Ford Motor Company has been a JDRF Elite Partner since 1983. In 1998, Ford expanded its support with the creation of the employee-driven Ford Global Action Team (FGAT) combining the passion and power of Ford employees, families, and friends, as well as key business partners from WPP, Mazda, BP, ADESA, and the UAW. With tens of thousands of volunteers working together, the FGAT has consistently raised more than $3 million annually over the last decade. Employee support includes a variety of fundraising initiatives, from raffles and auctions to barbecues and sneaker sales. But Ford didn’t stop there. The Ford Fund also provides an annual research grant, most recently to support JDRF’s Healthy Eye Project. With more than 90 fundraising teams at 40 global sites, Ford has raised more than $45 million to advance our joint mission to find life-changing treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.
In 1998, Ford Motor Company organized a formal JDRF Walk team with Edsel B. Ford II as the Corporate Recruitment Chair for the Walk. The team raised more than $197,000 for JDRF at three sites in southeast Michigan. The following year, the first global Walk team was established, and Ford employees raised more than $790,000 at 11 Walk sites worldwide. Over the years, the team has grown by leaps and bounds and expanded to include many national partners that currently include WPP, Mazda, BP, ADESA, and the UAW. Ford Motor Company has also been generous in supporting JDRF fundraising efforts through its donation of vehicles for auction as well as opportunities with many Ford programs, such as Ford Motorcraft and Quick Lane racing contests, Drive One, and Operation Goodwill. In 2013, more than $3 million was raised to fund critical JDRF research.
From the 1998 inception of the employee-driven group known as the Ford Global Action Team, through 2012, $45 million has been raised through creative fundraising initiatives like parking spot raffles, auctions, job-switch drawings, sneaker sales, jeans days, bake sales, dunk tanks, golf tournaments and Walk to Cure Diabetes donations. Innovation and friendly competition between Ford buildings and plants has proven successful year after year.
Each year, JDRF and Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) join forces to help raise awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research through the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF. Kids living with T1D get to use all their creative power to design their own unique vision of a race car. Everyone can vote for his or her favorite design by donating to JDRF, and the winning design is painted onto a Ford race car. This year, the winning design will be featured on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driven by Bob Tasca III. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the “Our Everyday Heroes” contest has raised more than $300,000 for T1D research. Read the official press release here.
Every year, Ford Motor Company gives muscle-car enthusiasts a rare opportunity to bid on a car to benefit JDRF at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2013, this televised event featured the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 “Cobra,” a one-of-a-kind car that delivers 650 horsepower and a test-track top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. The 5.8-liter V8 aluminum-block engine produces 600lb.- ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. This auction brought in $200,000 for JDRF in 2013.
Ford Dealerships have taken a unique approach to supporting the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Each sponsoring Ford dealership selects a family Walk team from its community that has applied to be involved in the sponsorship program. The Ford dealer has the option of hosting fundraising events for its selected family Walk team and also matches the money raised by the family team, up to $2,500.
Ford Motor Company’s global fundraising efforts compare to those of no other JDRF corporate partner. Ford supports fundraising events in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, and the UK. The company also provides an opportunity for its employees to engage in events supporting JDRF.
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