The Ford Fund, in cooperation with South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers, is working to build on the positive impact made in prior years by focusing their philanthropic efforts primarily on education and support for families. With this year’s donations, Ford investments in the South Florida region total more than $3 million since 2000.
Among the organizations receiving support from Ford Fund in 2012 is the Education Foundation, which is receiving a $40,000 grant to support teacher expos in Miami and Fort Lauderdale and mini-grants to support about 60 teachers with their classroom projects. Amigos for Kids is receiving a $50,000 grant to provide holiday gifts for children from needy families in Miami, Homestead and Fort Lauderdale.
Ford Motor Company also is providing $145,000 to Salute to Education, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Ford and its dealers. The group is one of the largest private scholarship programs in South Florida and has awarded more than $3.6 million in scholarships to more than 3,800 deserving public and private high school seniors in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
"Together with our dealers and nonprofit partners, Ford has worked continuously to make a difference here,” said Shawn McDermott, Miami regional manager of Ford Sales and Service. “Ford and our dealers are committed to South Florida."
In addition to Ford’s donations, South Florida Ford dealers contributed $315,000 this year to Salute to Education and other organizations including Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen, Miami Dolphins Foundation and Florida Panthers Foundation.
“We are so fortunate to have Ford Motor Company’s support in addressing the issues and concerns facing the Miami area,” said Allan Young, chairman of South Florida Ford Dealers Association. “We listen to our customers and know they’re concerned about education and supporting families. Thanks to Ford and Ford and Lincoln dealer contributions, we can tackle these concerns and have a positive impact in our community.”
The goal of the Operation Goodwill partnership between Ford and Ford and Lincoln dealers is to address local needs, especially in the areas of education and community life.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and American heritage and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in dozens of countries.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.