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NADA Foundation Seeks to Increase Charitable Giving through Ambassadors Program

NADA Foundation's Ambassadors Program
NADA Foundation Chairman Bob Mallon (left) recognizes the Ohio, Columbus and
Toledo automobile dealer associations for becoming Ambassadors of Distinction
last year. Tim Doran, OADA president, accepts the award on behalf of the three
Ohio dealer groups.

McLEAN, Va. (May 7, 2014) – The Ambassadors program of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation will provide more than $250,000 in grants to hundreds of local organizations across the country this year.

“Our goal is to increase the number of Ambassadors in the program,” said Bob Mallon, chairman of the NADA Foundation.

To become an Ambassador, an individual, association or a company makes a tax-deductible contribution of $10,000 in their name or in recognition of someone living or deceased. They are then eligible to provide a $1,500 grant to an organization of their choice every three years in perpetuity.

Today, there are 670 Ambassadors, which includes 54 state and metro dealer associations. Thirteen of the 54 dealer groups have three or more ambassadorships and are designated Ambassadors of Distinction. They can provide $2,000 grants each year.

“The Ambassador program is a great opportunity for dealers because it is something that lives on in perpetuity,” said Tim Doran, president of the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association, which recently became an Ambassador of Distinction, along with the dealer groups he oversees in Columbus and Toledo.

The Idaho Automobile Dealers Association and the Silicon Valley Automobile Dealers Association also became Ambassadors last year.

About Ambassadors Program

This year, 210 Ambassadors will provide more than $250,000 in grants to organizations of their choice in the public or private sector, supporting a variety of causes from emergency medical services and education to civic organizations. For more information or to become an Ambassador, visit the website or contact the NADA Foundation at (703) 821-7102 or

About National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation

The NADA Foundation, established in 1975, is the philanthropic arm of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Funds contributed by new-car and -truck dealers and friends of the industry provide financial support to schools, hospitals, private colleges and universities, emergency disaster relief and other community service programs. For more information, visit

About NADA

NADA represents 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with about 32,000 domestic and international franchises. For more information, visit


Charles Cyrill
NADA Public Affairs
(703) 821-7121
(216) 870-8837 (m) 

Amanda Deluca
NADA Public Affairs
(703) 760-7578