Special Initiatives

General Motors Foundation Communities

GM Foundation and SAE Foundation Collaborate for STEM

STEM - General Motors Foundation Communities - teacher and students working on vehicle The GM Foundation helps to change the lives of students and their families by making education more accessible, affordable and valuable from preschool through college. In addition to supporting student reach at a level of $375,000 through the GM Foundation, GM also supports SAE by facilitating program development. The GM Foundation supported SAE in the expansion of the A World In Motion® Primary Program, which focuses on scientific-literacy at the kindergarten through third grade levels. As a direct result of this funding, AWIM is reaching young learners in their most formative learning years. STEM education has significant gaps in reaching students and teachers in these early years. The GM Foundation and SAE had the foresight to see this and to develop a solution.

With continued support from the GM Foundation, the AWIM program will continue to grow in 2018 with the formal launch of “Keeping Our Networks Secure,” a first of its kind cybersecurity-focused curriculum designed to get students ready for Instructional Technology careers through STEM education.

The GM Foundation also supports the development of other STEM programs at SAE, including the University AutoDrive Challenge, a newly established, three-year autonomous vehicle competition, as well as the continued support of the University Formula SAE Competitions.


STEM - General Motors Foundation Communities - students building vehicle

By supporting the SAE Foundation, the charitable arm of SAE, the GM Foundation aligns its business needs with an organization dedicated to the development of the future workforce, including trained STEM professionals. The programs supported by the SAE Foundation encourage employee volunteerism and the generation of community goodwill through the efforts of participating volunteers. GM currently has the largest company-supported volunteer base of 1,959 classroom volunteers.

Through their long-term partnership with SAE, GM has served:
  • 119,314 total students (90,714 in the Michigan area) in the last 10 years
  • 78,234 total students (58,318 in MI) in the last 5 years
  • 29,016 total students (24,154 in MI) in the last 2 years