Jewell's charity was started in 2014 -- the same year he became a union vice president.
The Making Our Children Smile board initially included Jewell; Johnson, who served as vice president of the nonprofit from 2014 to 2015; and Troy A. Davis, another UAW top administrative assistant. Two additional board members, including another UAW official with the training center, were added in 2015.
The purpose of Making Our Children Smile, according to tax filings, was to raise and distribute funds to "benefit children, veterans, and seniors, as well as the poor, caring for the sick" and to support other philanthropic efforts and organizations.
The charity, according to the filings, received $629,450 from 2014 through 2016, though individual donors are not identified in the filings.
At the end of 2014, the charity reported a balance of $126,803, while donating $30,081 to three organizations: Wayne Elementary School in Detroit ($14,081 in books and clothing); Downtown Outreach Ministry in Flint, Mich. ($10,000); and Child Safe Michigan in Royal Oak, Mich. ($6,000).
Donations, according to the filings, increased five-fold to $152,666, in 2015 before falling to $121,846 the following year.
Davis has been secretary and treasurer of the nonprofit since its inception. According to the filings, he was the sole signer of its tax returns until 2016, when a third party was paid to prepare the document.
Shane Dawes, who was assistant director of the UAW-Chrysler training center under Jewell, was added to the board along with another individual in 2015.