GM donated $86.7 million in cash and in-kind donations last year, focusing its philanthropic efforts in four key areas aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals, including STEM Eduction, Vehicle & Road Safety, Community Development, and Climate Equity. Notably, GM has made $143 million in philanthropic contributions over the last five years.
Of the $86.7 million donated in 2021, $46 million was put towards grantmaking in support of 364 U.S.-based nonprofit projects, which are expected to have impacted more than 3 million individuals. Additionally, the $86.7 million was broken out with 36 percent towards STEM support, 10 percent towards Vehicle & Road Safety, 12 percent towards Community Development, and 13 percent towards Climate Equity. What’s more, GM contributed 29 percent of funds towards support for its home city of Detroit. Seventy-one percent of the grantees that reported participant information intentionally supported programs providing opportunities for underrepresented populations, including 40 percent Black and African American, 19 percent Hispanic and Latinx, and 12 percent other underrepresented populations.
In the field of STEM Education, GM funded immersive learning opportunities, computational thinking, artificial intelligence, and digital education, with portfolio highlights including First Book, Khan Academy, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The efforts are estimated to have impacted 1.7 million individuals, funding 74 individual non-profits.
With regard to Vehicle & Road Safety efforts, GM focused primarily on increasing the usage of safety belts and safety restraints, decreasing the incidence of impaired and distracted driving, and increasing the awareness of effective road safety practices. Portfolio highlights include the National Volunteer Fire Council, Teens In The Driver Seat, and the Governors Highway Safety Association.
With regard to Community Development, GM sought to increase the number of individuals with marketable technical and vocational skills, decrease the number of individuals facing economic barriers, and increase the positive impacts of community improvements. Standout portfolio highlights include Habitat For Humanity, the Collision Repair Education Foundation, and the Armed Services YMCA.
Finally, with regard to Climate Equity, GM funded programs to increase the number of people qualified for clean energy jobs, increase the awareness and/or access to sustainable transportation solutions, and increase access to community-level programs to mitigate the effects of climate change. Highlights include the Heat, Health and Equity Initiative, Valley CAN, and RMI.