Mazda Foundation: Grant Applications Open May 1

Mazda Foundation Accepting Applications

The Mazda Foundation, founded in 1992, is open for applications in just a few months and as always, it’s better to be over prepared than under. Since its conception, the Mazda Foundation has given away over $100,000 every year. Donations peaked in 2011 when the foundation gave over $500,000 in grants. In all, nearly $8 million has gone to good causes and yours could be next!

Grant applications are open via mail or email starting May 1st. The deadline is July 1st, no exceptions. If your nonprofit program or organization seeks to improve the community in which you live, double check the guidelines to be sure you meet the criteria. Promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, social welfare, scientific research, and cross-cultural understanding is a plus. The application is straight forward and simple to fill out.

Interested in what the Mazda Foundation supports? Check out this message from Chairman, President, and CEO of Mazda North American Operations James O’Sullivan. Interested in supporting the Mazda Foundation? You can always buy a Mazda

Mazda Drive for Good Event Helps Donate Over $4.9 Million to Charity

Mazda Drive For Good

Mazda believes it is important to give back to the communities that give so much to them, so the Japanese carmaker is donating over $4.9 million to select charities thanks to its Mazda Drive for Good event. Along with this large donation, Mazda employees and dealers are also contributing over 66,000 charitable service hours in 2015, which shows an increase of 17.5 percent in volunteer hours compared to 2014.

“We could not have asked for better results from this year’s Mazda Drive for Good event,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “The growth seen in monetary donations and volunteer service hours are a welcomed increase. It allows Mazda’s employees, dealers and business partners to lend a helping hand and participate in constructive and engaging ways, helping their community throughout the year.”

The Mazda Drive for Good event began November 21, 2014 and ran until January 2, 2015. For every Mazda vehicle purchased, Mazda donated $150 to one of four national or 44 local charities. Customers could decide what charity to donate to depending on their preferences.

Not only is Mazda a philanthropist, but the brand also has plenty of great cars, too. Stop in to Wantagh Mazda today to see what we are talking about!

Mazda STEM Program Reaches over 10,000 Students with Interactive Events

The Mazda Motor Corporation, and Mazda Motorsports especially, both understand that life is about more than just cars and trucks. Here at Wantagh Mazda, we can attest to the fact that working with Mazda is a holistic experience, and it’s an experience that the brand has been sharing with students around the company, thanks to a Mazda STEM program.

The program, called the Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) program, provides students with interactive events and presentations, hoping to inspire them to great accomplishments and full, successful lives. Now, the R.A.C.E. program has presented its positive message to over 10,000 students across the nation.

“This STEM program has been one of the most rewarding things we’ve done at Mazda Motorsports,” enthused John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports and driving force behind Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM initiative. “We’re happy to report that our future is in good hands as the students that we’ve been fortunate enough to interact with are demonstrating the drive, initiative and curiosity that it takes to convert STEM education into global innovation.”

To hear more about the efforts of the people involved in the R.A.C.E. program, or to check out our great inventory, come see us at Wantagh Mazda today.

Mazda Presents Road to Fashion Rocks

What do music, fashion, and Mazda have in common? Many see the connection between music and fashion right away, but few see what Mazda has to do with it. Well, Mazda is now the exclusive automotive partner of Fashion Rocks®, “the only place where music and fashion collide live on one stage.” In addition, Mazda has launched a digital advertising campaign, entitled Road to Fashion Rocks to promote the Fashion Rocks CBS special set to air on Sept. 9, during which the new 2016 MX-5 Miata will be revealed.

“Like music and fashion, Mazda was born from passion, a deep passion for and commitment to innovation that guides everything that we do today and into the future,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda North American Operations. “Our partnership with Fashion Rocks gives us the opportunity to share our brand with consumers and let them experience our vehicles in an unexpected, yet authentic, way.”

And they most definitely are sharing the Mazda brand in an unusual way! Most new models are introduced at the next large automotive show, but Mazda is breaking that rule! The all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be revealed at a private concert, but it will viewable via a live streaming broadcast for fans everywhere.

The live broadcast will happen on September 3. Find out all the details by following the conversation on Twitter at #MX5Turns25 and #LongLivetheRoadster.

Tune in with us at Wantagh Mazda (@WantaghMazda); and while you’re on Twitter, let us know what you think of the new 2016 MX-5 Miata!

Mazda Named Official Partner of Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

We don’t know about you, but for us, music is one of the few things that makes running not absolutely terrible. Listening to one of your favorite upbeat songs while pounding the pavement can make the miles pass just a little faster. That’s why we’re so happy that Mazda North American Operations has recently announced that they have been named the Official Automotive Partner of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.

“Mazda is a brand built on passion,” said Russell Wager, Mazda’s vice president of marketing. “Expanding our relationship with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series allows us to meet customers within their existing passion-points of music and running, all to build a natural affinity between their interests and our vehicles.”

The Marathon Series combines running and entertainment, and will provide performances by live bands at every mile along the running course, as well as cheerleaders encouraging runners throughout the race. There will always be a post-race headliner concert.

Now the remaining Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Series events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, San Antonio, and Las Vegas, among other cities, will also see a more significant presence of the Mazda brand at the events. Mazda will have activities at each event for the marathon participants, including ride-and-drive opportunities and pre-race activities.

If running isn’t your thing, but you’re wanting to try a Mazda vehicle out for yourself, have no fear! Stop in to Wantagh Mazda today for a test drive!

Mazda Donates $500,000 to American Red Cross

Mazda recently donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). All made possible by the Mazda Drive for GoodTM program.

Mazda has supported the Red Cross before when disaster struck. Now, Mazda is the first auto maker to provide the Red Cross with everyday operation funding.

The Mazda Drive for Good campaign consisted of $100 donation for each new Mazda sale around the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays to the customers’ chosen non-profits. In addition, Mazda employees volunteered for one hour in their respective communities for each test drive taken.

“Mazda is honored to not only partner with the American Red Cross, but to also be an official member of its Annual Disaster Giving Program,” said Jim O’Sullivan, CEO and president of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).

“Our Mazda Drive for Good program has enabled all of us at Mazda to focus on giving back to our local communities and our nation as a whole, so it was a natural fit for us to partner with a great organization like American Red Cross.”

When you purchase a Mazda, you get more than a top-notch vehicle. You become a member of a caring family that works hard to make a difference not only in the world, but also in our local community. Join the Mazda family at Wantagh Mazda today!