Friday, April 27, 2012

Charlotte Nonprofits Named Finalists in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program

Toyota has announced that two nonprofit organizations in Charlotte are
among the 500 finalists in 100 Cars for Good, a national philanthropic
program in which the automaker is giving away 100 vehicles to 100
nonprofits over the course of 100 days. Winners will be selected each
day by the public through voting on Facebook, beginning on Monday, May

100 Cars for Good finalists come from all 50 states and the District
of Columbia. This year's finalists from Charlotte include:

· A Child's Place of Charlotte Inc.: Works to erase the impact
of homelessness on children and their education by providing
educational and emotional support services as well as medical
referrals to keep children healthy and in the classroom.

· Project Hope Consulting Inc.: Mentors and tutors children in
math, reading, science, computer technology and medicine.

A complete list of finalists is available at

· See a short video about 100 Cars for Good
· Access the 100 Cars for Good logo and photos

This is the second consecutive year for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good,
which is the first Toyota initiative to enlist the public's help in
determining how the company's charitable contributions are awarded.
The 500 finalists, selected from an extremely competitive pool, were
certified by an independent panel of experts in philanthropy and
corporate social responsibility. The finalists include nonprofits
serving a broad range of community needs, including animal welfare,
arts, education, environment, health, veterans' affairs and safety.

"Toyota congratulates all of this year's finalists for 100 Cars for
Good in Charlotte," said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Toyota Motor Sales. "We are grateful for the enormous
impact that these nonprofits have each day and hope that 100 Cars for
Good will play an important role in raising awareness of their work
and helping these vital organizations make an even bigger difference
in Charlotte. We wish each of the finalists the best of luck and
thank all of the nonprofit groups from around the country that applied
to participate."

100 Cars for Good voting will begin May 14 and continue through August
21. Each day, five organizations will be profiled on Toyota's Facebook
page Individuals will be able to vote once
each day for the nonprofit they think is most deserving of a new car.
The organization with the most votes at the end of the day will win
the vehicle. The four runners-up each day will receive a $1,000 grant
from Toyota.

Winning organizations can choose from the following vehicles: Camry
Hybrid, Highlander SUV, Prius v hybrid, Sienna minivan, Sienna
Mobility or Tundra full-sized pickup. A six-year, 100,000-mile
powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle,
compliments of Toyota Financial Services.

Toyota will be providing all 500 finalists with a digital video
camera, training toolkit and free online advertising credits to
support their 100 Cars for Goodcampaigns and to help them create or
expand their presence in social media and other digital platforms.
Each finalist will be asked to create a video showing how the
organization plans to use a new vehicle to make an even bigger impact
in the local community. The videos will be featured at

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957
and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants in eight states. Toyota
directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment
here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and
manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services
and design facilities. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials,
goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals more than $23 billion.

Toyota is deeply committed to being a great community partner and is
focused on supporting programs in ways that achieve long-term
sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the
country, with a particular concentration on education, the environment
and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than half a
billion dollars to philanthropic programs across the U.S.

For more information on Toyota, please visit

About Toyota Financial Services (TFS)

TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the
U.S., offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor
Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service
contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor
Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide,
and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a
worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by
Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Toyota Motor Corporation.