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The people—and purpose—
Behind The Work

As we hit the ground running to make a difference, we’re simultaneously learning as much as possible about our communities’ needs. It’s an approach that lets us be responsibly aggressive-acting with the urgency required by our spend-down while also taking the time to understand the complexity of the issues at hand.

With these considerations in mind, in 2015 the Foundation committed $60 million in Transitional Legacy grants, reflecting the personal passion of our namesake and providing grants to many of the organizations Mr. Wilson had a connection to in the past.

In the fall of 2016, we began accepting applications year-round from nonprofits and organizations in Southeast Michigan and Western New York that align within the Foundation’s new mission and focus areas, as determined by our Trustees. To date, these grant recipients include:

Our Grantees

Regions

Focus Areas

Grantee Name

    43North

    Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

    Amount: $250,000

    Region: Western New York

    To support the prototyping and refinement of a strategic partnership project in connection with the Western New York-based startup competition.

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    43North

    Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

    Amount: $500,000

    Region: Western New York

    To support the 43North 2018 start-up competition and provide mentorship services to winners.

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43North BPC Inc.

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $200,000

Region: Western New York

To support the inaugural 2019 Buffalo Homecoming.

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43North BPC Inc.

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $3 Million

Region: Western New York

To support high-growth entrepreneurship and increase access to venture capital in Western New York.

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716 Squash

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $375,000

Region: Western New York

To support the launch of an afterschool and summer squash program.

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AARP Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support caregiver public policy initiatives.

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AARP Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To engage key stakeholders and their organizations around the implementation of the CARE Act.

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AARP Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $200,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To raise awareness of caregiving in Southeast Michigan and Western New York in partnership with Lafayette American to develop a series of podcasts and two documentary films.

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AARP Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To supplement expenditures associated with ongoing efforts to engage key stakeholders and their organizations around the implementation of the CARE Act.

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AARP Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $500,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the AARP’s program, Supporting Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care: Bridging
the Gap Between Expectation and Execution.

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Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $709,373

Region: Western New York

To support cultural and civic collaboration between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery including an exhibition of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterworks in honor of the 100th birthday of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

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Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $90,500

Region: Western New York

To support a community engagement and planning process to gather input and feedback on the idea of reimagining an outdoor courtyard on the Albright-Knox Gallery grounds into an “Indoor Town Square.”

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Algonquin Sports for Kids, Inc.

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $261,667

Region: Western New York

To support additional operational capacity for a youth sports program.

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Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development (ACCORD)

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Afterschool

Amount: $100,000

Region: Western New York

To support ACCORD's essential programming, while developing alternative sources of long-term funding for programs.

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Allen Park Citizens Civic Fund

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $400,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support renovations at the Allen Park Community Center.

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Altarum Institute

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $175,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the evaluation of caregiver grants to help shape the Foundation's grantmaking strategies.

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Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $240,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support informal and professional caregivers of older individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities by funding the development of a "train the trainer" model and dispersing it to St. Clair, Livingston, Washtenaw and Monroe counties and other communities.

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Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $139,700

Region: Western New York

To support the implementation of “Communities Supporting Caregivers,” a volunteer and community engagement program to serve family caregivers.

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Angela Hospice Home Care, Inc.

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $62,800

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the implementation of the Faith Community Empowerment Project.

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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $173,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support research and development to advance the Equitable Development Initiative in Washtenaw County.

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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $35,500

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation in gaining a deeper understanding of older adults and caregivers in Washtenaw County.

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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the research and implementation of a prize competition in Washtenaw County to benefit vulnerable seniors with a partial emphasis on caregivers.

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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition by providing prize monies to support innovative projects that benefit vulnerable older adults and caregivers.

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Ann Arbor SPARK

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $600,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the development of an Angel Investor Network to foster entrepreneurship and improve access to capital for promising startup and early stage companies.

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Ann Arbor SPARK

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support plans for the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run.

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Archangels Health LLC.

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $782,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the “Thank You Caregivers campaign,” which seeks to engage community and create a shared language around caregiving and to support the expansion of a data platform to assess the intensity of caregiving experiences.

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Ascension of St. John Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $400,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To collaborate with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Catholic Health in Western New York to design and implement a comprehensive program with academic, life skills and financial supports to address retention and attraction of entry-level caregivers.

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Ascension St. John Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $200,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the extraordinary financial and stress relief needs of caregivers, including nurse aides, environmental and food services staff, serving in acute care settings impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

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Ascension St. John Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $3.6 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a collaborative initiative between Ascension MI, Catholic Health and the Cleveland Clinic to improve retention rates of entry-level caregivers using the THRIVE (Transformational Healthcare Readiness and Innovative Vocational Education) model.

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Aspen Institute: Project Play

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $1.05 million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the continued investment in the expansion of quality youth sports opportunities in Western New York, Greater Rochester and Southeast Michigan.

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Belle Isle Conservancy

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the repair and restoration of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

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Belle Isle Conservancy

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $450,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a multi-modal island transportation and mobility study in partnership with Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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Bing Youth Institute

Program Area: Afterschool, Preparing For Success

Amount: $200,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Bing Youth Institute's BINGO (Boys Inspired through Nurturing, Growth and Opportunities) Mentoring Program in Detroit to bring together men of color serving as mentors to young high school men of color.

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Bing Youth Institute, Inc.

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $10,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a summer basketball camp.

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Bonaresponds

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $20,000

Region: Western New York

To support the transport of volunteers to local service projects.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Of Buffalo

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $4.5 Million

Region: Western New York

To support a collaborative of Boys & Girls Clubs in WNY.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $405,726

Region: Western New York

To support a study of the WNY Boys & Girls Club Collaborative in the areas of facilities, operational efficiency and long-term financial stability and support immediate short-term staffing needs within 12 of the clubs.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Of Southeastern Michigan

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the BGCSEM as they reposition the clubs to become multi-generational community hubs that support the whole family, and offer programs that are relevant to the interests and needs of youth.

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Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $15,215

Region: Western New York

To support the Helping Hands program which provides direct financial assistance to Western New York families dealing with the catastrophic effects of a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

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Brookings Institution

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support select practitioners in Southeast Michigan to participate in the Practitioner’s Network for Economic Inclusion.

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Brookings Institution

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support participation of practitioners from Southeast Michigan in the second year of the Practitioner’s Network for Economic Inclusion.

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Brookings Institution

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support research on older industrial cities in the Metropolitan Policy Program

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Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $5,500

Region: Western New York

To support the park’s Youth Encampment Program to allow 100 children to participate in the overnight stay on the USS Little Rock.

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Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $256,600

Region: Western New York

To support an equipment sharing pilot in Buffalo.

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Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $150,000

Region: Western New York

To support the increased enrollment and job placement of adult participants in its medical coding and pharmacy technician training programs.

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Buffalo City Swim Racers

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $290,000

Region: Western New York

To support a learn-to-swim program in Buffalo.

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Buffalo Fine Arts Academy
Albright-Knox

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $6 million

Region: Western New York

While the arts are not our Foundation's core funding areas, we could not pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate and leverage a historic gift to the Albright-Knox to advance this valuable community asset, and improve access for all residents.

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Buffalo Fine Arts Academy

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $6,000,000

Region: Western New York

To support the AK360 capital campaign for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to leverage a historic gift and advance a valuable community asset and improve access for all residents.

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Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Inc.

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $3 Million

Region: Western New York

To provide organizational capacity and support a hydrologic study and the design, engineering and construction of the Buffalo Blueway anchor site in LaSalle Park in Buffalo.

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Buffalo Olsmsted Parks Conservancy

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support the Buffalo Olmsted Parks 150th Anniversary Celebration and Gala.

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Buffalo Olsmsted Parks Conservancy

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $3 Million

Region: Western New York

To provide match funding for capital projects and support for ongoing operations.

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Buffalo Sabres Foundation

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support strategic planning and programming at a community center.

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Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the construction of the new rowing center and additional staff to assist with the management and programming of the boathouse.

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Buffalo Urban Development Corp.

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the construction of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park entry garden and dog park in memory of Ralph Wilson’s late daughters Edith Wilson and Linda Bogdan from gifts made by their trusts.

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Buffalo Urban Development Corp.

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $5.9 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the design and construction of a signature pedestrian bridge that will connect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park to the Lakeview Neighborhood and other adjacent neighborhoods on the east side of the NYS Thruway (I-190).

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Buffalo Urban Development Corp.

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $4.6 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the final design and development of construction drawings for Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park in Buffalo, NY.

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Buffalo Urban Development Corporation

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $3.9 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the schematic design, design development and site due diligence for the transformation of the City of Buffalo’s LaSalle Park into the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.

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Buffalo Urban Development Corporation

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $2.5 Million

Region: Western New York

To support organizational capacity for long-range planning and project coordination for the improvements to Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park and coordinated development on Buffalo’s Downtown Waterfront.

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Catholic Health

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $4 Million

Region: Western New York

To support a collaborative initiative between Ascension MI, Catholic Health, and the Cleveland Clinic to improve retention rates of entry-level caregivers using the THRIVE (Transformational Healthcare Readiness and Innovative Vocational Education) model.

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Catholic Health

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $409,600

Region: Western New York

To collaborate with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Ascension St. John in Southeast Michigan to design and implement a comprehensive program with academic, life skills and financial supports to address retention and attraction of entry-level caregivers.

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Causewave Community Partners

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $150,000

Region: Western New York

To support individualized capacity building support services in the areas of strategy, operations and marketing for nonprofits with missions serving the Foundation’s four focus areas in Monroe, Genesee and Orleans counties.

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Causewave Community Partners

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $31,200

Region: Western New York

To support ad testing and research for a public service campaign focused on family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

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Chalkbeat

Program Area: Early Childhood

Amount: $300,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the growth of Chalkbeat’s Detroit Bureau and its continued unbiased education reporting in Detroit with a key focus on early childhood education.

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Challenger Miracle League of Greater Rochester

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $488,000

Region: Western New York

To support the construction of a barrier-free field and pavilion and build out the organization's capacity to manage and maintain the Miracle Field Complex, located at Ridge Park Athletic Complex in Webster, NY.

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charitySTRONG

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $225,000

Region: Western New York

To establish, expand and operate innovative board matching and education programs throughout Western New York, including both Greater Buffalo and Rochester.

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Charles H. Wright Museum Of African American History

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the implementation of on-site green stormwater infrastructure technologies and practices, and provide community engagement activities on the importance or water stewardship and sustainability.

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Citizens Research Council of Michigan

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the research and policy work of the Citizens Research Council.

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Citizens Research Council of Michigan

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support research and policy work of the Citizens Research Council.

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City Of Salamanca

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $140,513

Region: Western New York

To enhance the safety and functionality of a public park.

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City Year Inc.

Program Area: Afterschool, Preparing For Success

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support a feasibility study to understand the short- and long-term benefits and challenges of bringing City Year to Buffalo.

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Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $4.9 Million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support a collaborative initiative between Ascension MI, Catholic Health and the Cleveland Clinic to improve retention rates of entry-level caregivers using the THRIVE (Transformational Healthcare Readiness and Innovative Vocational Education) model.

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Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $842,078

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To collaborate with Ascension St. John in Southeast Michigan and Catholic Health in Western New York to support on a comprehensive program with academic, life skills and financial supports to address retention and attraction of entry-level caregivers.

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Coalition To Transform Advanced Care

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $120,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To sponsor the attendance of faith leaders from Buffalo and Detroit to the 2019 Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) Annual Summit.

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Community Concern of Western New York, Inc.

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $60,000

Region: Western New York

To support the merger between Community Concern of Western New York and Hamburg Counseling Services to ensure vital services continue for young children, young adults and working families.

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Community Connections of NY, Inc.

Program Area: Early Childhood

Amount: $1.2 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the capacity development and program expansion of the PEDALS program throughout Western New York.

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Community Connections of NY, Inc.

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $5.5 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the inaugural STEM 2035 Cohort to improve overall program quality of out of school STEM programs and engage youth who are underrepresented in STEM fields.

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Community Connections of NY, Inc.

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $72,313

Region: Western New York

To support the contract management services for nonprofit capacity building activities in Western New York.

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Community Connections of NY, Inc.

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $160,000

Region: Western New York

To support the fourth cohort of the GetSET Capacity Building Initiative.

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Community Connections of NY, Inc.

Program Area: Afterschool, Preparing For Success

Amount: $75,000

Region: Western New York

To support the GetSET Capacity Building Initiative targeting nonprofit organizations in the Western New York area.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $3 Million

Region: Western New York

To establish an endowment “challenge grant” for the new Explore & More: A Children’s Museum to match future contributions made by other public, private, and individual contributors on a one-for-one basis.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Western New York

To support community engagement, planning and design for LaSalle Park and planning and design for six City of Buffalo Parks and five Buffalo Public School fields, including programming and analysis and a location study for a proposed indoor field house.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $317,500

Region: Western New York

To support the planning process for the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s (BSA) Raincheck 2.0 program to improve water quality and reduce combined sewer overflows in the Buffalo and Niagara River watersheds through green infrastructure.

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Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $300,000

Region: Western New York

To support the continued community engagement, outreach and communications for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.

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Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $175,000

Region: Western New York

To support the technical assistance to the Buffalo Sewer Authority in order to structure an Environmental Impact Bond and Rain Check 2.0 Green Infrastructure Grant Program.

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Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1.6 Million

Region: Western New York

To support Built to Play playgrounds.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $175,00

Region: Western New York

To support the expansion of the 2018 Play Everywhere Challenge with additional support to the Built to Play donor advised fund.

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Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $500,000

Region: Western New York

To support the development and implementation of projects identified by Project Play WNY.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $895,000

Region: Western New York

To provide additional funding to the Built to Play donor-advised fund to support the 2019 Play Everywhere Challenge.

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Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $210,900

Region: Western New York

To support strategies identified by the Project Play WNY Advisory Council and working groups to address findings of the State of Play report.

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Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $615,000

Region: Western New York

To support the Green Skatepark Initiative which provides funds for Built to Play grant recipients to add environmentally friendly features in skatepark design.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $10,000

Region: Western New York

To support the creation of a Community Lead Action Plan which includes a comprehensive assessment for lead poisoning prevention.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $3,150,000

Region: Western New York

To enhance the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Youth Sports and Recreation.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $1,575,000

Region: Western New York

To enhance the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Caregiving.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $580,000

Region: Western New York

To support the sharing and application of the framework from the State of Play report to local communities across Western New York, in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Aspen Institute.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $5 Million

Region: Western New York

To create a donor-advised fund that will support the construction of action parks and playgrounds throughout Western New York through an initiative called Built to Play.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $479,906

Region: Western New York

To provide supplemental funding for the 2018 Legacy Fund grants.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $5.2 Million

Region: Western New York

To establish the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Design and Access.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $1.6 Million

Region: Western New York

To enhance the current Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Community Assets.

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $150,000

Region: Western New York

To support administrative costs, which will encourage continued learning and strategizing aroundthe legacy endowment funds.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $5.2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To establish the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Design and Access.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $25,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To fund collaboration and consulting activities in 2018 related to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s Parks & Trails initiative.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $48,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the engagement of a long-time, national expert to provide the community foundation with assistance in developing its neighborhood economic development strategy.

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Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $45,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Regional CEO’s Public Spaces Initiative.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Early Childhood, Preparing For Success

Amount: $675,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the implementation of PEDALS (Positive Emotional Development and Learning Skills) early childhood program in Southeast Michigan.

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Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Oudolf Garden Detroit Endowment Fund.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Early Childhood

Amount: $800,599

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the expansion of the PEDALS program in the region following a successful pilot.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: 175,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the expansion of the 2018 Play Everywhere Challenge with additional support to the Built to Play donor-advised fund.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $845,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To provide additional funding to the Built to Play donor -advised fund to support the 2019 Play Everywhere Challenge.

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Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $615,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Green Skatepark Initiative which provides funds for Built to Play grant recipients to add environmentally friendly features in skatepark design.

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Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Preparing For Success

Amount: $1.6 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support Built to Play playgrounds.

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Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $1.3 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To fund the SportPort equipment sharing pilot.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $2,000,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support Phase Two of the Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund and the expansion of the Fund to the larger region.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $280,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support a scan of youth sports in both Southeast Michigan and Western New York to identify gaps in the youth sports landscape in both regions, as well as opportunities.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $3,150,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To enhance the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Youth Sports and Recreation.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $1,575,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To enhance the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Caregiving.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $580,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the sharing and application of the framework from the State of Play report to local communities across Southeast Michigan, in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Aspen Institute.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To create a donor-advised fund that will support the construction of action parks and playgrounds throughout Southeast Michigan through an initiative called Built to Play.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $631,616

Region: Southeast Michigan

To provide supplemental funding for the 2018 Legacy Fund grants.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $150,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support administrative costs, which will encourage continued learning and strategizing around the legacy endowment funds.

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Community Foundation for St. Clair County

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the comprehensive strategic planning for the 54-mile Bridge to Bay Trail from New Baltimore to Lakeport State Park in St. Clair County.

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Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Program Area: Early Childhood, Preparing For Success

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a partnership with the Flint Early Childhood Collaborative in exploring statewide policy opportunities and participating in a national evaluation on an early childhood education model.

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Community Foundation of Greater Rochester

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $2.2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the design, engineering and construction of 7.7 miles of the Michigan Air Line Trail.

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Community Foundation Of Greater Rochester

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $408,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the construction of a replacement pedestrian bridge along the Paint Creek Trail and resurfacing of the 8.9-mile long trail.

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Community Foundation Of Greater Rochester

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $564,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the development of Innovation Hills, a trail gateway and inclusive playground, along the Clinton River Trail.

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Community Foundation of St. Clair County

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the construction of an ice rink and 15 multi-sports courts to create accessible places for recreation and free play in downtown Port Huron for the surrounding communities.

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Community Foundation of St. Clair County

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $197,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the “Complete Your Degree” counseling program implemented at St. Clair County Community College.

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Council of Great Lakes Governors

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To provide sponsorship support for the Council of Great Lakes Governors' and Premiers' 2017 Leadership Summit.

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Council of Michigan Foundations

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the work of Michigan’s Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) building partnerships between philanthropy and government.

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Council of Michigan Foundations

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $900,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To co-invest in the Great Lakes Community Foundation Water Initiative, which will empower community foundations across the Great Lakes Basin to convene leaders, community members, and industries to address water infrastructure challenges and build capacity for green infrastructure investments.

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Council of Michigan Foundations

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $60,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support and expand Learning to Give, a K-12 program that teaches philanthropy as part of daily curriculum in Wayne County.

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Council of Michigan Foundations

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $250,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Robert S. Collier Public Policy Endowment Fund.

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CultureSource

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the production of the documentary film (Comeback: Bankruptcy and the Rebirth of America’s City) to serve as an important resource for public and private leaders confronting similar fiscal distress and promote the Southeast Michigan region as a destination for new residents and business.

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CultureSource

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the final phase of production for the feature-length documentary, “We are Alive: A Grand Bargain for America’s City.”

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Daemen College

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $16,400

Region: Western New York

To support the facilitation of parent focus group discussions, to inform the work of the WNY Early Childhood Funders Consortium.

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Daemen College

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $220,000

Region: Western New York

To support the expansion of a unified sports sampling and mentoring program.

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Data Driven Detroit

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $360,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To provide support for cohort-based programming, one-on-one technical assistance and an artistic installation about data utilization and the nonprofit sector in the region.

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DDP Bike Share Corporation

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To expand the MOGO bike sharing program regionally.

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Detroit Development Fund

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $2.5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support job creation and minority business ownership by funding the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund.

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Detroit Economic Growth Association

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the preliminary investigative phases of a manufacturing initiative with the goal of developing an “action ready” strategic plan.

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Detroit Economic Growth Association

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the comprehensive design and construction planning for the remaining unconstructed segments of the Inner Circle Greenway in the City of Detroit.

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Detroit Economic Growth Association

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $175,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the development of a Sustainability Action Agenda for the City of Detroit's new Office of Sustainability.

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Detroit Economic Growth Association

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support planning for the Joe Louis Greenway.

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Detroit Economic Growth Association

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $2.5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support multi-sport infrastructure for eight key, strategic parks that will provide open play and sports programming for youth throughout Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area.

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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $377,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To pilot a Career Academy Program that offers career readiness support year-round at five Detroit high schools and connects participating students to summer job opportunities through the Grow Detroit Young Talent program.

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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $1.5 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the transformation of the A. Philip Randolph Technical Education Center into a state-of-the-art construction and skilled trades training facility for youth and adults in metro Detroit.

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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $2,000,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program to provide work experience, skills training and exposure to career pathways for Detroit youth.

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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $2,000,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Detroit Regional TechHire program to provide the region’s growing IT industry a local, diverse source of talent, while at the same time developing career pathways and employment opportunities to metro Detroiters of all skill levels.

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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $1.5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the transformation of the A. Philip Randolph Technical Education Center into a state-of-the-art construction and skilled trades training facility for youth and adults in metro Detroit.

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Detroit Food and Entrepreneurship Academy

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $505,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the growth of afterschool and summer programs that teach leadership and entrepreneurial skills through food-based projects, training and employment.

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Detroit Food and Entrepreneurship Academy

Program Area: Afterschool, Preparing For Success

Amount: $126,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To expand the reach and depth of the Academy's afterschool and summer programs and long-term strategic planning for Small Batch, its revenue generating business.

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Detroit Institute of Arts

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $836,025

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support cultural and civic collaboration between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery including an exhibition of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterworks in honor of the 100th birthday of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

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Detroit PAL

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $575,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To provide support for staff and operational capacity to successfully transition the organization into a new and expanded facility, while continuing to provide quality service programs.

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Detroit Pistons Foundation

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $200,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support community engagement and programming in Detroit parks.

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Detroit Police Athletic League, Inc.

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $225,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To maintain youth programming and support facilities management planning.

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Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $3.3 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the process of transitioning the design concept for the West Riverfront Park to schematic design that constitutes working construction drawings and specifications by a team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park entry garden in memory of Ralph Wilson’s late daughter’s Edith Wilson and Linda Bogdan from gifts made from their trusts.

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Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the planning and preparation of the West Riverfront Park site and to expand development staff capacity to execute a capital campaign and generate earned revenue to sustain operations.

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Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $5.7 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the connection linking the East Riverfront to the West Riverfront and May Creek Greenway.

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Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $345,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a professionally led, community-driven design competition that will help transform West Riverfront Park into an internationally recognized public gathering place.

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Detroit Strategic Framework

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support Detroit Future City’s efforts to issue a report assessing the potential for green stormwater infrastructure sector jobs in Detroit.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $150,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the development of a master plan to activate the Sosnick Courtyard at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra into a multi-purpose community gathering space.

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Diocese of Buffalo Department of Education

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $87,000

Region: Western New York

To support the Diocese’s afterschool programs through a one-year bridge grant.

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Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the growth of this afterschool sports program, including an apprenticeship program to develop the next generation of boxing gym leaders to carry the mission forward.

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Downtown Detroit Partnership

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To conduct a strategic planning process for the Detroit Experience Factory.

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Downtown Detroit Partnership

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $600,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support entrepreneurial education, evaluation, and new programming (Pop-up Retail, Pay It Forward) for entrepreneurs and small business owners at the Build Institute.

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Eastern Market Corporation

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To partner with The Nature Conservancy to support the design and demonstration of green infrastructure in the Eastern Market district and an innovative framework for financing stormwater management.

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Eastern Market Corporation

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $55,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a collaboration with the Detroit Pistons to paint two murals at basketballncourts in Detroit Parks and to support the 2018 Murals in the Market festival.

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Eastern Market Corporation

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $2.5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the activities related to the implementation of green infrastructure stormwater management plan that contributes to neighborhood economic development.

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Economic Development Group

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $1.5 Million

Region: Western New York

To support training and education programs in advanced manufacturing and clean energy careers at the Northland Workforce Training Center.

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Endeavor Global

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the establishment of an Endeavor office in Western New York to connect, educate and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Excellent Schools Detroit

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $250,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Get On And Learn (GOAL) Line pilot program that gives families attending ten Detroit schools, both DPSCD and charter schools, in Northwest Detroit access to free transportation and high-quality afterschool programming at the Northwest Activities Center, as well as other sites along the GOAL Line bus loop.

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Explore & More: A Children’s Museum

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $3 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the construction of the new museum in Buffalo’s Canalside district with a “challenge grant” that will match future capital contributions by other public, private and individual contributors on a one-for-one basis.

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Eye to Eye

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $350,000

Region: Western New York

To expand Eye to Eye’s social-emotional afterschool mentoring program throughout Western New York.

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Fair Food Network

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $1.5 million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To expand Double Up Food Bucks produce incentive program through innovative technology and communications in Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

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Focus: Hope

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To pilot workforce development programs including new workforce readiness training and new employer-driven technical programs in the fields of commercial trucking, light manufacturing, healthcare and robotics.

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Focus: Hope

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support 2016 operations as the organization transitions to a new leadership team and develops a revised strategic plan.

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Focus: Hope

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $725,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a comprehensive organizational restructuring plan and compensation for key new hires.

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Friends of Rutherford Pool

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $125,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the second phase of renovations for a heavily used community pool used by local children and several community partners in Ypsilanti.

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Friends of the Detroit River

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $1.8 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the planning and development of the Downriver Linked Greenway and Rouge River Greenway trail projects.

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Generation: You Employed, Inc.

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $85,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To explore the feasibility of implementing the Generation: You Employed, a workforce development program targeted to young adults ages 18 to 29.

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Gerard Place HDFC

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the renovation of a community center in a high-need area of east Buffalo that provides childcare, job training and recreation.

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German Marshall Fund "BUILD" Conference

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $30,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support its BUILD conference, a unique transatlantic urban and regional policy and leadership conference, that will take place in the U.S. for the first time this November in Detroit.

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Girls On The Run Of Buffalo, Inc.

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $303,000

Region: Western New York

To reduce financial barriers to participation in a girl-focused youth sports program.

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Glow YMCA Inc./ DBA Orleans County YMCA

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $25,000

Region: Western New York

To purchase equipment and provide recreational programming along the Erie Canal.

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Good Sports

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $250,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To pilot an equipment fund with Good Sports to provide new sports equipment, apparel and footwear to youth sports nonprofits.

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Goodwill Industries of Western New York, Inc.

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $328,054

Region: Western New York

To support a pilot of the Goodwill Advanced Manufacturing Employment Bootcamp.

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Grantmakers In Aging

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the 2019 Grantmakers in Aging Annual Conference.

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Green Options Buffalo

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $250,000

Region: Western New York

To support organizational capacity and growth of GoBike Buffalo for community engagement and regional connectivity and alternative transportation planning in Western New York.

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Green Options Buffalo

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $560,000

Region: Western New York

To support a feasibility study and community engagement for the Southern Tier Trail.

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GreenLight Fund

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $250,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the inaugural GreenLight Detroit Fund, which will identify non-profit service gaps, and fund and import innovative solutions to fill those gaps to improve community outcomes for low-income and working class families and children in the region.

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Grow Detroit's Young Talent Initiative

Detroit Employment Solutions

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $2 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To provide work experience, skills training and exposure to career pathways for Detroit youth through the Grow Detroit's Young Talent (GYDT) Initiative.

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Head Start Innovation Fund

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Early Childhood, Preparing For Success

Amount: $2 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

As a new member of the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, a group of regional and national foundations working to strengthen early childhood development and education, we provided a grant to the Head Start Innovation Fund to expand its good work to the larger region, including Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

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Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Western New York

To partially endow a position at the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York dedicated to caregivers to create a legacy in support of caregivers beyond the life of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

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Hearts and Hands

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $31,000

Region: Western New York

To provide general programmatic support during a capacity building process and review.

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Help Me Grow Western New York

Niagara University

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $1.8 million

Region: Western New York

To support and expand the Help Me Grow Western New York initiative in achieving its goal of helping young children stay on track in meeting developmental milestones and receiving appropriate assistance when they're not meeting milestones.

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Hunter's Hope

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $25,000

Region: Western New York

To support the 2017 Family and Medical Symposium.

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IFF

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $1.7 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the expansion of the Smart Space program to improve the quality of early childhood education facilities through grants and technical assistance in Oakland, Macomb, and out-Wayne counties.

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Independent Sector

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support sponsorship of the Independent Sector 2017 national conference in Detroit.

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Independent Sector

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $36,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support scholarships for 12 grantees, partners and/or affiliate organizations to attend the 2018 Upswell Conference.

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Inner Circle Greenway

City of Detroit

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $2 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the design and pre-construction of all uncompleted portions of the Inner Circle Greenway and overall framework planning to connect the 26-mile loop in the most impactful way.

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International Wildlife Refuge Alliance

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $190,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the completion of a school shipping dock and fishing pier at the Refuge Gateway Center in Trenton, Michigan, which is part of a network of connected greenways.

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Invest Detroit

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $250,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition to create jobs and support high-growth company development in Southeast Michigan.

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Invest Detroit Foundation

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support revitalization efforts, including improved commercial corridors and public infrastructure, in three targeted Detroit neighborhoods through Invest Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

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Invest Detroit Foundation

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To expand the Core Cities Strategic Fund to complete real estate assets and make property improvements that help attract underserved entrepreneurs and creative and high-tech sector businesses into the Detroit Innovation District.

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Jefferson East, Inc.

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the staffing, operational and organizational enhancement to advance the implementation commercial corridor redevelopment initiatives in Detroit’s east side.

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Jewish Hospice & Chaplancy Network

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $113,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a pilot program that trains and deploys volunteers to support family caregivers whose loved ones are in hospice.

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Jobs for The Future, Inc.

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $30,000

Region: Western New York

To support the work of JFFLabs to accelerate transformation and innovation in the workforce sector.

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Launch NY

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $2.5 million

Region: Western New York

To create jobs and build a more entrepreneurial culture by supporting Launch NY's efforts to accelerate the commercialization of intellectual property, and execute planning towards building a broader network of coordinated business support in the region.

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Launch NY

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $4.5 Million

Region: Western New York

To recapitalize the Launch NY nonprofit seed investment fund and to continue to provide business advisory services to high-growth entrepreneurs in Western New York.

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Livingston County Catholic Charities

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $90,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the operations of senior service programs (Be Our Guest Adult Day, Volunteer Caregiver and Resource Advocacy) that provide resources and respite to caregivers.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $100,000

Region: Western New York

To serve as a fiduciary for general operating support grant for PUSH Buffalo’s Green Development Zone activities.

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Lockport Ice Arena and Sports Center, Inc.

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $68,700

Region: Western New York

To support a collaboration between local summer youth programs and camps to increase opportunities for free play.

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Macomb Community College Foundation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families, Preparing For Success

Amount: $1.1 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a workforce development training program - PRISM (Prosperity Reaches into Southern Macomb) project - that will support training for adults in advanced manufacturing, outreach to introduce and engage high school students in information technology fields, and a pilot on enhancing employer engagement in sustaining workforce training programs.

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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $10,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support general operating support to advance MENTOR’s mission to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring in America.

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Metro Community Development Corporation

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $25,000

Region: Western New York

To support the upgrades to the Thurman Thomas Sports Complex and purchase of new sports equipment at the Delavan-Grider Community Center.

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Michigan Association of United Ways

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $10,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the general operations of Michigan After-School Partnership and their work providing statewide leadership to build and sustain high-quality afterschool programs.

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Michigan Community Resources

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support strategic and financial planning, and short-term operational support as the organization transitions into new leadership.

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Michigan Community Resources

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $300,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support operations and expanded organizational capacity as a key nonprofit intermediary in Southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Community Service Commission

Program Area: Early Childhood, Preparing For Success

Amount: $1.6 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support Mentor Michigan in developing capacity to provide quality assessments, technical assistance
and shared learning opportunities to mentoring organizations in Southeast Michigan

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a study of long-term care services and support in the State of MI, including a comprehensive profile and analysis of the caregiving workforce.

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Michigan Education Excellence Foundation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Detroit Promise Path Program’s goal to improve retention and completion rates for Detroit young adults attending local community colleges.

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Michigan Future Inc.

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support labor market data and analysis in Southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Future, Inc.

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support labor market data and analysis in Southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Future, Inc.

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To research and analyze the Michigan economy with an emphasis on the economic well-being of Michigan households.

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Michigan Future, Inc.

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To identify best practices to improve completion rates for workforce trainees in short and long-term certificate programs and for students pursuing associate degrees.

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Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To partially endow a position at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund dedicated to caregivers to create a legacy in support of caregivers beyond the life of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

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Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To supplement the 2018 Healthy Aging initiative by expanding the number of caregiver related grant awards in Southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Israel Business Accelerator Foundation

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $250,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To provide general operations support to increase trade, research and investment between Michigan and Israel.

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Michigan League for Public Policy

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Michigan League for Public Policy and lift up its Kids Count in Michigan work.

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Michigan Municipal League Foundation

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $807,200

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a master planning effort and community engagement for Veteran’s Memorial Park and renovations at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

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Michigan Municipal League Foundation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $650,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the development of the Regional Talent Exchange for Southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Nonprofit Association

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $300,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the “Count Campaign” to achieve a fair and accurate count for the 2020 Census.

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Michigan Nonprofit Association

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $255,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a four-agency intermediary collaborative to build a capacity building referral tool for nonprofits in Southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Nonprofit Association

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $315,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support capacity building assessments, strategic planning and resource referrals to nonprofits in Southeast Michigan.

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Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative
Michigan Physical Fitness Health & Sports Foundation

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $3.25 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the completion of 15.6 miles of the Border-to-Border Trail (part of the Iron Belle Trail) in Washtenaw County and to provide capacity building and operational support for the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Iron Belle Trail Initiative.

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Michigan Physical Fitness Health and Sports Foundation

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $3.2 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the completion of the 15.6 miles of the Border to Border Trail in Washtenaw County and provide capacity building and operational support for the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Iron Belle Trail Initiative.

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Michigan Physical Fitness, Health and Sports Foundation

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $2.6 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the construction of the southern terminus trailhead for the Iron Belle Trail on Belle Isle Park, and the creation of a six-mile non-motorized loop trail.

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Michigan Physical Fitness, Health And Sports Foundation, Inc.

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $150,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To pilot a pedestrian safety campaign in Southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Public Health Institute

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $350,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the evaluation of the SisterFriends program in Detroit.

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Michigan State University

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support an assessment of the quality and sustainability of the University’s free and low-cost youth music programs.

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Michigan State University

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $280,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To develop an in-person coaches’ education workshop for entry level youth sport coaches that will supplement the Project Play 2020 Online Coaches Training Course.

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Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $255,290

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support capacity-building and operational support for MTGA and the associated Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Council.

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Michigan’s Children

Program Area: Early Childhood

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support an integrated policy agenda for children, youth and families by strengthening research and outreach efforts.

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Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $500,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To fund the implementation of several green infrastructure elements as part of the 6568 Woodward Avenue building redevelopment to serve as a case study and education tool for those doing similar development projects in the city and region. With the Foundation taking the second floor of the building as its headquarters, this will provide staff with a direct learning experience.

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MIT Industrial Performance Center

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $975,853

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support an applied research project to understand the “work of the future” in the mobility sector in Southeast Michigan examining the introduction of new technologies in the workplace and the implications for workers, firms and communities in the region.

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MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $300,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To provide support to host the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy North American Regional Inclusive Innovation Challenge in Detroit in September 2018.

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Monroe Community College Foundation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $1.5 Million

Region: Western New York

To develop and pilot a regional Career Technical Education pathways system at Monroe Community College in collaboration with Rochester, NY area high schools.

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National Comedy Center

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $3 million

Region: Western New York

To increase tourism and economic development in Western New York by supporting the development of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY.

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National Comedy Center

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $500,000

Region: Western New York

To provide general operating support to the Center as it transitions into its newly opened and expanded museum in Jamestown, NY.

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $1.5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To develop and implement a new Southeast Michigan Community Habitat and Resilience Fund.

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National Skills Coalition

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the National Skills Coalition’s work to advance skills equity, industry engagement, public accountability and high-quality job driven investments in the workforce development sector.

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Natural Heritage Trust

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $6.5 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the completion of 23.27 miles of the Empire State Trail and Shoreline Trail, trail amenities and five Regional Gateways in Western New York.

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Natural Heritage Trust

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $6.4 Million

Region: Western New York

To support improvements to the Genesee Valley Greenway and the Shoreline Trail.

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NCCC Foundation

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $400,000

Region: Western New York

To expand a girls volleyball program in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda.

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Neutral Zone

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $375,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support an afterschool teen center and the training of other teen-serving organizations in their youth leadership model.

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New Economy Initiative

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $5 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To create jobs and build a more entrepreneurial culture by supporting the New Economy Initiative, an effort to build a network of business support organizations, accelerate the commercialization of intellectual property and create greater inclusion in business ownership.

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New York State Network for Youth Success, Inc.

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $429,707

Region: Western New York

To support the capacity of afterschool programs in Western New York and strengthen regional networks of afterschool programs.

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Niagara Community Center

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the construction completion of a year-round, indoor, multi-sport athletic facility used by community programs in Niagara County.

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Niagara Univiersity

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $1,792,918

Region: Western New York

To support and expand the Help Me Grow Western New York initiative in achieving its goal of helping young children stay on track in meeting developmental milestones.

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NY Association of Training & Employment Professionals

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support the association’s work in Western New York to serve the workforce development community.

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NY Association of Training & Employment Professionals

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support the Invest in Skills NY campaign efforts in WNY through dedicated business engagement activities.

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NY Funders Alliance

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $190,000

Region: Western New York

To fund a two-year pilot through the New York Funders Alliance to build a Philanthropy & Public Policy Fellowship Program.

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NY Funders Alliance

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Western New York

To host the staffing and related activities of the Western New York nonprofit support group for the next three years

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NY Funders Alliance

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support the biennial NYS Funders Conference in Buffalo this November.

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NY Funders Alliance

Program Area: Early Childhood

Amount: $770,000

Region: Western New York

To support operations of Liftoff: WNY Early Childhood Funders for Change to build capacity for addressing strategic priorities impacting early childhood in Western New York.

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Oakland Family Services
Oakland Family Services

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $12,952

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the planning and design of a full program, evaluation and sustainability plan for a fatherhood initiative.

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Operating Engineers 324

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $450,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support purchasing and deploying six equipment simulators for both classroom and career event environments that will assist in the engagement, recruitment and education of both apprentices and current journeypersons in skilled trades career opportunities.

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Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Inc.

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $125,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To assess the feasibility of developing cooperatively owned home care agencies in Buffalo, NY; Rochester, NY; and Detroit, MI.

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PHI

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support PHI’s research to improve the quality of jobs for direct care workers.

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Playworks Education Energized

Program Area: Early Childhood

Amount: $531,500

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the pilot of bringing the Playworks model to early childhood education centers.

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Playworks Education Energized

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1.14 million

Region: Western New York

To grow and expand programs in Western New York and Southeast Michigan in order to increase the social competencies in elementary students that are critical to educational and life outcomes.

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Playworks Education Energized

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $4 Million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the expansion of the youth-serving organizations that are trained by the Playworks recess model.

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Playworks Education Energized

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $10,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To sponsor the Get in the Game event.

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Playworks Education Energized

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $1,140,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the expansion of Playworks programs in Western New York and Southeast Michigan in order to increase the social competencies in elementary students that are critical to education and life outcomes.

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Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc.

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $345,000

Region: Western New York

To support the development of a strategic plan for Buffalo PAL that focuses on Agency Sustainability, Board Development, Leadership, and Professional Development for Athletic Coaches.

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Police Athletic League Of Buffalo, Inc.

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $17,500

Region: Western New York

To support a Lifeguard Certification Program.

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Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc.

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $40,000

Region: Western New York

To support the organization’s addition of short-term program staff to increase the organization’s capacity to manage programs from October 2017 through April 2018.

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Racquet Up Detroit

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $200,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the ongoing operations and expansion of Racquet Up Detroit’s current afterschool and summer programming.

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RAND Corporation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $1.4 Million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the independent evaluation of the THRIVE (Transformational Healthcare Readiness and Innovative Vocational Education) caregiver retention program in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, Ascension MI and Catholic Health.

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Regents of the University of Michigan

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the UM Youth Policy Lab pilot a regional labor market outcomes data infrastructure project.

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Regents of the University of Michigan

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $58,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To co-invest in a study to explore the effectiveness of the Michigan Community Health Workers Alliance Community Health Worker program.

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Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

For operational support for 2016 and development of a plan for regional transit throughout the surrounding counties.

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Research Foundation at SUNY (UB)

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $70,000

Region: Western New York

To support the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning’s involvement in Turning the Corner, a national pilot research effort combining national expertise with local knowledge base, to assess neighborhood change and inform action in post-industrial city neighborhoods.

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Research Foundation at SUNY (UB)

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $135,000

Region: Western New York

To connect occupational therapist graduate students with caregivers to provide them with practical, customized solutions for their unique caregiving challenges.

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Rochester Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $2 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the Brockport Loop that connects the village of Brockport and the College at Brockport through a simple set of trail extensions, park improvements, and new and improved bridges over the Erie Canal.

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Rochester Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $460,000

Region: Western New York

To support the renovation of an indoor training facility.

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Rochester Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $5,250,000

Region: Western New York

To establish the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund endowment for Youth Sports and Recreation.

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Rochester Area Community Foundation

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $10,000

Region: Western New York

To support the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s scan of youth sports to identify gaps in the youth sports landscape and opportunities.

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Rochester Presbyterian Home

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $151,000

Region: Western New York

To support the implementation of a new professional development curriculum designed to empower staff and improve the quality of life for residents.

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Say Yes to Education

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $800,000

Region: Western New York

To support Say Yes Buffalo and advance the city as a Place of Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color.

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Say Yes to Education, Inc.

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $6,275

Region: Western New York

To support capacity building services for Say Yes Buffalo and consultation services to identify potential sources of revenue.

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Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support research, analysis and policies that improve health, welfare and human services for young children and families.

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Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To support research, analysis and policies that improve health, welfare and human services for young children and families.

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SisterFriends

Southeastern Michigan Health Association

Program Area: Preparing For Success

Amount: $2 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the establishment and operations of SisterFriends, a project of the Detroit Health Department designed to reduce the infant death rate and increase healthy practices by providing volunteer mentors called SisterFriends to women during pregnancy and for one year after birth.

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Soccer for Success

Independent Health Foundation

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $650,000

Region: Western New York

To support the expansion of Soccer for Success in Western New York region by adding five additional sites, increasing the number of students served each year to 3,000 by the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Solutions Journalism Network

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $150,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To pursue solutions-oriented coverage on the topic of caregivers for older adults.

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Southeast Michigan Community Alliance

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $1.5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the launch of Apprenti, a program for registered apprenticeships in the Information Technology sector.

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Southeastern Michigan Health Association

Program Area: Early Childhood, Preparing For Success

Amount: $1.3 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the establishment and operations of SisterFriends, a project of the Detroit Health Department
designed to reduce preterm birth and infant mortality in the city of Detroit.

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Southern Tier Healthcare System, Inc.

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $51,694

Region: Western New York

To support the Southern Tier Distance Learning Technology Project, a distance learning network for healthcare personnel in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

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St. John Fisher College

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $50,000

Region: Western New York

To conduct a community-wide health and wellness needs assessment of the EMMA-Beechwood neighborhood to identify priority areas for partnership between the college and the community.

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Starfish Family Services

Program Area: Early Childhood, Preparing For Success

Amount: $300,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support planning and capacity building services that will allow Starfish Family Services to define and standardize their service model for future replication.

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Syracuse University

Program Area: Early Childhood

Amount: $20,000

Region: Western New York

To support an evaluation of Phase I of Co-Creating Well-Being: Supporting Families through Trauma, an initiative of the Health Foundation for Central & Western New York.

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Teach For America

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $225,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the expansion and development of its early childhood recruitment, development and training programs in both Detroit and Buffalo.

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Teach for America

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Early Childhood

Amount: $225,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the recruitment and training of early childhood educators who will lead some of Detroit and Buffalo’s highest need pre-kindergarten classrooms.

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TechHire

Detroit Employment Solutions

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $2 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Detroit Regional TechHire Initiative, and provide the region's growing IT industry a local, diverse source of talent, while at the same time developing career pathways and employment opportunities of Metro Detroiters of all skill levels.

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TechTown Detroit

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $1.9 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To pilot and operationalize a Technical Assistance Fund to build capacity for Southeast Michigan nonprofits.

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TechTown Detroit

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $4.7 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the establishment and operations of a center for nonprofit support.

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Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $1.5 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the launch of Apprenti, an employer-driven training program for registered apprenticeships in the Information Technology (IT) sector.

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The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $75,000

Region: Western New York

To provide research and analysis in WNY to support a healthy workforce development system that helps connect people to sustainable career pathways and good paying jobs.

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The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $525,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To develop and produce the creative elements for a marketing campaign that encourages youth sports participation and points parents to helpful resources.

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The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support Aspen’s continued involvement in the expansion of quality youth sports opportunities in Western New York, Greater Rochester and Southeast Michigan over three years.

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The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $10,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support the travel and lodging costs for youth athletes and youth sport practitioners from Western New York and Southeast Michigan to participate and speak at the 2017 Aspen Project Play Summit in Washington, D.C.

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The Boston Foundation, Inc. /DBA The Philanthropic Initiative

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $1.7 Million

Region: Western New York

To support the Communities Care WNY Respite Pilot to increase respite opportunities for family caregivers in four Western NY Southern Tier counties.

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The Bridgespan Group

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the launch of its executive leadership development program, Leading for Impact Detroit.

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The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $600,000

Region: Western New York

To support renovations of the Buffalo History Museum’s interior gallery and its outdoor space to reconnect the museum to the Olmsted Park System and create community access to green space.

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The Center for Michigan

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $50,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the work of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine’s public interest journalism.

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The Empowerment Plan

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $1.7 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Empowerment Plan’s transitional employment workforce development model.

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The Forum for Youth Investment

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $531,00

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support network and technical assistance for Detroit area youth-serving organizations.

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The Forum for Youth Investment

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $200,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the exploration of options for generating dedicated revenue to support a youth development system.

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The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $300,000

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To support an immersion learning trip for local youth sports and recreation stakeholders.

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The McLean Hospital Corporation

Program Area: Afterschool

Amount: $79,141

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To provide technical assistance to STEM afterschool programs through the PEAR Institute: Partnerships and Resilience at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

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The Miracle League of Western New York

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $250,000

Region: Western New York

To support the resurfacing of the barrier-free field and increase staff capacity.

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The Nature Conservancy

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $1.6 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To partner with Eastern Market Corporation to support the design and demonstration of green infrastructure in the Eastern Market district and an innovative framework for financing stormwater management.

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The Rochester Friendly Home

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $200,000

Region: Western New York

To support the pilot of a training and career pathways program for certified nurse assistants.

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The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $150,000

Region: Western New York

To support strategic planning, marketing and communications planning, general operations and a mini-grant program.

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The Trust for Public Land

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $495,000

Region: Western New York

To create the City of Buffalo Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

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The Youth Life Skills Foundation, Inc.

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $307,500

Region: Western New York

To support the strategic expansion of The First Tee of Western New York to partner with more schools and afterschool programs to help spread the game of golf in underserved communities.

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The Yunion

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $300,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the expansion of the Yunion's afterschool martial arts program, the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA).

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Timeslips Creative Storytelling, Inc.

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $320,780

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support a collaboration with the College for Creative Studies and Alzheimer’s Association to train partners in creative engagement, design prototype Story Kits for caregivers and pilot gatherings to form caregiver support networks.

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Torn Space Theater

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $310,000

Region: Western New York

To complete the capital campaign to preserve and restore Turn Space Theater's historic building in the Fillmore neighborhood on Buffalo's East Side.

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United Community Housing Coalition

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $100,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support tax foreclosure prevention, counseling and support services for Detroit residents.

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United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation

Program Area: Caregivers

Amount: $275,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support caregiver training at the UMRC’s Kresge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center to implement the Green House® model of person-centered attention for its residents requiring 24-hour skilled care.

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WNY Girls in Sports
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1,466,200

Region: Western New York

To support the expansion of the Western New York Girls in Sports events and better connect young girls to existing sports and recreation programs and opportunities.

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Valley Community Association, Inc.

Program Area: Parks, Trails & Green Design

Amount: $350,000

Region: Western New York

To support the permanent covering for Buffalo River Fest Park’s wharf along the Buffalo River and related expenses to accommodate public usage.

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Victory Sports Global Outreach, Inc.

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $20,500

Region: Western New York

To support the piloting of Project Play WNY Ball Bins.

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Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Program Area: Early Childhood, Preparing For Success

Amount: $75,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the pilot implementation of the Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program to strengthen the pipeline of early childhood educators.

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Wayne State University

Program Area: Foundation Initiative: Nonprofit Support & Innovation

Amount: $375,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Detroit Revitalization Program, cohort IV.

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Wayne State University

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $1 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To create and maintain the New Center Detail, a team of Wayne State Police Officers, who actively patrol the New Center neighborhood, promoting public safety and economic development.

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Western New York Law Center, Inc.

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $140,00

Region: Western New York

To support the expansion of the Small Business Legal Clinic at the Law Center to provide legal services to low-income entrepreneurs and small business in Buffalo.

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Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.

Program Area: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Amount: $250,000

Region: Western New York

To support the development of a pipeline of entrepreneurs and small business tenants for an expanded West Side Bazaar in Buffalo.

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WNY Mentoring Collective

Community Connections of NY, Inc.

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Afterschool

Amount: $2.15 million

Region: Western New York

To support the WNY Mentoring Collective, a cohort of nine mentoring programs using a collaborative approach to expand and strengthen the field of mentorship programs across the region, ultimately connecting more children with mentors.

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WNY Women’s Foundation

Program Area: Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $150,000

Region: Western New York

To support the expansion of the ME2: Moving Mothers from Education to Employment at Erie Community College, with a focus on improving college completion and securing higher-paying employment for single mothers.

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Women's Sports Foundation

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $1 million

Region: Western New York, Southeast Michigan

To bring the Women's Sports Foundation's Sports 4 Life program to Western New York and Southeast Michigan to strengthen and grow eight local youth sports organizations in order to attract and retain more girl participants.

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Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance

Program Area: Preparing For Success, Young Adults & Working Families

Amount: $1.5 million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the launch of Apprenti, an employer-driven training program for registered apprenticeships in the Information Technology (IT) sector.

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YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Program Area: Active Lifestyles, Youth Sports and Recreation

Amount: $2.5 Million

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the mobile component of the SportPort equipment sharing pilot.

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YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Program Area: Youth Sports and Recreation, Active Lifestyles

Amount: $300,000

Region: Southeast Michigan

To support the Detroit Outdoors Collaborative in providing outdoor experiences for youth in the Detroit area.

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