Category: Blog

Three Ways the Arts Help Make Metro Detroit Vibrant
July 30, 2021July 30, 2021
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Three Ways the Arts Help Make Metro Detroit Vibrant

Fred and Barbara Erb understood and valued the role that the arts played in daily life and the collective impact that artists, organizations, and audiences have on our community. Today, Erb Family Foundation works to further strengthen the sector in the Detroit area in recognition of the role it plays in creating a culturally vibrant...

We Can End Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Detroit Children
July 14, 2021July 16, 2021
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We Can End Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Detroit Children

Environmental justice is hard work – and complex – but just because we can’t do everything doesn’t mean we can’t do something. And this particular something is really, really important: lowering elevated blood lead levels in babies and children. The amount of lead in kids’ blood has decreased dramatically in the past several decades thanks...

A ‘Value Proposition Framework’ for Sustainable Development
July 14, 2021July 14, 2021
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A ‘Value Proposition Framework’ for Sustainable Development

This article was originally published by GreenBiz on July 7, 2021. By Neil Hawkins, President, Erb Family Foundation and Laura Asiala, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wholeworks Value. It’s the name of the game. Create it economically; capture it distinctively. Whatever theoretical economic framework (such as game theory or decision analysis) or business model you want to...

Four Ways Jazz Education Impacts Youth
June 10, 2021June 14, 2021
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Four Ways Jazz Education Impacts Youth

Kris Johnson has first-hand knowledge of the impact that jazz education can have on youth in metro Detroit. Over the years, he’s learned and played with each of the JazzEd Detroit partner organizations—and has returned to share his artistry and inspire students in those programs as an educator and professional jazz artist. In this video,...

May 14, 2021July 14, 2021
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Grants and Operations Manager Receives Professional Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices

Mary Lyons-Richards, the Foundation’s grants and operations manager, recently received a professional certificate in sustainable business practice after completing the “Leading the Sustainability Transformation” program through GreenBiz. This 10-week simulation-based program had participants from around the world. There were three components: introducing core sustainability concepts through self-paced modules; a team simulation transforming a conventional business...

Best Wishes to Jodee Raines in New Career
February 17, 2021February 17, 2021
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Best Wishes to Jodee Raines in New Career

Jodee Raines, executive vice president of Programs and Erb Family Foundation board secretary and officer, notified us that February 18 will be her last day with the Foundation. She was recruited to an exciting new position aligned closely with her interests and personal mission which will be announced soon. Jodee’s achievements as VP of Programs...

Melissa Damaschke Named Vice President of Programs
February 16, 2021February 17, 2021
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Melissa Damaschke Named Vice President of Programs

Melissa Damaschke has been named the vice president of Programs for the Erb Family Foundation. She will also have the additional title of senior program officer, Great Lakes. Former VP of Programs, Jodee Raines, is taking on a new career adventure at a Detroit-based organization which will be announced soon. Melissa has been a program officer...