Mini Under the Hood, "Fueling the Future" (UPDATED)

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Under the HOOD

The Newsletter of RPM Foundation • Fueling the Future

Message from the President RPM Foundation does much, much more than provide services, share resources and award grants. RPM not only supports the existing restoration educational programs and their students, but we are changing the landscape of the education-to-shop pipeline, influencing the growth of restoration curriculum at the high school level, mentoring students and teachers, and collaborating with shops. We’re helping to pave the pathway to careers in restoration and preservation! With the help of 10 Board Members, 3 staff, 14 volunteers and countless donors and friends, RPM is making a difference. Last year, we impacted the lives of 973 young people in “auto hot spots” around the United States, exceeding our goal of 400 students. Over the last two years, we traveled 147,000 miles, attended countless Concours and car events searching for schools, students, teachers, and shops – spreading the word about RPM and careers in automotive restoration and preservation while connecting with RPM supporters. By hosting seminars and discussion panels, presenting at meetings, providing content for publications, and participating in events, we have engaged – and continue to engage – meaningfully with national and regional collectors and car clubs. RPM was nominated for Industry Supporter of the Year award at the International Historic Motoring Awards in London! One of RPM’s key roles is to bridge the gap between car-loving students and shops with job opportunities. RPM hosts programs such as Shop Hop, where students from local high schools and colleges get to visit classic car collections and restoration shops for unique “job-fairson-wheels.” Shop Hops routinely result in students getting hired for summer internships! RPM also has a “Racing Program Series,” called Off to the Races With RPM, which engages restoration & preservation students in the vintage racing worlds at Road America (WI), Indianapolis (IN) and Watkins Glen (NY). Between shops and race tracks, RPM has got it covered! What we do is important work for young people and old cars. Join us for the ride and see you along the way,

Diane Fitzgerald, President 2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 Toll Free: 855.537.4579 Email: Website:

RPM Foundation is an entity of America's Automotive Trust.

WHO WE ARE + WHAT WE DO RPM Foundation is a service-providing, resource-sharing, grant-giving organization that accelerates the growth of the next generation of automotive and marine Restoration and Preservation craftsmen and artisans though formal training and Mentorship. RPM Foundation is the educational arm of America’s Automotive Trust. Together, these organizations work to secure and preserve America’s automotive heritage. RPM is based in Tacoma, WA with offices in Chicago and ambassadors in 10 States and Germany.

RPM’s MISSION RPM Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that the critical skills necessary to preserve and restore collector vehicles are not lost, by providing scholarships and educational grants to students and organizations committed to hands-on training of future craftsmen. RPM works closely with educational institutions advising them on the curricula necessary for training of professional craftsmen, as well as helping them identify the proficiencies needed for success in the field. RPM facilitates student scholarships, internships and full-time apprenticeships to ensure students receive the necessary formal education, knowledge and hands-on training to enter the profession successfully.

RPM’s goals are to: • Preserve and promote America’s automotive treasures. •C ultivate a new generation of craftsmen skilled in the art of automotive and marine restoration and preservation. •P romote the importance of the skilled trades and the many career opportunities within the industry. •C reate opportunities for young people who have an interest in vehicles to learn from professional educators, Master Craftsmen and industry leaders. •D evelop partnerships with a wide-spectrum of the collector hobby and industry, including shows, Concours, clubs and businesses to promote the education of necessary skills to secure America’s heritage and culture.


RPM Foundation’s Geography RPM Foundation awarded 21 grants between December 2016 and March 2017. The locations of each grant awardee are shown on the US map below. To date, RPM has awarded more than $3 million to 267 grants applicants from 31 states!

RPM Foundation, 2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 Toll Free: 855.537.4579 Email: Website:


Every Donation Has Impact! Building community and influencing the educational pipeline are just two of the many things that RPM Foundation does. $50,000 funds a post-secondary auto tech program to expand its restoration electives into a degree program with shop equipment and tools, curriculum development and student recruitment OR scholarships-internships apprenticeships-restoration projects $10,000 provides gap funding for two apprenticeships for six months $2,500 supports an established, career-based high school or post-secondary educational program OR funds an above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty teacher/instructor for off-site visits to extraordinary educational restoration programs and/or industry events that would shape their contribution to the Collector Car Industry $600 partially enables an RPM student or volunteer ambassador graduate to attend an industry summit meeting, connecting with thought leaders in all areas of the Collector Car community $120 partially supports equipment-parts-materials purchases in vocational high schools and post-secondary automotive restoration programs $40 funds a portion of a ticket for an RPM student to attend a Collector Car event, like a Concours, Auction or Vintage Race

Supporting the RPM Foundation – Thank You!

Help us fuel the future and achieve our goal of raising $1,000,000! With funding requests more than triple what we are able to giveaway, we need your support. Donations of any size are deeply appreciated.

For more information, contact Diane Fitzgerald, President (, C: 312-543-5732 Direct: 855.537.4579 www.RPM.Foundation).

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