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Monthly Archives: May 2021

ComNetworkDETROIT: How to Gain Impactful Media Coverage

by: Natalie Fotias | May. 25th, 2021 Having a media strategy is important for raising awareness about your organization’s work and mission. It can help you attract new advocates, donors, and volunteers; build the credibility of your organization and its leaders; challenge negative perceptions about the people you serve; and help influence public opinion and […]

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Let’s Talk: Supporting Black-Led Nonprofits

by: Terry Whitfield | May. 17th, 2021 A discussion of the funding & leadership development challenges for Black-led organizations and how these opportunity gaps can be closed.   About this event Skillman Foundation Program Officer Terry Whitfield moderates a conversation with Allandra Bulger of Co.act Detroit, Nicole Wilson of The Yunion and Black Executive Director Alliance of Detroit, and Shawn H. Wilson of […]

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Youth Employment to Advance Workplace Equity

by: Urban Alliance | May. 13th, 2021 Join Urban Alliance and The Skillman Foundation for a webinar examining how youth workforce development is essential to building more diverse, equitable talent pipelines and sharing best practices from Detroit for effectively implementing this work. Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 11am-12 pm EDT Across the country, companies are […]

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

by: The Skillman Foundation | May. 12th, 2021 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 […]

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From Citywide to Neighborhood-Based: Two Decades of Learning, Prioritization, and Strategic Action to Build The Skillman Foundation’s Youth-Development Systems

by: The Skillman Foundation | May. 12th, 2021 This article is informed by evaluation reports and memos, interviews, meetings with foundation staff and community stakeholders, foundation documents, research from the field, and a previous article in The Foundation Review about Skillman’s work (Brown, Colombo, & Hughes, 2009). It chronicles the history, challenges, and lessons of […]

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Changemaking: Building Strategic Competence

by: The Skillman Foundation | May. 12th, 2021 This article aims to capture The Skillman Foundation’s initial lessons about changemaking practice by examining how one foundation with a genuine desire to expand the range and scope of its own practice is building its strategic competence, and by highlighting what it is learning that is likely […]

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Foundation Readiness for Community Transformation: Learning in Real Time

by: The Skillman Foundation | May. 12th, 2021 The article conveys a snapshot of a complex undertaking very much in development; there is value in examining and sharing it now because many of the readiness issues facing this foundation are ones with which others have struggled, not always successfully. Read the report.

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Standardized Testing for Michigan Students Begins, But Debate Carries On

by: Ammara Ansari | May. 4th, 2021 This blog was co-authored with Walter Cook, a researcher with the Detroit Education Research Partnership at Wayne State University Statewide Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, has begun for Michigan students, after much debate. There has been a range of perspectives and opinions from school administrators, teachers, policymakers, child advocates, and researchers about the benefits and costs of testing students’ academic […]

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At the heart of education is great educators

by: Teach 313 | May. 3rd, 2021 Brave and Talented Detroit Educators,    We continue to celebrate, champion, and honor your hearts, your work, and your passion for teaching, leading, and loving our students and school communities. This year, we hope you have felt and received revolutionary collective love. YOU are children’s and school communities’ essential warriors and frontline champions!  Throughout the week, we will be sharing tools and strategies to add to your self-care toolbox.     Why? The health pandemic […]

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