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February 03, 2011

Contact: Carol D. Rugg, 810.238.5651, crugg@mott.org

Mott Foundation hires South African program associate


FLINT, Mich., USA – Mamo Mohapi of Florida Glen, Gauteng, South Africa, joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation on February 1, 2011, as a program associate for the Civil Society grantmaking team. She is responsible for Mott’s “strengthening philanthropy” portfolio in South Africa and is working from the Foundation’s Johannesburg office.

Most recently, Mohapi worked for the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAF-SA), which also is located in Johannesburg. She started at CAF-SA in 2004 and served in various positions before being named the regional business development manager of operations, a position she held until starting at Mott. Before joining the CAF-SA staff, Mohapi was the national finance officer at the Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa from 2001 to 2004.

Mamo Mohapi
Mamo Mohapi
Mohapi, who speaks four South African languages (Afrikaans, isiZulu, Sesotho and Setswana), earned a degree in cost and management accounting from Vaal University of Technology, a leading technology university in the country. 

“We are delighted to have someone with Mamo’s skills and experience in the philanthropy field, and in finance, join Mott’s South Africa team,” said Maureen H. Smyth, Mott’s senior vice president of programs and communications, from the Foundation’s U.S. office.

“Her ability to speak several national languages definitely will be a plus as she visits our grantees’ offices and observes their work in a variety of communities.”

Mott made its first grant in South Africa in 1988 and opened its Johannesburg office in 1993; it was the Foundation’s first office outside the U.S. In 2010, Mott made 37 grants that totaled $3.5 million for its work in the country. From 1988 through the end of 2010, Mott made 705 grants totaling $72.3 million for its work in South Africa.

Currently, the Foundation focuses its funding in the country in four areas:

  • nonprofit sector and philanthropy;
  • rights, responsibilities and participation;
  • race and ethnic relations; and
  • special opportunities.

The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with year-end assets of approximately $2.5 billion in 2013, made 400 grants totaling more than $101 million. For more information, visit www.mott.org.

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