Mission: To nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metropolitan Detroit, consistent with sustainable business models, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Ecosystem.

Guiding Principles & Values

The Foundation is committed to the following standards and approaches in support of its mission:

  • Sustainability: The harmonizing of economic, environmental and social interests, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. Progress towards sustainability is rooted in the actions and decisions of individuals, private enterprises and local communities, and a special focus on the role of business to help transition to sustainability is a key approach to be encouraged;
  • Organizational effectiveness: A commitment to continuous rigor, accountability, learning and improvement, and an alignment of programmatic, management, operational and financial capacities in support of clear goals and objectives;
  • Collaboration: Efforts to bring together multiple, diverse stakeholders to develop solutions that address complex problems in the region; and
  • Leadership and key allies: Energetic, visionary champions and leaders that have or can establish a broad base of support.


An Outcomes Focused Approach

We have selected several Desired Outcomes around which we focus our grant making efforts, and invite applications for programs that will address these Outcomes.

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Our annual grants budget is approximately $14 million. A list of our grants to date is included at the “Grants List” tab; our tax returns can be found at guidestar.com.

We hope that you will be able to join us in this important work. We look forward to hearing from you.