Nearly $500,000 in Grants to Region’s Children and Youth

In Press Release

Detroit Auto Dealers Association, in partnership with Community Foundation, Announce Nearly $500,000 in Grants to Region’s Children and Youth

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund announced that 12 worthy nonprofits providing services to children and youth in Southeast Michigan will receive grants totaling $483,220. The DADA’s fund is built by donations from its annual Charity Preview at the North American International Auto Show. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has managed the fund since its inception in 1998.

“A longstanding cornerstone of the DADA’s mission has always been to support causes and organizations striving to make a positive impact on the lives of children,” said Rod Alberts, Executive Director, DADA. “Beyond the tremendous support we’re able to provide through our fund, our dealers take great pride in being engrained in their local communities and bettering the lives of those around them.”

In the fund’s 19-year history, more than $6.1 million in grants ranging from $10,000-$50,000 have been awarded to more than 154 organizations. Grants support a wide range of programs including human services, arts and culture, youth development, education and healthy living.

“We are grateful for the work of the region’s local dealers who have over the years thoughtfully and generously given to their local communities,” said Mariam C. Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “The services provided by the nonprofit organizations receiving these grants have the power to transform the lives of thousands of children and young adults in the region.”

This year’s grants include:

  • Bloomfield Hills School District – $21,350 for program enhancement at the Wing Lake Developmental Center for students with cognitive, physical and developmental disabilities (Oakland County)
  • Detroit Institute for Children – $48,600 over two years to expand a summer learning program for children with special needs (Wayne County)
  • Ele’s Place – $20,000 to expand Ele’s Group, a grief support program for children and youth (Washtenaw, Livingston, Western Wayne counties)
  • Girls Group – $45,000 to pilot a program that builds stronger academic and social-emotional connections among students, parents and schools (Washtenaw County)
  • Hope Network Foundation – $50,000 to expand the Michigan Education Corps’ literacy tutoring program for Detroit Public Schools Community District students in grades K-3 (Wayne County)
  • InsideOut Literary Arts Project – $50,000 over two years to expand Citywide Poets, a written and spoken word program, to include eighth graders in Oak Park and Detroit (Wayne and Oakland Counties)
  • Kids Kicking Cancer – $50,000 to expand a martial arts therapy program for children in southeast Michigan (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw counties)
  • Methodist Children’s Home Society – $50,000 for a program designed to provide intensive aftercare services to 6-to-18-year-old boys impacted by childhood trauma (Wayne)
  • Oakland Family Services – $50,000 to expand a parent education, family support, and early childhood school readiness program for families with children ages 0-5 (Oakland County)
  • Riverside Arts Center – $20,000 to expand the FLY Creativity Lab, a youth empowerment program that provides creative experiences for K – 12 youth in Ypsilanti (Washtenaw County)
  • Scarlet’s Smile – $50,000 for a universally-designed recreational park in Commerce Township that is accessible for all abilities (Oakland County)
  • Wild Swan Theater – $28,270 over 18 months for an original theatrical production for young audiences featuring women in science (Washtenaw County)


The Detroit Auto Dealers 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 154 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.

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 billion through nearly 65,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties.  For more information, please visit    

Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) was founded in 1907 by five local car dealers and has grown to 226-member car and truck dealers who donate their time and resources to a host of community activities. Many members participate in the NAIAS, LLC, which is responsible for the production of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). To find out more about Detroit Auto Dealers Association, visit To find out more about the NAIAS, visit

Learn more about the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund