The following is an excerpt from a posting by Chris Polk featured in DBusiness Magazine
As a professional fundraiser, a consultant on philanthropy, and a believer in the fundamental need for transformative change in Detroit, my entire career has focused on developing, packaging, articulating, and demonstrating impact for the good of the community in some way, shape, form, or fashion. In my opinion, that is the crux of our shared questions relating to philanthropy — “How do I create impact via my giving? Does it potentially align with my corporate priorities? And am I willing to invest my personal time, talent, or financial resources toward something which is meaningful to me?”
Transformative philanthropic commitments in Detroit from individuals, corporations, and foundations are continuing to shape the community and our shared future. The State of Michigan has seen its share of significant charitable investments and collaborative partnerships over the years, much due to the influx of dollars related to supporting higher education, health care, neighborhood development, and core social services. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s study titled, How America Gives, Michigan ranked 13th in terms of philanthropic output with more than $3.8 billion in philanthropic contributions for 2014.
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