About GM: The GM Foundation

Community Development

The GM Foundation is dedicated to economic development, social action and improving the communities where we work and live.

The Heart of Business

By Rene Syler from Good Enough Mother

What do you think of when you hear "the heart of business"? Do you envision the complexities of what makes a business run? Maybe it brings to mind the exciting mechanical workings that make it a success? Those are all true but that's not exactly what I'm talking about.

Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate enough to witness first-hand a company I greatly admire make differences in both the lives of its employees and beyond. General Motors may in part be successful due to its powerful and impressive infrastructure, but it’s when the company puts the needs of others first that I find it’s at its upmost best.

One way the company stands out from the pack is through the GM Foundation. Each year the Foundation makes a substantive commitment to Habitat for Humanity. To date, they’ve contributed nearly 1.5 million dollars to the organization. In addition to contributing money, each year GM employees and prominent DIY bloggers join together to renovate two homes for families in need. This is what I mean when I talk about the heart of the business! As someone who has personally experienced this journey and witnessed this life-changing event, I can tell you it’s not something you soon forget.

Read about my personal experience of turning a house into home with GMC and Habitat for Humanity on my blog.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

The GM Foundation and General Motors contributed more than $10 million to the MLK Foundation for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial that was dedicated on October 16, 2011. The monument is the first to honor a man of color on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It will also be the first memorial on the National Mall to honor an individual other than a U.S. President.

Plant City Grants

The GM Foundation’s Plant City Grants, totaling more than $1 million in 2012, are awarded to help fund the efforts of nonprofits located near GM facilities. The money supports a variety of initiatives, including plant city food banks and local environmental projects.

Community Centers

The GM Foundation donated $2 million to the Detroit Economic Growth Association to upgrade the Lasky and Williams Community Centers near the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

Focus: Hope

The GM Foundation has donated $2.5 million to Focus: Hope’s education initiatives, including the organization’s Center for Advanced Technologies. For more than 40 years, Focus: HOPE has been dedicated to finding intelligent and practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education and racial divisiveness in metro Detroit.