William S. White

Chairman and CEO

Executive Office

 

William S. (Bill) White is chairman and chief executive officer of the Mott Foundation. He has worked for the Foundation since 1969, becoming president in 1976 and serving in that capacity through the end of 2014. He was elected to the Foundation’s board in 1971 and has served as its chairman since 1988.

Under his leadership, Mott has evolved from a primarily local to an international foundation. Yet even as the Foundation has expanded our grantmaking nationally and internationally, we have continued to direct significant funding to our home community of Flint, particularly in the areas of education, community revitalization and the arts.

Bill White has maintained a strong personal interest in the field of afterschool and community education. He also has played a leadership role in developing and strengthening community foundations and their support organizations at home and around the globe.

In 2014, the Council on Foundations honored him for extraordinary leadership and dedication to advancing community philanthropy. A dozen years earlier, the same organization recognized him with its Distinguished Grantmaker Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in philanthropy. In 2010, the Community Foundation Network in the United Kingdom presented him with its first Beacon Award for Services to U.K. Community Philanthropy. In 2009, he received the European Foundation Centre’s Philanthropy Compass Prize, honoring outstanding contributions to the development of the European philanthropic sector.

The republics of Poland and Hungary also have honored him. In 2012, Poland awarded him the Officer’s Cross of Merit for his contributions to the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2003, he received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Knight’s Cross.

Bill White is a member of the governing council of the European Foundation Centre. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the United States Sugar Corporation. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and an MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He also is the recipient of five honorary degrees.

His late wife, Claire Mott White, was a granddaughter of Charles Stewart Mott and a Trustee of the Mott Foundation. He and his second wife, Louise Hartwell, between them have three children, seven grandchildren and a friendly disagreement over which state is more beautiful — Michigan or Maine.


Annual Messages

Annual messages dating back to 2000 can be read or downloaded here.

Interviews

Speeches

Joined Mott

1969

Contact

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Mott Foundation Building
503 S. Saginaw St., Suite 1200
Flint, Mich. 48502-1851

Phone +1-810-238-5651

Fax +1-810-766-1753

info@mott.org