Where We Work
In Michigan, we bring communities together in our priority places of Battle Creek, Detroit and Grand Rapids to re-envision the places where people live, learn, work and play. Through collaborative planning among businesses, foundation partners and local leaders, efforts like Hope Starts Here in Detroit and Battle Creek Public Schools are removing barriers to opportunity and changing what’s possible for children and families. Other efforts are boosting entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in communities of color through capital investments in the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund and the Battle Creek Small Business Loan Fund and eliminating racial discrimination in hiring practices to diversify employment in the health care sector in Grand Rapids.
In Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula, we supported community-visioning processes to help elevate Indigenous voices and identify community priorities. Today, grantees are building alliances to improve primary school education, enhance multicultural, multi-lingual learning, and improve teacher quality and effectiveness. They are also growing family incomes by increasing agricultural production and new value chains; increasing access to quality maternal-infant health services and promoting potable water to improve nutrition. Nationally, we are improving systems to serve children and families include building stronger public-private partnerships with government and non-governmental organizations, such as including Indigenous communities as part of the Census process.