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ADAGP Charitable Foundation dba Auto Dealers CARing for Kids

More Than Auto Dealers

aka Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation

East Norriton, PA

Mission

To enhance and enrich the lives of children and youth in communities in which our dealer members work and live.

Ruling Year

2003

Principal Officer

Mr. Kevin Mazzucola

Main Address

3311 Swede Rd Ste A

East Norriton, PA 19401 USA

Keywords

children, youth, car, auto, dealers, driving, cold, coats, hospital

EIN

03-0509965

 Number

6389965050

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

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What we aim to solve

We are the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP). Both our Foundation and the ADAGP are comprised of the same members: new car dealerships in the five-county Philadelphia area. The ADAGP, established in 1904, is responsible for all industry-related activities and our Foundation, established in 2003, spearheads all philanthropic giving. We are proud to say that since forming our Foundation in 2003, we have truly been able to build stronger relationships in our communities and do more giving.

Our programs

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Tech Comp

Black Tie Tailgate

Driving Away The Cold

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The mission of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is to enhance and enrich the lives of children and youth in the communities where our dealer members work and live. We work to accomplish this through three signature programs: Driving Away the Cold, Black Tie Tailgate and Greater Philadelphia Auto Technology Competition (Tech Comp).

Our Foundation has three signature programs: Driving Away the Cold, Black Tie Tailgate and Greater Philadelphia Auto Technology Competition (Tech Comp). Our Driving Away the Cold program provides brand-new winter coats to impoverished children living in the five-county Philadelphia region. Since 2008 we have distributed 419,700 brand-new winter coats! One in six children in the five-county Philadelphia area lives in poverty, which by federal standards is defined as a family of four living on an annual income below $25,900. This staggering statistic equates to more than 175,000 children. Most, if not all, of these children live without the daily essentials, like a winter coat, that most of us take for granted. With the current pandemic putting millions of people out of work, the need for this essential item will be at an all-time high. This new coat will relieve one small stress point for the recipient and/or their guardian. Black Tie Tailgate started as a small party of 200 people in 1986 and has grown to be the largest black-tie event in the Philadelphia region with 5,000 annual attendees. It is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and takes place the Friday evening before the Philadelphia Auto Show opens to the public. Think of it as a VIP pass to the Auto Show (but remember anyone can purchase a ticket and it supports a wonderful cause!). Tech Comp is a two-part competition that builds awareness for the important role of auto technicians in today’s workforce and spotlights their specialized skills and professionalism. Making up 37% of all employment in a dealership, the service department is vital to the organization’s profitability. With the average age of today’s technician between 55 and 58, it’s estimated that half of technicians nationwide will retire in the next decade. The need for qualified technicians has never been greater. For the 24 finalists, the experience can be life-changing as over $1 million in scholarships, tools and prizes is annually awarded through this event!

Our Driving Away the Cold program provides brand-new winter coats to impoverished children in the Philadelphia area. This past fall we distributed 52,700 brand-new coats; bringing our 12-year total to 419,700! We need a lot of hands to distribute that many coats. We work with over 220 social service agencies, YMCAs and school districts. These partners receive our donation, identify the children who would benefit most from this gift and distribute the coats in a responsible manner. We also host several unique events where kids get to try on and pick out their new coats in person. The Black Tie Tailgate offers an exclusive “behind the velvet ropes” preview of the Philadelphia Auto Show, which is proudly produced by our partner organization, the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. Attendees enjoy an open bar and top-notch culinary creations while dancing among some of the world’s finest automobiles—all while supporting a great cause! Think of it as a moving cocktail party throughout the Pennsylvania Convention Center - it is THE way to see the Philadelphia Auto Show and is open to the public. A primary goal of the Black Tie Tailgate has always been to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our relationship with Children’s Hospital began in 1986 with a party of approximately 200 people that resulted in a $50,000 donation to the Hospital. Fast forward 30+ years later and the event has grown to be the largest black-tie event in the Philadelphia region with almost 5,000 annual attendees.

Specific to our Driving Away the Cold program; there are 175,000 impoverished children in the five-county Philadelphia area, and in 2019, we distributed 52,700 brand-new winter coats. In 2008, our first year, we distributed 18,325 brand-new winter coats and there were 130,000 impoverished children in the Philadelphia area. We started with meeting 14% of the need to this past year meeting 30%! We are extremely dedicated to this cause and will continue to spread the warmth because warmth should never be a luxury. Specific to Black Tie Tailgate; our relationship with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is 30+ years strong and the reason for this long-standing relationship is because we know how incredibly fortunate we are to have a world-class health institution like CHOP right in our backyard. Our Foundation has donated more than $9.3 million to CHOP since the 1986 Black Tie Tailgate with approximately 500 people who helped raise $50,000 for the Hospital. Now, our event welcomes more than 5,000 guests annually and raises an average of $600,000 every single year for the selected beneficiary.

Since 2008, we have given the gift a brand-NEW winter coat to 419,700 impoverished children through our Driving Away the Cold program. This gift supercharges their self-esteem and relieves a small financial burden for parents or caregivers. We traditionally conduct the Driving Away the Cold program in October before the winter weather arrives in Philadelphia. However, well into March, our phone lines are ringing off the hook with calls from additional area teachers, local churches, nearby shelters and others asking if any more coats are available. Our recipients always remind us how valued this everyday item is, but it is the sheer volume of these additional requests that keeps pushing us to find alternate ways to purchase and give more coats to meet this very present need. Since 1986, we have supported the efforts of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia through our Black Tie Tailgate with more than $9.3 million in contributions. In years past, our donations have supported a multitude of programs, structures and more at the Hospital. In 2011, we took our relationship with the Hospital to the next level by working with different departments (one year at a time) as the specific beneficiary of the event. Past beneficiary departments include the Center for Autism Research, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the Division of Neonatology, Division of Neurology and most recently the Department of Nursing. Since 1994, we have helped hundreds of high school seniors continue their automotive education at the post-secondary level with the scholarships, tools and prizes awarded at our annual Tech Comp.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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No

BOARD COMPOSITION

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No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve. We hire the best people based on an evaluation of their abilities and effectiveness. Everyone is welcome; we don’t discriminate - it is our differences and varying individual perspectives that make our workplace the best it can be.