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Boat Donations: Bring Hope to the Hopeless

Since 2005, Goodwill Car Donations has been assisting individuals and families in need across the U.S. Donate a used boat or other vehicle to our long-standing organization, and you give hope to your fellow Americans facing hardships. We transform every boat donation into hope for those in need. Our experts will auction your watercraft and use the proceeds to support local Goodwill Car Donations organizations.

The IRS-approved nonprofit organizations we support provide essential programs to your local community, such as job training, education, and employment opportunities. Our mission is to help disabled and impoverished individuals and families find the stability they need for a brighter future. There’s a reason Goodwill Car Donations is one of the most trusted places to donate boats in the country.

How Do I Donate My Boat to Charity?

Donate your boat hassle-free with Goodwill Car Donations! We appreciate your generosity and make it easy for you to enjoy a rewarding donation. Learn how to donate a boat to our charitable organization via the three-step donation process below.

  1. Contact us.

Contacting us is the only step you’ll be doing, and you can do this either through a phone call or by filling out our online form. You only need to provide us a few basic details regarding your watercraft, as well as your personal contact information. We’ll call you back shortly to set a date, time, and place of your preference for your boat’s FREE pickup.

  1. We collect your boat.

On the day of towing, be sure that you’ve already removed every personal possession you have from your boat. Have your boat title ready — it’s required. Lost your title? Our experts can help you get a duplicate.

We’ll issue you a towing receipt before we take your boat. The receipt gives you the freedom to cancel your boat’s registration and insurance coverage.

  1. We send you your tax-deductible receipt.

We will sell your donated boat at a top auction house. After it sells, you’ll receive a 100% tax-deductible receipt (needed for tax filing) within a few weeks.

There you have it! If you’re interested to learn more about how to donate a boat to charity, head over to our FAQs page. If you have questions or concerns, tell us about them here. We will respond to you within 24 hours. You may also give us a call at our toll-free hotline 866-233-8586. We’d be happy to hear from you!

What Types of Boats Do You Accept?

Are you worried that the old watercraft you intend to donate no longer has any good value and that we might not accept it? No need to feel that way with us! We’ll gladly take your boat with open arms regardless of its condition! We accept boats from companies large and small, including Yamaha, Sea Ray, Chris-Craft, and more.

Unlike other organizations that have their own boat donation programs, we are open to vessels that are hardly functioning and have damaged parts. You can even donate a boat without a trailer. As long as what you’re offering to donate is not a stolen or an abandoned boat, there’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

The vessels we welcome at Goodwill Car Donations include the following:

You can also donate to us other vehicles that you no longer need or use. For a listing of the other vehicles we accept, please check this page.

Why Goodwill Car Donations?

Many benefits await when you donate your boat! Enjoy a top tax deduction and make a difference in your local community. Here are some of the top benefits of donating your boat to Goodwill Car Donations:

  • Experience a stress-free donation process.
  • Free towing whenever and wherever you prefer.
  • No more paperwork for you — we’ll take care of everything from start to finish.
  • Stop wasting your time advertising and looking for a buyer.
  • No need to spend money to make your boat appear sellable.
  • Say goodbye to costly insurance, maintenance, storage, and repairs.
  • Partner with one of the nation’s highly respected charitable organizations.
  • Be proud of yourself for being able to help transform lives in your community.
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How Do Donations Play a Role in Supporting Important Initiatives and Programs?

When you donate a watercraft to Goodwill Car Donations, we auction the boat and use the proceeds to help community members in need. The organizations we support offer job and skills training, employment placement, scholarship programs, and more. Free job training programs help individuals acquire the skills they need to hold a stable, long-term job. The goal is to provide financial stability to local families, lowering the poverty rate and improving the entire community.

The organizations that Goodwill Car Donations supports also help place qualified individuals with lucrative jobs that encourage them to thrive. Employment placement services include career counseling, networking opportunities, resume building, and more. Individuals who were unable to graduate from high school or college may also take part in one of many scholarship programs. Our organizations help them reach these milestones and improve their chances of finding stable, high-paying jobs.

Apart from these programs, Goodwill Car Donations supports organizations providing disability benefits, educational services, family support, livelihood assistance, and more. We know that when individuals thrive, the entire community benefits. Your charity boat donation has a substantial impact on the lives of your neighbors facing the challenges associated with poverty, disabilities, and more.

What Causes Poverty?

Poverty is a serious issue among communities across the U.S. Many individuals and families struggle to meet their basic needs. There are countless internal and external causes of poverty, but in the end, a community’s culture can accommodate poverty or fight against it.

Many causes of poverty are external. They’re due to the community failing to provide substantial resources for citizens. Common external causes of poverty include a lack of shelter, food insecurity, limited access to clean water, unemployment, poor infrastructure, an absence of social services, and gender discrimination. However, there are numerous other external circumstances that may result in poverty, such as natural disasters or a depletion of natural resources.

The internal causes of poverty are different. These are the elements that are within each person — such as an individual’s values, confidence, knowledge, and aspirations. The internal and external causes of poverty often combine to create difficult situations that seem impossible to escape. For instance, a community that fails to provide proper education can result in illiterate community members.

Illiteracy can make finding a high-paying job even more challenging. However, a community that values education gives citizens the groundwork they need to seek lucrative employment opportunities. These individuals often the confidence, diligence, and knowledge necessary to overcome poverty.

When you donate your old boat to Goodwill Car Donations, you help provide solutions for poverty in your community. Our experts use the proceeds from the sale of your boat to give impoverished individuals access to superior education and employment opportunities. When one person overcomes poverty, he or she gives others the hope and determination they need to do the same. We do our best to give your local community members the tools they need to thrive.

Use Your Old Boat to Transform Lives Today

Give your old boat a new purpose! Donate now and make a difference. Call 866-233-8586 or fill out our simple online form.


Last Updated: June 24th, 2024

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