"Clunkers" Program Hurts Some Charities

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO -- A Dallas charity that helps at-risk teenagers and their families estimates it has lost $75,000 in vehicle donations as a result of the 'cash-for-clunkers' program.

Texans Can vice president Cheryl Rios said some donors called saying they had changed their minds. They said they went ahead and traded the vehicle in for the 'cash-for-clunkers' program.

"Cash-for-clunkers" has been a huge hit with car buyers looking to snap up rebates of up to $4,500 for trading in gas-guzzlers for new fuel-efficient cars.

But some charities that rely on vehicle donations for funding say they're receiving fewer cars and trucks.

Many charity operators and economic observers say it's too soon to determine how the clunkers program will ultimately affect giving.

Some donation program operators say the clunkers program's popularity and publicity has raised awareness about car donation in general and proven beneficial.

The CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Jerry Davis, says his group received 26 cars in July, up from 18 to 12 in the previous five months.

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