Detroit Auto Dealers Association


The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund supports grants to charitable organizations that make a lasting impact on the lives of children and youth in southeast Michigan.




The DADA Charitable Foundation Fund Committee is a dedicated group of community leaders and advocates who serve as advisors for the grant applications that are submitted:

Rod L. Alberts
Hon. Trudy DunCombe Archer
Douglass Fox
A. William Golling III
Ryan LaFontaine
Scott LaRiche
William Perkins
David T. Provost
Paul Sabatini
James Seavitt
Robert Shuman
Sam Slaughter


The DADA Charitable Foundation Fund provides support to nonprofit organizations in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Monroe and Livingston counties, with a primary focus on charitable organizations and activities that assist children and youth. The fund is supported by proceeds from the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview.

To date, the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund has distributed more than $5 million through more than 160 grants to nonprofit organizations across the following program areas:

There have been more than $5.6 million in contributions to the fund to date, with $2.3 million (and growing) in endowment.

Each year, charitable organizations throughout the region submit grant proposals to the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund to support worthy programs that improve and enhance the lives of children and youth.

Recent examples of grants from the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund include:

Autism Alliance of Michigan: $50,000 to provide resources for low-income families to help them successfully navigate Michigan’s special education system

buildOn: $20,000 for an after-school, anti-violence program for high school students in Detroit

Care House of Oakland County Inc.: $35,000 for the expansion of child abuse prevention trainings for education professionals and others who are obligated by law to report suspected abuse

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program: $20,000 for an after-school coding program for youth in Detroit

Fraser First Booster Club: $42,000 for a universally-designed recreational park in Macomb County, accessible for all abilities

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan: $30,450 for support for implementing Healthy Futures, a program that improves the physical, mental and emotional health of girls in low-income communities in Washtenaw County

Give Merit Inc: $15,000 for support for the expansion of a mentoring and career preparation program for Detroit youth

JVS: $36,400 for support for Pathways to Careers, a program that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities obtain and maintain integrated competitive employment

Macomb Community College Foundation: $45,450 for support over two years for an intensive reading and writing coaching program for high school students in Macomb County

Michigan Science Center: $40,000 for support for a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum enrichment program for all fourth-grade students in Detroit Public Schools

Oakland Family Services: $50,000 for support for the Before 3 to Succeed awareness campaign to increase the number of children screened for developmental delays

Project Healthy Community: $50,000 for support over two years for building organizational capacity to better serve children and families in northwest Detroit

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland: $40,000 for support for preventive dental health care education and expanded access to pediatric dental services for special needs children

Starr Commonwealth: $30,500 for support for the expansion of training that holistically responds to the effects of trauma on children and adults in Macomb County

Wild Swan Theater: $29,200 for support for an original main stage and touring production for elementary school audiences, inspired by folktales from Arab culture


Here are a few key facts about applications to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund:

  • Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000
  • Projects must benefit children and youth (defined as Pre-K-12) in southeast Michigan


Grant proposals are due each year by April 15 and awards are announced in September.

Who May Apply

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in southeast Michigan may apply for a grant. Southeast Michigan is defined as the seven counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston. The 7 nonprofit organizations that traditionally receive support directly from the Charity Preview are ineligible. Please note that the Fund does not award grants to host or sponsor events.

How to Apply

Steps in applying to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Foundation Fund are as follows:

Step 1: Review the Application Checklist

In terms of what to include in your application, please consult the application checklist at the end of the Community Foundation grant guidelines. Once you have reviewed this list, if you have any questions, please feel free to call 313.961.6675 and ask to speak to Surabhi Pandit, program officer.

Review the Application Checklist

Step 2: Start an Application

Once you’ve reviewed our Application Checklist and spoken with Surabhi it’s time to start your grant application.

Start an Application

Step 3: Finish Your Application

You can return to your application at any time via the link below.

Return to Your Draft Application


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

Surabhi Pandit

Senior Program Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 123

Contact Surabhi if you have grant-related questions.