Ford, Lincoln Dealers Gave $114 Million to Causes in 2016
According to the annual Ford Motor Company survey on Dealer Giving, Ford and Lincoln dealers in the United States alone gave an estimated $114 million in charitable donations and volunteered more than 800,000 hours to worthwhile causes in 2016. The results were announced at the 17th annual Salute to Dealers Awards at the 2017 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo in New Orleans.
“Time and time again our dealers find ways to truly go further in their communities,” said Edsel B. Ford II, Salute to Dealers awards program chair and Ford Board of Directors member. “I am continually amazed by the selfless efforts of our honorees and nominees who choose to make a difference in people’s lives every day.”
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According to the survey, an estimated 80% of dealers claimed to donate time and funds to local causes in the effort to make a difference in their respective communities. Causes range from environmental to health care to municipal services to disaster relief to children’s charities. Children’s causes were sources for donations from 69% of respondents, followed by education and scholarships at 62%, veterans causes at 56%, and first responder-focused initiatives at 46%.
Edsel B. Ford II and four other judges also selected six dealers from around the globe to receive the 2016 Salute to Dealers awards, which entails a portrait painting of the winner and a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choosing. Winners included three US-based dealers, one Canadian dealer, one Turkish dealer, and one New Zealand-based dealer.
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