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Feature Story Ponyride co-founder Phil Cooley and Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan president and CEO Shawn Wilson

Ponyride and BGCSM: Behind the partnership that helped maker space evolve

A partnership that was already being forged in 2019 has now blossomed into a new model of operation for the organization, even perhaps saving it from becoming a footnote of Detroit entrepreneurship circa the 2010s.

Feature Story This mural by Detroit-based artist Ndubisi Okoye is one of eight murals that will be painted in six cities across Michigan. All of the murals are being created in collaboration with Detroit-based gallery and arts publisher 1xRUN and local artists to

Election 2020: What Detroit voters need to know

Is voting by mail safe? What should you do if your polling location is closed? How can you really spot fake news? Three experts debunk myths and share pointers on how to plan for this year's election.

Feature Story Youth with SUAMP paint a mural in pre-pandemic SW Detroit.

Resilient Neighborhoods: How two Detroit nonprofits reinvented youth career development for COVID-19

For UNI and GenesisHOPE, 2020 has been an unusual year to take on youth career development programming. In fact, the pandemic has made it impossible not to do things differently.  

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Live6 provides patio furniture to small businesses on Livernois to stimulate local commerceNonprofit Journal Project

Due to the stay-at-home order and business shutdowns, restaurants and eateries could not open as usual. So we stepped in to help.

Partner Content Bronson Wellness Center Health Educator Isabel Hinton shares healthy eating tips in a video from Online Learning in a SNAP.

Michigan SNAP-Ed YouTube channel delivers Online Learning in a SNAP

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Michigan Fitness Foundation launched a new YouTube-based learning platform that enlists statewide partners to produce short videos that inspire healthier living. 

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Black Caucuz Podcast builds community engagement in WashtenawNonprofit Journal Project

Progressive Black Caucuz, a new podcast in Washtenaw’s BIPOC-led media ecosystem, is about building community.

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Planet Detroit and Detour Detroit: How chefs reinvented their businesses to survive the pandemic

From neighborhood markets to community kitchens, Detroit’s local food business owners are figuring out how to survive while stepping up for their workers as COVID-19 laid bare the restaurant industry’s inequities.

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Planet Detroit and Detour Detroit: How Black farmers began fixing city's land ownership problem

Providing Black farmers with land security was one of the reasons Jerry Hebron from Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Tepfirah Rushdan from Keep Growing Detroit, and representatives from the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) D-Town Farm launched the GoFundMe campaign.  

Development News Pam Lewis, right, presents The Small Business Champion award to Tosha Tabron and Derek Edwards of Invest Detroit last year. Lewis is the first recipient of this year's Marlowe Stoudamire Small Business Champion Award.

Annual TechTown event moves online in efforts to continue celebrating city's entrepreneurial spirit

TechTown Detroit’s Toast of the Town, an annual benefit and award ceremony from the small business incubator and accelerator located in New Center, will be accessible online and free to attend – although donations are encouraged.

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Detroit entrepreneur wants women to 'wife their life'

Toni Jones always believed her work was important, but a global pandemic has shown the Detroit entrepreneur just how vital her affirmation brand is to her clients. “Last year women were wearing it as another self-care accessory, but now it’s how women are surviving.”

Feature Story A property on Grand owned by Southwest Housing Solutions.

Detroit nonprofit housing providers and landlords face uncertain future

A perfect storm of increasingly late rent, a series of eviction moratoriums, and a lack of options for financial relief in the wake of the pandemic has left the future uncertain for affordable housing providers and “mom and pop” landlords in Detroit.


Feature Story A performance of "Lift Every Voice" from March 2020

Voices of Youth: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit teens talk about art, politics and finding hope

For teens who love to perform, the pandemic hasn't been easy. But these Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit teens are finding ways to cope and look to the future.

Partner Content SR2H member Lisa Lewis is based out of Wyoming, Michigan, with United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM), where she's been leading virtual Health Through Literacy programming and assists with distributing fresh produce in the community.

Nutrition education partnerships benefit Muskegon-area residents

The Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Program at Michigan Fitness Foundation addresses unmet health needs in underserved, low-income communities. 

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Alternatives For Girls finds ways to help girls and young women going into the fall

While some of our services can be conducted remotely, such as case management and tutoring, our crisis and shelter services cannot.

Development News The founding team of Commune Angels

Commune Angels hosting virtual event ‘Angel Investing 101’

Commune Angels, which launched last month focused on increasing access to national deals and increase diversity in angel investing, is holding the virtual event “Angel Investing 101,” set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Facilitated by guest speaker and veteran investor Tony Wilkins of Standing Oaks Venture Partners, participants will learn about the fundamentals of angel investing.


Longform Lisa Del Buono, physician advocate for Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action.

Michigan clinicians rally to address climate change as a public health issue

Members of both Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action and the Michigan State Medical Society are working to address and raise awareness of climate change's many adverse health effects.

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Taking the helm during a pandemic: A tale of two (new) nonprofit leadersNonprofit Journal Project

There’s almost always a sharp learning curve when you assume the top leadership role at a nonprofit organization. But not like this. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, and Robert Jamerson, Detroit PAL’s COO, share their experiences.

Feature Story The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is hosting Rise Together, a socially distant event on Sept. 23, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18.

10 things to do in person or online this fall in Detroit

From inspirational talks to outdoor karaoke, there's still plenty to do, online and safely in person, in Detroit this fall.

Feature Story Detroit Loves Tacos offers Mexican comfort food as well as healthier options.

Detroit Loves Tacos bringing taste of Guanajuato region of Mexico to North End

Catering business Detroit Loves Tacos, founded by Southwest Detroiters Jason and Julie Stevens, eyes grand opening of restaurant in North End later this year.

Partner Content The Sunday Market features unique items by local entrepreneurs and artisans.

Eastern Market Sunday vendors: ‘We’re going to make it work because we live for this’

Meet some of the women behind the Sunday market who share how they started their business, how they found opportunity during a dark time, and why they’re optimistic about the future.


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