The city is rising, but barriers for youth are significant.
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.
Only 6% of 4th graders can read proficiently.
Only 12% of students who graduate high school go on to earn a 2 or 4-year college degree.
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 offer a different way to give with the greatest impact.
Our first goal is to create 10,000 high-quality seats.
We’ll do this by investing in strong school networks able to reach performance levels rivaling any in the state. This will create a tipping point in the sector with the power to influence change across all schools in Detroit. This is a long-term strategy. We know where to begin and will do so with urgency. Moving forward, we’ll ensure sustainable change.
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?
DCF Chair, EVP, Crain Communications Inc.
Owner, Slows BarBQ and Los Pistoleros
CEO, Graticule Asset Management
VC of Palace Sports & Entertainment
President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
Arts and Education Advocate
President, Barton Malow
Educator, Entrepreneur & Child Advocate
COO and Partner, Mother New York