NAFA Foundation Organizes Unique Charitable Project at Institute & Expo, with Surprising Results

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Release date: 5/30/2018

Contact: Claude Masters, CAFM®

NAFA Foundation Organizes Unique Charitable Project at Institute & Expo, with Surprising Results

Attendees Pack Over 40,000 Meals for Rise Against Hunger in Just One Hour

PRINCETON, N.J. – (May 30, 2018) – The NAFA Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization formed in 1976 to support the vehicle fleet industry, partnered with charity Rise Against Hunger during NAFA Fleet Management Association’s 2018 Institute & Expo to assemble a staggering number of meals for people in developing countries – in just one hour.
Hundreds of I&E attendees in Anaheim, Calif., volunteered to assemble bagged meals that consisted of dehydrated rice and soy protein that was fortified with vitamins and nutrients. The attendees assembled 40,172 of these meals in one hour. A large portion of the meals have already been shipped by Rise Against Hunger to feed less fortunate families in Cambodia.
“It was such an incredible feeling to see the response that this act of good will received from I&E attendees. While the NAFA Foundation is driven by the importance of advancing the fleet industry, it also recognizes the significance of lending a helping hand to people in need around the world,” said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, CEO of the NAFA Foundation. “This event was very empowering and uplifting for all attendees at I&E.”
Additional NAFA Foundation Projects
This charitable project was just one of the recent activities undertaken by the NAFA Foundation. Within fleet, the Foundation is playing a very visible role in several developments that are strongly influencing the fleet industry: the increasing partnership with procurement operations to develop robust combined results, and the “mobility” evolution that is impacting fleets around the world. Some of the Foundation’s other near-term initiatives include:
  • Releasing an “issue definition paper” that offers guidance on how fleet and procurement teams can form a productive partnership that fosters better fleet performance.  This paper is now available, and can be downloaded for free through the NAFA website.
  • Teaming up with international mobility expert Lukas Neckermann to develop an in-depth white paper that will include immediate steps for fleet managers to take to embrace mobility options
  • Presenting a webinar about the Neckermann mobility paper in early Fall 2018, followed by an in-person workshop on the subject next Spring
The NAFA Foundation continues to seek contributions and donations throughout the fleet industry. It will utilize these gifts to engage in multiple efforts to increase the knowledge base of the fleet industry, guide professionals through the significant changes impacting fleet, and fund research to advance fleet professionals’ growth.
Contributions to the NAFA Foundation are tax-deductible under IRS guidelines. To donate, visit this link.
About the NAFA Foundation
The NAFA Foundation ( was formed to promote, encourage, support, and assist the vehicle fleet industry.  It also makes grants and gifts to aid in and support persons, institutions, and organizations in the development, maintenance, and expansion of educational programs related to the management of motor vehicle fleets.
About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association is the trade organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements and vehicle fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes; and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.6 million vehicles that drive an estimated 50 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well in excess of $100 billion each year.
For more information, please visit, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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