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AN EQUITABLE SOLUTION FOR DETROIT

In Detroit, 80% of the population is Black, while only a chosen few have been funded to lead the city’s “comeback.” Black Leaders Detroit will change that by challenging 1 million people to give at least $1/week to elevate

Black changemakers in the city.

Donate to become a member that supports Black-led businesses and builds community.

$733,000

distributed to black-led businesses and organizations.

 

Group Economics

By pooling our resources together, we can help fund Black-led businesses and non-profits that support our local economy.

Stable Neighborhoods

When funded projects become successful, the return on investment ultimately leads to neighborhood stabilization.

Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself and the things that are important to you. We will control our narrative by strengthening the economic foundation of our communities.

 
ABOUT US

Fully aware that Detroiters of African descent have never lacked creativity, viable economic strategies, entrepreneurial zeal, or innovative business

models, Black Leaders Detroit aims to diminish the disparities by providing the one thing that has been lacking: financial support.

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OUR VISION

A model and thriving city of fully empowered, responsive leaders and entrepreneurs reflective of its demographics.

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OUR PLAN

We want 1 million members to contribute $1/week to fund our plan to change lives and impact black residents and communities in Detroit.

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OUR MISSION

To provide financial support for diverse social and community impact projects originated and led by Detroiters of African descent.

WHY BLACK LEADERS DETROIT?
OUR CORE VALUES

Cultivating Shared Power

In traditional philanthropic circles, resources are often shared but rarely power. When it comes to achieving true equity, the solutions that members of the community bring to the table are equally as valuable as funding. 

Championing Transparency 

We are committed to honesty, integrity, and transparency. We ask for more than just trust -- we want accountability. 

Changing The Game 

Creativty and innovation motivates action: to take risks, encourage new ideas, and constantly strive to exceed expectations. 

Changing The Face Of The Hero

Mobilizing the community to pool their resources together and transform the idea of philanthropy using the principles of group economics. 

 

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OUR TEAM

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Dwan Dandridge

CEO/Founder

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Ken Elkins

COO/Co-Founder

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Sharea Ayers

Director of Membership Growth & Events

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Jarod Pratt

Development & Communications Coordinator

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Kevin Taylor

Loan Officer

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kim Uhuru

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Deputy Administrator Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission

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Quan Neloms

Career Counselor

Wayne RESA

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Shannon Gaston

Director

Spirit of Detroit Project

Duan’te Anderson

Area Manager
Ford Motor Company

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Dominique Campbell

Founder
Rise Up Higher

FUNDING BOARD

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Rachael Allen

COO
Marygrove Conservancy

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Verne Perigord

Partner
PWC Consulting

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Aprila Ringo

Education Assistant
Central Detroit Christian

 
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Danielle North

Executive Director 

Degree Forward  

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Kathy Morgan

Community Engagement Director
Flagstar Foundation

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Leon Petty

Owner
Go Green

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April Anderson

Owner
Good Cakes and Bakes

Jason Barnett

Senior Vice President
Invest Detroit

LaTrice McClendon

 Community President

Huntington Bank

Danielle North

Executive Director
Degree Forward

Kathy Morgan

Corporate Engagement Specialist
Flagstar Bank

Leon Petty

Owner
Go Green

 

ALLY COUNCIL

Though the group that we are looking to provide financial support for is very specific, the supporters of the work come from varied backgrounds. We are glad to have committed allies that are invested in the work that we are doing. We have asked some of them to serve on an ally council. This council will serve as a vital piece when it comes to BLD creating access to capital for Black Entrepreneurs.

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Doug Stewart

Executive Director 

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

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Cindy Eggleton

Executive Director
Brilliant Detroit

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Jim Tenzillo

Vice President

Invest Michigan

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Jack Elsey Jr.

Partner & CEO

Detroit Children's Fund

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Chris Lambert

CEO

Life Remodeled

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Marcus Lyon

British Artist and Social Entrepreneur

OUR PARTNERS

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