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The city is rising, but barriers for youth are significant.

Detroit is reviving, once again becoming a place of promise. For this momentum to continue, we must support and provide opportunities to its next generation of leaders – Detroit children.

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80% of kids live in areas of concentrated poverty. The number of areas in Detroit with concentrated poverty has more than tripled over the past 15 years.

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Only 6% of 4th graders can read proficiently.

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Only 12% of students who graduate high school go on to earn a 2 or 4-year college degree.

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Nearly 50% of kids report not having a caring adult they can turn to.

Detroit Children's Fund is a platform for bold investment strategies that will transform the lives of Detroit children.

Built in partnership with a team of civic and corporate leaders from across the city and globe, and the Skillman Foundation - a philanthropy committed to the city’s youth, Detroit Children's Fund deploys venture philanthropy principals that offers a different way to give with greatest impact.

Our first fund will create 10,000 high-quality seats by investing in school networks that can rival any performance levels in the state.

10,000 seats makes up over a third of the current charter sector. We believe this will create a tipping point in the sector, influencing change across all school systems operating in the city. Quality seats not only mean high test results, but more focus on arts and extracurricular activities and a commitment to preparing students for success in college and life.

Your gift gets invested in programs that show results.

And, we bring strategic partners to strengthen the business models of those we fund. MAKE A DONATION


DETROIT CHILDREN’S FUND BOARD MEMBERS

Bold leaders committed to bold action.

At the helm of DCF is a passionate group of civic and corporate leaders, unified in their commitment to Detroit and its youth. Our leadership bring expertise from a variety of sectors and are committed to measurable impact. They believe in the future of Detroit and Detroit children. Do you?

KC Crain

KC Crain

DCF Chair, EVP, Crain Communications Inc.

Phil Cooley

Phil Cooley

Owner, Slows BarBQ and Los Pistoleros

Adam Levinson

Adam Levinson

CEO, Graticule Asset Management

Arn Tellem

VC of Palace Sports & Entertainment

Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen

President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation

Gretchen Davidson

Gretchen Davidson

Musician

Ryan Maibach

Ryan Maibach

President, Barton Malow

Kelle Ilitch

Entrepreneur and Former Educator

Pernilla Ammann

Pernilla Ammann

COO and Partner, Mother New York

Carol Goss

Carol Goss

Community Leader

Jacques Panis

Jacques Panis

President, Shinola