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The General Motors Foundation

The General Motors Foundation, General Motors and Safe Kids have partnered to protect children and teens in and around cars since 1997, when the organizations created the Buckle Up program.

After nearly 20 years of partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, together we’ve properly installed nearly 2 million car seats, spread awareness about the dangers of heatstroke when leaving a child in a car, given parents tools to prepare their teens to get behind the wheel and so much more. At GM, we’re proud of these accomplishments and remain committed to helping keep families safe in and around vehicles.
– Jackie Parker, Director of GM Global Philanthropy & Corporate Giving

Thanks to the dedication and commitment from the GM Foundation, the Buckle Up program has grown into the most comprehensive child passenger safety program in the nation. Its progress is measured by two things: lives saved and injuries prevented. When the program started in 1997, 6,576 kids ages 19 and under died in car crashes almost every year. Today, the number of deaths has been cut by more than half.

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