Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan  Announce $500,000 in Grants to Nonprofits  

In General

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awarded funds totaling $200,000 to seven nonprofits across the region that provide youth mental health services, disability services, and academic support. This brings the total amount provided for local youth organizations to $500,000 since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The DADA has long been a supporter of charities in southeast Michigan,” said Rod Alberts, executive director, DADA. “The pandemic had a significant impact on charitable organizations everywhere during the past year and we take great pride in still being able to provide funding to these groups.”

Since the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund was created at the Community Foundation in 1998, more than $7 million in grants ranging from $10,000-$50,000 has been distributed to more than 160 organizations. Grants support a wide range of programs including human services, arts and culture, youth development, education, and healthy living.

“The Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the Community Foundation have been growing this endowment together for over 20 years to help improve our region,” said Mariam C. Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “During this challenging economic time, this endowment continues to provide essential resources and support for children in southeast Michigan. The need for children’s mental health services, disability services and youth educational support in our community is especially critical during this time.”

The 2021 grantees include:

  • CARE of Southeast Michigan, Inc. ($50,000) – to increase in-person and virtual counseling for youth in response to COVID-19
  • Dutton Farm ($25,500) – for developmental and community building experiences for youth with disabilities
  • Gigi’s Playhouse ($20,000) – for a speech-language program for youth with Down syndrome in southeast Michigan
  • LifeLab Kids Foundation ($40,000) – to provide parent/patient-led telehealth services in response to COVID-19 for children with special needs
  • Neutral Zone Inc. ($20,000) – for a youth virtual art and leadership program
  • Racquet Up Detroit ($30,000) – for a youth development and academic enrichment program for Detroit students
  • South Oakland Shelter ($25,000) – for shelter and food for families impacted by COVID-19 in Oakland County

In addition to this round of grants, the DADA and the Community Foundation announced $300,000 in grants in July 2020. More information on this round of grants is available here.

The Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for all nonprofit organizations in southeast Michigan that support children and youth. Grantmaking guidelines can be found at ‎.

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan was established in 1998 to support activities that enhance the lives of children and youth throughout the region. More than 160 nonprofit organizations have received grants for their work across a broad range of program areas, including youth leadership, health and human services, arts and culture, education, recreation, and healthy living.

About the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, 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 $1.2 billion through more than 80,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For more information, visit

Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) 
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) supports more than 185 auto dealers located in the greater Detroit area through legislative and industry representation, educational programs and community relations activities and produces the North American International Auto Show and, beginning in 2021, Motor Bella. Through the DADA Charitable Foundation, the DADA has raised more than $121 million for children and youth charities throughout its 42-year history. For more information, please visit

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