The FCA Foundation, which supports efforts in youth development, education, volunteerism and members of the military and their families, provided grants of about $1.3 million last year, down from $4.98 million in 2015. A FCA spokesman said the foundation in 2016 “refined its grant-making strategy.” The automaker said nearly three-quarters of 2016 grants were made to southeast Michigan organizations such as Boys Hope Girls Hope, M-1 Rail and FIRST Robotics. Like GM, the Ford Motor Company Fund seeks to make donations that advance certain priorities: It focuses on supporting communities, education and safety. Since 1949 it has invested nearly $1.5 billion. In 2016, the Ford Fund and company granted $58.9 million — nearly double GM’s giving the year before. Ford’s giving last year was up 6 percent from 2015, as it expanded in Detroit, southeast Michigan and globally. Jim Vella, president of the Ford Fund, said the fund moved away from capital grants, dinner tables and sponsorship events around 2010 and is working with partners in areas such as improving education rates and ending poverty. “What we want to do is not just invest dollars,” Vella said. “We want to invest in a way that actually makes a difference in people’s lives.” Grants: Grants from GM’s revamped philanthropic arm generally will range between $25,000 and $250,000, with a maximum of three straight years for any organization, though they can re-apply after the three years with a new proposal. Preference is given to groups aligned with GM’s corporate mission: improving vehicle safety and reduce accidents; science, technology, engineering and math education; and increasing high-school graduation rates in cities.

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