The new nonprofit will allow the NABC to pursue grants, gifts and donations to expand programs to assist to families in need, military members, veterans and first responders.
The National Auto Body Council announced it has formed the Changing and Saving Lives Foundation to support its community involvement and fundraising events.
The Changing and Saving Lives Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded to provide support and assistance to families in need, military members, veterans and first responders. This is delivered through programs such as NABC Recycled Rides, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.) and NABC Community Impact programs. In 2023, the NABC, through these programs, presented more than 200 vehicles to families, veterans and military members in need of reliable transportation and provided life-saving education on vehicle rescue techniques to more than 1,500 first responders.
As demand for NABC programs grows, so do the needs for resources to manage these important programs. The Changing and Saving Lives Foundation allows the NABC to pursue grants, gifts and donations, which enables the organization to expand these programs to serve those in need and help communities where NABC members live and work.
“We’re excited to launch the Changing and Saving Lives Foundation as the next step in the evolution of the National Auto Body Council,” said Scott Sampley, chairman. “This new foundation will support the mission of the National Auto Body Council and allow us to expand our programs through grants, corporate gifts and donations. We hope you will join our cause to serve families in need, military members, veterans and first responders in communities throughout the U.S.”
The Changing and Saving Lives Foundation will showcase four premier fundraising events in 2024---the NABC Changing and Saving Lives Golf Fundraisers and the inaugural NABC “Ignite the Night” Gala Presented by Caliber.
Through the foundation, all proceeds will benefit families in need, military members, veterans and first responders, and help fulfill the mission of harnessing the power of the collective membership of the collision repair industry to positively impact communities across the country.
NABC also named the board leadership for the Changing and Saving Lives Foundation, including:
- Chairman Don Porter, internal business/industry consultant, United Recyclers Group
- Treasurer Alan Scrimager, senior lending officer, Pinnacle Financial Partners
- Secretary Stacy Bartnik, industry relations manager of transportation technologies, Intertek
- Director-at-large Gerry Poirier, automotive industry consultant, Vector Squared LLC
To learn more, visit changingandsavinglivesfoundation.org.