BMW CCA Foundation Capital Campaign and BMW CCA $250,000 Challenge Grant

BMW CCA Foundation’s Capital Campaign is in full swing and here is a great opportunity for BMW CCA members to participate through a $250,000 matching funds Challenge Grant.

After only a few months, the Capital Campaign has raised over $500,000, which is a great overall start for the campaign. However, the Challenge Grant for BMW CCA members and chapters is off to a slower start, with only a little over $12,000 in donations so far. This concerns us because the $250,000 Challenge Grant expires at the end of 2013.

The BMW CCA Foundation’s fundraising will benefit its transition to a larger building, which in turn, will let it better manage and grow its archives and library missions. This is important, but what really excites us about the Capital Campaign is its very strong emphasis on expanding the Street Survival program to more teen drivers and securing the future of the program.

BMW CCA chapters and volunteers were directly responsible for the early success of Street Survival. You set the standard for a program that is now recognized nationally as a leader in teen driving safety. Now, as the Foundation seeks to grow the program, it again looks to BMW CCA chapters and members to lead the way, and the perfect opportunity is the $250,000 Challenge Grant.

The Challenge Grant rules are simple. Every member who donates or signs a pledge to the Foundation before the end of the year, will have his or her contribution matched, dollar for dollar. Every contribution is worth double. All financial gifts are tax-deductible, as permitted by applicable law.

But the Challenge Grant also applies to BMW CCA chapters. We know that many chapters donate to charities, and some have already contributed to the BMW CCA Foundation and for that, we are very grateful. However, with the Challenge Grant in place only until the end of 2013, there is a brief but golden opportunity for chapters to make their contributions worth twice as much. Even more than twice actually, since chapter donations would also trigger the Foundation receiving a portion of the BMW CCA charity matching funds that we anticipate will be awarded in 2014 as in years past.

More information on the campaign is located online at

There will be special recognition. All chapters making contributions to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign will be recognized in the Foundation’s headquarters building on their Wall of Honor. However, the chapter donating the most in each chapter size category—small, medium, and large—will receive special recognition in the Foundation building, and will also be prominently announced and recognized in Roundel magazine, the weekly Roundel online, the BMW CCA and BMW CCA Foundation Web sites, and at Oktoberfest 2014 in Colorado.

It would be a shame to leave any of the $250,000 Challenge Grant matching funds on the table. Please help the Foundation, teens who are just beginning their motoring lives, and everyone who shares the road.

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