The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) recently celebrated William S. White, a founding member of the organization and Chairman of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, at its 47th Annual Conference in Traverse City on October 8, 2019. In a resolution from the CMF Board of Trustees, White was recognized for more than five decades of leadership of the Foundation and philanthropy in Flint, Michigan, across the United States and around the world.
Board Chair DJ Jones highlighted, “Mr. White has been an architect and fervent champion for philanthropy’s role in engaging youth, developing community foundations, advancing environmental preservation and supporting the arts.” Jones highlighted White’s leadership in strengthening community foundations in Michigan and across the country, commitment to capacity-building for nonprofit organizations, exceptional collaboration and investment in the future of the sector, including support for youth philanthropy, among other accolades.
Jones announced on behalf of the board that in celebration and recognition of White’s leadership, the CMF Board of Trustees had established the William S. White Fund for Innovations in Community Philanthropy. Further, Jones noted that the fund is launching with a beginning balance of $1 million thanks to the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Members of CMF have been invited to join the Foundation in making contributions to the endowed Fund that will be held by CMF. Jones explained that the fund would “provide valued extra support needed to continue Mr. White’s legacy of supporting nimble innovative community philanthropy at a time of radically changing social, cultural and economic needs.”