Advancing an environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant metropolitan Detroit and a flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem.

What We Fund

Congratulations, John!

We are pleased to announce that John Erb, our founding president and current board chair, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Russel G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy by the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Given annually since 1995, the award honors individuals with a demonstrated commitment to leadership, impact, creativity, and collaboration in their philanthropy.

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Tenets of Lasting Change

The foundation believes the following tenets are necessary to effect lasting change:

Sustainability. Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations, by harmonizing environmental, economic, and social interests.

Positive role for business. Collaborating with business as a force for good in society and for sustainability.

Stewardship. Cultivating resident, business, nonprofit, and government responsibility and accountability for the community’s environmental and cultural assets.

Leadership. Supporting energetic, visionary champions who have a broad base of support.

Community support: Ensuring that efforts are relevant to and supported by the communities they affect.

Collaboration. Working with a broad range of stakeholders—community members, business, nonprofits, government, academia, and philanthropy—to advance shared goals.

Fairness and justice. The opportunity for equal participation by all is an essential element of sustainability.

Fred & Barbara

Fred and Barbara Erb’s desire to create a better world for both current and future generations, paired 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.

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