• ede Posted: 2/12/2010 1:57pm PST

    This is a great post and thanks for showing the human side of the automotive industry.

  • fb_1503038935 avatar Jacky Posted: 2/12/2010 2:07pm PST

    "Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Volvo" - they should not ignore such emails and they should have something to SAY about their effort to support and help.

  • Eric Berlin Posted: 2/12/2010 2:57pm PST

    Good to see that companies are reaching out to help after such a devastating natural disaster.

  • Tom Posted: 2/12/2010 2:58pm PST

    Rather than judge Mazda regarding this one event I would like to know what kind of corporate citizen Mazda is in general. Does anyone have any info about Mazda with regard to other charities?

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 2/12/2010 3:38pm PST

    Finally something positive to read about the auto industry, though the earthquake news is still disturbing.

  • Edward Posted: 2/12/2010 3:46pm PST

    This IS a great idea. Does anyone know of a site that tracks corporate contributions in this way on a regular basis?

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 2/12/2010 6:35pm PST

    @Tom: Mazda has a large foundation, which donates to a range of charities. Most of those charities seem concerned with education, poverty, and diversity. You can see a list of their foundation's major recipients on the front page of its website: http://www.mazdafoundation.org .I'm sure Mazda gives through its corporate office, too, but that's a different pot of money amd harder to track.
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    @Edward: It's fairly easy to track donations from foundations, since foundations are legally obligated to disclose their recipients. So if you'd like to know which nonprofits have received funds from your favorite automaker's foundation (like the GM Foundation), try a website like Guidestar: http://www2.guidestar.org/AdvancedSearch.aspx. Just remember that while most automakers have established nonprofit foundations, a few have not. (Personally, I think that's a bad sign.)
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    However, automakers also give money directly from their corporate coffers. To me, those donations are far more interesting, since corporations can give to any organization they like -- unlike foundations, which can generally only give to nonprofits. Unfortunately, corporate donations are generally hard to track. The exception to that rule is where politics are concerned, since politicians are required to disclose the source of their donations. If that sort of thing interests you, start here: http://www.opensecrets.org.