PrintOne 50 Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • discuss the main ideas behind Charles Stewart Mott's philosophy and the foundation that he started.
  • identify various examples of the contributions that he made to our society.
  • give two other examples of philanthropic contributions made to society by other Michigan philanthropists.

Copy of the article about Charles Stewart Mott. "Man of Vision Led with His Heart." https://www.mott.org/about/thefoundation/ourfounder/



  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask the students "Who has taken a community education class at sometime in your life?" and "Who has participated in state or local recreational activities?" Say, "These programs were made possible by the community education program promoted by a foundation named after a leading Michigan citizen, Charles Stewart Mott. Today we will find out how he got started."

  2. Give each student a copy of "Man of Vision Led with His Heart" from the website or have students visit this website prior to class.

  3. Divide students into small groups of six, assigning one of the letters below for each member to answer:

    1. What early events do you think affected Mott's attitude about education and helping others?
    2. Do you believe being born into the right family helped Mott's success?
    3. In addition to his family connections, which of Mott's personal qualities helped him to achieve success?
    4. Once he became successful, what did Mott do to help society?
    5. Why do you think he made helping others a priority in his life?
    6. What do you think Mott gained from helping others?
  4. Restructure groups so that all the individuals with the same "letter" question from above develop a comprehensive answer. Have each group post their answer and guide a brief whole group discussion.

  5. In a whole group exercise, have students evaluate the impact of Mott's philanthropy on the economy of Flint. When this is completed, visit the Web site and have students find examples of international philanthropy from the Mott Foundation which carries on his work.

  6. In small groups, students should use the Internet to find two other major Michigan philanthropists and describe his or her contributions to society and the continuing role their work plays in society today. Post their reports or copy and distribute to other groups. Have students evaluate the impact of Mott Foundation grants in these communities.


Students will do a quick write in their journals on how Mott's ideas of education differ from traditional views of education. Use questions A through F for a short quiz. Evaluate reports.

Cross Curriculum 

Students will study the community education philosophy that was founded in Michigan by meeting with the community education director in their district.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 05. Role of Foundations
      1. Benchmark HS.3 List examples of gifts, from a variety of foundations, that are of value to the community.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 03. Philanthropy and Economics
      1. Benchmark HS.11 Analyze the impact of volunteerism on the economy of communities.
      2. Benchmark HS.4 Give examples of how civil society sector giving by individuals and corporations can impact communities.