Chrysler Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler Group LLC, is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross targeted for Japan disaster relief efforts. The foundation also announced it will match donations* to the ARC from employees, contract employees and dealers up to another $100,000 bringing the potential for a total donation of $300,000.


"We are confident that Chrysler employees, contractors and dealers will once again respond to help others in need, which is why the foundation will match their generous contributions," said Jody Trapasso, president of the Chrysler Foundation.


To make an online donation to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts, visit this secure ARC site.


Chrysler Foundation has a history humanitarian relief assistance. For example:

  • Within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a $10 million Help the Children Fund was established for the children of victims. Chrysler employees, retirees and dealers raised another $400,000 for the scholarship fund and many employees worked at the recovery site or collected donations of supplies.
  • Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, The Chrysler Foundation contributed $550,000 for disaster relief, including $150,000 in matching funds. The donations were distributed to the American Red Cross, The United Way and food banks in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Company also donated 100 vehicles and supplies, collectively valued at $4.4 million.
  • The Foundation also provided $100,000 for flood relief and cleanup programs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008, and $100,000 for wildfire disaster relief in San Diego in 2007. Both of these initiatives also involved volunteers and in-kind support from Chrysler Group dealers.
  • In 2010, the Foundation donated $100,000, $50,000 each to Oxfam America and the United States Fund for UNICEF, to support humanitarian relief and recovery efforts in Haiti after that country’s devastating earthquake.
  • Also in 2010, the Foundation contributed $50,000 to the village of Dundee, Mich., and another $50,000 to ISOH/Impact in Perrysburg, Ohio, for relief efforts following severe tornadoes that hit Michigan and Northern Ohio.


*Employees, contractors and auto dealers who want to have Chrysler Foundation match their Red Cross Japan disaster relief donation must make the donation first to American Red Cross – national chapter or any local chapter accepting funds for Japan Tsunami Relief. You must then turn in the receipt to the foundation at The Chrysler Foundation, CIMS 485-13-35, 1000 Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, or via email at


Employees and contract employees can check out The Scoop for more details and other options to submit their donation for Chrysler Foundation matching.

The documentation can include screen prints of online transactions or copies of checks, etc. Only documentation copies should be forwarded to Chrysler Foundation attention for purposes of processing the match.