The Foundation’s mission is to nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit, consistent with sustainable business models, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Ecosystem. The Foundation is focused on improving water quality, especially in the watersheds impacting metro Detroit and Bayfield, Ontario; promoting environmental health, justice and equitable development; and supporting the arts as a means to strengthen the metropolitan Detroit region.

As devoted parents, grandparents and long-time civic leaders, Fred and Barbara Erb’s philanthropy was strongly influenced by their desire to create a better world for both current and future generations. This desire, coupled with their successful family business experience, their shared love of the outdoors, and their deep sense of fairness and justice, naturally led them to view their philanthropy through the lens of sustainability – development that harmonizes 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, nonprofit and profit 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. Our grants support local grass-roots and community-based organizations as well as larger institutions whose research and expertise helps inform and advance those local efforts.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Erb Family and the Foundation’s interests.

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