Anyone can be a leader in his or her community to create social change -- all it takes is passion.
That's according to Detroit 4 Detroit, a local branch of the Washington-D.C.-based Citizen Effect, which promotes grassroots fundraising. And the organization's leaders are ready to explain just how Detroiters can get involved in what it calls "citizen philanthropy."
Detroit 4 Detroit matches individuals with non-profit organizations like the Brightmoor Alliance, COTS, ACCESS and Summer in the City, to raise funds for specific projects that impact education, health, homelessness, food security, urban revitalization or job skills. Each individual, or "citizen philanthropist," becomes the champion for a single project, like SER Metro Detroit's plan to start a computer lab in Southwest Detroit.
Detroit 4 Detroit's role is to help those citizen philanthropists come up with a strategy to use their social networks and creative fundraising ideas -- anything from an auction to a chili cook-off -- to meet fundraising goals, which range from $1,000 to $10,000 for the different projects.
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