In our previous post, we spoke on how Ford is helping to improve the quality of life domestically. However, the company is also making its impact abroad, too. The Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, and the Bill Ford Better World Challenge are funding World Vision South Africa’s upcoming water generation project.
The Better World Challenge gives employees and non-profit organizations (NPOs) across the globe the chance to handle crucial concerns in their communities, whether related to mobility, shelter, or food and water. Accordingly, as the winner of the 2018 Bill Ford Better World Challenge, World Vision South Africa has been using its $200,000 grant to respond to the drought that’s deeply impacting the Eastern Cape. Since then, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering have provided an additional $130,000 in funding. The money is now being used to acquire a Watergen water-from-air solution that will be utilized to extract clean drinking water from the air in an energy-efficient way.
"The Eastern Cape has been severely impacted by drought in recent years, and the poorest communities are the hardest hit. Accordingly, the project will primarily focus on assisting schools, clinics and Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs), as well as households where the need is greatest," says Chikondi Phiri, Officer in Charge, World Vision South Africa.
Ford’s big on philanthropy and that’s never been more clear. This week, it was announced that as part of its Celebrating Culture and Community Grants Program, the Big Blue Oval company has awarded $250,000 this year alone to bolster nonprofit projects in the neighborhoods that surround Michigan Central Station. Specifically, the grants are part of Ford’s renovation of the 105-year-old Michigan Central Station train depot, which itself will act as a mobility and innovation hub in the city. All told, the company will invest $2 million total over the next four years to support nonprofit projects to benefit community residents.
“We want to thank everyone who submitted creative and thoughtful ideas for celebrating the vibrant culture of our neighborhoods,” said Pamela Alexander, director, Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “With help from the community, we determined these four proposals represent a diversity of talent and topics. We look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have in the neighborhoods surrounding Michigan Central Station for years to come.”
Click here to see the full list of grant recipients in this round. Each recipient is expected to finish their project in 2020; the train station is slated to be fully renovated by 2022.
Arm-in-arm with NBC's GIVE program, Ford Motor Company Fund provided support for two nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC recently to commemorate their assistance for U.S. military veterans.
Together, they presented the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) and Bunker Labs DC with $15,000 and $10,000, respectively, giving the two nonprofits a surprise for the ages. Ford's no stranger to surprise reveals - check out their surprise for a Dallas firehouse in the video below:
The decision to award the two organizations was concurred by Jim Vella, the president of Ford Fund.
“Most important is community need — you always want to meet the greatest need,” he said. “You make some of the decision with your head and some with your heart.”
Through the arts - comedy, writing, and more - ASAP gives veterans and military families the space to heal and reintegrate into their communities. Bunker Labs specializes in networking, events and mentoring for military veterans with entrepreneurial aspirations.
“This is incredibly humbling,” Sam Pressler, the founder of ASAP, said. “We will be able to take this check and empower hundreds of veterans to come home and find a voice and purpose in the community. It’s incredible. We’re so grateful.”
For nearly a century, Ford Motor Company has supported military veterans through its Ford Fund initiative. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
One could say that Ford's Next Generation Learning program is picking up steam. Teaming up with the Ford STEAM program, it recently held a contest and awarded grants totaling $50,000 to a select number of high school students.
The students were recognized for their potential to use STEAM skills to make strides in advancing sustainable communities, ultimately bettering the lives of others. For the challenge, students delved into addressing current issues and unsatisfied needs in health, technology and more.
After reviewing the contenders, a panel of Ford reviewers awarded prizes ranging from $5,000 to the $20,000 first-place prize. The winning school teams are as follows:
Whites Creek High School, Nashville, TN ($20,000)
Guilford High School, Rockford, IL ($10,000)
Bartow High School, Bartow, FL ($5,000)
Harlingen High School, Harlingen, TX ($5,000)
Newton College and Career Academy, Covington, GA ($5,000)
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial ECHS, Alamo, TX ($5,000)
In celebration of its 30th year, the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit will host its annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on February 24. Jim Vella, the president of Ford Fund, will also stop by to chat with News/Talk 760 WJR radio hosts around 2 p.m. during the live event broadcast.
For more than five years running, the Blue Oval's philanthropic arm has provided the same number of Ford vehicles to The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division; this year, Ford's upping its support to bolster The Salvation Army's heightened outreach in the area.
“This milestone anniversary of the Radiothon is a testament to the generosity of our corporate partners, the community, volunteers and staff of the Bed & Bread program,” Major Russ Sjögren, the general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, said in a statement. “We give special thanks to Ford Motor Company Fund for stepping up as our presenting sponsor and leading the corporate giving charge.”
Every day, The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread program provides food and shelter for numerous metro Detroiters. Despite increased efforts, though, the overarching problems still persist, making philanthropic gestures ever more impactful.
“While Detroit is making progress in its economic turnaround, there are still too many people suffering from hunger and homelessness in our neighborhoods,” Vella, a member of The Salvation Army National Advisory Board, added. “There is no better time for our community to join together and contribute to a proud tradition that helps people from all walks of life.”
Find out more about how Ford is giving back at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
The votes are in for this year's Ford Salute to Dealers Awards, which honors six dealers for dedication and generosity to their respective communities. The honorees for 2016 are as follows:
Ken Crowley of Crowley Ford in Lincoln, Plainville, Connecticut: In support of JDRF, Crowley held an annual golf tournament that raised over $1 million. Crowley Ford Lincoln also participates in the U.S. Army Reserve's Employer Partnership Initiative and other programs.
Natalie Tindol of Tindol Ford in Gastonia, North Carolina: Involved with both the local YMCA and Girl Scouts, Tindol has a prominent leadership role amongst youth in her community. She is also the past president of the Community Foundation of Gaston County.
Alan Jay Wildstein of Alan Jay Ford Lincoln, Inc. in Sebring, Florida: Notably, Wildstein's Alan Jay Wheels for A's program gives away a late-model vehicle to a graduating senior at five local high schools in the area. Wildstein is also heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity - his 17th sponsored home is already committed for 2017.
Vaughn A. Wyant of Jubilee Ford Sales Ltd. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada: Along with local businesses and dealerships, Wyant notably created and auctioned off a specially designed Ford F-100 truck to raise $450,000 for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
Paul Brown of John Andrew Ford in Auckland, New Zealand: As a committed advocate of Camp Quality, which serves children affected by cancer, Brown's dealership has raised over $950,000 to date for the camp. Brown also has experience serving on local school boards with an emphasis on fundraising efforts.
Turgay Mersin of Sadıkoğlu, Uşak, Turkey: Mersin and his family's dealership group have made long-lasting contributions both to their community and their country's economy, as demonstrated through multiple projects that emphasize education, health and well-being.
Find out more about how Ford is giving back and going further at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
Ford hit high sales numbers in 2016 - which were punctuated by overwhelming success of the F-Series trucks and Ford's SUVs - but its philanthropic achievements were worthy of merit as well. Combined, Ford and Lincoln dealers nationwide contributed over $100 million and 800,000 hours last year in support of local nonprofits and causes; the final numbers were reported in Ford Motor Company's survey on Dealer Giving, which is distributed annually.
The survey's timing couldn't have been better. Its release aligns perfectly with the 17th-annual Salute to Dealers Awards, which is being delivered in New Orleans at the 2017 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo.
According to the survey, almost 80 percent of dealers reported that their teams gave money and time to local causes; the majority of dealers also reported that giving back to their communities is ingrained in their dealership tradition and company culture. The dealerships' support ranges from environmental issues to children's charities, to disaster relief and more.
Stay tuned to learn more about this year's Salute to Dealers Award recipients, and visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to find out how Ford makes giving back a priority.
Five U.S. military veterans were recently awarded $10,000 scholarships as part of Ford Motor Company's "Trading One Uniform for Another" program, which was developed in partnership with the Disabled American Veterans organization (DAV).
Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center announced the award recipients, as stated in a Ford release, saying that the scholarships will help offset expenditures related to obtaining a certification in automotive maintenance and repair.
Representatives at Quick Lane promoted the awards to demonstrate the importance of supporting service men and women who have retired from active military duty. The awards will put the veterans on the track to become qualified automotive technicians, giving them an opportunity for a bright future beyond their military duties. The scholarships are able to be applied towards tuition, books and other fees at community colleges, universities, trade or vocational schools nationwide that provide accredited programs for automotive mechanics.
As stated in the same release by Frederiek Toney, the president of Global Ford's Customer Service Division, “The ‘Trading One Uniform For Another’ program is another example of Quick Lane’s commitment to the men and women who served our country and helping to provide employment opportunities after their service. We are proud to stand beside the DAV in awarding these scholarships to our U.S. military veterans, thanking them for their service, and congratulating them on the pursuit of a career in automotive maintenance and repair.”
Recipients of the scholarships are listed below:
Walter J. Decker, United States Army veteran, King, North Carolina
Casey Markvicka, United States Army veteran, Burwell, Nebraska
Robert Jarden, United States Army veteran, Nashville, Illinois
Jessica Johnson, United States Marine Corps veteran, Kennewick, Washington
Marie Sussenbach, United States Air Force veteran, Greenville, Illinois
See how Ford is giving back to veterans and more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
In joint efforts to cultivate new ideas and promote growth, Ford recently partnered up with the National FFA Organization and Discovery Education to provide more than 54,000 students nationwide the inside scoop on Ford's engineering and design efforts for the future.
Specifically, the occasion demonstrated how the Blue Oval is crafting its F-Series trucks to meet the needs of agriculture customers. Participating students were able to observe how Ford's F-150 and Super Duty trucks are built and tested to increase farmer productivity; a virtual field trip also provided attendees with introductions to Ford truck designers and engineers. A live stream of the event ensured that students nationwide could join in; over 1,000 classrooms tuned into the stream.
The collaboration wasn't Ford's first foray into the realm of agriculture. They have been a sponsor of the National FFA since 1948 and, perhaps most notably, has sponsored Built Ford Tough scholarships for prospective farmers. Ford's investment recognizes what consumers demand - agriculture and livestock industries are representative of markets where the F-Series has the highest level of reputability, compared to other trucks' 40 percent of farmworkers drive F-150 trucks and 36 percent use Super Duty trucks to carry out their daily jobs, as cited by a Ford release that references IHS data.
Doug Scott, Ford's truck group marketing manager, expressed his enthusiasm for the event in the same release. “We were excited to undertake this new opportunity with FFA and Discovery Education,” he said. "What better way to demonstrate the power and capability of F-Series trucks, and the customer leadership Ford owns, than through the hands and eyes of our future toughest employees and customers.”
Learn more about how Ford's giving back and paving the way for tomorrow's leaders by visiting Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
One could say that Ford Motor Company and its philanthropic branch, the Ford Motor Company Fund, recently got into a bit of 'treble' with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. But the three entities didn't cause any mischief together - rather, they confirmed exciting plans for next year, which will be bolstered by Ford's notable contributions to the Orchestra's upcoming international tour.
After 16 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will embark on its debut tour around the world, playing 11 concerts conducted by Leonard Slatkin, the organization's Musical Director. The tour stops will run from July 14-29, 2017, and are scheduled in Japan and China. Two cities on the tour - Shanghai and Chongqing - are slated to be harmonious occasions in particular, as the Blue Oval has a major manufacturing presence in those areas. The stops in China will be the orchestra's inaugural visit there. Anticipated performance pieces include Copland's Symphony No. 3, Bernstein’s Candide overture, McTee’s Double Play, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Far Calls. Coming, Far!
Jim Vella, the president at Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, shared his positive outlook on the tour in a released statement.
“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is more than a collection of talented musicians,” he said. “They are cultural ambassadors for our entire region. We’re proud to build on our long history of supporting the orchestra by enabling new audiences to share in the joy of a performance.”
As a way to reinforce their partnership and take advantage of the orchestra's tenure in China, the stops in its cities will also include special get-togethers with Ford employees in the region. The relationship between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Ford is a long-standing one: it found its origins in the 1930s, back when Ford showed support for the group's radio broadcasts, and has escalated over the decades. Today, Ford is the tour's primary corporate sponsor and stands behind the orchestra's groundbreaking efforts to reach audiences in new areas - the musicians participate in Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts and Replay, an on-demand archive that records a plethora of performances for audience consumption. Additionally, Ford supports orchestra performances native to the Detroit area, further upholding its value for local organizations.
With the tour on the horizon, the bond between Ford and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra means more than ever. “This tour requires a strong collective of thoughtful and strategic partners,” Anne Parsons, Detroit Symphony Orchestra president and CEO, commented. “I particularly want to thank Ford and all of our current supporters.”
To learn more about how Ford's hitting a high note with its philanthropic efforts in the Detroit community and beyond, visit our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.