CauseConnect Produces Toyota Dream Car Art Contest



CauseConnect is once again producing the 12th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest for youth, ages 4-15, for Toyota Financial Services during its 7th year of offering this global competition in the United States. Artworks can be submitted anytime now through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Founded in 2004, the worldwide competition is designed to inspire creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. Youth are invited to create and submit a drawing of their idea of a “Dream Car “during the artwork submission period. For details, entry forms, and official rules, visit

Toyota-Dream-Car-logo-(stacked)During March 2018, nine U.S. winners will be selected to receive Toyota “Making Life Easier” cash cards ($750 for first-place Gold Winners in each of the three age categories, $500 for second-place Silver Winners, and $250 for third-place Bronze Winners). Each of the U.S. winners will also receive framed copies of their drawings, award certificates, and art supplies. In addition, their artwork will be submitted to Japan, along with entries from over 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. If any of their entries win, those selected will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2018.

Public and private school teachers are also invited to request free classroom submission kits, while supplies last. Each kit contains 30 sheets of drawing paper (9″x12″) and 30 contest entry forms for students plus a set of Crayola® Colored Pencils (set of 24), Colorations® Washable Classic Markers (set of 16), a Toyota Dream Car Art Contest sticker, a teacher instruction sheet, and a $10 coupon from Discount School Supply. Click HERE to submit a request. Limit one request per teacher.

FY17 U.S. Winners (9)
FY17 U.S. Finalists (35)
FY17 U.S. Semi-Finalists (90)


Tis the Season: Gift and Do Good

Do you want to give gifts and give back at the same time? This season, there are many ways in which you can do this. From businesses that donate a portion of sales to a charity to nonprofits that sell products made by those in need, your giving can impact more than the person who is the beneficiary of your gift.

This season, “gift and do good” during the holidays by doing the following:

      1. Give the gift of time. If you haven’t visited your grandparents or parents lately, plan to spend a day with them. In addition to your own family, there are many who would benefit from your presence. Volunteer at a local hospital, retirement community, or homeless shelter. Visit an elderly neighbor.
      2. Give a gift to charity. Choose a cause that matches closely to the interests of the person to whom you are gifting (or select one that matters most to you) and give what you can in your recipient’s honor.
      3. Piece by Piece

        Buy gifts made by individuals in need and sold by organizations that support them. Year round, Piece by Piece has a selection of mosaic crafts for sale that are created by artisans who live in Skid Row and South Los Angeles. The Downtown Women’s Center sells artisan home goods — candles, soaps, and more — that are handmade by women overcoming poverty and homelessness.

        Hear the World Foundation

      4. Buy gifts for which a portion of the purchase price is donated to a worthy organization. When you buy Vibes high-fidelity earplugs, proceeds from each pair purchased support Hear the World Foundation, which helps hearing aids, surgeries and programs for the hard of hearing around the world.

Need more ideas to gift and do good? Click HERE.


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