In 2017, we shifted our grantmaking approach to address the needs of the whole person and to take a long term view of the journey out of poverty and what is needed along the way.
In 2017, Mauricio Miller, founder of the Family Independence Initiative, released his powerful book The Alternative. Reflecting on his own life and professional experiences, he challenges traditional social services, which he says are based on the assumption that low-income families “need to be saved”.
What if unemployed Detroiters could transform vacant property into a beautiful, working landscape, one that sustained residents for generations to come? And, what if, in the process, they could also access landscape industry training, job-readiness programs, and case management services?
The Fund is working with TDC to understand how tri-county nonprofits are capitalized and create tools and resources for organizations seeking to learn more about capitalization.
In 2013, University of Michigan-Dearborn launched the Public Allies Metro Detroit Program, an initiative to develop young community leaders and strengthen local nonprofits. In 2013, the Fund became the first investor in the program.