Skillman Foundation (Detroit)
The Foundation’s role is more than funder. We bring ideas and people together. We attract others to our work. Along with our partners, we are embedded in our community so that we can understand things from the ground level, and help outside investors understand where they can have impact. The Foundation invests $17 million a year, backed by our nearly half-billion-dollar endowment, in six investment areas: Education, Safety, Social Innovation, Neighborhoods, Community Leadership, and Youth Development. We leverage our legacy of results and innovation to attract others to invest in leaders, organizations, and networks taking bold action for children. We believe in working in an embedded way with our partners, and we believe in incorporating the voices of residents and youth in the work. We are open to new ideas, and we have no interest in maintaining the status quo if it isn’t working for kids.