Quick Facts about The Dale Earnhardt Foundation (DEF)

Continue The Legend.™

Mission Statement:

The Dale Earnhardt Foundation's mission is to continue Dale's legacy through charitable programs and grants that sustain his lifelong commitment to Children, Education and Environmental/Wildlife Preservation.


Established 2002 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit public foundation

Commitment to Children, Education, Environmental/Wildlife Preservation

Member of the NASCAR Foundation Charitable Community

Member of the North Carolina Sports Foundation Round Table


Since 2004: DEF has given over $140,000 in scholarships through the Legend Leadership Award

Since 2007: Provided over 5,000 books to the The Salvation Army Center of Hope homeless shelter for women and children

Since 2008: The Feed the Children hauler has distributed 450,000 pounds of food to over 10,000 children and families

2009: Planted over 2,000 trees through the American Forests Organization

March 2010: Partnership with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for conservation projects

October 2012: Made a $2M commitment to build a 25+ acre lake and establish “The Dale Earnhardt Environmental Learning Campus” in Iredell County (NC) with the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council

Donated $50,000 for tree plantings and City Green training in schools

Employee Choice $15,000 Award winner - NC Bass Federation

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Get Involved:

Donate your Time and Talents - become a Volunteer

Help us "Continue The Legend" today by making a tax deductible donation

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