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Charity & Fundraising

Donate to Charity and we’ll give you a Store Credit that matches your donation amount, up to $10. The store credit will be valid for 3 months and will be issued after you place your order. You really can’t lose! You’re helping others and getting rewarded for it!

Dirt Cheap RC wants to support causes with you! We will support different causes as time goes on. Rest assured that your donation will in fact help someone that is in real need. We will of course be taking 0% of any funds that are donated for ourselves*. Please read below for information on our current charity fundraising cause.

How to Donate:

  • Simply select your donation amount during checkout!
  • Click here to donate directly without ordering RC parts!

Our Current Effort: Education in the Congo

Dirt Cheap RC is teaming up with Living Hope International Ministries in Latham, NY in order to make a real difference in the lives of children. We want to help those who are less fortunate than us here in the US. Our goal is to be completely transparent while doing this. We are a smaller type of organization and hobby shop, where you can be sure that your donation is not being used for anything other than its intention. 100% of your donation* will be put towards sponsoring a child in the Congo for a year of schooling.

More Information About Sponsoring a Child

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) many of the families cannot afford for their children to attend school. There is no reliable public schooling in the DRC. Therefore, parents must pay for their child’s education, if they are able to. The result is that many children are unable to attend school so as to learn even the most basic of skills. Or their family struggles financially while sending them to school, often foregoing other basic human needs in order to pay for the schooling. This Child Sponsorship program has been established to address this urgent need. By gaining a basic education, a child is better able to learn and understand the Biblical Scriptures and gain a relationship with God, helping to fight against the severe evil that inhabits their everyday lives. Also, they will be able to build a foundation for providing for their future families, eventually breaking the poverty cycle that plagues so many of them.

$480 is all that it costs to sponsor a child for his or her education for a school year. This includes the tuition expense, as well as providing the child with a uniform and a few school supplies. Sponsorship payments are due around the middle of August each year. Dirt Cheap RC’s aim is to be able to sponsor at least one child each year. With the help of the RC community’s donations, we are hoping to sponsor even more.

Transparency & Updates

We will be updating this page with more information as donations are taken over the next year, before the August enrollment happens. We’ll keep this page updated with how much money we’ve taken in and who we’ve been able to help. Your support is much appreciated! Please see the timeline below for updates.

*100% of your donation will be put towards sponsoring a child in the Congo for a year of schooling. However, due to Credit Card Processing Fees and PayPal Fees, 3% of the donation amount will be withheld to cover those fees when processing your donation payment. For example, if you place an order and choose to add a donation of $1.00 during checkout, $0.97 will be put towards sponsoring a child while the remaining $0.03 has been taken by our payment processor. If you choose to donate directly and not purchase any RC products from our store, there is simply an additional $0.30 payment processing flat fee that will be withheld. For example, if you donate $2.00 directly without purchasing any RC products, $1.64 will be put towards sponsoring a child while the remaining $0.36 has been taken by our payment processor. Again, none of this money is taken by us, but by our payment processors.


  • Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 – We have concluded our Charity Donation Offerings on the site. As of today we have received a total of $18.00 in donations from our caring customers. For the sake of transparency, below is a list of all of our customers that donated money.
    • $1.00 from James H. in Ohio on December 1, 2018
    • $5.00 from Brandon W. in  Texas on February 13, 2019
    • $1.00 from Jason G. in New Jersey on May 10, 2019
    • $10.00 from Michael A. in Pennsylvania on October 1, 2019
    • $1.00 from Will K. in Iowa on January 7, 2020

    Thank you to everyone for your efforts. Since the donation amount is not enough to sponsor a child in the Congo, we will be giving the donation amount to Donation Trackers for their use. Please consider visiting Donation Trackers yourself and participating in their humanitarian efforts.

  • Thursday, April 10th, 2019 – Dirt Cheap RC will now match your donation by providing you with a Store Credit when you choose to make a donation, up to $10. Donate $10? Get a $10 Store Credit from us that’s as good as cash. You really can’t lose! You’re helping others and getting rewarded for it! The Store Credit is valid for 3 months, so you have plenty of time to use it towards your next RC purchase.
  • Friday, February 15th, 2019 – As of today, we have raised a total of $6.00 via web order donations. We will continue to keep this option available to customers of our store. We are still looking into more effective ways of promoting our fund raising efforts. But please, feel free to continue to donate as your donations are truly needed and appreciated. Even if we only end up raising a small amount, it will still be donated and it will still be helpful 🙂
  • Thursday, December 20th, 2018 – We have been able to raise just $1.00 via web order donations :-/ While this cause is worth our efforts, it is unfortunate that others are not as willing to donate, even small amounts. We certainly aren’t intending to shame anyone. But these are real people that need real help, and it is truly unfortunate. We will be looking into additional avenues by which we can raise funds to sponsor children for schooling. Stay tuned!
  • Monday, September 17th, 2018 – Information regarding Congo Donations added to the site. Also an option during checkout to donate money and a direct donation ‘product’ has been added to the website.