- Assets: $0 (2009)
- Grants Received: $0 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $12,044,976 (2009)
The Stewart R. Mott Foundation (formerly known as the Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust) was founded by Stewart Rawlings Mott (born 1937), a General Motors heir who heads Mott Associates in New York. The building that Mr. Mott purchased in 1974 to be both his home and his Fund's headquarters also houses the Washington, D.C. branch office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Over the years, Mott has opened his building for use by a wide range of "progressive-liberal advocacy organizations" involved in such issues as handgun control, social justice, civil rights, civil liberties, campaign finance reform, abortion rights, gay and lesbian rights, anti-military campaigns, anti-war and anti-nuclear crusades, and anti-drug war efforts.
The Executive Director of the Mott Foundation is Conrad Martin, who also serves the Executive Director of the Fund for Constitutional Government, a tax-exempt publicly supported foundation created to “eliminate corruption in government and foster constitutional principals of governance.”
The Mott Foundation characterizes its grant-making policy as follows: "Preference is given to activist projects seeking tangible change rather than research-oriented activities, [projects that] are national in scope and creative in nature." The foundation supports organizations that are active in the following four areas of national and international advocacy:
(a) Peace, Arms Control and Foreign Policy: The Trust is a member of the Peace and Security Funders Group, which is an unincorporated association of individual philanthropists and foundations that give money to leftist anti-war and environmentalist causes.
(b) Population Issues, International Family Planning and Reproductive Rights: The Trust supports universal access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
(c) Government Reform and Public Policy: The Trust funds organizations that advocate for amnesty and expanded rights for illegal immigrants, racial preferences in the workplace and academia, and the elimination of such national security measures as the Patriot Act.
(d) Human Rights, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: This category overlaps considerably with the previous category.
The list of Mott Foundation grantees includes, among others: the Agape Foundation; the American Civil Liberties Union; Americans for Democratic Action; Amnesty International; Catholics for a Free Choice; the Center for Constitutional Rights; Choice USA; the Council for a Livable World Education Fund; Earth Action Network; Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; Greenpeace; the Institute for Policy Studies; the Institute for Public Accuracy; the Institute for Women’s Policy Research; the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; the League of Conservation Voters; the The Nation Institute; the National Abortion Federation; the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL); the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: the National Council for Research on Women; National Public Radio; the National Security Archive; the National Women’s Law Center; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the Peace Action Fund; the People for the American Way Foundation; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Planned Parenthood; Public Broadcasting System; the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center; the United Nations Committee on Disarmament; and the Women’s Action for New Directions Education Fund.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Stewart R. Mott Foundation, click here.
In 2008, Stewart R. Mott died and the Foundation ceased operations.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)