What We Fund

The Skillman Foundation partners with people to transform education systems, nurturing the brilliance and power of Detroit youth. We invest in the power of Detroit youth, educators, and other community members who support young people to design and influence change. And we invest in advocacy that shifts policies and resource allocation to benefit Detroit kids.

Grant Partner Requirements

  • Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and provide your tax ID (EIN) number or be a government or public agency (city, county, state, public school district)
  • Be a publicly supported charity as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • In policy and practice, offer opportunity and service to all, regardless of age, race, creed, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity

What We Don’t Fund

  • For-profit institutions
  • Endowments, building campaigns, or capital costs, including construction, renovation, or equipment
  • Political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against pieces of legislation


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