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Ford Foundation:
Mission Statement – fordfoundation.com
  We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding  
Knight Foundation:
Mission Statement - knightfoundation.org
  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.  
Kresge Foundation:
Mission Statement – kresge.org
  To promote human progress. We advance our mission by:

•      Creating access and opportunity in underserved communities
•      Improving the health of low-income people
•      Supporting artistic expression
•      Increasing college achievement
•      Assisting in the revitalization of Detroit, and
•      Advancing methods for addressing global climate change.
 
Detroit Community Loan Fund:
Statement
  The goal of the DCLF is to increase economic activity in the city and strengthen the viability of small businesses. Small businesses typically provide a strong basis for community and neighborhood development and are the basis for sustainable growth. We are here to assist entrepreneurs in providing jobs to our community.  
New Economy Initiative:
Overview – neweconomyinitiative.cfsem.org/
  The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) was launched in 2008 as a unique philanthropic initiative aimed at helping to restore southeast Michigan to a position of leadership in the new global economy. NEI is committed to increasing prosperity and expanding opportunity for all residents and communities in the region. Ten national and local foundations have committed $100 million to this eight-year initiative to accelerate the transition of metro Detroit to an innovation-based economy.  
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