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DADA Charitable Foundation Fund

DADA Charitable Foundation Fund

DADA Charitable Foundation Fund Grantmaking Guidelines
A fund of the Community Foundation for
Southeast Michigan

About the Fund
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund is a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.  The DADA Charitable Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 1998 by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA), a trade association representing hundreds of automobile dealers and dealerships in metropolitan Detroit.  Detroit area auto dealers also participate in the North American International Auto Show.

The DADA Charitable Fund provides support to nonprofit organizations in the seven-county southeast Michigan region, with a primary focus on charitable organizations and activities that assist children and youth.  The fund is supported by proceeds from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Charity Preview.

Millions of dollars in support is provided to metro Detroit children's charities through the Charity Preview.  The DADA Charitable Fund provides an additional way for individual DADA members to give back to their community.

Grants from the Fund
Each year, charitable organizations from throughout the region submit proposals for grants from the DADA Charitable Fund to support worthy programs to improve and enhance the lives of children and youth.  Grants typically ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 are awarded from the Fund annually.  As the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund grows, the Community Foundation may award more and/or larger grants from the fund.

Who May Apply
Any 501(c)(3) nonpofit organization in southeast Michigan may apply for a grant from the Charitable Fund.  Southeast Michigan is defined as the seven counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston.  Proposals may be submitted for support of projects from all types of nonprofit organizations, including human service, education, arts and culture, environment, recreation, health and public affairs.  The nonprofit organizations that traditionally receive support from the Charity Preview are ineligible.  Please note that the fund does not award grants to host or sponsor events.

How to Apply
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Foundation to discuss a proposed project before submitting a proposal.  Please call 313.961.6675 and ask to speak with a program officer.

A specific application form or format is not required.  Potential applicants should consult the Community Foundation's "Guidelines for Grantmaking" document for additional information on the appropriate content and supporting material for a proposal.  Two copies of the grant proposal should be sent directly to the Community Foundation.

Grant proposals are due to the Community Foundation by April 15.  Grant awards are typically announced each September.

About the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, founded in 1984, is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan.

The Community Foundation works to improve the region's quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter.  The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Governed by a board of community leaders, the Community Foundation makes grants to outstanding charitable projects in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.

The DADA Charitable Foundation Fund serves as a significant and lasting legacy to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association's commitment to southeast Michigan.  The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is pleased to assist the DADA in its efforts to enhance the lives of children and young people in the region.

Grant recipients of the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund
The following organizations have received a total of $2,198,292 in grants from the Community Foundation's Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund since the fund's first grants were made in 1999.

Grant Recipients 1999-2011
Alkebu-Lan Village
All the World’s a Stage
Alternatives for Girls
American Red Cross-Southeastern Michigan Chapter
American Red Cross-Washtenaw County
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Arab American Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
Arts & Scraps

Baldwin Avenue United Methodist Church
The Baldwin Center Inc.

The Beaumont Foundation
Black Family Development Inc.

Camp Fire USA Wathana Council
Care House
Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corp.
Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County
Children with Hair Loss, Inc.
Children’s Home of Detroit
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
City Mission Inc.
City Year Inc.
Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
Common Ground Sanctuary
Communities in Schools of Detroit Inc.

Community Assessment, Referral and Education (CARE)
Cornerstone Schools Association
Covenant House Michigan

Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Science Center
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Inc.
Development Centers Inc.

Easter Seals Inc.
Eastern Michigan University Foundation
Ele’s Place
First Step-Western Wayne County Project on Domestic Assault
Focus: HOPE
Forgotten Harvest Inc.
Franklin Wright Settlements Inc.

Fresh Air Society/Tamarack Camps
Gilda’s Club-Metro Detroit
Girl Scouts of the Huron Valley Council
Girl Scouts of Macomb County Otsikita Council
Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
The Greater Detroit Charitable Foundation Inc.
The Guidance Center
Henry Ford Health System

Holy Cross Children’s Services
InsideOut Inc.
Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan Detroit
Jewish Family Service
Laurencelle Memorial Foundation
Lawrence Technological University

Leslie Science and Nature Center
Lighthouse of Oakland County Inc.
Macomb Oakland Regional Center

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan
Mayor’s Time
Mentoring Solutions
Mercy Education Project
Mercy Mount Clemens Corp.
Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders

MINDS Program Inc.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Inc.
Neighborhood Centers Inc.
The Neutral Zone
New Center Foundation Inc.
North Oakland Foundation

Northeast Guidance Center
Oakland Family Services
Oakwood Healthcare Inc.

Oakwood Healthcare System Foundation
Ozone House

Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Heinz C. Prechter Fund for Manic Depression
Rainbow Connection
Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund

Reggie McKenzie Foundation
SAE International Inc.

St. John Health
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center
The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division
Southfield Centers for Youth Inc.

Southwest Solutions
Sphinx Organization
Starfish Family Services
Starr Commonwealth
Sweet Dreamzzz Detroit
Think Detroit PAL
Turning Point Inc.
University Musical Society
Volunteers in Prevention, Probation and Prisons Inc.
Washtenaw Area Council for Children
Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency
Wayne-Westland Community Schools

Youth Sports and Recreation Commission
YWCA of Western Wayne County


For more information, contact:
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
333 West Fort Street, Suite 2010
Detroit, MI 48226-3134



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