Charity Guidelines

Ford approval of charity organizations is required prior to event confirmation. Organizations from the pre-approved list will be granted immediate approval. Other charities not included on the list need to be submitted for approval during enrollment and are subject to the vetting process by Program HQ and Ford. Dealers will be notified within five to seven business days if their event registration has been approved.

Guidelines for choosing a Charity:

  • The organization must be in good standing with charity verification sources such as Guidestar or Charity Navigator.
  • Funds raised from the Drive 4 UR Community event must be used for initiatives located within the United States.
  • Organizations and initiatives should operate with an 85/15 cause donation to overhead cost ratio.

Suggested Areas of Outreach

Select a category below to see a list of related pre-approved charities.


Community Enrichment

  • 4-H clubs
  • America's Promise Alliance
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Focus Hope
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Rotary Club
  • Salvation Army
  • Save the Mustangs
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way and all affiliates
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • Atlanta Mission – Day Shelter
  • Atlanta Mission Corp.
  • Project Snap
  • Guadalupe Center Inc.
  • Salvation Army of Kansas City
  • Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc.
  • Kansas City Police Officers Memorial Foundation
  • Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.
  • Salvation Army of Kansas City
  • Home of the Innocents
  • VIPS/Stampede
  • World Fest - Louisville Community Foundation
  • GRIP
  • CNC
  • Hands On Nashville Inc.
  • Our Kids Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
  • A New Leaf
  • Child Crisis Arizona
  • Chicanos por la Causa
  • SARRC Employment Services
  • Reality Changers

Hunger and Shelter

  • Community Food Banks
  • Feeding America
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Houston Food Bank / Others
  • NTX Food Bank / Meals on Wheels
  • Fairbanks Food Bank
  • Food Bank of Alaska (Anchorage)
  • Idaho Food Bank
  • Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
  • Montana Food Bank Network
  • Northwest Harvest
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank
  • San Antonio Food Bank / Others
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Gleaners Community Foodbank
  • After the Harvest
  • Feed Northland Kids
  • Dare to Care
  • Saguaro Jane’s
  • Meals on Wheels of San Diego

Learning and Enhancement

  • Citizenship Education Fund
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Governors Highway Safety Association
  • Junior Achievement
  • Special Olympics
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • After School Matters
  • Future Founders
  • Odyssey ATL
  • Midtown Educational Foundation
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame - Invent Now (Camp Invention)
  • First Book
  • LG Foundation
  • LNESC (LULAC Education Arm)
  • Dole Institute - Kansas University Endowment Foundation
  • Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc.
  • Northland Caps
  • JA Biz Town
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation - Spelling Bee
  • Leadership Louisville Foundation - 100 Wise Women
  • After-School All-Stars
  • Para Los Ninos
  • Education Fund
  • Ford Salute to Education
  • Emerge
  • Red Sox Foundation
  • University Cross Roads
  • Aim High
  • Girls Who Code
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Oasis for Girls
  • HACU
  • Hispanic Federation
  • Read Better Be Better
  • Alianza Para La Educacion (several partners)
  • Ford Female Founders Lab
  • SER National
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

Cultural Institutions and Heritage

  • Grammy Foundation
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Children’s Museum of ATL
  • GA Aquarium
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Field Museum Of Natural History
  • John G Shedd Aquarium Society - Free Days
  • Museum Of Science And Industry
  • Friends Of The Zoo Inc. Of Kansas City Mo
  • Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
  • Repertory Theater
  • Louisville Zoological Garden
  • Country Music Foundation, Inc.
  • League of American Orchestras
  • Smithsonian
  • Arab American and Caldean Council (ACC)
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • National Urban League
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Congressional Black Caucus

Support of American Armed Forces

  • Armed Services YMCA
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Operation Homefront
  • Blue Star Families
  • Guitars For Vets
  • Oscar Mike Foundation
  • Bunker Labs
  • Boulder Crest Foundation
  • Workshops for Warriors
  • Warriors Best Friend
  • USO Arizona

Health and Wellness

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Cancer Society/Relay for Life
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • March of Dimes
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • The Pink Fund
  • Shriners International
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Young Survival Coalition
  • Kids Cancer Alliance
  • Angel Flight NE
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Mission of Mercy

Not Approved

Organizations or initiatives that will not be approved for the Drive 4 UR Community program include:

  • Any organization in which the funds will directly benefit or go back to an elementary, middle or high school in any capacity. These types of events funding a school would be considered Drive 4 UR School events
  • Religious programs or sectarian programs for religious purposes such as religious education, religious facility improvements and mission trips. Programs operated through a church (e.g. soup kitchens, homeless assistance programs, etc) will be vetted on a case by case basis
  • Direct payments to colleges are not eligible, however club sports, scholarship funds and community outreach by college-based organizations, such as fraternities or sororities, are permitted
  • Chambers of commerce or local organizations with a main goal of improving retailer and/or small-business profits. Philanthropic outreach of a chamber may be considered, such as scholarship funds or community improvement
  • Political organizations or efforts to influence legislation, or the outcome of any elections or any specific election of candidates to public office, or to carry on any voter registration drive
  • Organizations that promote discrimination in their charter or unlawfully discriminate in their provision of goods and services based on race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, physical challenge, age, or status
  • Golf outings or non-organized sports teams/leagues that are not recognized by the city or the municipality (e.g. beer leagues)
  • Organizations that provide services or outreach that may be considered sensitive or controversial
  • Individual sponsorships related to fund-raising activities
  • Advocacy-directed groups and programs
  • Labor Groups
  • Loans for small businesses
  • Profit-making enterprises
  • Designated funding purpose towards building, updates, and/or renovations that are not central to the core mission of the organization. These funding purposes will be reviewed on a case by case basis
Got a Question?

If there are any questions or concerns about a charity's eligibility for the program, please contact Program HQ prior to contacting the charity for pre-screening information form.

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