Knecht elected chair of board of CFGF

FLINT — The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) recently elected Timothy H. Knecht chair of the board during its February meeting. Knecht is a 23-year volunteer of the Community Foundation, having served on a number of committees and its board of trustees.

Knecht began his service with CFGF in 1988 as a member of the Arthur Tuuri Health Fund Committee where he helped to advise health-related grants to area nonprofit organizations. He has also served as a member of the Grand Blanc Community Fund Advisory Committee, the Fenton Community Fund Advisory Committee and as chair of the Philanthropic Services Committee. Knecht was appointed as a trustee to the board in 2002, and has served as vice chair since 2009.

Born and raised in Genesee County and a graduate of Southwestern High School, Knecht resides in Fenton with his wife, Linda. The couple has three children. Knecht has practiced law in the area since 1979 when he joined Cline, Cline & Griffin, P.C. of Flint. Active in community affairs, Knecht has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Area Health Foundation, Flint Environmental Action Team, For-Mar Foundation and Family Service Agency. He is also a member of the Genesee County Bar Association where he served as president from 2009-2010.

“The Community Foundation has been leading efforts to improve the quality of life in Genesee County for over 22 years,” Knecht said. “Hundreds of individuals, families and businesses have put their trust in the Community Foundation to manage their philanthropic assets. In addition, we continue to focus on grantmaking that helps the nonprofit sector provide value-added services to their clients.”

Knecht succeeds Sherri E. Stephens, president of Stephen Wealth Management Group of Mundy Township, who served as chair for two years. The board recognized Stephens’ service by establishing the Sherri E. Stephens Fund, a broad field of interest fund to benefit residents of the Davison area. Stephens is a Davison resident.

In addition to naming Knecht chair of the board, the Community Foundation board also elected its slate of officers for 2011: Bobby Mukkamala, M.D., vice chair; Daniel J. Coffield, retired executive vice president and chief financial officer with Hurley Medical Center, treasurer; and Shannon White, architect, secretary.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint serves the common good in Genesee County—building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment—now and for generations to come. CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates. Since 1988 the Community Foundation has granted more than $80 million to nonprofit organizations to build a thriving community. CFGF serves Flint and all of Genesee County including its geographic affiliates in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc. — Natalie Blythe

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