The NASCAR Foundation is a leading charity that works to improve the lives of the children who need it the most in our NASCAR communities, but did you know that your local track may play a large part in making this mission a reality?
Since 2012, NASCAR tracks across the nation have been joining The NASCAR Foundation in providing support to local non-profit organizations and charitable causes in their community. These tracks operate their charitable efforts under The NASCAR Foundation’s umbrella as donor advised funds – which allows them to conduct fundraising efforts in their local communities.
Today, The NASCAR Foundation partners with 10 tracks: Auto Club Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Iowa Speedway, ISM Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International.
In 2018, our donor advised funds provided more than $450,000 in grant funds to 140 charities supporting charitable causes focused on children’s healthcare, education, veteran well-being, and many other needs in-between.
Michigan International Speedway’s MIS Cares, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, raised more than $320,000 after hosting two 50/50 raffles during their NASCAR race weekends in June and August.
"Thanks to our fans on race weekend, the 50/50 raffles allow MIS Cares to give back to so many deserving organizations and students in Michigan," commented Rick Brenner, President of Michigan International Speedway. "It is important that we are able to impact the lives of so many people in the region."
Also making a difference in their local community is Iowa Speedway Cares, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation. They granted $30,000 toward youth education, tornado relief efforts, and healthcare in the greater Jasper, Iowa community.
"Iowa Speedway Cares has been a tremendous partner in our work to help stabilize lives," United Way of Jasper County Executive Director Jessica Lowe said. "Through the 50/50 program, we have raised thousands of dollars to help provide health and human services programs to more than 12,000 Jasper County residents annually. The impact these dollars have is tremendous. Programs from food assistance to homeless prevention, counseling for victims of domestic abuse to safe places for children to go after school are all made possible in part thanks to the generous support and partnership with Iowa Speedway Cares."
Donor Advised Funds of The NASCAR Foundation have a way of identifying needs unique to their communities. Last year Watkins Glen International (WGI) RACE Foundation, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, knew exactly how they wanted to give back, when they learned of 17-year-old Ryan Berwick’s need for a new power wheel chair to get around at home, school, and attending races.
"We host a large Opening Weekend event each year, with proceeds benefiting the RACE Foundation, where fans can drive their personal vehicles on-track for three laps with a $25.00 donation," said Tyler Hoke from Watkins Glen International. "We decided to dedicate the proceeds from that weekend to support Ryan and his family. The outpouring of support from our fans that weekend was amazing. He’s a great kid, a huge racing fan and we were honored to be able to help him and his family.".
With the substantial impact in 2018, our Donor Advised Funds have continued to grow the work they have done for the last seven years, creating positive change in their local communities. Click here to learn more about The NASCAR Foundation’s Donor Advised Funds and how you can get involved.