Volkswagen supports classrooms nationwide with donation

Jul 9, 2019

  • Volkswagen kicks off “Drive Bigger” Summer Event with $1 million total donation to fund classroom supplies in collaboration with
  • helps teachers fund classroom projects throughout public schools in America
  • Customers, dealers and employees can support teachers with donation program

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America announced a collaboration today with, an online charity dedicated to supporting teachers with funding for classroom projects and basic supplies. This partnership gives customers, dealers and employees a chance to help teachers prepare for the new school year while driving something bigger than ourselves.

The average public school teacher spends $479 on school supplies. At, teachers request the resources their students need to thrive and donors can choose the ones they want to support. When a project is fully funded, all the requested items are purchased and shipped directly to the school. 

Volkswagen’s $1 million donation includes both a corporate donation to to directly fund selected classroom projects, as well as funding for donation cards pre-loaded with funds from Volkswagen: these are available for dealers to give to customers during the Summer Event. Customers who receive a donation card will be able to visit the web site and select a classroom project that Volkswagen will support. Volkswagen is also inviting employees to participate in the giving program by offering to match employee contributions from $25 to $2,500.

Volkswagen of America announced a new direction for the brand last month, built around responsibility, innovation and how a major automaker can help contribute to the greater good. This is the first major opportunity to demonstrate what it means to Drive Bigger, and helps kick off the “Drive Bigger” Summer Event, which will offer great deals to customers on select 2019 Volkswagen models.

“Education in our public schools is a fundamental foundation for every student in this country, and is able to support thousands of teachers and students each year,” said Jim Zabel, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Volkswagen of America. “The Drive Bigger Event will allow us to turn our words into action.  We think our role as a car company can be much bigger than just building vehicles that take students to and from school.  With a focus to support teachers and classroom projects across America, we hope to encourage our Volkswagen dealers and customers to drive something bigger than ourselves.”

To support the partnership, a fully integrated national and regional “Drive Bigger” Summer Event campaign kicks off today and includes TV and radio spots, digital, social and point-of-sale assets in both English and Spanish language versions.


About Volkswagen

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.


Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, has raised over $830 million for America's classrooms. Teachers come to to request the materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, 3.7 million people and partners have funded 1.4 million projects on the site, reaching 34 million students and making the leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. is the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. In 2014, made the top 10 of Fast Company's list of the World's Most Innovative Companies, the first time a charity has received such recognition.

Donation cards are pre-loaded with funds from Volkswagen and can be used while funds last or 9/30/19, whichever occurs first. Not available for cash.

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