Foundation Relations Highlights
Private foundations including the Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Ford Community Corps and Ralph Wilson Legacy Funds support a wide range of programs at UM-Dearborn
The Environmental Interpretive Center, led by David Susko, is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Ford College Community Network program. Funds will support the PolliNation project, building insect hotels and education the community about local pollinators. Click here for a recent article about the PolliNation project.
Ford Community Corps
Six UM-Dearborn faculty; Mary Kraft, Natalie Sampson, Francine Banner, Sally Howell, Chis Samfilippo, and Jennifer Proctor, were awarded grants from the Ford Motor Company Fund’s Community Corps program, which pairs UM-Dearborn courses with local non-profits. These non-profit partners include: Bike Dearborn, Angela Hospice, Kids for Afghan Kids, Lifebuilders, the Arab American National Museum, Alternatives for Girls, Gleaners Community Food Bank, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and La Casa Guadalupana. Projects include creating a digital marketing plan, assisting with database creation, and building a PowerPoint presentation focused on the prevention of human trafficking.
Laura Cotton, curator of the Stamelos Gallery, was awarded a $30,000 grant for operating support of the Stamelos Gallery from the Kresge Foundation. This is the first grant of its kind for the new gallery space, which opened this fall. For more information on the new gallery, please click here.
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Professor Yunus Zeytuncu is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. This project will enable Professor Zeytuncu to run a Math Corps summer program in partnership with the Norwayne Boxing Gym.
Ralph Wilson Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Office of Extended Learning Opportunities within the College of Engineering and Computer Science received $15,000 to run a computational thinking and golf summer camp for middle-school aged girls at the Jefferson-Barns Community Vitality Center in Westland. The program pairs golf lessons and UM-Dearborn athletes with a coding class. Video about the program can be found here.