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BMe Networks

To tap into the unrealized potential of black men as catalysts for positive community engagement by growing the BMe Network from 3,000 to 30,000 inspired black men and their friends over the next three years.

Innovators Guild: Detroit

To engage MIT Media Lab students, faculty, and member companies to work on developing a long-term relationship between Detroit communities and the MIT Media Lab community, benefiting both groups academically, technically, and socially.

New Economy Initiative

To continue support of a key funders collaborative that drives economic development for the Detroit region through coordinated entrepreneurial and place-making activities.

Black Male Engagement Fund- Detroit

For the Black Male Engagement (BMe) Fund which will provide grants to black men in Detroit who have shared their stories and are engaging others in strengthening their cities.


To build +Acumen, an online leadership academy to train social entrepreneurs with targeted outreach in four Knight communities.

DIA's Inside|Out Project

To support a study of the DIA’s Inside|Out project that will result in a playbook style replication guide for other Knight resident communities.

Engagement with Roosevelt Park

To promote local history, citizen engagement and provide entertainment and education opportunities through the development of Roosevelt Park at Michigan Central Station in Southwest Detroit.

Fundraising platform

To support the launch of Power2Give in Detroit and southeast Michigan, a Knight-funded online crowd sourced fundraising platform specifically designed for arts and culture organizations.

Black Male Re-Imagined Conference

For Black Male Re-Imagined II, a two day convening of high level influencers in the black male engagement space designed to transform perceptions of black men.

DeVos Helps Miami, Detroit Arts

To implement a series of intensive consultations with ten arts organizations in Miami and another ten in Detroit, as part two of the DeVos Institute's work in these communities.

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