As one of our organization’s Core Values, Social Responsibility is an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ identity and how we do business. We believe every community matters, and we are committed to strengthening our local communities by giving back in four main focus areas: education, community enhancement, arts and culture, and diversity and inclusion.
Focusing on the arts and creative interaction, we aim to promote diversity of thought and generate inspiration and innovation within our company and throughout our communities. Additional components of our Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition include the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award, which recognizes artistic promise with a grant and accommodations to live and work in Berlin; an Annual Art Scholarship program, which awards two students—one each from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth and Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas—with $5,000 scholarships; and the Drawing and Painting Annual Medal Winner, which awards $2,000 to an exceptional OCAD University student.
We also support the following nonprofits:
The Creative Collaboration program brings together students from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies with a range of our community partners to assist in providing creative problem-solving and solutions to address needs they may not have the in-house resources to tackle.
Through our sponsorship of the Sphinx Organization’s Overture program, MBFS has helped provide classical music training to hundreds of underserved youth throughout Flint and metro Detroit, Michigan.
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ partnership with Art Road Nonprofit, supports the organization’s efforts to bring art classes back into elementary public schools in Southeastern Michigan. Throughout the school year, many employee volunteers work on creative art projects with the students of Edison Elementary and Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science.
Beyond Basics is a child-centered program that brings targeted reading, writing and word comprehension to Detroit public schools. Through our support of its Art with the Masters program, art and art history come together as students learn the techniques of the masters and apply those skills in a variety of unique art projects.
Through our partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts, third, fourth and fifth graders from Southeast Michigan visit the museum once a week for five weeks to participate in the Art Discovery program. During the visits, docents engage students in a one-hour “What can we find?” interactive conversation. Following the tour, students enjoy a hands-on studio session.
For our employees, Art Discovery means a lively, evidence-based group discussion with a docent facilitating a Detroit Institute of Arts’ Visual Thinking Strategies workshop. The program promotes observation and reflection, and participants come away with a greater appreciation and understanding of art while listening to the various perspectives of their fellow colleagues.
As a result of our sponsorship of three Detroit Public Schools, students are benefitting from the InsideOut Literary Art Project’s school residency, which places professional writers in schools to conduct workshops that engage students’ imaginations and introduce them to the pleasure and power of writing.
Through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ sponsorship of the core programs of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, its internationally acclaimed youth development program helps young artists excel on stage and in life.
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services looks beyond sponsorships to build true partnerships with the nonprofit organizations we work with. For us, it’s not just about a few days of volunteering each year; it’s about creating meaningful experiences and lasting social change.
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