The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

About the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Launched in 1926, the vision for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Mott Foundation) is that each person’s quality of life is linked to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally.

Today, the vision remains evident in the fundamental values behind the Mott Foundation’s grantmaking focusing on:

  • Nurturing strong, self-reliant individuals with expanded capacity for accomplishment;
  • Learning how people can live together to create a sense of community, whether at the neighborhood level or as a global society;
  • Building strong communities through collaboration to provide a basis for positive change;
  • Encouraging responsible citizen participation to help foster social cohesion;
  • Promoting the social, economic and political empowerment of all individuals and communities to preserve fundamental democratic principles and rights;
  • Developing leadership to build upon the needs and values of people, and to inspire the aspirations and potential of others; and
  • Respecting the diversity of life to maintain a sustainable human and physical environment.

In 1998, the Mott Foundation entered into a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of Education to support the country’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. The goal: Engage schools, community-based organizations and other local institutions in ensuring that all children, especially those from low-income communities, have access to high-quality school-based or school-linked afterschool programs.

Those efforts advanced another step in 2002 when the Mott Foundation began funding statewide afterschool networks around the country. These networks offer important opportunities to galvanize key decisionmakers—governors, mayors, chief state school officers, legislators, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, program developers, advocates and parents—around the issue of supporting and expanding high-quality afterschool programs. Currently the Mott Foundation supports 40 networks and it is the Mott Foundation’s hope that there will eventually be networks in all 50 states.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Contact

Gwynn Hughes, Program Officer
(810) 238-5651

Kari Pardoe, Associate Program Officer
(810) 238-5651