The Collectors Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by an independent Board of Directors designed to serve the long-term interests and passion of collector vehicle and classic boat hobbyists.
Hagerty and its Collector Network conceived of such an organization as a way to assist the collector car hobby in its many efforts to preserve and encourage appreciation and respect for the artistic, technological and cultural significance of the automobile. The Foundation builds on and expands that vision to include a variety of vehicle and classic boat hobbies. The Foundation is an independent resource supported by enthusiasts who care about passing on the tools and respect for craftsmanship to the next generation, appreciate the historic development of transportation in its different modes, and want to encourage young people to get involved.
Collector Network members contribute a small portion of their annual membership fee to the Foundation, and Hagerty is funding the administrative and promotional startup costs of this nonprofit corporation. Now the Foundation must seek out other individuals and corporations who care about the future of these hobbies to build this important resource. Together we can generate significant financial muscle to preserve and enhance these hobbies and the sense of community we all enjoy through them.
For a personal conversation about the purpose or opportunities of the Collectors Foundation, contact Bob Knechel, executive director at 231-932-6835.