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 include:
    • American heritage (museums, historical landmarks, etc.)
    • Community Life (Public Parks, Zoos, etc.)
    • Hunger and Shelter (Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, etc.)
    • Support of American Armed Forces
    • Community sports/little leagues
    • Cultural Institutions (Art, Symphony, Opera, Smithsonian, etc.)

Pre-Approved Charity List

The following is a list of charities pre-approved for the Drive 4 UR Community program:

  • 4-H clubs
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Cancer Society/Relay for Life
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • America's Promise Alliance
  • American Red Cross
  • Armed Services YMCA
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Citizenship Education Fund
  • Community Food Banks
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
  • Feeding America
  • Focus Hope
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Governors Highway Safety Association
  • Grammy Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Junior Achievement
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • March of Dimes
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Operation Homefront
  • The Pink Fund
  • Rotary Club
  • Salvation Army
  • Save the Mustangs
  • Shriners International
  • Special Olympics
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • United Way and all affiliates
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • Young Survivor Coalition


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

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.