George Nahas, a Chevrolet dealer in central Florida, gets requests for cash, cars and his time from charities nearly every week of the year.
So far this year, Nahas has held a fundraising event at his store for a local humane society, helped send disadvantaged kids to a summer camp, given time and money for an annual golf tournament to benefit an epilepsy foundation and helped an organization raise money for families of sick children.
Sifting through all the requests he gets from charities is time-consuming. So he sends most requests to the 9 Family Connection, an organization sponsored by Nahas and three other members of the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association.
But Nahas also gets involved more directly with other causes, providing cars and cash or rallying support from other dealers and businesses.
Nahas says his annual budget for philanthropy has consistently been greater than $100,000 per year. His store, just north of Orlando, sells between 80 and 100 new and used vehicles each month.