DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford and Lincoln dealers gave nearly $100 million to local causes and nonprofits in communities across the U.S. in 2014, according to the automaker's annual Survey on Dealer Giving.
The dealers also volunteered nearly 1 million hours in 2014.
"This generosity reflects Ford Motor Company's global brand promise to 'Go Further' in delivering great products, a strong business and a better world," the automaker said in a statement on Friday at the 2015 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention.
Children's causes topped the list of dealer donations, followed by education and scholarships. Dealers also contributed to religious charities, veterans' causes and hunger relief.
Ford also announced its Salute to Dealers awards that honor dealer owners "who step beyond their showroom doors to make a difference."
This year's winners include Robert Elder of Elder Ford of Tampa, Florida. Elder was praised for his leadership roles in numerous charitable organization and causes, including Replay Tampa Bay, a charity that donates sporting equipment to children.
Ronald F. Kody of Richmond Ford Lincoln in Virginia was another winner. His dealership is the annual title sponsor for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and hosts the annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Radiothon.
Gary L. Uftring of Uftring Ford in East Peoria, Illinois, won a Salute to Dealers award, too. The company noted the dealership's commitment to community as exemplified by The Uftring Ambassadors. These dealership employees participate in walks, food drives and other local activities.
Last year, they repaired flat tires for local families and loaned vehicles at no charge for several weeks after a devastating tornado hit the area.
Edmunds says: Kudos to these Ford and Lincoln dealers who make caring and compassion a key part of their business philosophy.