donated vehicle during a time most convenient to you. Before we arrive, make sure that you have cleaned all personal possessions out of the vehicle. Since most pick ups are done through a local towing company, make sure that you pass any special instructions on to Giving Center ahead of time.

Step 5: Get Your Tax Benefit


We will give you a receipt for your donation, which you can then use to obtain your tax deduction. Giving Center will provide you with all the information you need in order to receive your tax deduction come tax time. 

Giving Center is an IRS approved 501(c)3 nonprofit charity organization that operates across the United States. We offer FREE pickup of your charitable donations and make the entire donation process as simple as possible for our donors. For more information on what you can donate, or how to fill out our online donor form please visit http://www.onlinecardonation.org or give us a call at 888-228-7320 today! 

How To: Donate a Boat to Charity

Do you have a boat you no longer want, or no longer want to maintain? Donate your boat with Charity Boats today! It is not easy to sell a luxury item like a boat in today’s economy, much less during a pandemic, but you can still alleviate your burden as a boat owner and enjoy some financial gain, if only in terms of a tax deduction, and help a charitable organization at the same time. The steps outlined here apply to Giving Center and what they offer charitable donors such as yourself. 
Method 1 : Choose a Reputable Charity, Giving Center is an IRS Approved 501(c) Nonprofit Charity!


1. Research before you donate. There are a number of sites that offer charitable deductions for your boat, but check to see if they are legitimate before you donate your boat:

  • See if the organization has 501(c) status with the IR S.[1]   
  • Giving Center is an IRS Approved 501(c)3 non profit charity organization, not associated with politics or churches
  • Remember, due to the Separation of Church and State, churches and religious organizations are exempt from applying for nonprofit status. Donations made to these organizations are still considered tax deductible, and as an added benefit, they are 50% organizations which means that you will be allowed to deduct up to 50% of your AGI. 

Method 2 :Donate Your Boat


1. Visit our website Charity Boats to fill out a donor form today.

2. Follow the website’s instructions. These websites generally have FAQ pages to explain how to donate your boat. Charity Boat’s website will provide answers to all your questions; if not, you can speak to a live representative at (888)228-7320.  Typical questions that are usually answered in the FAQs include:

  • How to determine if your boat donation is tax deductible
  • How to determine the value of your donated boat
  • How to arrange for your boat to be picked up 
  • The paperwork you will be required to provide
  • The timetable for picking up your boat.

3. Be sure to let the charity know whether related items are included. For example, you may wish to include boating gear, life jackets, fishing equiptment, electronic equipment, etc.

How To: Donate Real Estate to Charity

Why Donate A House

Charitable donations are one of the best ways people can make a positive difference in the world. Donations are an important part of the legacy people leave for the next generation.

Philanthropy is not only for the super-rich; in fact, individuals at any level of income can experience the joy of sharing what they have. Many people who feel a strong commitment to support a particular charitable organization consider donating their houses, either by transferring the title of an unoccupied house or leaving a house in a will.

How Donating A House Can Help A Non-Profit

Non-profit organizations, like Giving Center, can get a huge benefit from the donation of a house, no matter how they decide to use the property.

Donations Give Full Value

If a homeowner sells a home and then donates the profit from the sale to a charity, the charity receives the sale price minus fees, like closing costs, and any capital gains tax the owner will owe to the IRS. But if a homeowner donates a house outright, the charity receives the full value of the property and has several options for using the house.

The Charity Can Sell The House

The non-profit may choose to sell the house immediately and will most often do that if there is a mortgage claim that needs to be settled. Selling the house is also the best way for the charity to get a large infusion of cash. In addition, by selling the house right away, the organization will have no need to pay taxes on capital gains.

Donors who have a strong sentimental attachment to a house should be aware that a donated house may be sold by the charity and may then be demolished in order to make room for a new development.

The Charity Can Rent The House

Alternatively, a non-profit can rent the house and earn a monthly income. This can be an easy option if the house was already being used as a rental property or vacation home. The income can be very beneficial in contributing to the organization’s ongoing operating costs.

The Charity Can Use The House

In some cases, depending on the location and condition of the house, a non-profit organization is able to put a donated house to use. For example, some donated homes have become office spaces for charities, and others have become shelters and halfway houses for the people whom the charity serves.

How Donating A House Can Benefit The Donor

Donating a house can also help the donor in many ways. Most of all, it can relieve the homeowner of a burden, and it can provide a helpful tax deduction.

Getting Rid Of Burdensome Property

For one thing, donating a house can be a good way to get rid of a property that is difficult or costly to maintain.

For example, a homeowner who inherited a property in another state had no interest in moving into the house or renting out the property long distance. The cost of keeping up the house and paying property taxes seemed burdensome, as did the cost of selling the property through a real estate broker. The homeowner eventually donated the home to a charity he supported and was relieved of the burden for caring for the property.

Eliminating Capital Gains Tax

Making a donation can also help the donor avoid capital gains tax.

A capital gains tax is a tax that is owed on the amount a property increases in value between the purchase and the sale. In other words, if a house was purchased for $150,000 and then sold ten years later for $250,000, the owner would owe taxes on $100,000 in the year in which the house was sold.

When a house is donated, on the other hand, the capital gains disappear.

Providing A Tax Deduction

In addition, donating a house allows for a tax write-off of the fair market value of the property, minus any unpaid mortgage balance.

Being able to deduct the value of a house can make a significant difference on tax returns.

However, if the tax deduction is your primary motivation in donating a house, it will be a good idea to consult with a financial advisor to make sure you understand exactly how the deduction will impact your tax return.

How Donating A House Works

The process of donating a house can vary according to several factors. Some of this factors include the condition of the house, the amount of debt still owed on the house, the owner’s needs, among others. If you have any questions   

Step One: Choose The Recipient

Although homeowners are free to donate houses to any individual or organization, they will only get a tax deduction if they donate to a non-profit approved by the Internal Revenue Service.

To search for an eligible organization:

  • Visit http://www.irs.gov,
  • Click on the Charities and Non-Profits tab,
  • Select Exempt Organizations Select Check.

Note that some eligible organizations, such as churches and governmental units, may not be listed in the database. But the website includes instructions for donating to other eligible organizations. 

Giving Center is an IRS approved 501(c)3 nonprofit charity organization that operates across the United States. We provide free pickup of your charitable contributions as well as the paperwork to receive a tax deduction. 

Step Two: Determine The Method Of Donation

A house can be donated in several ways.

The simplest method is to transfer the title from the current owner to the charitable organization, and this is the best method when the house is not occupied. If there is no outstanding mortgage, then the charity will be able to receive the full value of the house.

A house with a mortgage, however, represents a liability for the charity, so not all non-profits will accept a house with a mortgage. However, some donors transfer the title and continue to live in the home while they pay off the mortgage. This is known as a living trust. The house then becomes available for use by the non-profit when the homeowner has paid off the mortgage and/or no longer resides there.

Another way to donate a house is to leave it to a charitable organization in a will.

Step Three: Fill Out The Paperwork

Paperwork is an inescapable part of any legal transaction, so house donors should be prepared to fill out some forms.

These typically include a quit claim deed, a warranty claim deed, a donation agreement, and a deed and gift declaration.

The donation agreement will ask for specific information about the house, its estimated value, and any requirements or requests the donor would like to make regarding the use of the property.

This phase of the donation process will also require a title transfer fee, paid by the donor, in order to put the house in the non-profit’s name.

Step Four: Get The House Inspected And Appraised

It is the responsibility of the donor to get the house inspected and to get an independent appraisal to determine fair market value.

This sum is generally calculated based on the condition of the house and the sale price of other comparable homes in the neighborhood. The fair market value is the amount that the donor can deduct from his or her taxes.

What Types Of Property Can Be Donated

While this article will focus on donating houses, there are actually many other types of residential, industrial, and commercial properties that can qualify as charitable donations. Giving Center accepts a wide variety of charitable real estate donations! 

Other residential properties that can be donated include attached and semi-detached homes, like condominiums and duplexes; mobile homes; apartment buildings; and hotels. Industrial properties include warehouses, cold storage buildings, manufacturing buildings, and showroom buildings, to name a few. Commercial properties can include stores, restaurants, office buildings, garages, and medical buildings. It is even possible to donate land, a house, or other building in another country.

Consider Donating A House

Giving to charity is a wonderful way to give back to your community and to make a concrete and positive difference in the world.

A piece of property is a significant donation and can really contribute to the good work of a charitable organization. If you are considering selling a house and have a passion for giving to others, think about making a donation of your home to the charity of your choice. If you are interested in donating real estate please contact us directly at: http://www.realestatewithcauses.org or call 888-228-7320 to speak with a live representative. 

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