Friday, 08 August 2008 11:02

I-CAR Ed Fund Recruits Info From Industry

The I-CAR Education Foundation has changed its mission, making it a purely philanthropic organization supporting career and technical schools across North America. The organization has already achieved success with the recent announcement of $100,000 worth of scholarships, school curriculum grants, and instructor training grants awarded this past spring. However, the organization is seeking to learn as much as possible about how best to support career and technical schools and colleges for the benefit of the collision industry.
    To better gauge the industry’s concerns, the Education Foundation is announcing an on-line survey located at www.ed-foundation.org/industrysurvey. The survey focuses on questions related to donation recognition, school involvement, and fundraisers to benefit schools.
    “This survey is going to serve as a roadmap for the Education Foundation,” said Russell Thrall, Interim Associate Director for the I-CAR Education Foundation. “With our new mission and new direction, we want to hear from those businesses that will ultimately be funding our cause through our Industry Partners Annual Fund and Collision Repair Education Campaign. These responses will allow us to know more about how donors want to be recognized and how they are already interacting with schools. We can then build upon what we learn from the results and improve the Education Foundation’s responsiveness to the industry’s needs.”
    “I would like to ask all businesses across North America to take five minutes and complete the on-line industry survey for the I-CAR Education Foundation,” said Chris Evans, Chairman of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees. “The knowledge that the Education Foundation can gain from these industry responses will help us to understand our past, present, and future donors and we can learn about how to better the relationships that businesses currently have with schools.”
    All businesses are encouraged to complete the survey, which will take 5-10 minutes. Any person who successfully completes the survey will be entered in a drawing to win an I-CAR training code for an on-line class.