Camping is more than just about having fun. It’s an opportunity to escape from everyday cares, clear your mind, make new friends and get back to the little things that mean so much. In fact, camping can have a remarkable healing effect on both body and spirit. And nobody needs healing and hope more than children with cancer.
That’s why in 1984 KOA campground owners came together to create
the KOA Care Camps Trust. This trust raises money to send children with cancer to specialized summer camps throughout North America.
At these camps, kids have the chance to experience summer camp with others their age who understand what they’re going through. They swim, hike, sing, laugh, make new friends and create joy-filled memories, all while receiving the medical treatment they need.
To date, KOA Care Camps has raised more than $11 million through activities on KOA campgrounds, donations received from our amazing camping guests and support from local, regional and national corporate sponsorships.
How do I make a donation?
It’s easy. Fill out our donation form and our donation coordinator will contact you shortly. You may also call (888) 320-1414 and submit your information via telephone.
What can I donate?
We accept most cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, RVs, machinery and equipment. We also accept aircraft and real estate.
What information do I need to donate?
You must have a lien free title in your possession before the vehicle or boat can be picked up. Other pieces of information you will need are:
– The Year, Make, and Model of your donation.
– The Mileage of the Vehicle, or Hours on a Boat.
– The VIN # or Serial Number found on your Title Registration
Will there be any cost to me?
No. We will pick up your vehicle or boat donation anywhere in the United States or Canada, free of charge.
How will my donation be picked up?
ou will be contacted, and we will arrange to have your donation picked up at a time convenient for you. The pick up usually happens within one to two business days. Same or next-day pick up is often possible for emergency situations. All pick ups are done by licensed and insured companies. Please remember to remove your license tags.
How do I transfer the title to KOA?
The donor must sign their signature on the sellers line of the title. The name on the title must be the same as the signature on the sellers line. Please call (888) 320-1414 and we will help walk you through filling out your title.
What happens to my donation?
All donations are sold through the internet, auctions, licensed dealers, and brokers.
Is my donation tax deductible?
KOA Care Camps is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) charitable corporation. The IRS allows you, the taxpayer, to claim a tax deduction of (a) the value of your vehicle up to $500, or (b) if we sell the vehicle for more than $500, we will send you the required IRS documents that will allow you to deduct the full value we sold it for. In Canada, with an appraisal, a donor may deduct their fair market value for their donation.
What do I receive after making a donation?
We send you the following:
– A Receipt of Donation, listing what and when you donated
– An IRS 8283 Form for tax purposes
– A KOA Care Camps Brochure
– A Personal Acknowledgement of Donation Letter
– An Odometer Statement for you to fill out and return to us in the provided envelope
What does my donation help?
Please visit our home page for more information on how your donation will assist children with cancer attend specialized care camps throughout the USA and Canada.
Do you need volunteers?
That’s easy.. yes! If you are interested in being a KOA Care Camps volunteer, please call, and a KOA Care Camps staff member will welcome speaking with you.
Where are these camps held?
Care Camps are held at various locations around North America , as KOA campgrounds do not have the facilities needed to offer specialized treatments and otherwise accommodate the unique needs of children with cancer.
Who owns and operates the event camps?
The camps we support are not affiliated with either KOA or KOA Care Camps. Each is independently owned and operated.
Are any donations are used for administration?
One hundred percent of all donations go to fulfill our mission of helping send kids with cancer to camp and supporting medically supervised camps. All administrative fees are covered by other resources, so every dollar donated can go directly to supporting Care Camps.
How can I become a sponsor?
We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about sponsoring or partnering with KOA Care Camps. Please contact us for additional information.