The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced that its grantmaking for the Flint area since 1926, the year it was founded, has surpassed $1 billion. Adjusted for inflation, total grantmaking by the foundation for the Flint area over the last ninety years would be more than $2.3 billion.
A recent grant of $3.2 million to the Crim Fitness Foundation for ongoing support of a community initiative put the foundation over the $1 billion mark. Mott is the major funder of the initiative, which was launched in 2014 as a pilot program at Flint's Brownell-Holmes STEM Academy and has since expanded to all eleven schools in the Flint Community Schools district. Crim coordinates efforts among the many community partners involved in the effort.
Established by C.S. Mott, the original partner in the creation of the General Motors Corporation, the foundation marked its ninetieth anniversary last year while topping $3 billion in total grantmaking. In 1935, Mott and Frank Manley, a local educator, began using neighborhood schools as hubs for citizen engagement after school hours. According to the foundation, the success of the "lighted school house" model helped spark an international movement in community education.
"From community education to afterschool programs, and from the city's public library and arts and cultural institutions to the county parks system, we hope everyone in Flint and Genesee County benefits from the organizations, programs, and projects we fund," said William S. White, chairman and CEO of the foundation. "Flint is our home. We've been here for ninety years, and we'll be here for the next ninety."