Colorado Public Radio is one of those non-profit organizations that has learned to help make ends meet by accepting donated vehicles and then pocketing whatever they can be sold for. Such organizations cannot be blamed if they awaited the arrival of the Cash for Clunkers program over last summer with some trepidation.
But in CPR’s case, car donations are actually up from 2008 – they went from 186 to 326, comparing last fiscal year to the current one.
Denverpost.com says they aren’t sure if it unmasks a tendency among public radio listeners to drive fuel efficient and therefore non-Clunker automobiles, or if the write-offs on the donation provided superior compensation than did the program. But the spike in donations has helped put them in the black.