Happy resident Regina Martin (center) in the U-Snap-Bac office surrounded by members who helped Martin get a new furnace. From left: Shanin Green-Flowers, Linda Smith, Martin, Jawana Jackson, Tamala Carmichael. Photo by Lon Horwedel.

DETROIT (February 5, 2024) – Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) today announced $23.7 million in Phase 2 funding to support 32 Detroit nonprofits that serve or are led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Through two foundation-backed initiatives, the Community Development Organization (CDO) Fund and Elevating Community Development Organization (ECDO) Fund, Enterprise helps support the growth and sustainability of both the large, established CDOs and smaller, emerging CDOs that are critical to the health of the city. 

In Phase 1, Enterprise raised a combined $12.9 million to serve 31 grantees over three years. Now in Phase 2, funding has nearly doubled thanks to increased support from The Kresge Foundation; sustained support from Ford, Hudson-Webber, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., and W.K. Kellogg Foundations; as well as new funding from Ballmer Group and the Gilbert Family Foundation. The growth is a testament to Enterprise’s ability to leverage philanthropic dollars to help BIPOC-led and BIPOC-serving CDOs sustain and scale their work on the ground.

Of the new funding, $19.1 million will go toward the CDO Fund and $4.6 million toward the ECDO Fund, helping expand community development programs and services, hire additional staff, obtain additional funding and technical assistance, and access peer learning opportunities. The two funds are part of Enterprise’s Equitable Path Forward initiative to dismantle the deeply rooted legacy of systemic racism in housing and community development. The ECDO Fund is specifically focused on smaller, BIPOC-led CDOs, recognizing that these organizations face unique operating, fundraising, and sustainability challenges. 

“Since their launch, Enterprise’s CDO funds have been a model for how to center racial equity and support local organizations’ impactful work in neighborhoods that have experienced historic disinvestment. Thanks to our dynamic partnership of forward-thinking funders, we can help even more organizations continue their community-sustaining work,” said Melinda Clemons, vice president of the Central Midwest Market at Enterprise Community Partners. 

"Over the past three years, the Gilbert Family Foundation has launched several large-scale initiatives that are driven and executed by local CDOs, including the Detroit Tax Relief Fund and the Detroit Home Repair Fund,” said Laura Grannemann, Executive Director of the Gilbert Family Foundation. “Initiatives like these are not possible without robust support for CDO operations. We are proud to join other funders and Enterprise Community Partners to expand existing support for these partners who are foundational to community health, stability and equity.”

“The 32 organizations supported by this effort know their communities intimately. That positions them to provide an array of essential roles, from coordinating physical and economic development to social services to conveying needs and desires of residents to government,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, managing director of Kresge’s Detroit Program. “We are proud to support Enterprise in bringing together so many funders to pool resources for a single, streamlined application-administrative process for these indispensable partners in the city’s renewal.” 

"Ballmer Group is proud to support the CDO Fund and help local organizations build resources and sustainability," said Kylee Mitchell Well, Executive Director, Ballmer Group Southeast Michigan. "Proximate leadership is powerful and we're looking forward to seeing what these organizations accomplish."

The 25 CDO Fund grantees are:

  • BLVD Harambee
  • Bridging Communities
  • Brightmoor Alliance
  • Central Detroit Christian CDC
  • Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
  • Congress of Communities
  • Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance
  • Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
  • Eastside Community Network
  • E. Warren Development Corporation
  • HOPE Village Revitalization
  • Genesis Harbor of Opportunities Promoting Excellence
  • Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
  • Joy-Southfield CDC
  • MACC Development
  • MiSide Housing
  • North End Woodward Community Coalition
  • Osborn Neighborhood Alliance
  • Sinai Grace Guild CDC
  • Southwest Detroit Business Association
  • The Villages CDC
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiatives
  • U-SNAP-BAC (United Streets Networking and Planning; Building A Community)
  • Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation

The 7 ECDO Fund grantees are:

  • 360 Detroit, Inc.
  • Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corporation (Bailey Park Project)
  • Dream of Detroit
  • North Corktown Neighborhood Association
  • Northend Christian CDC
  • Northwest Goldberg Cares
  • Renaissance of Hope