GM Foundation invests $130K in community

Fort Wayne Trails accepts a check from the GM Foundation as part of the 2015 Plant City Grants.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Check after check after check was presented Thursday morning to 13 non-profit organizations in the community as part of General Motors Foundations Plant City Grants.

The foundation granted $130,000 to the Fort Wayne Assembly and more than $2 million in funding to 45 plant cities.

Each plant city receives a different amount of funding and then divvies it out based on guidelines from the GM Foundation. In order for an organization to receive funding it has to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Education
  • Environment and energy
  • Health and human services
  • Community development

Communication manager for Fort Wayne Assembly Stephanie Jentgen said this is one of her favorite parts of the job, “to see the impact of the GM Foundation and of course the plant itself has on the community.”

A committee looks at different non-profits each year, both large and small, to determine what kind of funding could help.

“It’s a neat process. It’s one we take very seriously but it’s also one that makes a big impact,” Jentgen said.

Each year the committee votes on awarding different organizations, although some have received money multiple years. Jentgen said the committee will look at what organizations workers volunteer with “to make sure we are impacting the community as a whole and not just a few portions.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to see all the good that gets done in the community,” Jentgen added.

The following organizations were awarded the 2015 GM Foundation Plant City Grants:

  • American Cancer Society- $7,000
  • Arts United- $10,000
  • Community Transportation Network- $5,000
  • Fort Wayne Healthy Cities (Veterans Stand Down)- $5,000
  • Fort Wayne Trials- $6,000
  • Fort Wayne Urban League- $6,000
  • Junior Achievement- $5,000
  • Little River Wetlands Project- $10,000
  • Northeast Indiana Diversity Library- $6,000
  • Science Central $8,000
  • TekVenture- $8,000
  • United Way of Allen County- $50,000
  • YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne- $4,000

“Everybody knows GM is a large employer. They realize we have a huge impact in terms of pay employees and building lots of beautiful trucks,” Jentgen said.  Sometimes they don’t realize the other impact that we have, we want to make sure we are a good corporate citizen and there to support all of the community.”

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