Foundation Initiatives

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is a Children’s Foundation initiative that supports the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Funds support numerous programs, research efforts and education. The outcomes are a direct result of the combination of expertise and passion to help children by providing our partners with the resources to support child health advocacy and outreach, pediatric medical research and medical education.

As the largest recipient of the Foundation’s grants, together we set an example of what can be done with a focused commitment to support programs that advance our mission to impact the health and wellness of children and their families.

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Jamie Daniels Foundation

The Jamie Daniels Foundation was established by the Daniels family in honor of their late son, Jamie, who died from an overdose at the age of 23 while receiving treatment for addiction. Despite the support of his family, Jamie’s life was tragically lost due to substandard care and the predatory practices that exist in the billion-dollar addiction-recovery business. The Children’s Foundation assists the Jamie Daniels Foundation with fund development, financial management, and generating awareness about the opioid abuse epidemic. Resources generated through this collaboration are used to further the Jamie Daniels Foundation’s mission of assisting individuals and families who are struggling with addiction by providing the education, resources, professional guidance, and the support they need to make recovery possible. Mental health is among the Foundation’s primary granting focus areas.

Leaders for Kids

Leaders for Kids is an organization comprised of emerging leaders from Southeast Michigan who are passionate about the health and wellness of children in the region and the charitable work being performed by The Children’s Foundation. The purpose of LFK is to serve as ambassadors to raise awareness of the Foundation’s critical mission; conduct fundraising for the Foundation’s pediatric medical research, pediatric medical education and community benefit programs and develop, sponsor and support community education and events on key issues that advance the health of children in Southeast Michigan.
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Paul W. Smith Charities

The Paul W. Smith Charities benefits The Children’s Foundation, Detroit PAL, Variety and the Children’s Center.  Paul W. Smith raises funds through the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic, which has raised more than $5.5 million over 15 years, and the Paul W. Smith Caring for Kids Club which was established in 2020.

First Tee – Greater Detroit

First Tee enables youth in Detroit to build their strength of character through the game of golf. First Tee – Greater Detroit is one of the organization’s first established chapters. For more than 20 years, First Tee has worked with schools, parents, and the community, to provide active learning experiences that help youth build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that they can carry to everything they do. The program seamlessly integrates the game of golf with a life skills curriculum that progresses through seven levels for kids ages five to 18.

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Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts (DEYA)

The Children’s Foundation, in partnership with Sperling Arts Strategies, has created the Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts (DEYA) initiative to bring multi-disciplinary arts experiences to underserved children and youth in the Detroit area.