American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear said the organization has commissioned the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) to examine and quantify the trucking industry’s various charitable efforts.
“In October, during my first State of the Industry address, I said ATA would be launching a charitable foundation aimed at our industry’s top priority,” Spear said. “But to do that, we must first identify what it is our industry already does. From disaster relief efforts to community programs and from disease awareness to schools and youth organizations, we know trucking already supports a vast array of worthy causes. This survey will help us narrow that list down so we can focus our soon-to-be-launched foundation’s efforts.”
“Trucks deliver more than just the freight that our communities need,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, President of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio. “They deliver money and volunteer efforts for charities and organizations in their communities. We want to take that giving spirit national with a new industry foundation, and this survey will help us do that.”
“As I said in October, I am certain our total charitable giving is in the billions of dollars, but in order to effectively tell the story of our industry’s generosity, we need to really understand all that trucking does to make our community better,” Spear said. “I’m looking forward to the results of ATRI’s survey and to the launch of our foundation later this year.”