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Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Mott Foundation Bldg., 503 S. Saginaw St., Ste. 1200

Flint, MI United States 48502-1851

Telephone: (810) 238-5651

URL: www.mott.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $2,798,215,005

Total giving: $72,899,255

EIN

381211227

BRIDGE Number

1213230180

Background

Incorporated in 1926 in MI - Founded by the late automobile industry pioneer Charles Stewart Mott. Mott was one of the original partners in the creation of General Motors Corp., and served on the board of directors until 1973. In addition, he served as the mayor of Flint, Michigan, for two non-consecutive terms

Purpose and Activities

To support efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society with the primary focus on civil society, the environment, the area of Flint, MI and poverty. The foundation makes grants for a variety of purposes within these program areas including: philanthropy and voluntarism; assisting emerging civil societies in Central/Eastern Europe, Russia and South Africa; conservation of fresh water ecosystems in North America; reform of international finance and trade; improving the outcomes for children, youth and families at risk of persistent poverty; education and neighborhood and economic development. The foundation also makes grants to strengthen the capacity of local institutions in its home community of Flint, MI.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Civil Society

The mission of the program is to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies. The program is organized into four program areas: 1) Central/Eastern Europe and Russia; 2) South Africa; 3) United States; 4) Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Sector. While grantmaking objectives and strategies are tailored to the specific circumstances of each geographic region in which the foundation works, two broad themes unite grantmaking within the program: to empower people and nonprofits to take collective action that promotes and defends democratic values; and to promote and develop a more robust culture of private giving for public good. Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited throughout the program. Those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit letters of inquiry instead of a full proposal.

Environment

The mission of this program is to support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies, and appropriate models of development that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world.The program is organized into three grantmaking areas: 1) Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems; 2) International Finance for Sustainability; and 3) Special Initiatives. Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited throughout the program. Those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit letters of inquiry instead of a full proposal.

Exploratory and Special Projects (XSP)

These grants support unusual or unique opportunities to address significant national and international problems. Under this program, including the program area for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the foundation makes a limited number of small grants for projects falling outside its regular grantmaking programs. Proposals for XSP grants are by invitation only; unsolicited proposals are discouraged.

Flint Area

The mission of this program is to foster a well-functioning, connected community that is capable of meeting the economic, social and racial challenges ahead. The program is organized into four grantmaking areas: 1) Arts, culture and education; 2) Economic revitalization; 3) Strengthening community; and 4) Special initiatives. Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited throughout the program. Those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit letters of inquiry instead of a full proposal. .

Pathways Out of Poverty

The mission of this program is to identify, test and help sustain pathways out of poverty for low-income people and communities. The foundation believes education, economic participation and community engagement are critical to moving low-income Americans toward greater prosperity. These three areas are the pillars of the foundation's programs to address poverty in the U.S. The program is organized into four grantmaking areas: 1) Improving Community Education; 2) Expanding Economic Opportunity; 3) Building Organized Communities; and 4) Special Initiatives. The first three areas enable the foundation to support efforts to nurture systemic change in the educational, economic and community systems that produce and perpetuate poverty in the U.S. The fourth area allows the foundation to support projects that are crosscutting in nature and to explore special opportunities. The program also reflects the foundation's belief that racism contributes to, and shapes, poverty in the U.S. Thus, the foundation remains alert to opportunities to address institutional racism. Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited throughout the program. Those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit letters of inquiry instead of a full proposal.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans to and equity investments in social service and community development organizations.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Child development
  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Diversity and intergroup relations
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Human services
  • Leadership development
  • Natural resources
  • Parent education
  • Rural development
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban development
  • Urban renewal
  • Voluntarism
International Interests
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Ukraine
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $2,798,215,005 (market value)

Expenditures: $118,012,545

Total giving: $72,899,255

Qualifying distributions: $87,766,986

Giving activities include:

$1,072,000 for foundation-administered programs