STORIES


Stories of growth, stories of impact, stories from our community.

Harmony Rhodes: How I Became an Advocate for Youth Leadership and Philanthropy

During my sophomore year at University Prep Science & Math High School in Detroit, I discovered my path to youth philanthropy. I had become increasingly frustrated with the educational inequities...

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Community Foundation Announces More Than $19 Million in Grants

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced more than $19 million in funds to organizations and initiatives in areas including arts, civic life, education, health and human services. “The effects...

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New Children’s Book Reminds Readers That African-American History-Makers Were Kids Once, Too

This story was originally published in the Spring 2021 REPORT Newsletter. In February 2017, Rochelle Riley, former Detroit Free Press columnist and current director of arts and culture for the...

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Advancing Racial Justice Projects Through Youth Development and Community Journalism

This story was originally published in our Spring 2021 REPORT Newsletter. Over the course of the events last summer, we witnessed a strong rallying cry for racial justice throughout the country....

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Expanding Opportunities for Journalists of Color and Strengthening the Diversity of Local Newsrooms

This story was originally published in our Spring 2021 REPORT Newsletter. The Community Foundation has continued to support innovative projects designed to advance racial equity, especially for young students, over...

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CFSEM Youth Committee Members describe how they recommended $125,000 in racial equity grants

Watch a virtual interview with Gracie Grady and Akhila Mullapudi, two members of the Youth Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The students spoke with program officer...

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Community Foundation Announces $125,000 in Funding to Support Racial Equity and Youth Leadership

With input and guidance from area youth, the Community Foundation announced new financial support designed to support organizations working on youth racial justice programs. The grants were recommended by the Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation.  ...

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Seven Grants Made to Support Pontiac Community

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Pontiac Funders Collaborative announce seven grants totaling $770,000 designed to help the community thrive – four to build capacity of key institutions...

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In General,Press Release

Community Foundation receives $1 million to support Black-led nonprofit organizations

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact nonprofits across the country, the Community Foundation has partnered with groups large and small to help meet local needs. Through a partnership with...

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Kresge grants support 20 Detroit efforts in fight for racial justice The Kresge Foundation

This content was originally published by The Kresge Foundation. The Kresge Foundation announced more than $8 million dollars in new grant commitments over the next three years to support racial...

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