Thursday, September 12, 2013

TLPA Members Donate Over $1.5 Million to Charity

In a 12-month period ending May 31, some members of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) donated an impressive $1.5 million to charitable causes. A portion of the 1,100 transportation company members from within the association—the oldest and largest trade group of its kind in the world—gave to a wide variety of causes, including breast cancer, kidney disease, wounded veterans, hospitals, children’s wish campaigns, and educational funds, to name just a few. This was the first year the TLPA
has attempted to track the overall charitable efforts of its members. It is part of a new TLPA initiative to encourage, track and recognize donations made by its members and by their affiliate drivers, called Community Connections.

“These generous members, most of them family-owned, community-based small companies, show us what we have always known: that our industry is one of the most charitable in the world,” said William Rouse, president of the TLPA. “Our members are local leaders who care deeply about helping their communities. This is a giving group of business leaders, and we applaud their efforts.”

Reporting their charitable efforts is voluntary for members, and only about 10 percent of members submitted their donation tallies as part of Community Connections in this first year. This year’s tally of $1.5 million, TLPA believes, is therefore an extremely conservative representation. As the program continues, the charitable figures will be tallied by May 31 of each year for the industry’s previous 12 months of charitable actions.

“Collectively, the 1,100 members of the TLPA are an especially powerful philanthropic force,” said Alfred LaGasse, CEO of the TLPA. “The TLPA believes that these charitable actions should be recognized. As more and more members report in over the years, I believe we will see that number increase significantly year to year.”

Established in 1917, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) is a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry. Its extensive membership spans the globe to include 1,100 taxicab companies, executive sedan and limousine services, airport shuttle fleets, non-emergency medical transportation companies, and paratransit services.

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