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AFP Interview Series: Allan Gilmour

The former Wayne State University President on revitalizing Midtown

AFP Interview Series: Nominees Ambassador Ronald and Eileen Weiser

The duo strives to improve the welfare of students and children in Michigan

AFP Interview Series: Nominee JPMorgan Chase

The United States’ largest bank is investing millions in the future of Detroit

AFP Interview Series: Nominee Rich Homberg

Rich Homberg became president and CEO of Detroit Public Television in 2008, at the height of the Motor City's recession.

AFP Interview Series: Nominee Detroit Feedback Loop

Wayne State students save food for Detroit’s less fortunate
Darin McKeever

AFP Interview Series: Nominee William Davidson Foundation

William Davidson established his namesake foundation in 2005, prioritizing Jewish life and education, economic, cultural, and civic vitality of southeastern Michigan and Israel for his philanthropic efforts.

AFP Interview Series: Nominee Karen Smithbauer

The Autism Alliance of Michigan has nominated Karen Wilson Colina Smithbauer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Edmund T. Ahee Jewel Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.

AFP Interview Series: Nominee Tracy Utech

With over 20 years of experience, Utech and her team have championed funds that have seen benefit outside of Wayne State’s campus.


Social media platforms allow activists to support the causes they’re passionate about from the comfort of their own computers, tablets, or cellular devices. Can this method effect true change?
Do Good

Do Good

Donors, fundraising professionals, and volunteers will shine at the 2018 Philanthropy Day Awards. Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter, the awards recognize the works of local philanthropists.

Advocacy in the New Age

Emma Gonzalez, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. and outspoken activist, stood on stage with the U.S. Capitol outlined behind her.

Mending Through Metal

Following decades of distress, Detroit has been dubbed the comeback city. To make that reputation a reality for some residents, it’s needed people like Joanne Ewald, the 56-year-old from West Bloomfield who founded Mend on the Move.
Sara Majoros stands outside of Common Ground in Pontiac

On Call

At 8:15 on a Tuesday evening, Sara Majoros picks up the phone. On the other end is a man named Jared who explains he’s calling in to Common Ground’s 24-hour resource and crisis help line in Pontiac because he’s feeling lonely and overwhelmed.

Q&A: Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is perhaps best known as the former president of Planned Parenthood — she retired from her 12-year role at the women’s health nonprofit earlier this year.

Growing Together

The brainchild of co-founder Alex Southern, Grow Detroit is a community platform that was created “with the idea that we would host events at the most promising, up-and-coming companies in southeast Michigan,” he says.

Farm Friends

When newborn Jim and Jill were left outdoors in the cold Michigan winter last January, their owner covered up the frostbite they endured as a birth defect.

An Hour with … Dr. M. Roy Wilson

Wayne State University has always been a cornerstone of Detroit’s giving spirit, and since appointing Dr. M. Roy Wilson as president in 2013, the university has revved up its efforts to rehabilitate the urban community that surrounds it.
Merton Spencer

An LGBTQ+ Godsend

Rainbow spiral flags hang from trees, and a large vinyl banner strung across the exterior reads, “All are welcome in this place.” ReconcilingWorks’ multicolor logo is nearby, signaling that the LGBTQ+ community will be met with open arms.

The Good

National brand Warby Parker’s new Ann Arbor retail space is offering more than fashionable eyewear. Alongside eyeglasses and sunglasses, the location has a room dedicated to pencils, which are organized by color in glass containers.

Ascension Providence Foundation

Ascension Providence Foundation’s purpose is to secure philanthropic gifts to support the programs of Ascension Providence Hospital and to serve all persons with special attention given to the poor and vulnerable.