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  1. Advance Auto Parts Foundation Purpose Statement

The Advance Auto Parts Foundation supports the development of a healthy, skilled and diverse workforce prepared to advance the mobility industry in the 21st Century. We do this by supporting programs and initiatives that emphasize employment readiness and the health and wellbeing of others, with an emphasis on underserved populations, including military veterans seeking to join the civilian workforce.

  1. Advance Auto Parts Foundation Gifting Guidelines

The Advance Auto Parts Foundation gifting primarily targets these focus areas:

  • 1. job skills training;
  • 2. the needs of military veterans; and
  • 3. projects that contribute to the health and well-being of individuals.

Gifts outside of these categories may be considered, such as supporting relief efforts following natural disasters. Organizations being considered for funding must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. 1. Hold a current tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File, and conducting activities within the United States;
  2. 2. Be a recognized state or local government, regulatory or administrative authority or agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that is requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; or
  3. 3. Be a public or nonprofit-private K-12 school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university, or a faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and clothing closets.

Organizations also will be reviewed for reputation, activities and compliance with any terms and conditions established by the Foundation’s board of directors.  Funding exclusions include: religious (except as outlined above) and advocacy organizations and any organizations that deny service, membership or other involvement on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military or veteran, or disability status.

  1. Examples of Our Impact

Wake Technical Community College – Advancing the Next Generation of Auto Technicians

To encourage student diversity among the North Carolina Triangle Region’s auto technology and collision repair professionals, the Advance Auto Parts Foundation has teamed with Wake Technical Community College (WTCC”), Raleigh, to fund a first-of-its-kind diversity recruitment initiative.  The partnership comes at a critical time as the U.S. is facing a worsening shortage of automotive technicians and this segment of the industry lacks diversity with 91% of technicians identifying as male and more than two-thirds of technicians identifying as white or non-Hispanic. Our hope is that the program becomes a model for other community colleges around the country.

In partnership with organizations such as Communities in Schools, Juntos and North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, the Foundation’s $200,000 gift will be used to conduct direct outreach in Wake County high schools to encourage diverse populations to pursue automotive career paths offered at the WTCC’s new Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence. The gift also will help 25 students enrolling in the program over the next five years by funding $5,000 scholarships for each student to offset educational and living expenses. It also provides a one-time, $600 stipend to purchase tools scholarship recipients need to complete their studies and start their careers.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the retail company of which the Foundation is a charitable affiliate, has added $50,000 to the WTCC gift to outfit the Hendrick Center’s tool rooms, which provide specialized tools and equipment in support of student learning.

Temple Sloan, Jr. Founder’s Scholarship Program – Investing in Future Leaders

Established in 2003, our O. Temple Sloan, Jr. Founder’s Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards dependent children and grandchildren of team members who have excelled in their academic performance and wish to continue their education beyond high school.

Following a rigorous selection process, one-time and renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded to students based on both academic performance and financial need. Tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds are awarded annually.

  1. For More Information

The Advance Auto Parts Foundation currently is not accepting unsolicited funding requests.   The Foundation makes funding decisions in its sole discretion. For more information, please contact us at foundation@advance-auto.com