News & Stories


Bill and Lisa Ford Launch $10 Million+ Endowment Campaign to Foster Brighter Futures for Detroit Region’s Youth

To celebrate the historic reopening of Michigan Central Station, Bill and Lisa Ford have established the Michigan Central Station Children’s Endowment Campaign. The campaign aims to raise at least $10 million to establish permanent endowments for Detroit area youth-serving nonprofit organizations.

Donor Story: Community honors lifetime philanthropist John G. Levy through Child Life endowment

It was John’s lifetime commitment to supporting children that inspired John’s family to establish the John G. Levy Endowment at the Children’s Foundation in support of Child Life Services at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Partner Highlight: Child Life Services and the importance of philanthropy

Child Life relies on philanthropy to provide care - and kids rely on Child Life for hope and healing.

Did you know you can create impact for children through your IRA?

Your individual retirement account (IRA) is an excellent tool for saving for your retirement years. Even better, it’s an extremely easy way to support children and families, today.

Donor Story: Derek Dickow fundraises on behalf of children at networking events

“I’ve always been a big supporter of The Foundation’s work,” said Dickow. “The goal with this was to not only raise funds, but awareness about what The Foundation is doing.

Ashok & Ingrid Sarnaik Endowed Scholarship Creates Opportunities for Fourth Graders at Detroit Public Schools

Through the Ashok & Ingrid Sarnaik Endowment to Create Ladders of Opportunity for Youth, Darius and Kourtney were presented with $2,500 scholarships which will be used toward future educational and vocational endeavors.

Donor Story: 16-year-old raises $40,000 to save hundreds of children’s lives

Seventeen-year-old high school student Reem Siddiqui impressively continues her fundraising efforts in support of transportation for Sickle Cell Disease patients at Children's Hospital of Michigan. To date, she has raised $40,000 for The Children's Foundation:

Child Life Services: Helping kids be kids during injury and illness

Child Life Specialist have unique training in child development, education, and psychology so they can provide patient and family-centered care using evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions.

Black history is today: 5 community partnerships empowering Black youth

Black History Month is a time to reflect and honor the contributions, triumphs, and struggles of Black leaders throughout history – but it is also a time to think about how we can create a more hopeful and equitable future.


Together, with donors and community organizations, The Foundation is finding new, significant opportunities to impact the health and wellness of children and families in Michigan not only today but for generations to come.

Snowpile delivers hope and joy to families of hospitalized children during the holidays

Snowpile provides gifts not only to children who are too sick to enjoy the holidays at home, but also for their siblings. The event brings joy to these children and their families, as well as alleviates the stress associated with holiday gift giving – including time spent shopping, cost, wrapping, and more!

DPYC: Empowering kids to give

The Detroit Philanthropic Youth Council (DPYC) launched in September 2022 as a collaboration between The Children’s Foundation, Catholic Foundation of Michigan and the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation. Their goal is to teach high school students about philanthropy and to create real, substantial community impact.

A letter from Larry – December 2022

This December also marks the end of my tenure at The Children’s Foundation.