Top 50 Corporate Giver

General Motors (GM)


Hilary Spittle

Foundation program:

General Motors Foundation
0 % of giving is through foundation

Signature program:

GM Volunteer Plus
With a philosophy of "personal time, personal choice," GM's Volunteer PLUS International program actively encourages and supports employee volunteerism in GM communities around the world. When GM employees volunteer 50 or more hours with a non-profit group, the GM Foundation makes a contribution to the nonprofit charity on behalf of the employee.

By investing personal time and talent through generous, extraordinary gifts of service, GM employees on their own have generated grants exceeding $2 million (drop time frame, it makes the number look small). The program has been implemented in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Poland, United States, and Venezuela. In 2005 it will be launched in Kenya, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

2004 cash donations $ 51,200,000
As pct. of revenue 0 %
As pct. of earnings 2.7 %
Change since 2003 0 %
Change since 2002 0 %

2004 in-kind donations $ 17,200,000
As pct. of revenue 0 %
As pct. of earnings 0.9 %
Change since 2003 0 %
Change since 2002 0 %

Projected increase/decrease no change

 Favored Issues
  arts   education   community development   health care   international
  Arts   Edu   Comm   Health   Intl

 Major Objectives

GM's philanthropic and community relations mission is to ensure that we maintain our position as a valued and responsible corporate citizen through activities that improve the quality of life in our communities and are consistent with our business goals and objectives. Through strategic philanthropy in the communities in which GM does business around the world, GM reinforces its leadership as a responsible corporate citizen. We believe companies must actively support their communities, and at GM, we have a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we live and work.

GM's philanthropic support is focused in the following key areas, each with an emphasis on diversity: health & safety, education, volunteerism, global aid, and community life & culture. We support these priorities through two channels: grants from the GM Foundation, established in 1976, and corporate contributions in the form of cash donations, in-kind gifts and participation in various charity and volunteer events. Over the years, GM has found that charitable giving in areas that make a difference for people also contributes to employee pride and morale.

The GM Foundation supports many plant-city activities. These initiatives help establish GM as a preferred employer and facilitate awareness of local governmental and community matters.

In 2004, GM and the GM Foundation contributed over $68 million to charitable causes through cash contributions, in-kind donations and participation in charity events. We typically donate products, components and other equipment to a variety of universities, colleges, vocational schools, secondary schools and correctional institutions with automotive service or engineering programs. We also donate non-product equipment and real estate to selected nonprofit charitable institutions in the communities in which we operate. In addition, we participate in numerous charity events benefiting a diverse group of philanthropic causes and organizations. These contributions reach their target group through the GM Foundation and GM corporate contributions.