About GM: The GM Foundation

Health & Human Services

With an emphasis on health care, disaster relief and wellness, the GM Foundation is a major contributor to the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and Safe Kids USA.

American Heart Association

GM and the GM Foundation have contributed more than $1 million to the American Heart Association and have focused on research and prevention of the major illnesses of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Safe Kids USA Countdown2Drive

At ages 13 and 14, a teen's risk of having a fatal accident while riding with an older teenage driver is double that of a pre-teen, and that risk continues rising to reach a lifetime high during the first year of independent driving. Despite the risks, teens do not always receive the level of driving safety education and training they need to prepare for this milestone. These important facts drive the GM Foundation's support of the launch of the new Safe Kids USA Countdown2Drive safe-driving initiative.

The Web-based Countdown2Drive program is designed to help parents and teens discuss and reinforce key habits for safely riding with other drivers. Through the program, parents and their teens draft an agreement that reinforces safety behaviors such as always wearing a safety belt, reducing driver distraction and checking in with parents upon arrival or departure. Establishing these behaviors early instills competence and confidence as teens begin to travel with friends and prepare to get behind the wheel.

This is just one of the ways in which the GM Foundation is working to help educate parents, caregivers and children about the importance of vehicle-related safety. As part of the Safe Kids Buckle Up program, the Foundation is focused on providing the information parents need on such vital issues as properly securing infants and children in vehicles, as well as helping prevent the accidental heat-related deaths that result each year from children being left unattended in cars.

American Red Cross

In the wake of one of the deadliest tornadoes in recent history, the Red Cross dispatched a Disaster Action Team to Joplin, Mo., to assess immediate need, open a shelter and partner with other organizations to provide emergency care for hundreds of evacuees. The GM Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to aid those recovery efforts. The Joplin tornado is just one example of the GM Foundation’s financial support to cities affected by natural disasters. Recent contributions to the American Red Cross have also included aid for those impacted by the earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Haiti, as well as the flooding in Tennessee and Kentucky. The foundation also provides funding to the Annual Disaster Relief Giving Program that enables the Red Cross to provide immediate disaster relief anywhere in the country.