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Support Our Programs, Engage Your Customers and Your Community

The collector car industry needs more young technicians who can carry-on the trades of today’s rapidly retiring workforce. The Piston Foundation offers a unique opportunity for mission-aligned businesses and private foundations to support the education and training of aspiring technicians while serving the grassroots needs of their customers and communities.

There is a skilled labor shortage in the collector car industry.

1,425 job openings may go unfilled due to the lack of qualified technicians.

As a community of businesses and car enthusiasts, we need to work together to solve this problem.

The Piston Mission

Creating a Career Path into the Trades of the Collector Car Industry

The Piston Foundation is creating a career path that will bring more young people into the trades of the collector car industry. We provide trade school scholarships, support shops and aspiring technicians with apprenticeships, and advocate for skilled trade careers in automotive restoration.

The Piston Three-Step Career Path

STep 1
Step 2
Piston Fund Scholarships
Skilled Trade Education
Step 3
Piston Academy Apprenticeships

A lack of awareness, education, and job training prevent young car enthusiasts from making collector car restoration their career. Our programs help overcome these challenges and grow the skilled labor workforce.

Sponsorship Case Study

Bring a Trailer Charity Auction

To commemorate the milestone of their 100,00th listing, Bring a Trailer will auction a company-owned 1973 Datsun 240Z with 100% of the proceeds going to The Piston Foundation to support educational opportunities for the next generation of auto enthusiasts.

How You Can Support Our Mission

As a mission-aligned business or private foundation you can help create career opportunities for a new and diverse generation of collector car technicians by providing financial support to our education and training programs.

Your support will help the Piston Foundation support local auto restoration businesses through workforce development and create a sustainable future for the collector car community. 

Become a Piston Partner

Support our mission by funding scholars, events, and fundraisers.

Our Partner Program offers a unique opportunity for auto-related organizations to support the car enthusiast community by helping young people acquire the education and hands-on training to build a career in the collector car industry.

If you have questions about becoming a sponsor, please contact us to request more information.

Piston Academy Underwriting Opportunity

The Piston Academy will be a national registered apprenticeship program in vehicle restoration that will create a sustainable career path into the trades of the collector car industry. The Academy will provide recruiting and placement of qualified apprentices, skills-based learning objectives, living-wage support, coaching and mentoring, and a certificate of completion. The Piston Academy will make earn-as-you-learn vehicle restoration apprenticeships economically viable for technicians and shops.

Launching The Piston Academy
  • The launch of the Piston Academy will require $200,000 to initiate the phase one pilot program.
  • We’re seeking four corporate partners to make a commitment of $50,000 each.

If you have questions about becoming an underwriter, please contact us to request more information.

Financial Transparency

We are proud to have received a Platinum Transparency seal from Candid in our third year of operations. We embrace our responsibility to steward the gifts of our donors for the greatest possible impact.

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