Nonprofits Working on Detroit Revitalization Receive $115,000 in New Funding for Professional Development

December 21, 2015

Knight Foundation Funds Second Round of
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan program

DETROIT— The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced a second round of Nonprofit Capacity Training grants for the staff of nonprofit organizations working on Detroit’s revitalization. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing an additional $115,000 in the program, building on its previous support of $400,00 to launch the program in April 2014. New funding will be distributed to 23 key nonprofit organizations in Detroit.

“Detroit’s nonprofit sector helps everyday to connect residents to our city and create new opportunities for people of all backgrounds and income levels,” said Katy Locker, Knight Foundation Program Director for Detroit. “To support them in their efforts, this program fosters civic leadership in our community and advances the talented people who are working to build a more vibrant future for Detroit.”

The organizations receiving Nonprofit Capacity Training grants are involved in economic growth, land use, city systems, planning and neighborhood development. They are: Allied Media Project, Belle Isle Conservancy, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Data Driven Detroit, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Downtown Detroit Partnership, EcoWorks, Eastern Market Corporation, Eastside Community Network, Focus:HOPE, Global Detroit, Grandmount Rosedale Development Corporation, Greening of Detroit, Invest Detroit, Jefferson East, Michigan Community Resources, MOSES, Southwest Detroit Business Association, Southwest Solutions, TechTown and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives.

“Professional development funds continue to be scarce among nonprofit organizations working to provide important services to the residents of the city of Detroit,” said Mariam C. Noland, President of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “In meeting with nonprofit leaders, we were impressed by the impact that last year’s training experiences had on their work performance and on their organizations as a whole. We are pleased that the Knight Foundation continues to invest in talent in Detroit.”

The program supports stipends for professional development, trainings and conference attendance for up to $5,000 per organization. Examples of eligible expenses include attendance at local and national professional training events, meetings, workshops and conferences, as well as tuition and fees for executive education programs. Professional topics range from land-use planning and design, economic development, community development, executive and leadership training, nonprofit management and public administration.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engage. For more, visit

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 $800 million through more than 55,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.



Anusha Alikhan, Director of Communications, Knight Foundation, 301.908.2677

Karen Chassin Goldbaum, Communications Officer, Community Foundation, 313.961.6675