The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Charles Stewart Mott, FlintNOW, Ford, Hagerman, Kresge, Robert Wood Johnson, Ruth Mott, Skillman, and W.K. Kellogg foundations have announced a commitment of nearly $125 million to support health, education, and economic development initiatives in Flint, Michigan.
The ten philanthropies will focus on six priorities — ensuring that all Flint residents have safe drinking water; meeting the health needs of families with a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5 million on donations made to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund; supporting early education by ensuring access to Early Start, Head Start, and Great Start Readiness programs; building a more robust nonprofit sector by helping boost the capacity of local organizations; promoting community engagement and local decision making; and revitalizing Flint's economy through support for job training and entrepreneurship and promotion of the city's cultural and creative heritage.
"The residents of Flint have endured an unimaginable crisis with grace, perseverance, and resolve," said Kresge Foundation president and CEO Rip Rapson. "Philanthropy has a responsibility to assist community organizations and the people of Flint and elevate the national discussion on issues including aging infrastructure, civic engagement and capacity, social justice, and public health."
"Flint's water crisis is far from over. While some funds and services have been provided, we're still waiting for the state and federal governments to step up, replace damaged infrastructure, and make long-term commitments to the health and education of children," said Ridgway White, president of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which is headquartered in Flint. "Today our foundations are stepping in to help. We envision a vibrant Flint with a robust economy, dynamic culture, and healthy, thriving residents, and we're committed to achieving these goals."