We have made our first grants in southeast Michigan to nonprofits working to give children and families living in poverty a fair chance to move up. We aim to be a long-term partner there, where Steve was raised. Because we don’t live in the region, we rely on the leadership of Kylee Mitchell Wells, who also grew up in Detroit and has extensive experience working across southeast Michigan’s public, private, and social services sectors.
In making these initial commitments in southeast Michigan, we did not seek to create new programs or launch new initiatives. We are dedicated to learning from organizations that are already effectively employing the levers of change we’ve seen work for neighborhoods, families, and individuals.
Our grants are intended to strengthen nonprofits that have built strong community partnerships and extend the enormous potential of government support. The organizations fall into three categories:
Delivering cross-sector programs and services to improve quality of life for kids and families.
Strengthening neighborhoods by providing human capital, social services, and physical infrastructure support.
Working with governments to advance policies and improve the lives of citizens through systems-level change.
We are excited to reach this milestone in southeast Michigan, and we are eager to help amplify the impact of community approaches that work.
About Us: Ballmer Group supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. Through our national and regional philanthropy and civic activism, we concentrate on strengthening specific levers of change that give more kids a shot at the American Dream. We recognize poverty is a complex problem that requires multiple interventions in the lives of children and families. It inequitably affects Americans based on factors such as race and place, and family income - kids who grow up poor are more likely to be poor themselves as adults.