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CREF celebrates 2012 giving ratio

Ninety-one cents of every dollar donated went toward supporting programs, students, instructors
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 06:38
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As a follow-up to the organization's recent announcement that over $4.9 million in support was provided to secondary and post-secondary collision school programs in 2012, the Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud to inform the inter-industry that ninety-one cents of every dollar donated went towards assisting the future professionals of the industry. Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, advises that "the most efficient charities spend 75 percent or more of their budget on their programs and services and less than 25 percent on fundraising and administrative fees." CREF having a 91-99 percent giving ratio displays its commitment to the industry's future, while staying lean in its' operations expenses.

CREF Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode notes, "It is important for charities to be accountable and transparent to their donors. We are grateful to our 175 donors in 2012 for their record breaking $4.9 million in giving, and it is our responsibility as a not-for-profit organization to ensure that the industry’s support reaches those in the most need. On behalf of the organization’s staff and Board of Trustees, we thank our supporters and look forward to making 2013 a year to remember."

Industry members looking to join CREF's 2013 donors can make an individual tax-deductible donation by visiting Companies looking to make a monetary and/or in-kind product donation to collision school programs should contact Eckenrode at (847) 463-5244 or

The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry.

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