OUR MISSION

The Detroit Children’s Fund is a nonprofit organization that makes high-potential investments to expand successful schools, greatly improve lower performing schools, and discover and develop talented educators so that every child in Detroit has the opportunity to receive an excellent education.

Why We're Different

Detroit’s education landscape has been challenged for years and many well-meaning, smart people have worked hard to make things better. But DCF’s approach is different than past efforts.
Here’s why…

WE ARE OBSESSED WITH QUALITY​

Quality schools are essential for our children's success. All of our children have the potential to achieve, go to college and succeed in life. Access to a high quality school ensures that a child’s potential is cultivated and expanded. We invest in creating, supporting and growing high performing schools

LEADERS & TEACHERS DRIVE RESULTS

People, not models or governance types, are the change agents. We believe in talented, innovative, results-oriented teachers and leaders who have high expectations for our children. Excellent educators who are committed to engaging with students, parents and communities have the best chance at long term success. We invest in developing Detroit’s educational leadership pipeline

DATA AND EVIDENCE DRIVEN

Data driven decision making is critical for student achievement. Our school leaders understand the importance of creating data driven cultures. We believe in carefully tracking the metrics that translate to success beyond high school graduation, focusing on continuous improvement and setting accountability standards to increase student performance. We invest in data driven organizations and leadership and use data to drive our decisions

EQUITY IS THE HEART OF OUR WORK

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures the proper environment for learning. We believe in diversifying the educational leadership with leaders and teachers who understand the perspectives of our students and are comfortable working across lines of difference. We are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports and academic preparation. We invest in leaders who create structures, policies and practices that promote equity 

FOCUSED & PATIENT CAPITAL

Focused capital and commitment yields the best results. Money matters, but funding alone is not enough. We believe student outcomes can be accelerated through thought partnership, strategic guidance and connections. We invest in partnerships with collaborative leaders.

WE ARE BUILDING A THRIVING DETROIT.​

A healthy Detroit means all children have access to sustainable quality schools. The organizations we invest in today are financially self-sufficient models for tomorrow. We invest in Detroit and its future leaders.