DMC Foundation



The DMC Foundation is dedicated to promoting the well-being of people in the metropolitan Detroit area through the support of health-related research, education and community benefit activities.



Formerly known as the Health & Wellness Foundation, the DMC Foundation was created in 2010 to receive part of the charitable assets transferred from the Detroit Medical Center following its sale to Vanguard Health Systems. Vanguard Health Systems (including the Detroit Medical Center) became a part of Tenet Healthcare Corp. in October 2013.

In 2013, the DMC Foundation affiliated with the Community Foundation, to take advantage of its grantmaking and investment expertise.

The Community Foundation has nearly three decades of experience working with organizations and individuals to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting the work of the DMC Foundation to improve the well-being of residents and to carry out the legacy of the many donors.


The DMC Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors:


Lorna L. Thomas, M.D.


Michael T. Monahan, President, Monahan Enterprises LLC


Mariam C. Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan


Robin D. Ferriby, Vice President, Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan


Rosemary Gilchrist, Chief Administrative Officer, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.


W. Frank Fountain Jr., President and CEO, Escambia Enterprises LLC

Allan D. Gilmour, President Emeritus, Wayne State University

Henry M. Grix, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC

George G. Johnson, Managing Director, George Johnson and Company

Robert P. Lisak, M.D., FAAN, FRCP, Professor of Neurology, Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine

James B. Nicholson, President and CEO, PVS Chemicals Inc. and
Chair, Board of Trustees, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Arthur T. O’Reilly, Attorney, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Pamela E. Rodgers, President, Rodgers Chevrolet Inc.

Mary Stephens – Ferris, Civic Leader

Rhonda D. Welburn, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, PLLC


Recent projects supported by the DMC Foundation include:

American Diabetes Association: $15,000 in support for an education program to help senior citizens better manage their type 2 diabetes

VHS of Michigan Inc., Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital: $36,200 in support for Just For You, an education and empowerment program for women with cancer

Southwest Solutions, Inc.: $50,000 in support to expand medical care coordination services for recently housed adults who have histories of homelessness, mental illness, physical illness and other social challenges

Starfish Family Services: $150,000 in support over two years to provide increased access to medical, dental and health-related services for Head Start children in Detroit

Tomorrow’s Child: $49,310 in support for the development and implementation of model hospital bereavement policies for perinatal and neonatal deaths

Wayne State University School of Medicine: $15,000 in support over three years for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing PhD Scholars program.



It is our privilege and responsibility to use the assets of the DMC Foundation to make investments that improve the health and well-being of individuals and families including, but not limited to, those receiving care and treatment at Detroit Medical Center institutions.

We look forward to hearing your ideas.

General Grantmaking Priorities

While our grants support a range of activities and organizations, we are particularly interested in projects that promote health, wellness or community vitality by:

  • Supporting health and medical research, education, and community benefit activities relating to health outcomes
  • Facilitating the provision of medical, health care and disease-prevention services
  • Improving health in our community
  • Leveraging public and private resources

Emphasis is given to programs and projects benefiting individuals and families located in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Support for medical research will focus on activities that augment currently funded research that has been vetted through a competitive public, national or appropriate scientific juried process.

Low priority is given to requests for ongoing operational costs or other one-time activities.

Applying to the DMC Foundation

As noted below, there are two types of grant opportunities: Health Education and Community Benefit grants and Medical Research grants. Please review the grantmaking guidelines below and call us at 313.961.6675 to discuss your proposed program. This phone call is important. We value your time and do not want you to devote resources to preparing a proposal unless there is a clear possibility of working together.

When you call us, we will advise you of any targeted grantmaking opportunities and let you know whether your request best fits with Health Education and Community Benefit Activities or Medical Research, as these two areas have separate application checklists.


The Foundation will make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities, school districts and universities. Grants can be made to support charitable activities at Detroit Medical Center (Tenet Healthcare) facilities that fulfill the charitable mission of the DMC Foundation and comply with tax and other laws relating to grants to such organizations. Please see the Letter of Review Requirement below for more information.

We do not make grants to:

  • individuals
  • annual fund drives
  • fundraising events
  • conferences
  • support sectarian religious programs or
  • cover deficits or other previously incurred obligations

Grant Guidelines – Health Education and Community Benefit Grants

After consulting with a program officer, please click here to review the Grant Guidelines for health education and community benefit grant applications.

Proposal Deadlines

You can apply to the DMC Foundation at any time. However, in order to give us an opportunity to thoughtfully review each request prior to our quarterly Board meeting, please submit your proposal by:

  • November 15 for consideration at the February Board meeting
  • February 15 for the May Board meeting
  • May 15 for the August Board meeting and
  • August 15 for the November Board meeting

Submissions received after these dates will be considered at a subsequent Board meeting. Upon submission, Foundation staff will let you know if notification of a decision is likely to take longer.

Grant Guidelines – Medical Research Grants

After consulting with a program officer, please click here to review the Grant Guidelines for medical research grant applications.

Proposal Deadlines

Proposals for Medical Research will be considered twice a year at the May and November meetings of the DMC Foundation Board. Please submit your proposals by:

  • November 15 of the preceding year for consideration at the May Board meeting and
  • May 15 for the November Board meeting

Submissions received after these dates will be considered at a subsequent Board meeting. Upon submission, Foundation staff will let you know if notification of a decision is likely to take longer.

Proposal Format

The Grant Application Checklists (included in the Grant Guidelines below) outline the items you should include in a proposal. We prefer that you determine your own proposal format, as we want you to take the space you deem necessary to address issues specific to your proposed project.

Most importantly, the proposal should:

  • provide the rationale for the proposed project
  • state why the project is important and
  • explain how the project will be sustained in the long run

Letter of Review Requirement

If a proposed grant would result in providing compensation, education or training, travel (including conferences), or other financial gain to a Detroit Medical Center (Tenet Healthcare) physician, staff member or employee, the grant application must be accompanied by a letter of review from the legal department of VHS of Michigan. This letter of review indicates that if the proposal is funded by the DMC Foundation, such funding will not result in violating laws regarding improper staff compensation. The inclusion of the Letter of Review does not guarantee that the application will be approved by the DMC Foundation. All grant decisions are at the sole discretion of the DMC Foundation. Tenet Healthcare exercises no influence over the grant application approval process or the governance of the DMC Foundation. Any such grant application that does not include this Letter of Review from VHS of Michigan will be declined.

Applicants needing this Letter of Review may contact:
Legal Department—DMC Grants
VHS of Michigan, Inc. d/b/a Detroit Medical Center
20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37215
Fax: 615.665.6197 Phone: 615.665.6240


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Don Jones

Senior Program Officer,
New Economy Initiative and
Director, Program,
DMC Foundation

313.961.6675, ext. 116