Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

We continued our Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) work by hosting a luncheon with Dr. Gail Christopher, architect of the TRHT framework, and local nonprofit leaders. To capture her wisdom, we took the opportunity to launch a new podcast, Philanthropy Speaks, hosted by Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) president and CEO Isaiah M. Oliver. Dr. Christopher was Isaiah’s first guest. All podcasts are available on Spotify, Stitcher and our website.

“On the Ground” Journalism

Flintside, a solutions journalism digital magazine supported by CFGF, launched its first On the Ground program in Flint’s Civic Park neighborhood in summer 2019. Six months of intense community journalism included features on Civic Park’s people and events, as well as its roots and its future. Over 100,000 people were reached through the coverage. A book was published featuring the 48-article series as a thank you gift to community members who helped make the project possible.

Flint Public Art Project

Murals revitalized several buildings in Flint’s south side thanks to the work of 26 artists and a $5,200 CFGF grant. The Flint Public Art Project led the effort and held a Free City Festival to celebrate the work of local, national and international artists. Over 250 people attended. The creation of a festival map allowed participants to take a walking or driving tour of the murals and then return to the festival to enjoy music and other events.

The Flint Neighborhood Art Parade brought together Flint residents with artists and performers for four monthly walks and gatherings. Each parade featured art and performance elements with a marching band. A $5,000 grant supported the mobile performance series.

Food System Research Project

Access to healthy food has been a CFGF strategic priority for the past three years. We have supported many programs and have engaged with community partners on food systems work. Programs like the Hurley Food FARMacy where patients receive a healthy food prescription tailored to their dietary needs. Or expansion of the Double Up Food Bucks program. Flint Fresh food box delivery to seniors. These creative endeavors were strengthened by findings from a four-year research project made possible with a partnership by CFGF and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research.

2020 Census

Ensuring a Complete

Count for Genesee County

S he is the lady on the forklift. Provider of all things essential. A mother in the truest sense of the word. She is Mother Jones, Sandra S. Jones, well-known for water distribution work through the R.L. Jones Community Outreach Center Campus of Greater Holy Temple Church in north Flint. Mother Jones was among 38 grantee organizations to lead Census 2020 work in Flint.

Our Census work began in June 2019 when CFGF hosted the first gathering of potential grantee organizations at the Food Bank’s Hunger Solution Center. CFGF served as a Census Hub in the 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign, a collaborative, coordinated, statewide effort to encourage participation in the Census. We awarded $350,000 in grants to nonprofits, served as a campaign key messenger, and partnered with the city’s Complete Count Committee to coordinate
and avoid duplication of efforts.

Flint was a city at risk of being undercounted. Those with the most to lose from an undercount are the hardest to count, including communities of color, immigrants, young children and those traditionally served by nonprofits. Through the work of local nonprofit organizations, 91,406 homes were given materials and 34,442 people attended 366 Census related events.

Mother Jones attributes her success to the trust she has built with clients, many of whom live in Census Tract 18, a low-response rate tract. “The single largest challenge is helping residents understand why the Census is important to them,” Mother Jones says. “We have built relationships with the people we serve, and they trust us to have their best interests in mind.”