The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation in the U.S. This milestone brings with it both increased attention to the field of community philanthropy and the opportunity to demonstrate the significance of these institutions to the communities they serve. The Mott Foundation believes strongly in the power of community foundations to achieve successful outcomes for people and places. We have been a consistent supporter of community foundation development since the 1970s, both in the U.S. and abroad, and have learned valuable lessons along the way. The goal of our Centennial Microsite is to share what we have learned in more than 35 years of supporting the field, offer key insights, and highlight our legacy of partnering with community foundations in a way that advances the vital work they do to strengthen their communities.

We hope this site will be a timely and helpful resource for those who work across the spectrum of the community foundation field. Fellow funders, philanthropy support organizations, community foundation associations, scholars, evaluators, communicators and many others may find this resource especially useful a we take stock of all that has been accomplished in the previous century and move forward to the next. As we share the Mott Foundation’s vision for community philanthropy, it is our hope that the experiences shared here may be used as a springboard for fresh ideas, renewed vision and to engage new supporters in this work.

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About the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. With year-end assets of approximately $2.5 billion in 2013, the Foundation made 400 grants totaling more than $101 million. For more information, visit