STORIES


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

Music can be a powerful tool for change, says flutist in revival of Malcolm X opera

Davóne Tines performs as Malcolm X in “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” The Detroit Opera production was supported, in part, by a grant from the Community Foundation...

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Youth Advisory Committee engages young leaders after Oxford shooting

Howell High School mental health specialist Marissa Gawel advised members of the school’s Lighthouse group on their Youth Advisory Committee grant application. She cuddles the school’s therapy dog, Finn, next...

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Detroit tree canopy study has deep roots

The Genysis Fund for Environmental Integrity, established in 1988, was among four Community Foundation funds tapped to support a $100,000 grant to American Forests that will be used to analyze...

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Co-Ette Club creates sustainable future by establishing agency endowment fund

The Co-Ette Club – which was established in 1941 to nurture future generations of Black, female leaders and philanthropists – recently established an agency endowment fund at the Community Foundation...

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Q&A: Legal advisor Susan Strunk discusses next generation of giving

Susan Strunk, right, an attorney at Monaghan, P.C., networks with other young professional advisors during a meeting of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Legal Financial Network. Photo credit: Steve...

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New Economy Initiative scales model for inclusive small business growth

The New Economy Initiative’s support network helped spouses Hamissi Mamba, left, and Nadia Nijimbere navigate the small business startup process and access the tools and resources they needed to open...

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Increasing Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Options in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is developing partnerships in the Upper Peninsula (UP), as part of its Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder initiative. While the initiative itself...

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Detroit River Story Lab program connects students to cultural, environmental heritage

Turn off your phone. Close your eyes.  Tune in to your senses. What do you hear? What do you feel?  Students aboard the two-masted schooner Inland Seas this summer shouted...

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Signal-Return’s innovative art collaboration brings connection through change

“All that you touch, You Change. All that you Change, Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change.” – Octavia Butler These were the guiding words for “We exChange: An...

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Building Bridges, Inspiring Change

The Community Policing Innovations Initiative is Helping Local Police Departments and Communities Across Michigan Reimagine Public Safety Through an innovative, first-of-its-kind program model, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (“The...

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