Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Awards Nearly $12.4 Million in Grants to Area Nonprofits

The projects supported cover a wide range of program areas ranging from economic development, education, and health and human services, to arts, culture and recreation.

Online PR News – 03-July-2013 – Detroit – At the June 12, 2013 annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, nearly $12.4 million in grants were approved to nonprofit organizations. The projects supported cover a wide range of program areas ranging from economic development, education, and health and human services, to arts, culture and recreation.

“The Community Foundation’s grants and programs are about creating enduring solutions that promise lasting change in the seven counties of southeast Michigan,” said Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “As a regional community foundation, we are in a unique position to support many organizations and achieve impact on a significant scale, both through our quarterly grantmaking as well as through long-term initiatives and partnerships with other foundations.”

Among the organizations receiving grants from the Community Foundation are the following:

• Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association Inc., Detroit, $25,000 to support a collaborative program with the Detroit Institute of Arts to engage Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers with art. Minds on Art: Creating Memories was pioneered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Participants learn from trained docents how to approach and converse about art and how to make and display their own work. In addition to enhancing the self-esteem and cognitive function of those with Alzheimer’s, it also enhances communication and relationships between patients and caregivers.

• American Red Cross, Southeast Michigan, $100,000 to support job training, case management and financial assistance for veterans. The program will provide career training for high-demand, stable employment such as nursing assistants and home healthcare aids. Funds will also be available to help veterans who need temporary housing or healthcare to get back on their feet and begin the job training.

• Ann Arbor Teen Center Inc., Ann Arbor, $18,000 to support an academic and workforce development program for teens called SCORE (School Career Opportunities aRe Endless). The program helps young people to complete high school, secure employment and develop a postsecondary education plan and transition to adulthood. SCORE incorporates college readiness and ACT prep, tutoring and access to employment through Michigan Works.

• Detroit Parent Network, Detroit, $10,000 to support LGBT parents and children in underserved communities in Detroit. The program promotes access to information and services that foster understanding and inclusion within families, schools and communities. It includes workshops for parents and grandparents and for middle and high school students as well as door-to-door summer outreach about community resources for students on bullying, sexual orientation and tolerance.

• Eight Mile Boulevard Association, 23 southeast Michigan municipalities, $50,000 from the Comerica Bank Community Economic Development Fund to support façade improvement, public safety and aesthetic improvements along historic Eight Mile Boulevard with the goal of attracting new investment. The program will facilitate the purchase of underutilized properties and provide technical and financial assistance to existing businesses.

• Fair Food Network, Ann Arbor, $10,000 over 2 years to support a comprehensive southeast Michigan strategy to improve access to healthy food in underserved communities. This includes expansion of the Double Up Food Bucks Program (launched in 2010 with support from the Community Foundation), which matches SNAP benefits for fresh produce at farmers’ markets, and the Strengthening Detroit Voices project, which has organized more than 40 organizations to advocate for better food access in Detroit.

• Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, $100,000 to support the creation of a Nano/Microsystems curriculum and training program. The program is a collaboration with the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Michigan and the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network to assess employer need, recruit students and train them for employment in the high-growth advanced manufacturing sector.

• Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, $25,000 to support programming associated with the exhibition “Looking out Anne Frank’s Window,” which focuses on the chestnut tree that Anne Frank wrote about in her Holocaust memoir. The Holocaust Memorial Center was one of only 11 sites in the world selected to plant a sapling from the iconic tree. A wide range of art, creative writing and film programming will enrich the community’s experience of the exhibition and the historic tree planting.

• Living Arts, Detroit, Detroit, $150,000 to support the Detroit Community Arts Alliance, a collaborative of arts education organizations. Four successful arts education organizations—Heritage Works, Living Arts, Matrix Theater Company and VSA Michigan—are joining forces to build shared financial management, fundraising development and staff, volunteer and board training capacity. The resulting operational efficiencies will help each organization more effectively fulfill their individual strategic organizational goals.

• Macomb Community College, Warren, $25,000 to support the Page to Stage program for children at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. In this program, classic works of literature ranging from Fahrenheit 451, to the Miracle Worker and Black Boy come to life in staged dramatic readings by nationally recognized professional theater companies. Teachers’ guides, online resources and artist residencies round out the experience for school children and the general public alike.

• Mosaic Youth Theater, Detroit, $150,000 over two years to establish Mosaic as the arts organization in residence at the new University Prep Science and Math elementary school. Mosaic will join the school in a rehabbed Detroit Public School building on the city’s east side, a longstanding area of investment by the Community Foundation. This facility-sharing arrangement will benefit both organizations via cost saving and resource sharing.

• Next Energy Center, Detroit, $500,000 to accelerate innovation in vehicle electrification and energy efficiency. This grant from the New Economy Initiative will also upgrade and enhance labs, testing platforms and technologies at NextEnergy’s 45,000 square foot laboratory and exhibition space, and position Detroit as national leader in advanced energy technology development, testing, validation and demonstration.

• Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, $50,000 to support a pediatric food allergy and nutrition education and counseling program at the University of Michigan Food Allergy Center. The program is designed to help high-risk pediatric patients and their parents improve care and prevent potentially life-threatening exposure to food allergies.

More than $56 Million Granted in 2012, $24 million to date in 2013
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan takes a regional approach to community investment and grantmaking. It was founded in 1984 to promote and facilitate community philanthropy across all seven counties of southeast Michigan. Although it is among the nation’s youngest community foundations (many are approaching their 100th anniversaries) it is one of the fastest growing. In 2012 it was ranked 22nd nationally with assets of more than $655 million. The Foundation distributed more than $56 million in grants in 2012 and so far during 2013, it has granted nearly $24 million to nonprofit organizations.

Included in these totals are Community Foundation grants recommended by donors who have established charitable funds at the Foundation. Each day the Community Foundation works with individuals, families and businesses to establish funds that allow them to draw upon our financial strength, tax advantages and community know-how to maximize the impact of their charitable dollars.

Long-Term Initiatives Also Foster Regional Impact
In addition to quarterly grantmaking to nonprofits in the region, the Community Foundation is also known as a leader in developing long-term initiatives that have brought hundreds of millions of philanthropic dollars into the region. Examples include the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, a $100 million, 10 foundation philanthropic economic development initiative; GreenWays Initiative, a program that has funded the creation of 100 miles of connected, regional trails and greenways over 12 years; and the Detroit Neighborhood Fund, a neighborhood revitalizations project with the Ford and Kellogg foundations that paved the way for more than $32 million of investment in east-side Detroit neighborhoods and revitalized the riverfront.

For more information about the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, its grantmaking special projects and initiatives, visit To view the Foundation’s 2013 Yearbook, visit

About the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $600 million through more than 45,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit