Promote development and education from childhood through adulthood.
We invest in education that inspires learning, organizations that teach new skills, and leading-edge expertise that seeds fresh opportunities to prepare children for future employment.
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We look for innovative ideas, capabilities, and organizations that have the potential to take root in our community and collaborate to make a lasting impact.
We believe in promoting community--wide literacy so that every person, regardless of age, has the ability to thrive.
We seek opportunities to support both in-and-out of school learning for all ages.
We team with partners who guide future generations through sharing knowledge, experience, faith, resources, and advice.
In the summer of 2014, Phil and Joceyln Hagerman began looking for ways to enhance positivity for the Flint community. Talks began with University of Michigan – Flint’s Office of Development, which resulted in an idea for an entrepreneurship and innovation program.The Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation became a reality in January of 2015, with a leadership gift of $2 million from the Hagerman’s. This was the largest single gift to the School of Management (SOM) at the UM-Flint.
“This generous gift by Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman supporting entrepreneurship education enables the School of Management to better serve our students and our community,” stated SOM Dean, Scott Johnson. “Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman’s gift is a testament to their recognition of the importance of higher education and of the transformative impact that entrepreneurship can have on the city and the region.”
“Jocelyn and I believe UM-Flint is a critical and growing anchor in our community, and has been an important part of the turnaround happening in downtown Flint,” said Phil Hagerman. “We believe in the school, in its leadership and in its mission. We also believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship and feel this is another way Flint and Genesee County can prosper in the coming years. Our hope in funding the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is that it will foster and expand the growth of new businesses in Flint.”
We are grateful to the Hagerman Foundation for supporting our efforts to provide a year-round learning experience for local youth. By keeping students engaged through field trips, leadership opportunities and community engagement, YouthQuest helps prepare them for success in both the present and future.
Safe Places is a year-round summer and after-school program that serves youth kindergarten through 12th grades. The concept of Safe Places is to ensure each child has access to healthy out-of-school time all year long. With the generous grant from The Hagerman Foundation we can impact more youth in our community through: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Thank you, Hagerman Foundation, for being a difference-maker.
As a coalition, we recognize that no single person or organization, alone, can solve our communities' most significant challenges. We have, therefore, committed to cross-sector collaboration, community-wide mobilization, and ongoing alignment as strategies to improve literacy across Genesee County. Support from The Hagerman Foundation provided much-needed additional capacity for the coalition's partners through the hire of a Community Impact Coordinator, responsible for ensuring a disciplined results-driven framework for partner collaboration. In addition to their financial support, The Hagerman Foundation's consistent commitment to and advocacy for families as their children's most important teachers is contributing to the culture of Family Literacy throughout Genesee County. We are fortunate to have The Hagerman Foundation as a partner in our collective stride toward Literacy for Life!
Thank you so much for your scholarship and this wonderful opportunity to achieve my goals. Not only will it assist me in affording school costs, but it will assist me in realizing my goals of being a pharmacist, a valuable member of a community, and someone who can make a difference in others’ lives.
Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman’s gift is a testament to their recognition of the importance of higher education and of the transformative impact that entrepreneurship can have on the city and the region.