KUT, The Battered Woman’s Center and many other organizations are very worthy causes. So why not donate your tired car to one of these? Well, because your car does not really go to one of these laudable organizations. The car goes to a for-profit broker. The broker auctions the car off to a salvage yard. The worthy cause gets a small percentage of the proceeds. For the worthy cause 5% of something is better than 0% of nothing and they need every dime they can get so they agree to let their name be used in the process.
You would come out ahead googling “Auto parts used” and getting bids from salvage yards for your tired vehicle. By all means give half of what they pay you for it to KUT or the Battered Woman’s Center or your favorite cause. Everybody comes out ahead except the for-profit junk vehicle broker.