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Changing in Place: The Skillman Foundation, Detroit, and the Good Neighborhoods Initiative

In 2006, the Skillman Foundation committed $100 million to a decade-long investment in six neighborhoods. Through this Good Neighborhoods Initiative, the foundation directed a majority of its grantmaking toward an intensive focus on changing the conditions where, at the time, one-third of Detroit’s children lived. The goal was to ensure that children in those places were safe, healthy, well educated, and prepared for adulthood. The initiative concluded in 2016, ultimately spanning 11 years and involving $122 million in grants, which represented 67 percent of the Foundation’s total grant spending in this time frame.

To capture information on the unique challenges facing an embedded funder as it changes program direction, Bob Tobin, senior consultant at Williams Group, interviewed Marie Colombo, Skillman Foundation director of strategic evaluation and learning. ... Read More
Detroit student fights for equal education

Detroit student fights for equal education

My parents came to the United States, almost two decades ago, in pursuit of better educational opportunities for their children. They envisioned an educational system that would provide us with the necessary resources to succeed in this country. They pictured a system different than Mexico’s, where only the children of the elite received a quality education. They were instead welcomed by a failing school district that would eventually find itself over half a billion dollars in debt. ... Read More
Toward a restorative community: Detroit's whole-neighborhood approach

Toward a restorative community: Detroit's whole-neighborhood approach

After years of restorative work in schools and other organizations including police, human services, court systems, corrections and neighborhood associations, the International Institute for Restorative Practices is embarking on a project to support an aligned restorative approach across these sectors. The goal is to have a positive impact on children and families throughout the city of Detroit. ... Read More
Learning from our past

Learning from our past

We are approaching the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riot which claimed countless lives and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and a disinvestment in Detroit from which, in my opinion, we have never truly recovered. ... Read More
Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Over the last two months, we held focus groups that allowed us to hear from Detroit residents about their experiences, ideas and hopes for the city and its children. These discussions, which were at once insightful, sobering and encouraging, contribute to our perspective of Detroit and help to inform our strategies to best help Detroit youth thrive. Here, we share a synthesis of our main takeaways. ... Read More