Detroit

Driving innovative change for inclusive prosperity

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Overview

Ready to build on community strengths and steer towards new possibilities

The Motor City, birthplace of the auto industry, helped shape the country’s middle class. Today, Detroit’s strength lies in the power of its entrepreneurship, collaboration, and civic engagement. Still, many residents, often due to economic and racial inequities, face barriers to quality education, housing, healthcare and employment opportunities. 

 

That’s where GreenLight comes in. Through our community-driven process, we bring together diverse leaders and advocates to launch effective programs locally and drive meaningful change. 



Portfolio

Investing in proven organizations to bring to Detroit to address community-identified needs

We identify, invite in and launch evidence-based organizations, providing support so they quickly become embedded in the community and deliver measurable change.

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Making an Impact in Detroit

22,145

individuals and families reached in 2022-23

$5.1M

leveraged dollars raised by portfolio organizations

Through a community-centered process, GreenLight Fund identifies unmet needs and invites in proven programs to address them.

In Detroit
86%

of new teachers report their New Teacher Center mentors positively influenced their teaching practice

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In Detroit
74%

of program participants remain employed one year after graduating from a CEO transitional work crew to permanent employment

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Detroit Team & Partners

GreenLight Detroit is made up of a diverse group of changemakers from across the community, working together for positive impact.

Center for Employment Opportunities

Center for Employment Opportunities

New Teacher Center

New Teacher Center

Springboard Collaborative

Springboard Collaborative

Delivering measurable results in Detroit

We invest multiyear funding along with on-the-ground support to ensure portfolio organizations quickly take root in the local community and are positioned for growth, measurable impact and sustainability. We are proud to highlight the work, results and meaningful stories of our portfolio organizations locally.

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Springboard Collaborative is closing the literacy gap for students with 82% reaching or exceeding their grade level in reading

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287 teachers involved in the New Teacher Center program in DPSCD has a positive impact for more than 21,000 students

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CEO is supporting participants on their journey toward personal growth and professional success with 74% one-year employment retention rate

Making an Impact in Detroit

21,897

individuals and families reached in 2022-23

$8M

leveraged dollars raised by portfolio organizations

Team

Jasahn Larsosa

Jasahn Larsosa

Executive Director, GreenLight Detroit

Diajah Ruffin

Diajah Ruffin

Coordinator, GreenLight Detroit

Advisory Council

Tonya Adair

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Commissioner Chair Alisha Bell

Wayne County

Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison

City of Detroit

Kenyetta Campbell

Cody Rouge Community Alliance

Ian Conyers

Amazon

Brian Demkowicz

Huron Capital Partners

Ryan Friedrichs

Related Companies

Stephen Grady Muhammad

Detroit Rescue Mission

Lina Harajli

ACCESS

Wytrice Harris

Detroit Regional Chamber (Detroit Promise)

Adam Hollier

Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency

Ashley Johnson

Kresge Foundation

Cheryl Johnson

COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter)

Kofi Kenyatta

UpTogether

Will Love

Ernst & Young

Theresa Mitchell

Community Builders Inc

Kiona Rousell

AAPTIV

Marcy Ryan-Hooker

GM Financial

Helda Saad

First Independence Bank

Senator Sylvia Santana

State Senate

Council President Mary Sheffield

City of Detroit

Dell Stubblefield

Hope Village

Erika Swilley

Detroit Pistons

Punita Thurman

The Skillman Foundation

Ashley Williams Clark

Detroit Future City

Fund II Investors

American Axle Manufacturing

Anonymous

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Lizabeth Ardisana

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Jim and Carolyn Bellinson

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Kevin and Jeanine Clark

Matthew and Karen Cullen Family Foundation

Brian and Connie Demkowicz

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Walter E Douglas, Sr.

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Eric Fornell

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Carol and Tom Goss

Pat Greene

Neil and Annmarie Hawkins

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Hans-Werner and Anke Kaas

Bill and Melissa Kozyra

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Fred and Michelle Minturn

Rishi Moudgil

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The Paulateer Family

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Derron and Selam Sanders

MacKenzie Scott

John and Susan Simon

Matthew and Mona Simoncini

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Shannon Smith

The Song Foundation

The Stebbins Family Foundation

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Alice Thompson

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Rick and Kathy Wagoner

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Monica Wheat

Ken Whipple

Founding Investors

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Lizabeth Ardisana

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The Brian and Connie Demkowicz Charitable Trust

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Eric Fornell

The Pat Greene Family Foundation

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Lisa A. Payne Family Fund

John and Susan Simon

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Rick and Kathy Wagoner

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GreenLight Fund Announces Detroit Executive Director

Announcement, Press Release

GreenLight Fund Announces Detroit Executive Director

Nov 7, 2023

Detroit

GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023
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Insights

GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023

Oct 20, 2023

Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Greater Newark, Kansas City, National, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Twin Cities

GreenLight Fund Raises Second Detroit Fund To Extend Coalition’s Social Impact

Announcement, News, Press Release

GreenLight Fund Raises Second Detroit Fund To Extend Coalition’s Social Impact

Jun 22, 2022

Detroit

Highlights of Our Work in Detroit

Insights, News

Highlights of Our Work in Detroit

Jun 15, 2022

Detroit

GreenLight Partners Come Together for SHIFT Series

Insights, News

GreenLight Partners Come Together for SHIFT Series

Feb 10, 2022

Detroit

2021 SHIFT Series Hosts Virtual Speakers

Announcement, News

2021 SHIFT Series Hosts Virtual Speakers

Sep 19, 2021

Detroit

Our Progress: 12 Months in a Pandemic
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News

Our Progress: 12 Months in a Pandemic

Apr 1, 2021

Detroit

Detroit Coalition Launches Springboard Collaborative’s Family-Based Literacy Program for Thousands of Children Learning at Home
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Announcement, News

Detroit Coalition Launches Springboard Collaborative’s Family-Based Literacy Program for Thousands of Children Learning at Home

Jun 29, 2020

Detroit

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