In a poll released by the National Automobile Dealers Association and Ally Financial, 65 percent of dealers have increased charitable contributions in 2013 compared with 2012.
The survey of 340 dealer principals also found that 39 percent of dealers expect to increase their contributions in 2014. More than 55 percent of dealers surveyed donated $25,000 or more in 2012, with the median donation being around $30,000.
In addition to monetary donations, nearly 45 percent of dealership employees volunteer more than 50 hours per year, while 28 percent say their employees volunteer more than 100 hours. More than 63 percent of dealerships actively organize staff volunteer activities in the community.
Of the dealerships that choose to donate their time and money, 90 percent say that they contribute to organizations focused on community services.
"The contributions auto dealers make to their local communities each year is inspiring and we are proud to work so closely with such high-caliber, civic-minded business leaders day in and day out," said Tim Russi, president of auto finance for Ally. "Heading into our third year of support for the Time Dealer of the Year program, it's clear that dealers across the country show no sign of slowing these crucially important contributions to their communities."