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.

Math Corps: Where love is exponential

This six-week camp program uses a “kids teach kids” model, where high school students serve as paid teaching assistants and role models for the younger middle school students.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan: Brand new Esports Lounge inspires and develops youth

A multi-dimensional collaboration between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, The Children’s Foundation and the Detroit Red Wings endows youth with skills that can set them up for successful futures.

The Children’s Center: Providing basic needs for Detroit families

Having a bed to sleep on, clothing to wear, or food to eat impacts the physical, social, emotional, and day-to-day wellbeing of families—and their budgets should not have to be stretched thin to provide these items.

First Tee – Greater Detroit: Building character and developing youth through golf

Independent research of the program found that after three years of participation, 73% of youth reported high assurance in the ability to succeed academically, and 82% felt confident about their social skills.

Aaron Neal receives 2022 Behavioral Health Scholarship

Mr. Neal is a phenomenally trained clinician, a dedicated researcher, an outstanding student, and a fierce child advocate.

In colleges today, more support is needed

We are now supporting seven collegiate recovery programs throughout Michigan. These programs are designed to help students suffering from addiction stay alive and stay in school, stay on campus, and graduate.

A letter from Larry – August 2022

Well, as I mentioned last month things are very busy this summer for The Children’s Foundation and our affiliates. It’s a great time of year!

Racquet Up Detroit: The game of squash provides youth development opportunities for kids

Participants in Racquet Up Detroit play squash, but the nonprofit offers far more than a chance for youth to rally on an inner-city court.

Science of Grief: A podcast produced by young adults creates community to cope with grief

Grief is hard. And unfortunately, it is something everyone must handle and ultimately deal with. But there is a science to it – and part of healing grief is understanding exactly how it affects us.

Donor Story: A new generation brings big energy to Derby for Kids

For months, the Emerging Leaders devoted time, talent, and treasure, to recruit and lead a group of energetic, passionate, young professionals and parents who were enthusiastic about making Derby for Kids an incredible success.