Collaborative effort earns Foundation distinguished award

The Skillman Foundation was one of more than 200 funders nationwide to receive the Council on Foundations' 2010 Distinguished Grantmaking Award for Collaboration for its part in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

This award, the highest honor bestowed by the Council, is presented to all philanthropies participating in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for the "vision and leadership that has brought together funders nationwide in an unprecedented effort to bring groundbreaking pilot projects to scale, and to help low-income Americans build careers and businesses compete."

"We are excited by the Council's recognition of our efforts in Detroit to help low-income workers get jobs and advance in careers," said Tonya Allen, vice president of program. "It is recognition that we are working with our local philanthropic partners to pool our resources and make a difference."

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods - Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey/Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody/Rouge and the Northend - and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.