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Global Detroit 2020 – 2021 Impact Report

April 12, 2022

Global Detroit is a national leader advocating for and executing strategies to drive equitable local, regional and statewide economic growth through immigrant inclusion. We continue to develop and lead programs centered on global talent, entrepreneurship and neighborhoods with the aim of demonstrating their potential for large-scale impact. We also continue to conduct groundbreaking research, drive policy and serve as a leading advocate for immigrant inclusion as a strategy to build prosperity for everyone in Southeast Michigan.

Marygrove Conservancy Social Investment Case Study

December 14, 2021

In this two-page case study, learn how and why the Kresge Social Investment Practice made a $19 million guarantee in 2020 to the Marygrove Conservancy. Kresge's guarantee allowed the financing for a state-of-the-art early childhood center using New Market Tax Credits. Without the guarantee, lenders were unwilling to take the full faith and credit of the Conservancy to backstop the transaction.

Sharing Data Across Systems: Leveraging Homeless Service and Public Workforce Systems Data to Support Jobseekers Experiencing Homelessness

November 30, 2021

Employment success and housing stability go hand in hand. Although the public workforce and homeless service systems both serve homeless and unstably housed jobseekers, these systems work in silos in many communities. Collaboration is critical for these two systems to achieve their interrelated goals.One promising systems collaboration strategy is cross-system data sharing. This resource provides an overview of data sharing, explains how it can be used to better understand and meet the needs of workforce and homeless service populations in your community, and lifts up how Chicago and Detroit have successfully operationalized this strategy.

Building Inclusive Cities: Immigration and Neighborhood Change in Detroit

August 3, 2021

This report details the results of a two-year study of the impacts of rapid immigration growth in two Detroit neighborhoods, concluding that welcoming and supporting immigrants is a concrete, highly effective strategy to stabilize and revitalize disinvested neighborhoods with tangible benefits to both new and long-term residents. One of the first studies ever to look at the impacts of rapid immigration growth on neighborhoods and long-term residents, the findings could be applied to many post-industrial cities across the U.S. The study was conducted by Global Detroit in partnership with Alan Mallach and Data Driven Detroit.

LISC/Detroit Affordable Housing Leverage Fund (AHLF)

June 30, 2021

In this short case study, learn about the Kresge Social Investment Practice's investment of up to $10 million in a guarantee committee to the Detroit Affordable Housing Leverage Fund via LISC in 2020. This investment aimed to help Detroit close the financial gap in affordable housing development projects while encouraging the preservation of both naturally occurring and federally regulated affordable housing. AHLF is expected to deploy $250 million into the preservation of 10,000 units of existing affordable housing and the development of 2,000 new units of affordable housing.

The State of Economic Equity in Detroit

May 14, 2021

The State of Economic Equity in Detroit is a resource for those in the private and public sectors, foundations, nonprofits, community organizations, and residents to inform their actions to advance economic equity. These actions can include agenda setting, advocacy, policy, subject area research,  and goal-setting. Detroit Future City has identified 22 indicators across six focus areas. These indicators provide clear, measurable, and accurate data points that not only illustrate the current state of economic equity in Detroit, but can also be used to track economic equity over time. 

Promoting Thriving Families and Equitable Communities through Small Business Lending in Detroit

June 10, 2019

Like many U.S. cities, the majority of Detroit's residents – 86% – are people of color. Unlike many cities, more than 50,000 own small businesses, making Detroit the fourth largest city in America for entrepreneurship by individuals of color. Though they are major drivers of economic growth in the area, Detroit's entrepreneurs of color struggle to secure the financing necessary to start or grow their businesses. 

Partnerships for Health: Lessons for Bridging Community-Based Organizations and Health Care Organizations

January 31, 2018

Given the impact that social factors have on health status and expenditures, and the shift toward value-based payment models that reward providers based on outcomes, health care organizations (HCO) and community-based organizations (CBO) across the country are increasingly working together to address patients' social needs. In Massachusetts, MassHealth is investing in accountable care organizations and community partners to integrate physical health, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports and also funding certain approved "flexible services" that address health-related social needs that are not otherwise covered as MassHealth benefits. Based on a review of promising HCO-CBO partnership models, this brief outlines characteristics of effective HCO-CBO partnerships and provides recommendations to guide the development of successful collaborations between health care and social service organizations. 

Jobs in the Districts Report

January 1, 2018

Detroit's history of population decline since the 1950s is well documented and generally understood—at least in terms of raw numbers. But, getting a handle on the city's economy and job base at any point in time is less clear. People left Detroit over the last 60 years. But so too did commercial activity. And jobs. Population loss is a more straightforward analysis: it only goes one direction. Economic activity is more dynamic: workers commute in multiple directions, often back and forth across city boundaries every day. As businesses large and small, manufacturing centers, and institutions shifted outside the city, more resources and more jobs were pulled out. Where does Detroit stand from a jobs perspective today?

Kids Matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-Year Good Neighborhoods Initiative

August 18, 2017

Launched in 2006, the Skillman Foundation's ten-year, $100 million Good Neighborhoods Initiative succeeded in boosting education and community capacity in six neighborhoods, a comprehensive evaluation by the foundation finds. Based on nine individual evaluations focused on the initiative's efforts to improve school quality, strengthen community and civic leadership, support youth development, and improve safety, the report, Kids Matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-Year Good Neighborhoods Initiative, looks at how the initiative evolved through various phases, including community planning (2006-09), readiness and capacity building (2008-11), and implementation (2011-16); what it accomplished; and the lessons it offers. According to the report, the place-based initiative helped create networks of community leaders with improved capacity to influence local conditions on behalf of children; awarded more than eight hundred small grants to community leaders; and helped forge a cross-sector coalition focused on revamping financial and structural elements of Detroit's educational system. Indeed, between 2007 and 2015 high school graduation rates in the six neighborhoods targeted by the initiative increased from 65 percent to 80 percent, a much larger jump than for the city as a whole. Lessons for philanthropy include the importance of combining deep community engagement with investment in broader policy and systems change; recognizing, reinforcing, and renewing cultural values and norms guiding the work; investing in data and outcome measurement; and focusing on creating greater accountability by stakeholders.

Patterns of Disparity: Small Business Lending in the Detroit and Richmond Regions

August 9, 2017

This report examines bank lending to businesses in the Detroit and Richmond Regions. The purpose is to determine the extent to which banks are meeting the credit needs of businesses throughout those two regions. The focus of the report is on the smaller value loans under $100,000 that are most likely to support smaller, local businesses that provide employment and wealth-building opportunities for local residents.

Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy

July 1, 2017

This report summarizes the main findings of the recent research, revisiting the reasons why addressing diversity and equity issues in the cultural sector matters more than ever and reviewing six key findings related to national and local patterns of funding distribution, the demographics of people making funding decisions, and the distinct issues facing cultural organizations whose primary artistic mission is to serve communities of color or low-income communities. It concludes with suggestions for how to speed progress toward a more inclusive and equitable system of cultural philanthropy.