CARS Futures Symposium | Vehicle Donation Trends

Future Trends In Vehicle Donations

CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services), in collaboration with KQED’s Lab, would like to invite you to a special gathering of public media organizations, nonprofits and experts to explore the impact that autonomous vehicles and other disruptions in transportation are likely to have on vehicle donations in the coming years.

Keynote Speaker: Tony Seba, RethinkX

Tony Seba Key Note Speaker

CARS is thrilled to announced that Tony Seba, co-founder of RethinkX and co-author of the groundbreaking report Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030, is our confirmed Keynote Speaker!

Tony Seba is a world-renowned thought leader, author, speaker, educator and Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Seba is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book "Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation" and co-author of “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030". He is the award-winning creator of the Seba Technology Disruption Framework. His work focuses on technology disruption, the convergence of technologies, business model innovation, and product innovation that is leading to the disruption of the world’s major industries. Seba has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of global events and organizations including Davos, COP21, China EV100, World Future Energy Summit, European Commission, CLSA Investors Forum, Google, Intersolar and Global Leaders Forum. He has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders at Stanford Continuing Studies. He is the recipient of the "Visionary Disruptor" Award. Seba has a Stanford MBA and an MIT degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

Why you should attend

In short, this is part of a larger effort by CARS to help prepare your organization for long-term sustainability.
Vehicle donations continue to represent a growing fundraising revenue stream for nonprofit organizations. 2017 was the most successful year for CARS to date, with more than $30 million raised for our nonprofit partners. Disruptions are coming to large cities across the US in the not too distant future. We see the potential for significant opportunities to develop new revenue streams to support your mission.

What you’ll be doing

This one-day seminar will be held at KQED/San Francisco on Friday June 22, 2018.

Thursday, June 21

Group dinner

Friday, June 22

Keynote: Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030
Tony Seba

The Connected Car
Joesl Sucherman, VP New Platform Partnerships, NPR

Six Elements for Building Nonprofit Innovation Capacity
Laura Lanzerotti, Partner, The Bridgespan Group


Design Thinking Challenge
Umbreen Bhatti, KQED Lab

Ask US!
Closing thoughts with CARS team

Who should attend

CARS is inviting a small number of partners to participate so that we can tackle the design-thinking challenge efficiently.
Due to limited venue space at KQED, we ask that each organization send one participant. There are some 25 spaces available, with a smaller number of “observer” seats, which will be filled on a first-come basis.

Invitations are not limited to senior leadership. Senior leaders as well as up and coming leaders are encouraged to attend. Being knowledgable about your vehicle donation program is preferred but is not a requirement. This would also be a great opportunity to send a creative thinker who may not a fundraiser but is still enthusiastic about your mission and has a long-term future in the organization.

Additional Questions?

Mike Wallace
(619) 723-1900

Event Details

When & Where

June 22, 2018
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Hotel info

CARS will provide a stipend to your organization of $100/night for your hotel stay (2 nights max). We have reserved a limited number of rooms at Hotel Griffon in the Embarcadero district for the nights of June 21-22. With the $100 stipend from CARS, your rate at Hotel Griffon is, only $133/night. You will receive a room reservation link after you have registered for the symposium (below). You will still receive the $100/night stipend if you chose another hotel.


CARS will be hosting a group dinner on Thursday night. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided at KQED. Dinner Friday is on your own. We encourage you to extend your stay through the weekend to enjoy all the Bay Area has to offer.


If you are flying in, consider both Oakland Airport and San Francisco International (OAK is about 18 miles from Hotel Griffon and SFO is about 13 miles).

CARS will provide you with a Lyft code the week before the event. The code will be sufficient to get you from your SF hotel to KQED and back with some to extra. You can use this Lyft code to get a ride 22-24.

The symposium takes place at KQED at 2601 Mariposa Street. A limited number of parking passes are available for KQED’s lot. If you are driving and need a parking spot, please email Mike Wallace at

Registration fee

None. CARS is grateful for your partnership and we look forward to even greater fundraising success for your organization in the years to come.