Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.


Leader in Philanthropy

Lawrence E. Moon is the longest-serving member of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s (CFGF) Board of Trustees. Moon’s involvement with the Community Foundation began in 1995 when he was driving home and saw a sign he describes as “beautiful” even though the letters were not all lined up and it was hand-made. It simply said “Thank you Community Foundation of Greater Flint.” When he inquired about the sign he learned that CFGF had given a small grant to a neighborhood association that enabled them to clean up the area.

“When I learned that the Community Foundation was interested in doing good for everybody, I knew I needed to be part of that,” Moon said.

Moon has devoted thousands of hours to CFGF over the past two decades. During the 17 years that Moon served on CFGF’s board of trustees, he rarely missed a board meeting. As a trustee, he also served on numerous committees. A hands-on leader, Moon chaired the construction team responsible for the renovation of two buildings in downtown Flint, now home to the Community Foundation’s offices and 501 Bar & Grill.

As a donor, Moon has been generous with his giving since 1994 when he made his first gift to the Operation Brush-Up Fund. He has supported various charitable funds over time, with a special emphasis on giving that helped grow the endowments of social equity funds and discretionary funds. Larry and his wife, Valaria, are members of the Community Foundation’s Legacy Society, made a bequest in their estate plan to benefit the community.

The very nature of Larry Moon is that he needs to make a difference in the lives of people. And lucky for us, he has chosen the Community Foundation as a primary vehicle for living out that need.