Chrysler Seeks Non-Profit Status. For Its Museum. For Now.

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
chrysler seeks non profit status for its museum for now

Automotive News [sub] reports that Chrysler has switched the status of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum to non-profit– to keep expenses from impacting the company's bottom line. And that's not all. Chrysler is asking its beleaguered dealers for $5k apiece to fund the museum. To that end, the museum will now be known as the "Walter P. Chrysler Founding Dealers Society" (as opposed to something catchy like The Chrysler Museum). Luckily for ChryCo dealers trying to make their nut on sales of $20k Rams, the program is voluntary. Dealerships who pony-up the five Gs get their name on a donor wall in the museum. With 70 vehicles and six full-time employees, the WPCFDS is hardly a major drain on Chrysler resources. Who knows, maybe this is a test balloon for taking all of Chrysler to 501c3 status, establishing the country's first non-profit (as opposed to profit-free) automaker.

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  • Nick Nick on May 06, 2008

    Sometimes the jokes write themselves, don't they?

  • Musicalmcs8706 Musicalmcs8706 on May 06, 2008

    Sadly they do...

  • AJ AJ on May 07, 2008
    So what connection does that one-story house have to Walter Chrysler? Is it his birthplace in Wamego? Yes, I believe it is. I was there for a Winged Warriors car show in Wemego in 2001. It's a nice little town. Anyway, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum is awesome and well worth a visit for any Mopar fans.

  • RoweAS RoweAS on May 07, 2008

    They can't call it the Chrysler Museum because there is already a Chrysler Museum (of art)in Norfolk, Va (endowed by WPC)