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Our Mission

FlintNOW was founded by Tom Gores to provide private sector support for immediate relief efforts during the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and for long-term programs focused on economic development, nutrition and health care for residents of the city.

Our Focus

FlintNOW's mission to help the people of Flint is guided by three core priorities:

Provide immediate support for short-term relief efforts to ensure access to safe drinking water and infrastructure associated with volunteer programs, distribution of resources and other logistics.
Provide funding for programs that help children, including healthy food and nutrition campaigns, as well as education and healthcare initiatives.
Establish long-term support for economic development and revitalization initiatives in Flint and surrounding communities.

Our Founder

Tom Gores

  • Chairman of the Board, FlintNOW Foundation
  • Chairman and CEO, Platinum Equity | Owner, Detroit Pistons

Tom Gores is Chairman and CEO of global investment firm Platinum Equity and owner of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E).

The youngest son of a Greek father and Lebanese mother, Mr. Gores immigrated to Genesee Township from Nazareth, Israel, with his parents, two brothers and three sisters when he was four years old. His father owned a small grocery store in Flint, where Mr. Gores worked stocking shelves and delivering groceries for many years during his youth. He graduated from Genesee High School in 1982 and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1986.

After graduating from college, Mr. Gores started out in the software industry as an entrepreneur who founded a successful business that provided inventory and supply chain management solutions to the lumber industry.

In 1995, Mr. Gores founded Platinum Equity, which he has grown over the past 25 years into a multibillion-dollar investment firm with a diverse, global portfolio of operating companies in a wide range of industries including automotive, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, sports, entertainment and media. Platinum Equity has more than $36 billion of assets under management and its current portfolio comprises approximately 50 operating companies. Platinum Equity has invested in many Michigan-based companies in a range of different industries, including automotive, transportation and logistics, and boat manufacturing.

In 2011, Mr. Gores acquired the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment. He has often described the Pistons as a “community asset” with the power to unite and inspire people in Detroit and throughout Michigan. In partnership with other leaders like Jalen Rose, Dave Bing, Roger Penske, Magic Johnson and numerous charitable organizations, Mr. Gores has also supported a broad range of initiatives in Michigan focused on education, public safety and improving the lives of people throughout the state.

Mr. Gores’ wife, Holly, also a Michigan native who graduated from Michigan State, has deep roots in the Detroit area and both are actively involved in community initiatives throughout the state.

Mr. and Mrs. Gores live with their three children in Beverly Hills, California. The family also maintains a residence in Birmingham, Michigan. Mr. Gores, is an active and avid coach of youth soccer and basketball, and a patron of education, health care and the arts.

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Board of Directors

Tom Gores

Chairman of the Board, FlintNOW Foundation
Chairman and CEO, Platinum Equity
Owner, Detroit Pistons

Mark Barnhill

Partner, Platinum Equity

Arn Tellem

Vice Chairman, Palace Sports & Entertainment

Mary Ann Sigler

Partner,
Chief Financial Officer, Platinum Equity

Recent Announcements

Recent News & Press Releases

Tom Gores’ FlintNOW Unveils ‘Bright, Vibrant’ Refurbished Basketball Court As Part Of Juneteenth Celebration
July 06, 2022 | Press Releases

Tom Gores’ FlintNOW Unveils ‘Bright, Vibrant’ Refurbished Basketball Court As Part Of Juneteenth Celebration

Tom Gores FlintNOW Foundation Joins Forces with Flint Artist, Local Advocates And Parks Officials To Renovate Basketball Courts In Genesee County
July 06, 2022 | Press Releases

Tom Gores FlintNOW Foundation Joins Forces with Flint Artist, Local Advocates And Parks Officials To Renovate Basketball Courts In Genesee County

How Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores Gave Underserved Flint Children The Full Game Night Experience
April 10, 2022 | Press Releases

How Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores Gave Underserved Flint Children The Full Game Night Experience

Here’s how Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores delivered a Merry Christmas to underserved communities in Flint, Detroit
December 10, 2021 | Press Releases

Here’s how Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores delivered a Merry Christmas to underserved communities in Flint, Detroit

Tom Gores’ FlintNOW and the National Basketball Players Association Expand Healthy Food Program in Flint, Provide $325,000 in Fruits and Vegetables Through Pediatric Public Health Initiative
November 08, 2019 | Press Releases

Tom Gores’ FlintNOW and the National Basketball Players Association Expand Healthy Food Program in Flint, Provide $325,000 in Fruits and Vegetables Through Pediatric Public Health Initiative

Tom Gores and FlintNOW bring Vision To Learn to Flint, Providing Free Eye Exams and Glasses to Students in Need
May 31, 2018 | Press Releases

Tom Gores and FlintNOW bring Vision To Learn to Flint, Providing Free Eye Exams and Glasses to Students in Need

Tom Gores And Consumers Energy Pledge $2 Million To Help Start Flint Promise Scholarship Program
August 23, 2017 | Press Releases

Tom Gores And Consumers Energy Pledge $2 Million To Help Start Flint Promise Scholarship Program

Tom Gores’ FlintNOW and the National Basketball Players Association Partner With Pediatric Public Health Initiative to Give Flint Families Access to Healthy Food
June 06, 2017 | Press Releases

Tom Gores’ FlintNOW and the National Basketball Players Association Partner With Pediatric Public Health Initiative to Give Flint Families Access to Healthy Food

National Basketball Players Association and Tom Gores’ FlintNOW Partner With Pediatric Public Health Initiative to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Flint Families
June 01, 2016 | Press Releases

National Basketball Players Association and Tom Gores’ FlintNOW Partner With Pediatric Public Health Initiative to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Flint Families

Ten Philanthropies Will Help Flint Recover and Rise from Water Crisis
May 11, 2016 | Press Releases

Ten Philanthropies Will Help Flint Recover and Rise from Water Crisis

FlintNOW Foundation, Huntington Bank announce $25 million economic development program for Flint
March 30, 2016 | Press Releases

FlintNOW Foundation, Huntington Bank announce $25 million economic development program for Flint

Moving Flint Forward Initiative Launched to Help Local Businesses
March 24, 2016 | Press Releases

Moving Flint Forward Initiative Launched to Help Local Businesses

Tom Gores, FlintNOW, WDIV Local 4 and Television Stations Across Michigan Raise Over $1.1 Million For Children And Families In Flint
March 15, 2016 | Press Releases

Tom Gores, FlintNOW, WDIV Local 4 and Television Stations Across Michigan Raise Over $1.1 Million For Children And Families In Flint

Tom Gores and Flintnow Join Forces with Television Stations Across Michigan, Pledge $1 Million Match to Telethon Benefitting Children And Families In Flint
March 10, 2016 | Press Releases

Tom Gores and Flintnow Join Forces with Television Stations Across Michigan, Pledge $1 Million Match to Telethon Benefitting Children And Families In Flint

Magic Johnson Joining Tom Gores and FlintNOW Foundation to Expand Education Opportunities for Kids in Flint
February 23, 2016 | Press Releases

Magic Johnson Joining Tom Gores and FlintNOW Foundation to Expand Education Opportunities for Kids in Flint

Detroit Pistons Announce Support For
February 02, 2016 | Press Releases

Detroit Pistons Announce Support For "FlintNOW"

Pistons Owner Initiates Flow of Funds to Flint
January 29, 2016 | Press Releases

Pistons Owner Initiates Flow of Funds to Flint

Tom Gores Pledges $10 Million For Flint Relief Efforts
January 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Tom Gores Pledges $10 Million For Flint Relief Efforts

Detroit Pistons | TG 360: FlintNOW Backpack Distribution

Tom Gores & The Detroit Pistons "Be Impactful" Program

Helping Kids Stay Healthy in Flint | FlintNOW

Why Tom Gores Pledged $10 Million to Flint, Michigan

The Detroit Pistons Support Flint Kids | FlintNOW

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