Audi Donating $1.1 Million for Refugee Help

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

You’d have to pay attention and skip the endless garbage about Kentucky county clerks and Donald Trump to hear about the unprecedented flight (and plight) of migrants in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing war torn countries such as Syria, and the European Union is struggling to find homes for all of them.

On Thursday, Audi said it would donate €1 million ($1.12 million) to help refugee aid organizations near its factories.

“We have been shocked by the great suffering of the refugees in Europe,” Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said in a statement. “People at our doorsteps are in need — and we therefore want to offer help quickly and avoid red tape.”

Obviously, €1 million won’t solve all the world’s problems, but it’s a noteworthy amount from the automaker and it’s hardly political — it’s just the right thing to do.

“We must not and we will not stand passively by when it comes to helping our fellow human beings in this desperate situation. We Audi employees are always there to help when it’s important – and it’s more important now than ever before,” Audi General Works Council Chairman Peter Mosch said in a statement announcing the donation.

Audi’s home nation of Germany is expected to take in nearly 800,000 refugees before the end of 2015, nearly 150,000 more than the entire European Union took in last year.

It’s important to note when this happens and certainly Audi isn’t alone. Ford, through the Ford Foundation, grants money to immigrant organizations here in the States, and the General Motors Foundation grants money to community organizations too.

Bravo.


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  • Frenzic Frenzic on Sep 10, 2015

    If you like your powerline blog you can keep your powerline blog. How about them taking on a few 100000 of these so called refugees. I hear it's good for their workforce. ot Many companies and for instance politicians use this to make a good name for themselves and yes it's tax deductible. It makes me sick. The little guy get's to pay for most of this extravaganza, everyone else is net tax exempt or better in one way or another.

  • Frenzic Frenzic on Sep 10, 2015

    If you like your powerline blog you can keep your powerline blog. How about them taking on a few 100000 of these so called refugees. I hear it's good for their workforce. ot Many companies and for instance politicians use this to make a good name for themselves and yes it's tax deductible. It makes me sick. The little guy gets to pay for most of this extravaganza, everyone else is net tax exempt or better in one way or another.

  • 50merc 50merc on Sep 11, 2015

    Hungary actually was conquered by, and occupied and oppressed by the Ottomans for centuries. Perhaps this helps to explain why they are a bit more anxious about invasions from the middle east.

  • Lon888 Lon888 on Sep 11, 2015

    I congratulate Audi for stepping up and helping the refugees especially in the areas that are close to their factories. I always laugh when people say they bought a German because German craftsmen are so precise in their building of cars. Little do they know that most factory production lines are staffed by Turks, Romanians and various other Eastern European and Middle Eastern people. your chances of your car being assembled by "Hans Schmidt" are very low. Those refugees that are close to the Audi plants may well indeed be relatives of the guys on the production line.

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