Foundation revamps program areas, staff structure

Detroit - In an effort to become a more focused, flexible and results-driven grantmaker, The Skillman Foundation has reorganized its programming priorities, and will now make grants in three newly named program areas: Good Schools, Good Neighborhoods, and Good Opportunities.

"Our mission to improve the lives of children in Detroit hasn't changed," said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss, "but we're going to focus our funding efforts on improving Detroit's schools and making six Detroit neighborhoods places where children can prosper."

The Good Schools and Good Neighborhoods program areas are the primary focus of the Foundation's grantmaking. The Good Opportunities program area is set up to support the Foundation's primary work and to invest in special opportunities that can accomplish significant results for children. Though the Foundation will make grants throughout Southeast Michigan, the bulk of its grant dollars will be spent in six Detroit neighborhoods -- Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey-Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Central, and Cody-Rouge -- and on innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.

Goss also announced the following organizational changes:

  • Tonya Allen has been promoted to vice president of programs, and will oversee the Foundation's grantmaking operations.
  • Andrea Cole was named chief financial officer, and will oversee the Foundation's finance & operations department.
  • Ed Egnatios was promoted to senior program officer, and will head the Good Neighborhoods program area.
  • Marie Colombo was named knowledge management officer, and will collect and share data with Skillman grantees and stakeholders.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in metropolitan Detroit by improving their homes, schools and neighborhoods. Skillman grantmaking supports nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties, with a special emphasis on organizations working in the city of Detroit.