Nine local organizations that promote public engagement in Detroit are being recognized for their innovative contributions with big foundation money. A total of $65,000 will go to these groups through a collaboration between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders.
Knight works to support already existing organizations, finding projects with momentum and using its resources to bolster these efforts. Rishi Jaitly, Detroit program director for the foundation, said the city already has lots of energy and enthusiasm around the issues of social entrepreneurship and citizen-centered public engagement. "Detroiters are blending entrepreneurship, creativity and civic action in imaginative ways," he said.
Those trends are reflected in the work of the grant recipients. The list of winners includes Street Democracy, The People of Detroit, Publius.org, Mt. Elliott Makerspace, LOVELAND Technologies, After 5 Detroit, Michigan Municipal League, Sunday Dinner Company, and Peoplemovers.com.
The groups will split the $65,000 total grant, and CEOs for Cities will track each of the organizations' efforts to gauge their success over the course of the next year.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.