Who We Are
The Skillman Foundation is a grantmaking organization established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. We support youth and their advocates to transform the education system to meet the needs and aspirations of Detroit youth. Across our history, the Foundation has granted out more than $750 million and has served as a vocal advocate to strengthen K-12 education, afterschool programming, child-centered neighborhoods, youth and community leadership, and racial equity and justice.
We are in the process of developing a new strategic framework, co-designed with Detroit youth and their champions. Follow updates here on our website and on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
We partner with people to transform the education system, nurturing the brilliance and power of Detroit youth.
Detroit youth are supported to design bold destinies.
We are following the will of Detroit youth to dream and design new possibilities together.
Racial Equity & Justice Focused
We enact racial equity within our practices and pursue the understanding and advancement of racial justice to change the odds for Detroit youth. We define racial equity as a level playing field for Black, Brown, and all people of color within current systems and structures. We define racial justice as shifting power to those most negatively impacted by the way things currently are so that they may redesigns systems and structures to benefit all.
Accountable to Each Other
We love that there is no place like Detroit. We will show up every day in partnership with each other, internally and externally, creating our shared future. We are connected.
Greater Than Grants
We extend all forms of capital – financial, reputational, and relational – thoughtfully, ethically, and equitably.
Listeners & Learners
We are guided by the brilliance of Detroit youth and community. We learn from our successes and our failures to continually improve ourselves, our organization, and our communities.
Code of Ethics
Click here to view The Skillman Foundation’s Code of Ethics for trustees and team members.