Boat Donation | Tax Deductible

In the United States, charitable giving to qualified non-profit organizations has long been encouraged by the federal government. The IRS encourages financial support of these organizations. The Charles F. Chapman School of Seamanship, Inc. qualifies as such an entity, under IRS Code 501 (c)(3) and the IRS has continued our designation of this approval since 1971.                                                                                                    


For Donations
Contact Donations at: (772) 283-8130 ext 10
Donations Email:

How to Donate My Boat

  1. Contact the Chapman School 
  2. An Inspection is arranged
  3. Paperwork is provided for filing
  4. Delivery is arranged at no cost to you
  5. Your tax deductible donation is complete
How do I benefit:
  • Have the satisfaction of knowing that your tax deductible donation benefits the students and maritime programs of Chapman School.
  • Eliminate the time, energy, expense and stress involved in trying to sell your boat.
  • End all expenses now for dockage, insurance, maintenance, storage, repairs, financial investment and interest.
  • Pay no sale commissions, avoid providing buyer's marine surveys or dealing with sea trials.
  • Complete the entire transaction in a few days.
How does the School benefit:
  • Grant scholarships to deserving students.
  • Expand our training programs to meet maritime needs.
  • Update our technology for use in our classrooms. 
  • Hire licensed, professional mariners as instructors.
  • Expand our facilities & training programs.

Why should I donate my boat to Chapman School of Seamanship?

Because we are one of the few non-profits that can legitimately use your vessel in our training programs, i.e. boat handling, floating classroom to teach marine surveying, boat maintenance projects, as well as systems, electrical, and engines. The term "significant intervening use” is an important consideration in choosing the right non-profit for your donation. In that regard, according to the IRS: "Section 7.01 (1) of Notice 2005-44, 2005-1 C.B. 1287, states that to constitute a significant intervening use, a donee organization must actually use the qualified vehicle to substantially further the organization's regularly conducted activities, and the use must be significant. Incidental use by an organization is not a significant intervening use. Whether a use is significant intervening use depends on its nature, extent, frequency, and duration.” Be careful of organizations that would use a lease/purchase gimmick to satisfy the meaning of "significant intervening use.”


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