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Mott Foundation Invites Flint Community to Help Shape Its Local Grantmaking

Residents will discover what Mott has learned from community conversations and hear about next steps

After hosting 28 community conversations throughout the city of Flint, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation will share what it has learned from residents about their top priorities for improving quality of life in Flint. Mott staff also will discuss how the community can get involved in the Foundation’s local grantmaking.

Mott will host a forum from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Mott Community College’s Event Center. The event is the latest effort to engage the community in the Foundation’s Focus on Flint initiative.

In August, the Foundation mailed a publication with that name to every address in Flint. It included findings from surveys of 900 Flint residents and data gathered by local, state and national agencies.

Since then, Foundation staff have used the publication as a springboard for community conversations. More than 400 people, including residents and people who own businesses or work in Flint, have participated in community conversations, giving feedback on their top priorities for making Flint a better place to live, learn, work and play.

“The community conversations created an opportunity for us to get a diverse group of residents together and understand more about their daily experiences living in Flint,” said Ridgway White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation. “We know there’s still more to learn, but we appreciate all the Flint residents and community members who have taken time to be part of the conversation, either in person or online. As promised, we want to share what we’ve learned and talk with residents about how their input will shape our local grantmaking as we move forward.”

All are invited and welcome to attend the Nov. 9 forum. The event is free, but registration is required to help the Foundation plan for the appropriate number of participants. You can register, learn more about Focus on Flint and share your input at focusonflint.org.

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