The Skillman Foundation

Detroit, MI   |  http://www.skillman.org

Mission

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that invests in the brilliance and power of Detroit youth.

Ruling year info

2006

President & CEO

Angelique Power

Main address

100 Talon Centre Dr., Ste. 100

Detroit, MI 48207 USA

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EIN

38-1675780

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Our programs

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Good Neighborhoods Program

Launched in 2006, Good Neighborhoods (GN) is a 10-year, $100-million program that focuses on six Detroit neighborhoods -- Brightmoor, Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge, Northend Central Woodward, Osborn and Southwest Detroit -- they were selected because of the large numbers of children living there. The foundation tailors its approach in each place so that children have clear pathways to graduating high school and leading successful lives as adults. To do that, foundation will focus on four areas: high-quality education; youth development; safety; and community leadership

Population(s) Served

The program is a commitment to attacking old problems in new ways, working with unlikely partners, piloting programs, reacting quickly as external context dictates, trying new things and being unafraid to fail -- as long as we're failing forward. The foundation is also introducing new types of funding, include Program-Related Investments and Mission-Related Investments, and soon, social venture funds.The program's goal is to unleash social innovation and market-based solutions to benefit children, support education and strengthen neighborhoods

Population(s) Served

The foundation matches gifts of employees to various charitable organizations

Population(s) Served

The foundation believes all children in Detroit should have access to high-quality schools right in their neighborhoods. The foundation thinks this means excellent math and reading instruction, a school culture that personalizes students’ experiences and incorporates students’ voice in decision making, and strong connections between the school and community. The overall goal is to develop high-performing schools, embedded in each neighborhood of Detroit

Population(s) Served

The program provides a way for the foundation to support innovative, grassroots efforts to impact community change in the six targeted neighborhoods. The foundation typically awards grants to nonprofit organizations with federal tax-exempt status and revenues greater than $100,000. It awards grants of $500 to $5,000 and gives the foundation flexibility to provide opportunities beyond these limitations and makes it possible to respond quickly to community needs. A panel made up of residents from six neighborhoods meets monthly to review grant applications and make funding recommendations for grants. To learn more, or apply for a small grant, visit the foundation's partner and program administrator Prevention Network: http://www.preventionnetwork.org/grants.aspx

Population(s) Served

Historically, the foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to a youth development organization for a program designed to promote financial education

Population(s) Served

The goal of the program is to increase the felt and real safety of children living in our neighborhoods, with an initial focus on work in Osborn, Southwest Detroit and Cody Rouge. The foundation is working with residents, grassroots safety organizations, the city of Detroit police department, corporate partners, other citywide safety initiatives and youth to improve neighborhood-level safety and reduce crime, improve safe routes to school and reduce blight.

Population(s) Served

The program's goal is to address community divisions that undercut progress through investments in community leadership. The program will identify opportunities to bridge New Detroit and Old Detroit and drive an “Our Detroit” framework, build out crosscutting, intensive leadership opportunities for key, diverse leaders, and build on the extraordinary success of the small grants program and integrate opportunities for “unlikely partners” to work together, reposition and expand parent leadership work, build out “caring adults” work, focusing on key strategy levers and address family literacy and other academic tutoring


Population(s) Served

The program's goal is to increase the number of youth who graduate from high school prepared to pursue post-secondary education and who have the skills to transition into careers and adulthood. A central strategy the foundation uses to pursue that goal is increasing the quantity and quality of youth development opportunities in six Detroit neighborhoods — Brightmoor, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central, Osborn, and Southwest Detroit. The foundation will use a competitive RFP process

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The Skillman Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Kramer

Soloman Kinloch

Mary Kramer

Suzanne Shank

Denise Ilitch

Ron Hall

Jerry Norcia

Mark Reuss

Elizabeth Morales

Gary Torgow

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/21/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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