Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

A Promise to Flint Students

Pictured from left, Arn Tellem, vice chairman, Detroit Pistons; Isaiah Oliver, CFGF President and CEO; and Patti Poppe, CEO, Consumers Energy.

A $2 million commitment from the Gores family and Consumers Energy ensures that Flint students will have an opportunity many didn't think possible - a college education. The gifts established the creation of a Flint Promise scholarship program.

The funding commitment comprises a $1 million personal pledge from Tom Gores, Chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity and owner of the Detroit Pistons, and a $1 million grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation. Their investment in Flint's future is a vote of confidence in our children, and will make our community even more attractive for additional investment.

The personal commitment from Mr. Gores marks the latest initiative under his FlintNOW campaign, a $10 million pledge to support a broad range of programs focused on relief and revitalization of his hometown of Flint. Consumers Energy Foundation's support for The Flint Promise is a reflection of the company's commitment to the communities where it does business.

The Flint Promise is a collaborative, community-based effort led by a coalition of local Flint and Genesee County educators and philanthropic organizations. The Community Foundation is spearheading the initiative with input from a stakeholder group that includes Crim Fitness Foundation, Flint Community Schools, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, FlintNOW Foundation, Genesee Intermediate School District, Hagerman Foundation, Kettering University, Mott Community College, United Way of Genesee County, Baker College, and University of Michigan-Flint.

Students interested in seeking scholarships through The Flint Promise can learn more at