What We Fund
Our Desired Outcome is a healthy Great Lakes, evidenced by increased stewardship and improved water quality in the Ausable Bayfield, Clinton, Detroit, Huron, Raisin, and Rouge watersheds.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to increase individual and institutional stewardship; improve understanding of emerging contaminants; and coordinate best practices and policies at the state, federal, and binational levels.
We will measure impact through annual reporting on water quality in our target watersheds.
Our Desired Outcome is a 50% reduction by 2025 in phosphorus in western Lake Erie through a focus on agricultural runoff and subsurface drainage.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to increase farmers’ adoption of sustainable conservation practices, including education, policies, market drivers, and financial incentives, and to engage businesses developing those solutions.
We will measure progress by tracking phosphorus loads into western Lake Erie.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Our Desired Outcome is the elimination of untreated combined sewer overflows in the Detroit River system through optimal use of green stormwater infrastructure.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to build awareness and demand; research and demonstrate ecological and economic feasibility; and align public and private efforts around green stormwater infrastructure.
We will measure impact by tracking acres of land and gallons of stormwater managed through green stormwater infrastructure and reductions in combined sewer overflows.
For more information about Great Lakes or green stormwater infrastructure projects, contact Melissa Damaschke.
Environmental Health, Justice & Equitable Development
Our Desired Outcome is a reduction in elevated blood lead levels in children in Detroit and Wayne County through reduced lead exposure in housing, soil, and water.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to develop new cost-effective methods and landlord incentives to reduce lead exposure; increase public demand for action by the private sector and by government; and design effective policies and policy enforcement.
We will measure impact by tracking the number of children with elevated blood lead levels in Detroit and Wayne County.
Our Desired Outcome is a reduction in incidents of asthma in Detroit and Wayne County through improved ambient air quality.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to develop new methods to measure, improve and monitor air quality; and design effective policies and policy enforcement.
We will measure impact by tracking incidents of asthma in Detroit and Wayne County.
Our Desired Outcome is sustainable development of the Metropolitan Detroit region.
To achieve that outcome, we support triple-bottom-line (environmental, social, economic) initiatives and organizations.
We will measure impact by tracking the health of the ecosystem of organizations focused on sustainable development.
For more information, contact Cris Doby.
Our Desired Outcome is a culturally vibrant metro Detroit, evidenced by healthy organizations and a coordinated sector.
To achieve that outcome, we provide flexible funding to select arts and cultural organizations; support improved business models that increase the capacity and impact of those organizations; and invest in holistic efforts that strengthen the field.
We will measure impact by tracking the capitalization of arts organizations in metro Detroit.
Our Desired Outcome is a continuation of Detroit’s strong jazz tradition, and Fred Erb’s legacy of jazz patronage, by educating the next generation of jazz musicians.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to provide and improve jazz instruction for musically talented, economically challenged youth.
We will measure impact by tracking jazz education students.
For more information on all arts program areas, contact Tara Tuomaala.
Our Desired Outcome is improved prevention, management, and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.
To advance that outcome, we support leading research on lifestyle changes, basic research, and early career researchers.
We will measure impact by tracking the number of research projects funded.
Please note the Foundation will not accept unsolicited proposals in this area.