American Children's Society. I thought it prudent to use this blog to explain to the public what we know about this charity.
American Children's Society (ACS) is an organization that works in eight states (AL, FL,KS, MO, NJ, NY, PA, and TX). It's primary program is the Auto Donation Program, which it claims on its website to have run for the past 10 years. According to its 2009 IRS Form 990, it's program expenses consist mostly of the transport, repair, and storage of donated vehicles. Also according to the 2009 IRS Form 990, it pays a third-party business to solicit, process, and sell donated vehicles. A much smaller program provides assitance to families of ill and deceased children.
The National BBB Charity Review Program, known as the Wise Giving Alliance, has sent ACS repeated requests for information, but the organization has chosen not to respond. Charities have the right not to disclose their information to us, but we feel that failure to disclose information demonstrates a lack of commitment to transparency.
American Children's Society suggests that donors check out their 990 tax forms on Guidestar.org. I encourage all donors to carefully read any organization's most recent IRS Form 990 before making a major donation to a charity that chooses not to otherwise disclose its information.
For more advice on donating an automobile or other vehicle, check out the BBB's Tips on Giving.