Indianapolis, Nov 11, 2007 - The Chrysler Foundation donated $20,000 to the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) organization today. The endowment was announced during a keynote speech by Richard Chow-Wah, Chrysler LLC Vice President ? Powertrain Manufacturing to the Indiana Economic Club. In his speech, Chow-wah discussed the Company's long-standing relationship with the State and also the status of its new axle plant that will be located in Tipton, Ind.

Chrysler is one of the largest employers in the state of Indiana, employing 5,900. The company has four plants in the state: Indiana Transmission 1; Indiana Transmission 2: Kokomo Casting; and Kokomo Transmission.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is a nonprofit dedicated to the beautification of the city by planting trees, removing litter, adopting street medians and more. The organization performs more than 500 community projects each year.

The donation will go toward KIB?s NeighborWoods program and the purchase of 200 trees for planting in 2008.

"We are pleased to assist Keep Indianapolis Beautiful with their goal of revitalizing the city for its residents and for visitors,? said Brian Glowiak, Vice President of The Chrysler Foundation. ?At Chrysler we have a passion for helping the communities where we live and work. Helping the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful organization refurbish their city is a project that makes everyone involved feel good.?

?We are so grateful to The Chrysler Foundation for this generous donation toward our NeighborWoods campaign,? said Teresa Rhodes, Vice President of Development and Marketing for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. ?Because of this greening effort, local residents will be proud and our visitors will have a great first impression of our city."

The mission of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment, and foster pride in the community. KIB has a proven track record of 30 years of partnership with neighborhoods, the public sector, local philanthropists and corporate Indianapolis. Each year, KIB supports an average of 500 community improvement projects with 30,000 volunteers. Since 1995, KIB has helped its neighbors plant more than 12,000 trees.

Now in its 54th year, The Chrysler Foundation is the primary source of charitable grants made by Chrysler. The Foundation annually supports hundreds of charitable organizations with an emphasis on community growth and enrichment, education, arts and culture, public policy, youth development and disaster relief programs throughout the United States and, increasingly, the world.

The Foundation has supported several community organizations throughout Indiana, including: United Way of Howard County (Kokomo); Western High School 2006 Panther Tech Robotics Team (Russiaville); 100 Black Men Of Indianapolis; United Way of Central Indiana (Indianapolis); Kokomo Symphonic Society; Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis); and, the Community Foundation of Howard County (Kokomo).