AN EQUITABLE SOLUTION FOR DETROIT
In Detroit, 80% of the population are of African descent, but 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
changemakers of African descent in the city.
Donate to become a member that supports businesses led by people of African descent and builds community.
distributed to businesses and organizations led by Detroiters of African descent.
Due to the benevolence of a sponsor, limited amount of tickets are available for $25.
Are you currently leading a nonprofit in Detroit, making a positive impact?
Could you achieve greater outcomes with increased financial resources?
Then join us for this enriching two-day seminar and learn the fundraising techniques and strategies used by some of the more successful organizations in Detroit.
By pooling our resources together, we can help fund businesses and non-profits led by Detroiters of African descent that support our local economy.
When funded projects become successful, the return on investment ultimately leads to neighborhood stabilization.
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.
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.
A model and thriving city of fully empowered, responsive leaders and entrepreneurs reflective of its demographics.
We want 1 million members to contribute $1/week to fund our plan to change lives and impact residents and communities in Detroit that are predominantly of African descent..
To provide funding for entrepreneurs of African descent in the city of Detroit.
WHY BLACK LEADERS DETROIT?
OUR CORE VALUES
When it comes to achieving true equity, the solutions that members of the community bring to the table are equally as valuable as funding.
We believe trust is earned not given. We are transparent in our practices, processes, and decision making.
We celebrate creativity and innovation. We take risks to establish a fair playing field.
We Are All Heroes
We recognize that everyone’s contribution has value and together is the ONLY way to save the day.
Dwan Dandridge during 2022's Ride For Equity
Detroit Drip Grant Winner
Ken Elkins, close-up
Dwan Dandridge during 2022's Ride For Equity
businesses and organizations supported
BLD was interested in my vision, the performance of my business, and my future goals. I felt like, "Ok I'm being heard...like really being heard!" I can't explain how proud I felt that a organization that does not know me personally invested in me. Yes, I understand its a loan but no freaking interest? They are taking a chance on me!
I actually thought the [loan] process was pretty simple, quite honestly. As long as you have your documentation, you can move through the process quickly. I felt like I got updates timely. Larenz was on it! So, every time I updated a document, the system would let me know if I had a question. My phone calls were always returned. If I sent an email, the response was prompt. Simple.
Jacquie Munson Gaines
My first interaction with Black Leaders Detroit was when you all knocked on the door and gave us a $2,000 grant. I was literally in my office packing, and Dwan put a check in my hands. And I knew from day one that Black Leaders Detroit is serious about that work.
Khary Kimani Turner
Coleman A. Young Foundation.
Director of Membership & Events
Development and Communications
Loan & Administrative
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission
Spirit of Detroit Project
Ford Motor Company
Rise Up Higher
Operations School + OPSIDIA
Central Detroit Christian
Dream Studio Detroit
Community Engagement Director
Good Cakes and Bakes
Senior Vice President
University of Detroit Mercy
The Kresge Foundation
Corporate Engagement Specialist
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 Entrepreneurs of African descent.
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Jack Elsey Jr.
Partner & CEO
Detroit Children's Fund
British Artist and Social Entrepreneur
Director of Community Development
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency