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, which 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 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 people in metropolitan Detroit and to carry out the legacy of the many donors.
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
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
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.
A full list of DMC Foundation grants can be found here.
While our grants support a range of activities and organizations, we are particularly interested in projects that promote health, wellness or community vitality by:
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.
The DMC Foundation funds two types of grants: Health Education and Community Benefit grants and Medical Research grants. If you are thinking about applying, 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.
The Foundation will make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities, school districts and universities. We do not make grants to individuals, fundraising drives or events, conferences, sectarian religious programs, or to cover deficits or previously incurred obligations.
The DMC Foundation reviews Health Education and Community Benefit grant applications quarterly. Please submit your proposals by:
Proposals for Medical Research Grants are considered at May and November Board meetings. Please submit your proposals by:
The grant guidelines contain a checklist of items you should include in a proposal. We prefer that you determine your own proposal format, as we want you to address issues specific to your proposed project. Every proposal should:
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.
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
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.
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
William F. Pickard, Chairman and CEO, Global Automotive Alliance
Pamela E. Rodgers, President, Rodgers Chevrolet Inc.
Mary Stephens – Ferris, Civic Leader
Rhonda D. Welburn, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, PLLC
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Ruth Rashid Kaleniecki
313.961.6675, ext. 136
Contact Ruth if you have grant-related questions.