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Ford Dealers Give Tens of Millions to U.S. Nonprofits, Provide Thousands of Volunteer Hours Annually

 Ford Dealers Give Tens of Millions to U.S. Nonprofits, Provide Thousands of
                           Volunteer Hours Annually

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 11, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord and Lincoln dealers contribute between $35.1 million and $84.6
    million to charities and nonprofits across the U.S. annually, a Ford Motor
    Company survey shows
  oThe sheer amount of hours dealers and their employees donate also entails
    up to an additional 4,380 people working 40 hours per week year-round
  oVideos: Six winners of Ford's annual Salute to Dealers awards demonstrate
    breadth of local giving, showing exceptional generosity toward their
    communities
  oInfographic: Top charities for dealer community-giving

Ford and Lincoln dealers contribute between $35.1 million and $84.6 million to
charities and nonprofits in their communities across the U.S. per year,
according to the results of a Ford Motor Company survey.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130211/DE58290-INFO )

Ford's Dealer Giving study, the first of its kind, was administered by Ford to
its dealers and was conducted in association with the 13^th annual Salute to
Dealers awards ceremony which took place on Feb. 8, in tandem with the
National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Salute to Dealers awards recognizes dealers who go above and beyond when
it comes to giving back to their communities. Six dealers were selected from
among more than 8,500 Ford dealers worldwide for exhibiting unparalleled
giving, dedication and leadership to their communities.

Ford Survey on Dealer Giving results
In Ford's survey, 90 percent of 328 U.S. respondents who represent 10 percent
of the company's total Ford and Lincoln dealers in the U.S. indicated they
give both time and money to charitable causes*.

  o42.7 percent of dealers donate between $20,001 and $50,000 per year,
    representing $25,261,263 to $63,150,000 worth of donations per year across
    Ford's dealer network
  o24.7 percent of dealers donate between $10,001 and $20,000 per year,
    representing $7,310,731 to $14,620,000 worth of donations per year across
    Ford's dealer network
  o17.1 percent of dealers donate between $5,001 and $10,000 per year,
    representing $2,530,506 to $5,060,000 worth of donations per year across
    Ford's dealer network
  o12.3 percent of dealers donate between $1 and $5,000 per year,
    representing $364 to $1,820,000 worth of donations per year across Ford's
    dealer network

* the population that was analyzed for this study was 2,958 dealers

In addition, Ford and Lincoln dealers reported on the amount of time they and
their employees donate monthly to local charities and nonprofits. The amount
of volunteer time ranged between 31,954 hours and 58,370 hours per month,
equating to a work force of as many as 4,380 people working year-round at 40
hours a week to benefit local concerns. Given nonprofits widely report budget
and staff shortages, this additional resource represents a considerable boon
for the country's charitable concerns.

  oConversely, 58,370 donated hours per month equates to 6.7 years of work
    done in a single year
  o20.2 percent of dealers invest 30 to 40 hours of time per month,
    representing 17,910 to 23,880 volunteer hours per month across Ford's
    dealer network
  o23.3 percent of dealers invest 10 to 20 hours of time per month,
    representing 6,890 to 13,780 volunteer hours per month across Ford's
    dealer network
  o39.7 percent of dealers invest one to 10 hours of time per month,
    representing 1,174 to 11,740 volunteer hours per month across Ford's
    dealer network
  o10.1 percent of dealers invest 20 to 30 hours of time per month,
    representing 5,980 to 8,970 volunteer hours per month across Ford's dealer
    network

Dealers were asked in the survey to indicate all the charities they donate
both money and time to. The top charities were ranked as follows: children's
causes (92.9 percent), education/scholarships (78.5 percent), religious-driven
causes (63.1 percent), hunger relief (51.3 percent), veterans (47.4 percent),
municipal services including police and fire (38.5 percent), disaster relief
(27.6 percent), animal relief (26.9 percent) and environment (23.4 percent).

Salute to Dealers is conducted under the leadership of Edsel B. Ford II, a
member of Ford's board of directors. The program was launched in 2001 to
demonstrate the company's commitment to its thousands of dealer principals who
step beyond their showroom doors to make a difference in the communities where
they live and work.

"While these survey results show the impressive contributions our dealers make
across the U.S., it's key to note that our dealers contribute to charities and
nonprofits around the world," said Ford. "It's clear how passionate they feel
about their own local philanthropic support as a meaningful pursuit they pass
on to their employees and future generations."

Edsel B. Ford II and three other judges selected winners from a total global
field of 61 nominees located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Asia
Pacific, Caribbean & Central America, Africa and the Middle East regions.

A painted portrait of each honoree will have a montage of philanthropic and
volunteer activities that led to the award. Duplicates of the portraits will
join a Salute to Dealers display in the lobby of Ford World Headquarters in
Dearborn, Mich., for year-round viewing. The winners include:

Jack Kain – Jack Kain Ford, Versailles, Ky., USA – A first-generation Ford
dealer, Jack Kain's more than 60 years of community investment offer an
inspiring vision of what can be achieved in a lifetime of community service.
He has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life, educational and
business resources of the community surrounding his dealership in Versailles,
Ky. Key examples of his leadership include founding an economic development
authority, chairing the local chamber of commerce, founding a seniors center,
making personal loans to keep the local hospital open, securing federal grants
and funding to bring safe municipal water to rural areas, donating land for a
new road to the technical college and securing the presence of an addiction
recovery center within driving distance for residents. Visit this link to
watch a video on Jack Kain.

Bill Jarrett – Bill Jarrett Ford, Avon Park, Fla., USA – Bill Jarrett is a
role model for making a difference in Highland County. He advocates,
contributes and invests in youth charities, hunger relief and healthcare, in
particular. Jarrett not only contributes financial resources, but spends
numerous hours in leadership and fundraising activities. Examples include
helping to organize and raise funds for a three-year pilot program called
"Leader in Me" in four schools that make up the Highland County school system
located in Avon Park. The program is based on Stephen R. Covey's "The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective People." He also  sponsors and coordinates a yearly 5K run
in which proceeds are donated to the Florida Hospital Heartland Division to
assist in the establishment of a heart catheter lab. Jarrett created and
sponsors other community initiatives including the Drive One for Your Heart
program, and encourages community service at his dealership throughout the
year in food collection for local pantries as well as packaging meals for
local shelters. Visit this link to watch a video on Bill Jarrett.

Kevin Meehan – Imperial Ford, Mendon, Mass., USA – When he purchased a large
parcel of land and built three state-of-the-art facilities to house his Ford,
Chevrolet and Chrysler dealerships, Kevin Meehan had a vision of what he would
bring to the town of Mendon in money and resources. As a result, he and his
family open their home and dealerships for a variety of local causes and
community building events, which they support all year long. For the past 10
years, Meehan has hosted the largest outdoor Christmas display in New England
(43 acres) benefiting the Salvation Army. In addition, he provided funds and
leadership for construction of a new police headquarters as well as
renovations to the local hospital, swimming lake and recreational areas. His
efforts further extend to children's, community relief and veterans causes,
among others. Visit this link to watch a video on Kevin Meehan.

Kittivut Chairat – Ford Chokechai Sukhothai, Sukhothai, Thailand, Asia Pacific
– Kittivut Chairat dedicates both time and money to charitable causes
surrounding education, children, resources and nourishment in his community.
Both the dealer and his employees are deeply involved in numerous pursuits
such as building ponds for raising fish, building mushroom huts, cleaning and
rebuilding schools and playgrounds, constructing dams, planting trees and
building fisheries, to name a few. Visit this link to watch a video on
Kittivut Chairat.

Gazi Osman Ovali – Ovali Otomotiv, Antakya, Hatay, Turkey, Europe – Gazi Osman
Ovali and his wife donate and provide leadership to a wide variety of causes
within health, education and historical preservation. They donate 80 to 100
hours per month on average. Examples include donating a new library to the
Hatay State Science High School along with plans to build a new automobile
science laboratory for the local vocational high school. In addition, they are
one of the main sponsors and supporters of the orphanage and nursing home of
Hatay, and have arranged blood drives and assisted Syrian refugees. Visit this
link to watch a video on Gazi Osman Ovali.

Dimas Arnaldo da Silva – Dimas Comercio de Automoveis Ltda, Florianopolis,
Santa Catarina, Brazil – The Dimas da Silvas are passionate fundraisers for
numerous children's causes including resources and toys at holidays and other
times of the year. Visit this link to watch a video on Dimas Arnaldo da Silva.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 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.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Elizabeth Weigandt, +1-313-845-4147, eweigand@ford.com, or Francesca
Montini, +1-313-595-4446, fmontini@ford.com
 
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