Poverty conference will explore role of philanthropy

DETROIT – Philanthropy professionals from across the country will visit Detroit next week to participate in a Skillman Foundation-sponsored conference that will explore ways to better support poor and working families.

In 2005, hurricanes Katrina and Rita served as a wake-up call about the fragile state of families living along the Gulf Coast. Sadly, nationwide many families are also vulnerable.

The conference, hosted by The Skillman Foundation and the membership association Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, will take place at the Omni Hotel June 26-28.

“No child should live in poverty,” said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss. “This is an important conference, and we’re pleased that foundations across the nation are rallying around this issue.”

Conference participants will examine which groups of Americans are most impacted by poverty, and the unique challenges it poses for them; how poverty affects children and families; and identify ways for foundations and other funders to collaborate.

On Tuesday, June 27, at 8 a.m., a special press conference will be held featuring Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss and Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count in Michigan Project Director. They will discuss Michigan data from the latest Kids Count report, which is being released across the country on June 27.

Kids Count in Michigan, a project of the Michigan League for Human Services and Michigan’s Children, is part of a national effort to measure the well-being of children at state and local levels. It is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, and the Michigan Association of United Ways.