December 1, 2015; Los Angeles Times
In October, NPQ reported on the suit filed by Minnesota’s attorney general against a car donation operation that spanned 40 states. In the suit, she accused the Car Donation Foundation of passing along only 20 percent of the value of the donations to charity while doing business with vendors that were companies owned by the foundation’s founders. Now, it appears the attorney general of California, Kamala Harris, is taking similar action, filing civil lawsuits against Cars 4 Causes and People’s Choice Charities, two charities based in Southern California that she alleges have been misappropriating funds.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported on Cars 4 Causes, one of more than 360 such vehicle donation organizations, which brought in $23.5 million in revenue last year. Across those programs, only about 35 percent was finally distributed to charities. The Times’ investigation was material to