As it entered the third decade of assisting charities, schools, and other nonprofits with their fundraising needs, the Autobell Car Wash Fundraising Program helped organizations raise more than $580,000 during 2018. The program began in 1998 and has brought nonprofits more than $9.5 million in donations to date.
Popular for its simplicity and as an environmentally friendly option, Autobell provides 501(c)(3) groups with $20 gift cards that do not expire and are redeemable at all Autobell locations in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland. Nonprofits sell the cards at full price and keep 50% of the proceeds.
A repeat participant in the Autobell Fundraising Program, the Myers Park High School Field Hockey team in Charlotte, NC, raised more than $11,000 in 2018. As field hockey is a non-sanctioned school sport in North Carolina and therefore operates as a club sport, the multi-year state champions utilized the funds for expenses such as field rentals, coaches’ salaries, referees, EMTs, uniforms, and insurance.
Myers Park parent representative Stephanie Wick said, "We have used the Autobell Fundraising Program as our main fundraiser for four years. It’s easy to sell, as Autobell is a valued service and business in our community. The Autobell team makes the entire process very easy. We have been so very pleased with the outcome year after year."
Other notable examples of the 533 Autobell fundraisers held in 2018 include a Greensboro, NC, counseling service that garnered $8,600; a Raleigh, NC, senior class that raised $7,250; a Boy Scout Troop in Charlotte with donations of $9,600; a Cumming, GA, middle school booster club that collected $3,150; and a gymnastics team in Suffolk, VA, that brought in $2,000.
“We're honored to be able to provide so many nonprofits an uncomplicated and effective method for reaching their fundraising goals," stated Autobell CEO Chuck Howard. “This program eliminates the need for organizers to plan and execute a parking lot car wash or other large-scale fundraiser. And since all Autobell locations treat 100% of the wash water used and recycle up to 100%, organizers can be confident they’re encouraging supporters to utilize the most eco-conscious process for washing their cars."
Nonprofits interested in the Autobell Car Wash Fundraising Program should visit autobell.com for more information or call 1-800-582-8096.