Holiday Season Brings New Support for Education

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As we wrap up a successful calendar year, I want to let you know about two new examples of philanthropy, from opposite ends of the business spectrum, I think should inspire others with a commitment to education. One example is a local company named METCO, an engineering services firm located in Downtown Detroit. This year, rather than host a holiday … Read More

Collaboration Brings Ideas, Perspective To Foundation Efforts

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In the nonprofit sector, the word we hear the most often these days is “collaboration.”  That’s for good reason.  In challenging economic times, it makes sense for organizations with aligned missions to work together in any way possible.  Funders and recipients alike are now charged with creating efficiencies to make the best possible use of donors’ gifts. In the field … Read More

Why An Educational Foundation?

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As we get closer to the end of the calendar year, it’s time for many of us to reflect on why we do what we do.  In this case, I’d like to take the opportunity to answer a question I get from time to time – why do we need educational foundations like the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, separate from … Read More

Why the Foundation Is Expanding Its Mission

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I’m very excited to let you know about a positive step in the evolution of our Foundation.  Recently, our Board of Directors decided to expand the mission of our Foundation to include support of current Detroit Public Schools schools, existing and future DPS-chartered schools, and DPS schools that will be operated by the State of Michigan’s Educational Achievement Authority (EAA). … Read More

Foundation Helps Detroit Icon

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Since our Foundation focuses on schools and kids, it’s always special when we can play a role in connection with Detroit Icons that share the same values.  One example is what’s happening this Fall with The Parade Company, producer of America’s Thanksgiving Parade – a Detroit tradition like no other. With the support of PNC Bank, teachers from the Grow … Read More

DPS Alumni Give Back, Get Involved

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One of the most fulfilling parts of my job has been reconnecting Detroit Public Schools alumni by introducing them to the Foundation. No matter where they live or how long ago they graduated, these alumni feel a strong bond to their school experience and to Detroit itself. We have heard from alumni who have long wanted to give back, get … Read More

Back To School, Foundation Aims To Help Where Needed

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As the Detroit Public Schools Foundation begins its second academic year of positively impacting the lives of Detroit’s children, I’m often asked about the greatest needs in the schools. From our vantage point, there are three primary needs where we see opportunity to support successful programs. The first is Early Childhood Education. All of the research points in one direction … Read More