About Us

a leading nonprofit organization in the collision repair industry

committed to strengthening individuals, schools, and communities


Support collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities.

Who we are

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is a leading nonprofit organization that serves the collision repair industry by committing to the strength and growth of individuals, schools, and communities across the country. We are passionate about connecting, collaborating, and supporting this industry like no other, and we do this by empowering young individuals, instructors, schools, and the industry overall with inspiring action, impact, and results.

Learn more about how we support students, schools, and getting involved.


The Collision Repair Education Foundation provides support to students, schools, instructors, individuals, and parents all looking to thrive in today’s innovative and growing collision repair industry. We provide direct support to students and schools by providing scholarships, grants, tools, and resources.

Our purpose is to remove financial barriers to education; promote opportunities for a diverse workforce; and reward dedication, achievement, and passion for their trade.

CREFs Vision


A collision industry with a sufficient number of qualified, properly trained, and immediately productive entry-level employees to meet current and future Industry needs.

CREF believes in the power of collaborated industry support, connection, and the endless opportunities that lie in the collision repair industry. As a non-profit organization, we rely on donations so that we can seize every opportunity to empower and grow the next generation. Your donation truly helps.


Meet the passionate and dedicated team that is driven to make a difference in the collision repair industry.

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2024 CREF COmmitments

Outreach and involvement to share the benefits of collision education

Provide needed supplies and enable schools to keep up with technology

Connect employers to CREF pipeline (Schools and Students)

Support workforce development and foster essential career readiness skills for students

Remove barriers of entry to increase student success in collision programs

meet the team

Meet the well-versed team that supports and aids in running the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

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Have you had the chance to visit our social media platforms?

The collision repair industry needs awareness in the United States. We want to be a major contributor to this and our outreach strategies include social media, email marketing, blogs, live events, and distributing educational materials and video resources. All designed to inspire anyone considering a collision industry opportunity or career.

Financial transparency

funding received

In-Kind – Product and Services
Donations – Cash
Special Events/ Total
Total Funding Received

Financial Expenses

Education Program Service Expense
Grants and Donations to Schools
Management & General Expense
Fundraising Expense
Total Expenses
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“The money is great, and very much needed due to the complexity of the industry and the fact that state funding alone will not cut it. Vehicles are tough because there’s so much new technology at all times, trying to stay updated with the latest products and technology. As an example, the grants have allowed us to begin aluminum repair training.

Through its association with CREF, Assabet Valley also receives corporate donations, including paint, plastic filler, safety goggles, toots, and masking tape, up to the I-CAR curriculum and the CCC estimating program the school uses. All those things we need but cost us so much money to go out and get ourselves.”

Kenneth Stukonis

Instructor in Auto Collision Technology – Assabet Valley Vocational School

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