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.
distributed to black-led businesses and organizations.
By pooling our resources together, we can help fund Black-led businesses and non-profits 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 black residents and communities in Detroit.
To provide financial support for diverse social and community impact projects originated and led by Detroiters of African descent.
WHY BLACK LEADERS DETROIT?
BLD will leverage long-standing local and national self-empowerment sentiment among African-Americans with current social media networking habits and mobile application technology into an ongoing $1 per week funding campaign.
Socioeconomic inequity has led to tension, mistrust, justifiable frustration, and what some call the emergence of an “old and new” Detroit narrative.
Decades long divestment coupled with white (and black) flight depleted the city’s tax base and severely limited economic development, especially within neighborhoods.
The remaining African American middle class that stayed the course decry the absence of interest, investment, and stabilization efforts to further empower them and grow their numbers.
With positive population growth in Detroit, economic opportunities abound in certain sectors but sorely lack local African American leadership or participation.
A Detroit Future City report charts a plummeting of Detroit’s middle class from 54% to 25% from 1990 to 2010.
Director of Membership Growth & Events
Development & Communications Coordinator
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deputy Administrator Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission
Spirit of Detroit Project
Ford Motor Company
Rise Up Higher
Central Detroit Christian
Corporate Engagement Specialist
Good Cakes and Bakes
Senior Vice President
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 Black Entrepreneurs.
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Jack Elsey Jr.
Partner & CEO
Detroit Children's Fund
British Artist and Social Entrepreneur