FLINT — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced it has surpassed $1 billion in total grantmaking related to the greater Flint area since the organization was established in 1926. Adjusted for inflation, the figure would be more than $2.3 billion in 2016 dollars.
A $3.2 million grant to the Crim Fitness Foundation for ongoing support of a community education initiative put the Foundation over the milestone. Mott is the major funder of the initiative, which was launched in 2014 as a pilot program at Flint’s Brownell-Holmes STEM Academy and has since expanded to all 11 schools in the Flint Community Schools district. Crim coordinates efforts among the many community partners involved in the initiative.
In 1935, Charles Stewart Mott and Frank Manley, a local educator, began using neighborhood schools as hubs for citizen engagement after school hours.
The success of this “lighted school house” model helped spark an international movement in community education. Adult residents can sign up for exercise classes and take courses to help them pass the GED test and earn their certificate of high school equivalency. — G.G.