Ford hit high sales numbers in 2016 - which were punctuated by overwhelming success of the F-Series trucks and Ford's SUVs - but its philanthropic achievements were worthy of merit as well. Combined, Ford and Lincoln dealers nationwide contributed over $100 million and 800,000 hours last year in support of local nonprofits and causes; the final numbers were reported in Ford Motor Company's survey on Dealer Giving, which is distributed annually.
The survey's timing couldn't have been better. Its release aligns perfectly with the 17th-annual Salute to Dealers Awards, which is being delivered in New Orleans at the 2017 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo.
According to the survey, almost 80 percent of dealers reported that their teams gave money and time to local causes; the majority of dealers also reported that giving back to their communities is ingrained in their dealership tradition and company culture. The dealerships' support ranges from environmental issues to children's charities, to disaster relief and more.
Stay tuned to learn more about this year's Salute to Dealers Award recipients, and visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to find out how Ford makes giving back a priority.