A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDATION
We are heartbroken over the continued pain and loss within our African-American community. We remain committed – as a Foundation, as Trustees, as individual staff, as human beings – to deepen our listening, and address inequalities through our work.
We hope that peaceful protests and dialogue can heal relationships between our communities, dedicated law enforcement members, and the small businesses that have been impacted throughout our regions.
We continue to see and hear the need to actively work together and renew our commitment to creating a better world, one that clearly recognizes inequities and seeks to eliminate them. While there is a long, challenging road ahead, we remain certain that through our collective and collaborative actions, we can together create the change required to build a better, more equitable and just world.
We’re building something to last forever
Southeast Michigan and Western New York are rich with assets. Regions that once carried the growth of the country on their backs are populated by families accustomed to hard work, looking only for success that is earned from the sweat of their efforts. Bright young minds, seeking just a nudge of support and a glimpse of opportunity, fill our schools and playgrounds and are ready to turn potential into performance. An army of caregivers, needing support and respite, wish only to honor an aging generation’s contributions, wisdom and knowledge.
And it isn’t our foundation
is a team sport
Our Foundation is part of that team. We will work with the players already on the ground—the organizations and passionate individuals that are making a difference in our communities every day. We will share the qualities of our founder—energy, urgency, innovation and heart—in efforts already underway and in new efforts that we can create together. We want to help make a difference differently.learn more