Author: Jodee Raines (Jodee Raines)

September 23, 2017September 26, 2017
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Welcome New Erb Board Members

The Foundation is pleased to welcome Lawrence Garcia and Rhonda Welburn to our board! A graduate of the U-M Law School and Duke University, Lawrence Garcia founded his own law firm, the Garcia Law Group, to fulfill his personal mission of creating Michigan’s first Latino law firm. He is the president of the Cesar Chavez Academy and...

September 2017 Grants Announcement
September 23, 2017September 26, 2017
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September 2017 Grants Announcement

$5.5 million in new and continuing grants were approved at our September 13 board meeting. Nearly half of the grants were awarded to arts organizations, underscoring the Foundation’s commitment to a culturally vibrant City of Detroit, where the arts contribute to a sustainable region by fostering economic, social, and creative well-being. These grants include: A...

Lake Erie Algae
September 18, 2017September 19, 2017
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Lake Erie Algae

This image was taken on a recent boat tour where the Foundation joined farmers and public officials to see Lake Erie’s infamous algae bloom up close and better understand what causes it. Toxic algae continues to harm Lake Erie, impeding fishing, diminishing property values, and threatening Lake Erie’s multi-billion dollar tourism industries. Water treatment plants are...

September 9, 2017September 19, 2017
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Another Rain Garden To The Rescue!

Foundation staff joined more than 20 volunteers to plant a rain garden at the Urban Country Tea House in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood on September 9. A joint program of the Sierra Club, Friends of The Rouge and Keep Growing Detroit, Rain Gardens To The Rescue helps Detroiters design, plant and maintain rain gardens to manage...

September 8, 2017September 19, 2017
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Two Foundation Videos Nominated for Award

A video that the Foundation co-commissioned with DWSD as an opener for the May 31, 2017 Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference held in Detroit has been selected as one of 10 semi-finalists for the 2017 Water Environment Federation StormTV awards. The Foundation’s Rain Gardens To The Rescue video also was selected. The videos will be shown at the WEF Stormwater...

New Annual Report
April 3, 2017April 3, 2017
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New Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2014-2016 Foundation Report. The past three years were a time of incredible growth for the Foundation. Our assets more than doubled, we undertook our first five-year strategic review resulting in revised grant guidelines, we added two new board members and four new staff members, and we paid $25 million in...

Jazz Masterclass with Terence Blanchard
March 15, 2017April 3, 2017
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Jazz Masterclass with Terence Blanchard

On March 15, 2017, four groups of incredibly talented students trained through the jazz education programs funded by the Foundation enjoyed a jazz masterclass taught by Terence Blanchard, the Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Several Detroit Public Schools and our nonprofit and foundation colleagues also attended the...

$2.4 Million in Grants March 2017
March 15, 2017April 3, 2017
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$2.4 Million in Grants March 2017

Two grants will help Greening of Detroit expand its tree nursery and Central Detroit Christian CDC re-tool its indoor fish farm, and provide an additional $50,000 to Greening as a challenge grant to help raise operating funds. Additional grants will: Support the development of a Sustainability Action Plan by the City of Detroit Research affordable...