Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Optional image caption

Let’s Walk the Talk

Mark Miller, General Motors Executive, and Community Foundation Trustee, recalls growing up in the kind of neighborhood that everyone refers to today as “a village.” It was a place and time when borrowing a cup of sugar was the norm and front porches enhanced neighbors caring for neighbors and fostered a community connection filled with care and concern.

Optional image caption

A Really Awesome Veterinarian

Dr. Kendra Reynolds never had a Plan B. Her essay, at age of 13, detailed her desires to become a veterinarian. She followed through, graduated from Clio High School, attended Michigan State University, and returned home to practice her calling.

Optional image caption

Let’s Give for Education

Sitting around their kitchen table in a peaceful neighborhood in Grand Blanc, Kamal and Shashi Gupta reflect on the philanthropic values they share together as a couple, and as a family. Two grandchildren join in the conversation, commenting on how their grandfather brings books to their school and how happy and proud that makes them feel.

Optional image caption

The Legacy of Phil Braun

He expressed his unconditional love for humankind through photography, writing, art and music. For Philip J. “Phil” Braun, artistic expression was just one way of giving back to the community he loved so dearly.

Optional image caption

Income for Today, a Gift for Tomorrow

Frances Price was always active in her community of Flushing – generous with both her time and money. After she retired as a nurse from McLaren Flint, she wanted to continue giving back without sacrificing her financial security.

Optional image caption

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.

Optional image caption

Legacy for a Friend

For 31 years, she loved teaching and coaching students at Bentley High School. She was active in her church, was a good neighbor, and had concerns about the future.

Optional image caption

Edith Prunty Spencer

Edith Prunty Spencer loves Flint and takes great pride in her city. She and her husband, J. Merrill Spencer, operated the House of Spencer Mortuary in Flint for over 40 years. Edith is preserving her family’s legacy with a gift that will support the field of education.

Optional image caption

Providing Opportunities for Children

Love is a word typically attributed to affection for another person, and this describes the late Dr. Sandra Urquhart Brown. Donald Brown first met Sandra in college at Dillard University. The couple met at the annual Sadie Hawkins when she asked him to dance.

Optional image caption

Waldo Bronson Preserves Wife’s Legacy

Genesee County’s infant mortality rate is one of the highest in Michigan, a startling statistic that moved Cassandra Bronson to action. Her commitment to the Stork’s Nest program for young girls was near and dear to her heart. When she passed away her husband, Waldo Bronson, established the Cassandra R. Bronson Endowment Fund to benefit the good works of the local Zeta Beta Foundation. Since 2007, over $3,200 in grants have supported the Stork’s Nest program.