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Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


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.


child development, economic development, rural development, environment natural resources, environment pollution control


Giving nationally and to emerging countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and South Africa.

No support for religious activities or programs serving specific religious groups or denominations. Faith based organizations may submit inquiries if the project falls within the foundation's guidelines and serves a broad segment of the population.

No grants to individuals or for capital development (with the exception of the Flint area and legacy institutions). Grants for research, project replication or endowments are rarely funded unless these activities grow out of work the foundation already supports. No support for local projects, except in the Flint area, unless they are part of a Mott-planned national demonstration or network of grants. Film and video projects, books, scholarships, and fellowships are rarely funded; no loans.


Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $2,587,788,238 (market value)

Expenditures: $144,385,858

Total giving: $114,442,289

Qualifying distributions: $130,409,685

Giving activities include:

$114,442,289 for 1169 grants (high: $3,200,000; low: $150)

$1,456,819 for 21 foundation-administered programs


The following grants are a representative sample of this grantmaker's funding activity:

  • $4,056,000 to Kettering University, Flint, MI, in 2014. For transformational initiatives including focusing strategic attention on increasing enrollment, launching a branding and marketing campaign, contributing to the economic revitalization of Flint and the region, and increasing alumni support and participation
  • $825,000 to Genesee Area Focus Fund, Flint, MI, in 2014. For operating support toward implementation of Summer Youth Initiative, which provides job training and employment opportunities for Genesee County teens in partnership with area nonprofit and for-profit employers. Teens first participate in the TeenQuest component, a five-week pre-employment training program, and then are eligible to apply for employment at the Summer Youth Initiative job fair. While most of the employment opportunities will still be offered in the summer, the program will transition in 2014 to being more intentional about providing year-round employment options where available.