Christopher Stallworth Fund honors colleague’s memory and legacy

Christopher Stallworth headshot.
Photo: Cristina Wright

Chris Stallworth’s smile could light up a room. From the moment he joined the Mott Foundation in 2013, it was obvious he cared deeply for the communities and people the Foundation seeks to serve.

Chris was a dedicated member of Mott’s Flint and Education program teams. Among his achievements, he crafted the Foundation’s entrepreneurship programs for young people in Flint and across the country.

After Chris passed away in May of 2021, his colleagues wanted to do something to honor his memory. So Mott awarded a $100,000 grant to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to create the Christopher Stallworth Fund. Mott Foundation staff then voted on how to allocate the first $50,000 in grants to organizations and programs that were close to Chris’ heart.

Based on the voting, the Community Foundation was able to award six grants totaling $50,000. The first five received the average amounts staff voted to give them, while the sixth received the remaining funds. The top vote-getters and corresponding dollar amounts are listed below:

  1. Young Innovators Fair at Kettering University | $9,571
  2. Adopt-A-Pet Fenton | $10,441
  3. Mott Community College – Ellen’s Closet | $8,281
  4. Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School | $8,226
  5. Factory Two/Active Boys in Christ (ABC) | $12,143
  6. Flint Soup | $1,338

The fund has an advisory committee that will determine how to allocate additional grant dollars in the coming years.

“We are thankful that we were able to know and learn from Chris,” said Neal Hegarty, vice president of Programs at the Mott Foundation. “We hope to honor him, not only with this fund, but also by continuing to do the work that was important to him.”