The Big 3 have had a close relationship with the United Way charity organization for some time, so close that they have used high-pressure tactics to convince employees to give.
I personally don't mind, because I think that charity is important.
Thanks to a tip, I just discovered that Ford has set up a charity auction on EBay to benefit United Way, which appears to be open to the public--your blogger was able to cast a bid without any check for corporate affiliation.
There are some interesting items up for auction, such as books autographed by Bill Ford Jr. and J Mays. Or this Ford Focus model, which quite collectible, because it was made to be a give-away at the SEMA show.
The Ford items can be found by looking at the auctions of EBay ID FordUnitedWayAuction.