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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.

Pediatric cancer research provides hope for children like Lakelyn

In May 2019, three-month-old Lakelyn was rushed to Emergency at Children's Hospital of Michigan after showing multiple concerning symptoms. After multiple tests, doctors discovered bleeding on the brain.

Is all giving created equal?

When you consider the charitable causes you support, are they the same ones your parents give to? Or your neighbors? Or your school classmate? Of course not.

Buildup STEAM: Enabling hospitalized kids to cope and create

For kids who are in the hospital, any positive interactions go a long way. When their life is consumed by tests, tubes, and healing, any chance to experience a normal childhood is essential to their positive mental state. That’s exactly what Buildup STEAM is set out to do: enable hospitalized kids to be kids.

2023 grants announced, totalling more than $3.8 million

The Children’s Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded 89 grants in 2023. Combined, these awards total more than $3.8 million to support projects in the Community Benefit, Research, and Education pillars. Since 2011, the Foundation has granted $80 million to partners in our community.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz: Making sure all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood

In 2018, Free Bikes 4 Kidz began their mission in the Detroit area, collecting donated bikes, cleaning, and refurbishing them, to then give them away to kids.

Inclusively Fit: Improving health and providing hope to the special needs and disabled communities

For kids who are in the hospital, any positive interactions go a long way. When their life is consumed by tests, tubes, and healing, any chance to experience a normal childhood is essential to their positive mental state. That’s exactly what Buildup STEAM is set out to do: enable hospitalized kids to be kids.

A letter from Larry – October 2021

Our Board of Trustees recently elected Luanne Thomas Ewald as the new Chair of our board. Luanne is an exceptional leader.

The Children’s Foundation Announces New Board Leadership

Luanne Thomas Ewald to succeed Matt Friedman as Chair

Kids Kicking Cancer: Helping kids cope with pediatric illness

For kids who are in the hospital, any positive interactions go a long way. When their life is consumed by tests, tubes, and healing, any chance to experience a normal childhood is essential to their positive mental state. That’s exactly what Buildup STEAM is set out to do: enable hospitalized kids to be kids.

The Children’s Foundation Receives $1 Million Donation to Address Socioeconomical Disparities in Youth

The endowment will support child and youth development in the Detroit Public Schools Community District