Saving Lives, Saving History
In March, 2002, the BMW Car Club of America, an organization of over 69,000 members, formed the non-profit, tax-exempt charitable BMW CCA Foundation, Inc., to provide benefits to the motoring public community and owners of BMW automobiles. Its charter under Section 501(c)(3) enables the Foundation to establish programs to benefit the public in general, and BMW owners specifically. The vision of the Foundation is to be a significant repository of BMW information and to foster educational programs for the automotive community.
To that end, the Foundation established three programs to help accomplish its mission: The Conservation and Preservation Program (CPP), The Library, Archives and Museum Program (LAM), and The Tire Rack Street Survival Program (TRSS).
- The Conservation and Preservation (CPP)
The PC supports educational programs that foster and promote the art of vehicle conservation and preservation. To that end, funds for scholarships supporting automotive restoration will be pursued.
- The Library, Archives and Museum Program (LAM)
The Library, Archives and Museum Program will create a repository for BMW-related historical documents, vehicles, literature and paraphernalia, providing enthusiasts with access to rare and interesting BMW artifacts while insuring their continued existence. This archive will be housed in South Carolina near the BMW CCA National Office and BMW Manufacturing.
- The Tire Rack Street Survival Program (TRSS)
Hoping to reduce accidents, injuries and deaths, the Teen Drivers Safety Program promotes and conducts educational projects to improve the car handling skills of young drivers, especially teenagers. The DSS Program is headlined by the “Tire Rack Street Survival” program that is conducted in various parts of the U.S.
The BMW CCA Foundation is governed by nine Trustees with limited time terms.
The Trustees are developing strategies for the best use of funding so that the number of Street Survival Schools planned for 2017 rises by 10% over those in 2016. Additions to the museum and archive are to increase.