GM Foundation Donates $1 Million to Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

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GM Foundation Donates $1 Million to Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Gift to pay for design and installation of permanent exhibitions
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General Motors Vice President Global Design Ed Welburn (left) and GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard (right) present the GM Foundation’s $1 million grant for the creation of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to Founding Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in the Chevrolet exhibit at the Washington D.C. Auto Show. Also on stage is the 2014 North American Car of the Year - the Corvette Stingray. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors)

General Motors Foundation President Vivian Pickard (right) and GM Vice President Global Design Ed Welburn (right center) unveil the GM Foundation’s $1 million grant for the creation of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture with Founding Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Washington D.C. Auto Show The grant will support the design and installation of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors)

Founding Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III accepts the GM Foundation’s $1 million grant for the creation of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture with Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC. The grant will support the design and installation of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors)

Founding Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III accepts the GM Foundation’s $1 million grant for the creation of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture with Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC. The grant will support the design and installation of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 3:15pm

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DETROIT, Jan. 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The General Motors Foundation will become a founding donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture through a $1 million grant. GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard presented the gift to the Museum Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch III at the Washington Auto Show.

“GM and the GM Foundation have a strong legacy of support for the African American Community, and for the Smithsonian Institution’s preservation of our nation’s history,” said Pickard. “Through this grant we continue our commitment by helping to bring to life the story of African Americans who have changed our nation in so many ways.”

Currently under construction on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument, the Museum will open in 2015, displaying the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it has shaped the country. The GM Foundation’s donation will support the design and installation of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions.

“We are honored to have the GM Foundation join the museum’s family of founding donors, supporting us as we create a better America, one museum at a time,” said Bunch. “GM’s gift will help the museum tell a rich, inclusive history of America, one that will now be preserved for generations to come.”

The GM Foundation joins other prominent donors, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, American Express and more. With this pledge, GM and the GM Foundation’s support of the Smithsonian totals more than $11 million since 1998.

The Foundation was also a founding donor of the “America on the Move” exhibition that opened in 2003 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The exhibit is located inside of the General Motors Hall of Transportation, named in recognition of the company’s support of the Smithsonian Institution.

GM’s relationship with the Smithsonian dates to 1954 when the company donated the first mechanical heart pump to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History Division of Science, Medicine and Society. A team of GM scientists and engineers developed the mechanical heart pump that made possible the world’s first open heart surgery. Since then, the company has contributed other notable items to the institution, including “Alice,” the world’s first computer-controlled electric robot.

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About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

About the Museum
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as a Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress in 2003. It will be the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to showcasing African American life, art, history and culture and the national place for visitors to fully appreciate the broader American story. For more information about the exhibition and the museum, visit the museum’s website nmaahc.si.edu.

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