How We Got Started
We started as a group of auto enthusiasts who liked to get together one night a week to work on various projects. We have worked on all kinds of cars, from hot rods and muscle cars to a team of Porsche race cars.
One of our members proposed in 2018 that we should look at turning our talents to helping others. Another knew of a coworker who had recently purchased a new vehicle and was wondering what to do with his old Toyota Echo. We asked if he would like to donate it to our group, and that is how Rolling Start began their mission to fix up donated cars to provide reliable transportation for those in need. In 2019 Rolling Start NC was incorporated in NC and received registered charity exemption 501 (c)(3) status from the IRS.
We know what we know, which is cars. What we didn’t know was how to get those cars into the hands of someone who needed them. That is why we teamed up with a consortium of local charities. We work on finding and repairing vehicles, and they are responsible for finding worthy or needy individuals to whom we donate the vehicle.
As much as we enjoy providing this service to the community, we can always use the help of others in the community. Maybe you have an old car that you don’t drive anymore but never got around to selling, or have some old tools or supplies cluttering up your garage. And we are always willing to take donations of money.
First a few facts:
- We are a small group and our resources are limited so the number of vehicles available over a year’s time is small.
- The need for personal transportation by people of limited financial means in this area is huge, more than we expected.
- Unfortunately, we will never come close to filling this need but we hope to help.
- The group refurbishing the vehicles has turned over the task of selecting the recipients of vehicles to a second group of volunteers with experience and contacts in the area of social services.
- This second group has set up some basic criteria for potential recipients. This includes the ability to pay the cost of title transfer, inspection, and registration, (about $150 total); Proof of state required minimum vehicle insurance or ability to obtain this before a vehicle is transferred; and a valid N.C. drivers license.
- Vehicles are meant for financially challenged individuals or families who would benefit the most in trying to improve their situation by having personal transportation.
- We are sorry we can`t help everyone and hope that all understand. The waiting period from application to approval to receiving a vehicle may be several months.
If after reading this, you desire to proceed, please email us to request an application.
To transform donated vehicles into safe, reliable, presentable transportation for presentation to local financially disadvantaged, deserving residents at no cost to them.
Public Documents and Policies section.
As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are committed to transparency and openness. Here, you can access important documents and information related to our operations, governance, and impact. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures, as well as other relevant documents.
Governance Documents In this section, you’ll find documents related to our organization’s structure and governance, ensuring that we operate ethically and effectively in fulfilling our mission.
1.1 Articles of Incorporation
Our Articles of Incorporation outline the legal structure and purpose of our organization. [Download]
Our Bylaws provide the framework for how we govern and manage our organization, including rules, roles, and responsibilities. [Download]
Section 2: Financial Documents
In the interest of transparency, we provide financial documents that demonstrate our commitment to responsible financial management and stewardship of donations.
2.1 IRS Form 990
Our annual IRS Form 990 provides a comprehensive overview of our organization’s finances, including revenue, expenses, and assets.
2019 – Click to download a copy of our Form 990-PF
2020 – Click to download a copy of our Form 990-PF
2021 – Click to download a copy of our Form 990-EZ
2.2 Financial Statements
Our audited financial statements offer a detailed account of our financial health and performance. [Download]
Section 3: Policies and Procedures
We adhere to a set of policies and procedures that guide our operations, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and promoting ethical conduct.
3.1 Conflict of Interest Policy
Our Conflict of Interest Policy establishes guidelines for identifying and addressing potential conflicts of interest among our board members, staff, and volunteers. [Download]
3.2 Document Retention Policy
Our Document Retention Policy establishes the procedures and guidelines for retaining, archiving, and disposing of documents and electronic records. By adhering to this policy, we ensure compliance with legal requirements, protect our organization’s interests, and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information. To review our Document Retention Policy, please click [here].
3.3 Non-Discrimination Policy
Our Non-Discrimination Policy ensures that we provide equal opportunities and treat all individuals with fairness and respect, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected characteristic. [Download]
3.4 Gift Policy
Our Gift Policy outlines the principles and guidelines we follow when accepting gifts, ensuring that all contributions align with our mission, values, and ethical standards. By maintaining a transparent and responsible approach to gift acceptance, we foster trust and accountability between our organization and the community we serve. Learn more about our Gift Policy [Download]
As a non-profit there are certain forms that we need to make public.