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SAE Foundation Reaches Fund-Raising Goal; Thanks General Motors for Generous Support

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 22, 2008 - General Motors’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner tonight announced during the SAE Foundation Annual Banquet that the SAE Foundation reached and surpassed it fund-raising goal of $25 million. Wagoner is chairman of the SAE Foundation campaign, “Inspiring a New Generation.”

SAE International’s AWIM program is a highly interactive K-12 educational curriculum that brings math and science to life and has introduced more than four million students to rewarding engineering, science and technical career possibilities.

The GM Foundation helped kick off the SAE Foundation’s “Inspiring a New Generation” fund-raising campaign three years ago by pledging a $5 million leadership gift. In addition to monetary donations, GM has supported AWIM for more than 20 years by providing technical and logistical support:


  • Last year with GM’s help, AWIM impacted more than 14,400 students (with around 12,000 from Southeast Michigan ).  This year through GM’s efforts, AWIM is expected to impact more than 16,300 students with approximately 12,240 of the total from Southeast Michigan .
  • In 2007, GM had 1,019 volunteers participate and this year that number has grown to 1,222 GM volunteers nationwide. 
  • GM has 876 volunteers in Michigan, including employees from all the engineering facilities (Warren Technical Center, Renaissance Center – GM Global Headquarters, Milford Proving Grounds, Ypsilanti and Pontiac) and multiple manufacturing facilities such as Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly, Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center, Grand Rapids Metal Center,  Romulus Engine Plant, Lake Orion Car Assembly, Lansing Grand River Car Assembly, Livonia Engine Plant, Warren Transmission Plant and all Flint and Pontiac Manufacturing facilities.
  • Last year GM supported 43 schools in the Detroit Public School System and another 89 schools in other Southeast Michigan districts for a total of 132 schools in southeastern Michigan .  GM also supported 33 schools in other communities for a total of 165 schools nationwide.  In 2008, GM is supporting 47 schools in the Detroit Public School System and another 114 schools in other Southeastern  Michigan districts for a total of 161 schools in Southeast Michigan .  GM also is  supporting 49 schools in other communities for a total of 210 schools throughout the and .


“We are extremely happy to have reached our fund-raising goal for the ‘Inspiring a New Generation’ campaign,” Carson Walburn, Director, SAE Foundation, said. “But we are equally as pleased to have the continued support of General Motors and all of the other corporations that give so generously. Our programs help to inspire millions of students, and we could not reach those goals without industry support. On behalf of the SAE Foundation, I want to thank Rick Wagoner and General Motors for their kind generosity.”

“General Motors has had a long commitment to educating students of all grades on the importance of math, science and technology in addressing future challenges facing not only the , but also countries around the world,” said Rod Gillum, GM Vice President and Chairman, GM Foundation. “ ‘A World in Motion’ is just one more opportunity for General Motors and our employee volunteers to help educate today’s youth and provide access to various educational materials to as many classrooms as possible.”

The 2008 SAE Foundation Banquet was held this evening at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center .




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