Now well underway, the Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program is announcing the first list of businesses that will be awarded a free vehicle to further advance their work.
Applications for the program opened in March and voting took place through Facebook to narrow the list down to 500 candidates. From that list, an independent panel of judges with expertise in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility narrowed down the field. Finalists that don’t receive a car will get a $1,000 grant, but the lucky 100 that do will be able to choose from a Camry Hybrid, Highlander SUV, Prius v Hybrid, Sienna minivan, Sienna Mobility or Tundra full-sized pickup, all of which come with a six-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
“Toyota created the 100 Cars for Good program because we appreciate what a big difference a new car or truck can make for organizations working to improve lives and strengthen communities across America,” Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said. ”It’s been very gratifying to put the public in the ‘driver’s seat’ to select the winning organizations. 100 Cars for Good has also allowed Toyota to build on more than half a billion dollars of support the company has provided to nonprofits throughout the United States. We wish all of this year’s finalists the best of luck.”
The winners already announced include the Hope for Paws Animal Sanctuary in Los Angeles, the San Diego Zoo and the Special Olympics in Illinois. New winners will continue to be announced until the remaining 75 spots are filled.