For lending capital to support start-up/early stage retail and creative businesses in Detroit.
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.
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.
To continue support of a key funders collaborative that drives economic development for the Detroit region through coordinated entrepreneurial and place-making activities.
To mobilize hundreds of residents to fund and champion Detroit entrepreneurs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.