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AN EQUITABLE SOLUTION FOR DETROIT

The nationally lauded resurgence of Detroit which has led some to label it “America’s comeback city,” has sorely lacked one thing- the equitable participation of its African American residents who still comprise over 80% of its populace.

$568,000

funding issued to date by BLD to black-led businesses and organizations.

RIDE FOR EQUITY
RIDE FOR COMMUNITY

DETROIT TO MACKINAW CITY
MAY 22 -28, 2022

 

Cooperative Economics

By pooling our resources together, we can help fund projects that support our own narrative.

Neighborhood Stabilization

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

Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy starts with an intentional economic foundation. We plan to strengthen 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, the Black Leaders Detroit Fund 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 FUND?

Ongoing Support

BLD Fund 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.

Restoring Trust

Socioeconomic inequity has led to tension, mistrust, justifiable frustration, and what some call the emergence of an “old and new” Detroit narrative.

Neighborhood Stabilization

Decades long divestment coupled with white (and black) flight depleted the city’s tax base and severely limited economic development, especially within neighborhoods.

Self-Empowerment

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.

New Opportunities

With positive population growth in Detroit, economic opportunities abound in certain sectors but sorely lack local African American leadership or participation.

Wealth Building

A recent Detroit Future City report charts a plummeting of Detroit’s middle class from 54% to 25% from 1990 to 2010.

 

OUR TEAM

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Dwan Dandridge

CEO/Founder

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Ken Elkins

COO/Co-Founder

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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

Advisory Director
PWC

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Aprila Ringo

Education Assistant
Central Detroit Christian

 
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Executive Director
Degree Forward

Danielle North

Kathy Morgan

Corporate Engagement Specialist
Flagstar Bank

Leon Petty

Owner
Go Green

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April Anderson

Owner
Good Cakes and Bakes

Jason Barnett

Senior Vice President
Invest Detroit

 
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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

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

OUR PARTNERS

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