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Donor Story: 18-year-old raises $50,000 to save hundreds of children’s lives

Eighteen-year-old recent high school graduate, Reem Siddiqui, impressively continues her fundraising efforts in support of transportation for Sickle Cell Disease patients at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Reducing unintentional injuries in children through prevention programming

Since 2022, The Children’s Foundation has awarded more than $280,000 to community partners that support programs that help reduce unintentional injuries and deaths in children.

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.

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.

Fit Kids 360: Helping families create healthy lifestyles

As with many aspects of life, childhood is when foundational habits for nutrition and physical activity are established.

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.

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.


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!

Detroit Swims: Michigan youth float, paddle, and glide to confidence

Detroit Swims reaches deeper than basic swimming skills--it addresses issues of health, fitness, safety, self-esteem, and well-being that youth in Michigan need more than ever.

Detroit Cristo Rey High School: Free eyeglasses program increases equity in learning

Many of the students who attend Detroit Cristo Rey do not have access to regular eyecare, and vision impairments seriously disrupt their learning.

Entrepreneurs 4 Kids: High School students learn from innovators and thinkers at Ann Arbor’s Tech Trek

As a result of opportunities and experiences like Tech Trek, students believe in their ideas, themselves, and feel inspired to turn their entrepreneurial goals and visions into reality.

Spirit of Children raises funds to ensure hospitalized kids feel safe and supported

Hospitalized children who might otherwise miss the treat of celebrating Halloween attended a special, not-so-spooky party enabled by Spirit of Children, the philanthropic arm of Spirit Halloween stores.