Knight Foundation commits $714,000 to expanding capacity-building program for Detroit nonprofits

  • Program will focus on nonprofits that promote “community information and democratic engagement”
  • Initiative has assisted 26 local nonprofits with making organizational improvements
  • Nine nonprofits to participate in latest version of the program
Recipients of the latest grants, totaling $125,000 through the capacity-building effort, along with the Community Foundation’s description of the purpose of the grants:
  • Allied Media Inc., for its Detroit Community Technology Project to participate in a multi-day training retreat and receive long-term coaching, and to sponsor a management skills training session for four staff members.
  • College for Creative Studies, for Design Core Detroit staff to receive storytelling training and to participate in the Racial Equity Institute’s racial equity training.
  • The Center for Michigan Inc., for staff to attend three journalism conferences and training intensives.
  • CitizenDetroit Action Group, for staff to receive facilitation and organizational management trainings.
  • Detroit Future City, for training and project-based learning opportunities through Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship.
  • Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit, for a study trip to Atlanta, focused on innovative community benefit agreement policies and Adobe Suite training.
  • Global Detroit, for staff training with the Racial Equity Institute.
  • Mary Turner Center for Advocacy, for board members, staff and resident leaders to attend Environmental Justice Academy and Housing Justice Academy programs.
  • Michigan Community Resources, for staff training with the Racial Equity Institute and facilitator training for three staff members.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is beefing up its program that helps Detroit nonprofits add training, build talent or otherwise add capacities within their organizations, thanks to a $714,000 injection from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The three-year commitment, announced Monday, builds on initial support in 2013 that stemmed from a $5.75 million investment in the economic revitalization of Detroit, according to a news release.

In the program’s first round, the Knight Foundation originally committed $250,000 in 2013, but upped its commitment to $400,000 due to the volume and quality of the applications, according to Katie Brisson, vice president, program, at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The capacity-building program took a break for part of 2017 and 2018 because the foundation wanted an independent evaluator to analyze the program, but promising feedback is what spurred the larger commitment, according to Brisson.

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