Are you thinking of selling or trading in that old car, boat, truck, trailer or RV? Why not donate it instead? Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) has partnered with the America's Car Donation Charities Center to provide an easy-to-use, tax-deductible process to donate your vehicle or vessel. Your charitable contribution could make a big difference to help insure the continued success of our marine conservation programs!
SSCS can accept donations of vehicles and vessels from all 50 U.S. states. The process is easy, quick and convenient. And because we do all the work, your time is not wasted trying to sell your vehicle.
Please use this form to donate your car, boat, truck, trailer or RV. Once you submit the form, the towing company and customer service department will contact you via telephone within four business days at the latest. If you need the pick-up sooner, please let us know as we may be able to make those arrangements as well.
If you have any difficulty with this form, please call Donate A Car at 1-800-240-0160. You may also e-mail them at [email protected].
Remember, your unwanted vehicle or vessel is tax deductible and makes a positive difference for endangered marine wildlife in our world's oceans.
Sea Shepherd Vehicle Donation Program FAQ
FAQ's for the Vehicle and Vessel Donation Program
1. What can I donate?
A: We accept most vehicles and vessels including but not limited to cars, trucks, trailers, boats and RV's.
2. Is my donation tax deductible?
A: Yes. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is classified with the IRS as non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Individual tax situations vary so please check with a tax professional to determine what if any tax benefit you may receive.
3. What do I need to donate my vehicle?
A: We would like the title to the vehicle, but if you do not have it please call us anyway. It is possible that other arrangements may be made.
4. My car hasn't run in years. Can I still donate it?
A: Yes, we are able to accept most vehicles running or not (exceptions include older vehicles whose value would not offset the cost of towing). To find out if we can accept your vehicle, please submit a donation form.
5. Can you pick up vehicles in all 50 states?
A: Yes, we are able to pick up accepted vehicles in the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
6. How is the value of my car determined?
A: In short, the IRS allows you (the donor) to assess the fair market value of your vehicle. The Kelley Blue Book, AutoList.com, and the NADA Guides may be used as helpful references in determining the Fair Market Value of your vehicle.
We suggest you review IRS Publication 4303 (Acrobat PDF file) which sets forth the manner in which the IRS requires you to determine the value of your donated property. If you need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, then click here.
7. How will the car be picked up?
A: We will arrange to have your vehicle towed away by a professionally-licensed, bonded and insured towing company.
8. How long will it take to pick up my car?
A: You will be contacted within three or four business days at the most. If you need your car picked up sooner, please let us know as we may be able to make those arrangements as well.
9. How can I contact you to schedule a pick up?
A: You can contact Donate A Car by emailing [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-240-0160.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society uses the services of America's Car Donation Charities Center for our vehicle and vessel donations.
America's Car Donation Charities Center and Sea Shepherd value and respect all individuals and organizations seeking to make a charitable contribution. We understand that you may be concerned about privacy issues that surround the use of the Internet.
We're focused on only one thing: helping you help others in a safe environment. Therefore, we do not disclose information about your individual visits or information that you may give us for your vehicle donation -- such as your name, phone number, address and e-mail address -- to any outside companies except for the use of completing a donation transaction that you initiate. We specifically ask for information about you when you make donations -- such as name, phone number, address and e-mail address -- in order to better provide our service to you. This information will be used solely for the purposes of completing your donation.
When you make a donation, Sea Shepherd will receive the information you provide. Sea Shepherd may retain your name and may use it for future solicitations. If you do not want the Sea Shepherd to retain your information in their donor database, you will need to contact Sea Shepherd directly.
Please consider donations of stock to help support Sea Shepherd
Giving stock is a great way to help Sea Shepherd's efforts to conserve and protect our oceans and their inhabitants.
A gift of publicly traded stock that has increased in value that has been owned for more than one year may provide greater tax benefits than giving cash. Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the stock. Plus you avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the current value over the original cost of the stock. You may also save by not incurring brokerage fees because you are transferring ownership rather than selling the stock.
How to Give
We currently utilize the services of Charles Schwab to handle stock donations. Our account information is provided below.
Please consult with your tax advisor and/or legal advisor. If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mailing [email protected] or call USA (212) 220-2302.
For Domestic Wires – U.S. Dollars:
Citibank 111 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 ABA: 021-‐000-‐089 FBO: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Account # 4055-‐3953 For the Account of: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Account # 3975-‐1079
For International Wires – U.S. Dollars:
Citibank 111 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 SWIFT Code: CITIUS33 FBO: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Account # 4060-‐7595 For the Account of: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Account # 3975-‐1079
For DTC Securities Transfers:
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. DTC # 0164 Account Name/Registration: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Account # 3975-‐1079 Contact: Beth Steinhaus/206.621.8832 or Jay Turley/206.624.9000
We're excited to announce a brand new way that you can support Sea Shepherd!
When you apply for and receive the new Sea Shepherd Visa Platinum® Rewards Card, our issuing bank (UMB) will donate $50 to Sea Shepherd when the card is used for a purchase within 90 days of issuance. And UMB will donate a percentage of all your future purchases on the card to Sea Shepherd as well! All of this is done at no cost to you and no cost to Sea Shepherd
Each of the 5 custom Sea Shepherd card choices makes a statement about our mission and about you!
Enjoy enhanced Visa Platinum benefits and rewards – earn and redeem bonus points for airline tickets, merchandise, statement credits and more at participating merchants. See our FAQ below for more information.
The more of us who participate, the bigger the impact we can make. The more Sea Shepherd credit cards that are issued and used, the more funds will to go towards saving ocean wildlife!
All the benefits of a platinum Visa card will be yours, along with the satisfaction of showing your support of Sea Shepherd's mission every time you use your card.
Please support us by applying for your Sea Shepherd Visa Platinum® Rewards Card today
This program is only open to U.S. residents 18 and over
If you are not interested in our credit card program, please consider supporting Sea Shepherd through a direct donation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does opening a credit card with UMB benefit Sea Shepherd? A. Sea Shepherd receives $50 for each approved application that is activated and used within 90 days of approval. Additionally, a percentage of every retail purchase made using the card will be donated to Sea Shepherd.
Q. Who is UMB? UMB is a multi-bank, multi-billion dollar holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. They were ranked by Smart Money as "the highest-scoring traditional bank among our favorites and by Forbes as the #2 "best" bank in the U.S." As a leading card issuer with nearly 40 years of credit card experience, UMB offers a wide range of consumer and commercial Visa and private label products. For more information, visit www.umb.com.
Q. Is there an annual fee? A. Please click here for the most updated pricing and fees disclosure.
Q. What is the annual percentage rate (APR) on the card? A. Please click here for the most updated pricing and fees disclosure.
Q. Can I apply over the phone? A. Unfortunately, not at this time.
Q. How can I get an application by mail? A. Paper applications will be available at certain Sea Shepherd events or by contacting [email protected]. We encourage you to apply securely online to help us reduce marketing and processing costs.
Q. When I apply for the card, will my transaction be secure? A. Yes. Your application will be transmitted to UMB through an encrypted security page.
Q. Do I have to activate and use the card within a certain time period for the Sea Shepherd to receive the $50? A. Yes. But you only need to use the card once within the first 90 days for us to receive the $50 bounty. Of course, we encourage you to make it your primary card because Sea Shepherd receives a percentage of every retail purchase at no additional cost to you.
Q. How does the rewards program work? A. Simply use your card at the participating retailers listed on rewards.umb.com:
To earn Bonus Rewards points shopping in-store, make sure you use your card for all your purchases. An up-to-date and complete list of participating retailers can always be located on the Bonus Rewards Web site.
To earn Bonus Rewards points for online purchases, you must access participating retailers through the Bonus Rewards Web site and use the link provided to make your purchases. If you do not use the link to shop, you will not earn Bonus Rewards points on your transactions.
Your earned Bonus Rewards points will automatically be credited to your Bonus Rewards Activity account and can be found on your monthly statement.
Q. What can I redeem for with my points earned? A. You can redeem your points for name-brand merchandise, gift cards, travel, event tickets and activities. For more information about redemptions options, please visit rewards.umb.com for more details.
Q. Do my points expire? A. Points expire after 5 years. For more information on Program Rules, please see the Rewards Program Rules disclosure that will accompany your card.
Q. How do I redeem my points? A. Simply go to online redemptions site at rewards.umb.com to redeem your points.
Q. If I have another question about Bonus Rewards not listed above, who can I contact? A. Please contact customer service at 800-821-4115.
Photos courtesy of Bob Talbot (Dolphins and Whale) and Eric Cheng (Sharks)