NAEDA’s Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF) was created to provide grants to meet the industry’s need for training resources, career advancements and scholarships. Through the years, the EDF has expanded its efforts to help dealership employees affected by natural disasters. Moving forward, your support is needed for research, grants and scholarships to continue to enhance our industry.
When faced with a disaster, the EDF has been able to step in and help. The EDF has financially aided a number of dealers and dealer employees, thanks to the generous support of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and affiliated associations.
The purpose is not to replace insurance coverage or the entire business economics; rather, the efforts through “bridge grants” of up to $2,500 help put food on the table, replace toothbrushes and toothpaste, put gas in the vehicle and generally help individuals get their everyday routine back as quickly as possible. To date, the EDF has provided more than $200,000 to assist disaster victims.
In 2012 and 2013, EDF has offered a matching scholarship program in conjunction with dealers and affiliate associations, with the goal of helping dealers train the next generation of employees. These scholarships, coupled with the other matching grants of the sponsoring dealer and affiliate associations, were used to help students interested in the equipment industry attend schools and receive training so they can be a part of our industry after graduation. To date, 145 matching scholarships have been awarded to students.
Now is where you can help. In order for EDF to assist when disaster strikes again—and it will—and to help do research and provide important industry data and education, and provide scholarships to students excited about our industry, we need your continued support. Please consider a generous donation to the NAEDA EDF as we close out the year.
Please visit our website at https://www.naeda.com/SupportEDF/EDFFoundationOnlinePayment.aspx to contribute online.