Motor City and GreenLight partner with multi-sector support
The Motor City is the birthplace of not only the auto industry, but the country’s middle class. A century later, Detroit’s power is built on community action, inclusive entrepreneurship, cross-sector collaboration, and civic engagement.
But at the intersection of poverty, race, and inequity, Detroit is challenged more acutely by the systemic issues that inflict our nation. Quality education, housing, healthcare, and employment are desired while reliable transportation is hard to find. And half our children must confront the effects of poverty.
We draw inspiration from those uplifting others while facing harsh odds. This is why we’re uniting advocates from across neighborhoods and sectors to drive effective change locally.
of children in Detroit live in poverty
lower median income than metro area
of renters are housing cost-burdened
We search nationally to bring highly effective programs that complement the existing local ecosystem to fight poverty. Organizations in our portfolio include unique models that are desired locally and tailored to meet residents’ needs – with innovation, measurable results and scale.
“GreenLight Fund Detroit’s approach centers the community in a process for change that aligns to our values for equity and justice, and we are enthusiastic about our investment. We look forward to the next phase of GreenLight Fund’s work, helping to address long standing disparities and opening opportunities so more families in our community can thrive.”
– Melanca Clark, President and CEO of Hudson-Webber Foundation
“GreenLight Fund Detroit’s approach centers the community in a process for change that aligns to our values for equity and justice, and we are enthusiastic about our investment." - Melanca Clark, president and CEO of @hudson_webber. Thank you for your support!
“GreenLight Fund Detroit combines a data-driven approach with a thoughtful, people-centered process, and it works. AAM is proud to be a part of this coalition that will enable additional proven programs to be selected and integrated into our community, while breaking down barriers and making a difference for so many.”
– David Dauch, Chairman and CEO of American Axle & Manufacturing
“GreenLight Fund uses such a thoughtful, deep community-driven process… We believe that Detroiters are visionaries and they have the answers that we all need to design a better tomorrow”
– Angelique Power, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
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