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Ruth Mott Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-07

At A Glance

Ruth Mott Foundation

111 E. Court St., Ste. 3C

Flint, MI United States 48502-1649

Telephone: (810) 233-0170


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $228,306,742

Total giving: $6,343,787






Established in 1989 in MI - The Ruth Mott Foundation established its grantmaking programs in January 2001 with four trustees and two staff members, and just two months later, rolled out its first docket of grants: $1,291,014 was paid to 32 organizations. At the same time, Applewood, the historic estate of CS and Ruth Mott which is operated by the Foundation, is responsible for maintaining the home, grounds and outbuildings, and for coordinating public events on the property.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to advocate, stimulate, and support community vitality. Its commitment is to base the foundation in its home community of Flint, Michigan.

Program Area(s)

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

Arts and Culture

The program focuses funding for arts and culture on community arts, which it identifies as community-driven programs, projects and activities that are led by skilled artists, engage local residents, address issues of local concern and reflect and honor local culture. It is especially interested in funding programs, projects and activities that: 1) support arts and culture learning; 2) promote or encourage positive community change; and 3) celebrate Flint’s culture and heritage. The foundation defines arts and culture broadly to include all forms of arts and cultural expression .


The foundation's beautification funding is dedicated to initiatives that help create safe, attractive and livable communities. It supports activities around neighborhoods, land use, and parks and public spaces that: 1) involve residents in planning the kind of community they want to live in; 2) transform and enliven public places; 3) offer sustainable solutions to challenges with parks systems and other public spaces; 4) engage citizen-led efforts to increase community livability and safety; and 5) develop leadership that will support long term change .

Health Promotion

The foundation supports health promotion, which creates the conditions and reinforces the behaviors necessary to achieve good health. The foundation does not make grants focused on treating illness. Within health promotion, the foundation is interested in projects that:1) foster healthy sexuality; 2) promote active living; and 3) support a healthy food system .

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Cultural awareness
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $228,306,742 (market value)

Expenditures: $12,242,329

Total giving: $6,343,787

Qualifying distributions: $10,466,344