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BMW Car Club of America Foundation

  • Greer, SC
  • http://www.bmwccafoundation.org/

Mission Statement

A TIMELESS VISION

Family. Friendship. Community. A sense of pride. The BMW Car Club of America has always been about these things.
Now we have a unique opportunity to share our values—and create a legacy that will stand the test of time. It will be built on a firm foundation—the BMW Car Club of America Foundation.

The vision is clear: to be a living repository of BMW information and benefit the motoring community. Hence three ambitious initiatives: Tire Rack Street Survival® teen driver safety program; The Library, Archive & Museum Program; and The Preservation and Vintage Events Program.

Main Programs

  1. Foundation Library & Archive
  2. Preservation & Vintage Events
  3. Tire Rack STREET SURVIVAL
Service Areas

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National

“Street Survival®" Teen Driver Education

Street Survival® program is a national, locally run teen driving program that develops teens' respect for motor vehicles and imbues them with the understanding of how important vehicle control is to keeping themselves, and others, alive for a lifetime.

 

The Foundation's Street Survival and ther programs are available nationwide.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2015

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Mr. Lance White

Vice President

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Mike Ura

Keywords

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Driver Safety, Preservation, Restoration, Museum, Archives

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Also Known As

BMW CCA Foundation

EIN

03-0437428

 Number

2198624526

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Despite a generally negative economic climate that persisted through most of 2013, the BMW Car Club of America Foundation has once again marshaled its funds with care and most importantly, managed to exceed the vast majority of its stated goals for the year, in the face of some formidable challenges.

That said, we find our small organization looking to the future with an upbeat, can do attitude, bolstered by a growing cadre of dedicated professionals serving as Trustees, and joining our team due to a shared passion for our central mission of training teen drivers. Further, due to a terrific effort on the part of our partners at The Tire Rack & Brandware Public Relations, we find our educational efforts for newly minted teen drivers enjoying far more prominence and understanding among mainstream society, as a cause for the public good, brought to you by automotive enthusiasts of all stripes who have sincere and deep seeded expertise to share within the very communities in which they live-because they care & because they can!

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Foundation Library & Archive

Across the country, people are entrusting their BmW treasures to the Foundation. our current offices are bursting at the seams with remarkable memorabilia—some 50,000 individual items. We boast the finest archive of technical manuals in the country. Back issues of key car magazines. original advertising, marketing posters and brochures that go back to the 1930s. Signed racing car prints, custom artwork, model cars, driver uniforms—the list is endless, and getting bigger every day.

While we are sorting and organizing these priceless materials as best we can, they are overwhelming our limited office and warehouse space. Irreplaceable paper-based archives require humidity-controlled storage if they are to be preserved
and organized in a way that can be accessed and enjoyed—in person and online—by anyone with an interest in BMW and their heritage.

Category

Museum Collections Conservation

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 2

Preservation & Vintage Events

We actively support enthusiasts, collectors, and others in the community to be successful in Preservation, Resoration and Heritage by sharing information, technical and otherwise, supporting special events where such vehicles are displayed and used, and also be in a position to display important collector cars on a rotating basis from our own club membership and the enthusiast community at large, within the walls of our future home.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 3

Tire Rack STREET SURVIVAL

It is the leading killer of teens ages 16 to 19 in America today—taking more of our children than cancer. More than alcohol and drugs. More than depression or suicide.
At first glance, it makes no sense. Today’s cars are safer than ever—filled with airbags and safety belts, rearview cameras and crumple zones. Yet often, it is precisely those kinds of advances that lull drivers into a false sense of security.
Add to that the epidemic of “distracted driving”— especially texting while driving—and it’s fair to say that technology is as much a problem as it is a solution.
Today, more than ever, teens must be taught how to drive. Hands-on. Not just in a video game, but in the real world. Yet across the country, high schools are
cutting back on driver education—an education that, even at its best, focused more on laws, regulations and parallel parking than on true control of the car.
The time has come for concerned parents and communities to stand in the gap. To wake kids up to the risks of driving while preparing them to meet crisis situations.
That’s why the BMW CCA Foundation has poured heart and soul into the Tire Rack Street Survival® teen driver education program. It is our proudest achievement. After all, who better to defeat the ultimate threat to our children than the Ultimate Driving Community?

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

None

Budget

$1,000,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

“Street Survival®" Teen Driver Education

Street Survival® program is a national, locally run teen driving program that develops teens' respect for motor vehicles and imbues them with the understanding of how important vehicle control is to keeping themselves, and others, alive for a lifetime.

 

The Foundation's Street Survival and ther programs are available nationwide.

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Funding Needs

In 2007, the Foundation’s budget for 50 schools was $221,700.  In 2008 it topped $356,000 for the conduct of 70+ schools. Tire Rack, the program’s title sponsor has committed $100,000 towards the program for 2009. We are currently looking for additional partners and sponsors for this very worthy cause.  The more funding we secure, the more schools we can schedule with greater frequency.

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BMW Car Club of America Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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BMW Car Club of America Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Lance White

Vice President

Mike Ura

BIO

Lance White, President Trustee since 2008
Lance, formerly Chief Executive Officer of DCS Sanitation Management, Inc., is currently Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Miami University's Entrepreneurship Program, and serves on a number of boards. Besides his role as President of the BMW CCA Foundation, Lance oversees the BMW CCA Foundation's Library, Archive & Museum, as well as our preservation strategy.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The BMW CCA Foundation has three distinct and very worthy programs:

 
Our Library and Historical Archive of BMW-related literature, technical documents, and sporting paraphernalia continues to grow and is fast becoming the largest such collection in North America.
 

Our Preservation and Vintage Events Program has the stated goal of preserving BMW's vehicle heritage as well as encouraging its active public use.

and most importantly:

Perhaps our most compelling mission, the Tire Rack Street Survival program allows us to focus our national legion of trained enthusiasts on the members of our community who need it the most - our newly minted teen drivers. Driver's education in this country is a sad joke. Students typically receive more instruction on parallel parking than any sort of meaningful situational awareness or accident avoidance training. The facts are as sad as they are horrific. Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death for American teens in this country. Young drivers (16-20) are involved in over 5000 fatal crashes per year.

We are currently looking for additional partners and sponsors for this very worthy cause.  The more funding we secure, the more schools we can schedule with greater frequency."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Lance White

Retired, serves on several boards

Term: Apr 2015 -

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