Investing in Our Local Communities

Photo provided by WCLEF Run for Education

The BMW Group believes that to be a good corporate citizen, you must be an active and engaged member of the communities of which you are part. We are continually putting this belief into action in a variety of ways to help meet the specific needs of the communities where we work. By adapting our contributions to each specific community and collaborating with other organizations, we are maximizing our impact and helping solve real-world challenges. Read below to find out more about our local efforts.

Red Cross of New Jersey

The BMW Group has long been a supporter of the American Red Cross and was recently honored with the William W. Augustine Award from the Red Cross of New Jersey. The award recognizes BMW of North America’s First Aid Kit Program, which donates $5 to the Red Cross for every purchase of an official BMW first aid kit. The proceeds, which have exceeded over $1 million, support every aspect of the Red Cross mission, including disaster relief, blood collections, training, and essential services to military members and their families.

Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation (WCLEF) Run for Education

In June of this year, the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation (WCLEF) and BMW of North America hosted the 33rd annual Run for Education. The 10K and 5K family-friendly run had over 800 participants, making it one of the largest annual events in Woodcliff Lake—the home of the BMW Group’s U.S. headquarters.

Through partnerships with local businesses and the local community, WCLEF supports local schools each year by providing funding for technology and digital educational programs, musical instruments, and more.

Table to Table

BMW of North America is a proud corporate sponsor of Table to Table—a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations serving the hungry in the Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties of New Jersey.

Our sponsorship helps Table to Table achieve their mission of providing healthy food, free of charge to over 175 community organizations including food pantries, shelters, daycare/after school programs, senior adult centers, and programs serving the working poor. Table to Table has promised to support the New Jersey community by providing 22 million meals this year.

Palmetto Classic and No Greater Sacrifice (NGS)

In June, the BMW Group’s Washington, DC office hosted the 4th annual Palmetto Classic Charity Golf Tournament, raising $45,000 for No Greater Sacrifice (NGS)—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the children of our nation’s fallen and wounded Service members. NGS provides scholarships and resources to improve the lives of these children through the pursuit of higher education and has committed more than $12.5 million in post-high school education benefits.

BMW Manufacturing Co.

The BMW Group has been producing vehicles at the BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, South Carolina since 1994. For just as long, we have been supporting organizations in the Upstate region who contribute to communities where our associates live and work. Over the last two decades, BMW Manufacturing Co. has donated more than $40 million to educational, cultural and civic programs across this region, as well as a several local and statewide organizations.

BMW also proudly serves as the title sponsor of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. The annual golf tournament, which is operated by South Carolina Charities, Inc., is the only tournament on the Tour where amateurs and celebrities join professionals in a four-day competition to raise funds for and awareness of local charities. Since 2001, the tournament has raised and distributed $13 million in funding to more than 200 charities.

At BMW, we are more than just a company, we are corporate citizens. We see ourselves as engaged members of the communities we are a part of and believe that every community partnership is an instrument of change.

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