Civil Society

We work to foster engaged, empowered and equitable communities throughout the world.

A man is shown from behind painting a wall red around the outline of letters reading 'People's Power.'

How it Works

Mott supports efforts to bring about positive change in communities.

A woman wearing vibrant patterns holds a solar lantern she received from Nguzo Africa’s green energy project.

Local communities are where people most directly relate to the social, economic and political processes taking place in their countries, and where they can be most active in shaping them. That’s why our Civil Society grantmaking focuses on building vibrant communities where all people can engage in decision-making that affects their day-to-day lives.

We work with grantees to strengthen the space for civic engagement, enhance local philanthropy and increase access to justice so all communities can address challenges and seize opportunities that lie ahead.


When people get involved in their communities, things change for the better.


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Global goals, local solutions
A group of leaders that include Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of United Nations Association of the USA, Helen Bond, Ph.D, Howard University associate professor of education, Salah Goss, senior vice president for social impact at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Ridgway White, president and chief executive officer of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation are sitting on stage as panelists as they discuss how each of their organizations are working toward the achievement of the SDGs. One woman is speaking into a microphone as the other three panelists listen. A screen behind the group has logos for American Leadership on the Sustainable Development Goals, Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings, and United Nations Foundation.

Global goals, local solutions

How can we solve global issues like poverty and inequality? Mott President and CEO Ridgway White explains why solutions start with communities.

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