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Charitable Work And Community Involvement

Charitable work and community involvement are important to McKeen & Associates, P.C. Our firm donations include:

A Hole in the Roof Foundation

The mission of A Hole in the Roof Foundation is to help faith groups of every denomination who care for the homeless to repair the spaces in which they carry out their work and offer their services. The seed that gave root to the foundation — and inspired its name — is the I Am My Brother’s Keeper church in Detroit, MI. There, despite a gaping hole in the roof and no matter how harsh the weather, the pastor tends to his community to provide spiritual nourishment and a sanctuary for the homeless. A Hole in the Roof Foundation raises and distributes funds to help pay for the materials and labor that are needed to help faith groups make such repairs to their most essential infrastructure: replacing broken windows, shoring up load-bearing walls or loose foundations, repairing leaks and other plumbing problems, fixing or replacing heating sources.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of its founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott — a cure for all children with cancer. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer — especially research into new treatments and cures — and to encourage and educate others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. The money we’ve raised has helped us to fund more than 150 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment and develop resources to help people everywhere touched by childhood cancer.

American Red Cross

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

Art With Heart

Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression. It is the nonprofit organization behind Oodles of Doodles, Chill & Spill and other evidence-based, therapeutic books and programs that help children who are struggling through illness, divorce, violence or the loss of someone important to them.

Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism. ARI was founded in 1967 to conduct and foster scientific research designed to improve methods of diagnosing, treating and preventing autism. ARI also disseminates research findings to parents and others worldwide seeking help. The ARI data bank, the world’s largest, contains over 42,000 detailed case histories of autistic children from over 60 countries. ARI publishes the Autism Research Review International, a quarterly newsletter covering biomedical and educational advances in autism research.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit mission is to provide children facing adversity with safe, strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Braille Institute of America

Founded in 1919, the Braille Institute is committed to eliminating barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and other severe sight loss. Programs include a nationally recognized library serving blind and disabled individuals, a publishing house, child development services, youth programs, low vision rehabilitation services, adult education programs and an ongoing effort to promote Braille literacy throughout the United States. All programs and services are provided free of charge. Nearly 76,000 people were assisted in 2010.

Camp Casey

This is a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer headquartered in Michigan. Through generous donations and amazing volunteers, Camp Casey has spread the healing power of horses for over eight years. Camp Casey supports children with cancer and their families through three unique programs: Cowboy Camp Outs, Horsey House Calls and Outlaw Outings. Thanks to generous local sponsors and fundraising efforts, Camp Casey provides all of its horseback riding programs free to families facing pediatric cancer diagnoses.

Canines for Disabled Kids

This organization provides assistance dogs to children under age 12 who are autistic or have hearing or physical disabilities. Since its inception, CDK has placed over 90 assistance dogs. In addition to helping with the daily tasks of life, these assistance dogs provide companionship to the children and help them develop confidence and responsibility.


Caring Athletes Team for Children’s & Henry Ford Hospitals (CATCH) is a children’s charity that was founded by the late Sparky Anderson in 1987 when he was managing the Detroit Tigers. Through a series of special fundraising events and general donations, CATCH raises funds to help improve the quality of life for sick, injured and needy pediatric patients who receive care from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and the Henry Ford Health System.

Children’s ToothFairy Foundation

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing free basic, emergency, preventative and comprehensive dental care to uninsured children in metropolitan Detroit and southeastern Michigan. According to the surgeon general, dental disease is one of the top reasons children are absent from school. Because most of these students are from low-income families, they don’t have access to insurance or dental care. While the foundation doesn’t fund cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics, it does provide screenings, root canals, fillings, X-rays and many other services.


The Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) was founded in 1981 to address Detroit’s growing homelessness crisis. Today, COTS manages three 24-hour facilities. Annually, it serves approximately 2,000 Detroit area homeless people in an emergency shelter and approximately 260 individuals and families in transitional and permanent housing programs. Through case management and a wide array of supportive services and housing programs, COTS helps homeless individuals and families break the cycle of homelessness by addressing the causes of homelessness.

Detroit Historical Society

Since its founding in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape their lives. The DHS educates and inspires the community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region’s shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences; its vision is to create a shared sense of community and pride by celebrating the history and unique culture of our region. The society is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and more than 200,000 artifacts held in the collections.

Detroit Latino Outreach Services

Each year, McKeen & Associates takes pride in giving back to those in need at Christmas. This year, McKeen & Associates adopted a family of six children from Detroit Latino Outreach Services. The staff raised funds to purchase blue jeans, sweatshirts, candy, diapers and toys for all the children and participated in wrapping the gifts, which were then personally delivered to the family.

Detroit Latino Outreach Services
Detroit Latino Outreach Services
Detroit Latino Outreach Services
Detroit Latino Outreach Services

Detroit Zoological Society

The Detroit Zoological Society operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, including the Arctic Ring of Life and the Australian Outback Adventure, the Detroit Zoo houses over 1,500 animals of 260 species. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo encompasses 20 acres of forested wetlands with nature trails, a lodge and live animal exhibits focusing on Michigan wildlife. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo focuses on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna, and offers family nature programs and education programs for schools and community groups.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center

Fieldstone Farm is recognized as one of the largest therapeutic riding centers in North America. Founded in 1978 with the goal of helping improve the lives of those with special needs, the organization is breaking new ground in the field of equine therapy and changing many lives in the community. Each year, as a result of the dedication of more than 600 volunteers and 35 horses, Fieldstone helps nearly 800 students achieve what they often thought was impossible. Students range from toddlers to seniors and have a wide range of disabilities from cognitive impairments such as Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder to physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries as well as mental health issues and sensory impairments. All are learning riding skills while they improve their balance, strengthen muscles, work on educational goals, advance communication skills, increase their self-esteem and gain confidence.

Focus: HOPE

Focus: HOPE, a civil and human rights organization founded in 1968, serves the community through a food program, education and training programs, and community and economic development initiatives. Its neighborhood revitalization efforts began in the 1970s as the organization converted abandoned industrial buildings into offices, a food center and education facilities. More than 41,000 mothers, children and senior citizens receive food each month from Focus: HOPE and thousands of talented men and women have established careers after graduating from the education programs.

Forgotten Harvest

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest rescues millions of pounds of food by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources, including grocery stores, restaurant, caterers, farms, wholesale food distributors and other health department-approved sources. This nutritious food is delivered free to 250 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and mobile pantries in the metro Detroit area.

Gleaners Community Food Bank

As the third-oldest food bank in the United States, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan turns surplus food that otherwise would go to waste into millions of delicious meals for hungry people in southeastern Michigan. Since 1977, Gleaners Community Food Bank has grown from distributing just 1 or 2 million pounds of food a year to nearly 25 million pounds annually, equivalent to 65,000 meals per day. Gleaners fulfills its role with a sense of compassion and urgency, recognizing that in many instances, it is the only source of emergency food for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Founded in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides dog guides to people who are blind or visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270 students attend a 26-day residential training program to be paired with a dog guide, opening the doors to independence, safety and self-worth. In addition to the dog guide program, other programs enhance independence and quality of life in different ways, including orientation and mobility training, trekker training, and seminars for orientation and mobility professionals. Currently, Leader Dog is the only facility in the Western Hemisphere to teach deaf-blind students to work with a dog guide.

Livestrong Foundation

Since 1997, the foundation has been working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. As cancer has become the world’s leading cause of death, its work has expanded and now reaches every corner of the globe. The foundation strives to empower the cancer community to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors, encouraging collaboration, knowledge-sharing and partnership.

Locks of Love

Founded in 1997, Locks of Love returns a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to financially disadvantaged children under 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss by using donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics. The children receive these hairpieces free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Most of the children suffer from an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata, which causes the hair follicles to shut down. Other recipients have been victims of severe burns, have endured radiation treatment to the brain stem as a treatment for cancer or suffer from any number of skin disorders that cause permanent hair loss.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish Michigan grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan has granted wishes to more than 7,000 children. Wishes provide a respite for wish kids and their families as they bravely face their health challenges. Most wishes fall into one of four categories: I wish to go, I wish to have, I wish to be and I wish to meet. All wish requests are considered without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, financial status or religious preference.

March of Dimes

President Franklin Roosevelt established the March of Dimes in 1938. March of Dimes has saved the lives of millions of babies since its founding. The mission of the March of Dimes is to prevent birth defects and infant mortality. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, and low birth weight.

Mega March for the Michigan Humane Society

Employees of McKeen & Associates, P.C., are among the thousands of animal lovers and hundreds of their devoted companions who pack the streets of Detroit for the Michigan Humane Society’s (MHS) annual Mega March for Animals in support of MHS and the thousands of animals that MHS cares for every year.

Mckeen Mega March
Mckeen Mega March
Mckeen Mega March
Mckeen Mega March

Michigan Humane Society

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) has served the animals and people of metro Detroit and beyond since 1877. Its mission is to end companion animal homelessness, to provide the highest-quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. MHS rescues and cares for more than 100,000 animals each year. Services include pet adoption, pet training programs, an adopter support help line, cruelty investigation, emergency animal rescue, humane education, legislative advocacy, a pet behavior help line, pet parenting information, spay/neuter programs, animal surrender, vaccination clinics, veterinary care and wildlife care.

Team McKeen raised $1057 for Michigan Human Society Mega March 2012

Team McKeen raised $1,057 in the 2012 Michigan Humane Society Mega March.

Mittens For Detroit

Mittens For Detroit is a community initiative whose sole purpose is to collect and distribute new, unused gloves and mittens to children and adults in need in metro Detroit. Money raised for Mittens For Detroit is used to purchase gloves from Michigan-based Broner Hat & Glove Co. Mittens For Detroit has been warming hands and hearts since the organization was founded in November 2010 by Erin Cummings, star of ABCʼs “Detroit 1-8-7,” and a dedicated team of volunteers. Mittens and gloves are collected in drop boxes at a constantly growing list of merchants and businesses throughout metro Detroit.

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an internationally acclaimed youth development program that concentrates on helping young artists excel onstage and in life. Mosaic’s mission is to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of first-rate theatrical and musical art. Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, founded by Rick Sperling in 1992, was born out of a need to fill the gaps in arts education in metro Detroit schools while providing an artistic home for young actors, singers and stage technicians. Serving only 25 young artists without any budget or home in its inaugural year, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is now recognized as a highly regarded cultural treasure for the city of Detroit and southeast Michigan. Mosaic’s national and international touring performances bring recognition to Detroit as a center for arts and culture and promote a positive image of metro Detroit area youth.

Motor City Blight Busters

Motor City Blight Busters is a Detroit nonprofit dedicated to the stabilization and revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods. Since 1988, it has been a positive catalyst in Detroit to neighborhoods, families and volunteers by tearing down blighted abandoned homes, cleaning up dump sites, painting existing houses, cleaning up neighborhoods, building new houses, founding Angel’s Night and many other positive activities.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Created in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a voluntary health agency and a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA has more than 200 offices across the country, sponsors 220 hospital-affiliated clinics and supports nearly 400 research projects around the world.

My Stuff Bags Foundation

Over 300,000 abused, abandoned and neglected children across America are removed from dangerous home environments each year. They often arrive at crisis centers and foster homes with few, if any, personal belongings. The My Stuff Bags Foundation seeks to give these children comfort and hope by providing them with a My Stuff Bag full of things they need to help them settle into their new environments such as clothes, toys, toiletries, stuffed animals and a security blanket.

My Stuff Bags has provided bags to more than 320,000 children in 49 states since it began in 1998. The goal is to have a bag for every child removed from his or her home.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was established in 1984 to provide services nationwide for families and professionals dealing with abducted, endangered and sexually exploited children. NCMEC’s mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families and the professionals who serve them. NCMEC serves as a clearinghouse of information, operates a CyberTipline, provides technical assistance to individuals and law enforcement agencies, assists law enforcement in certain cases of international child abduction, and offers training programs.

National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is to be a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities. Founded in 1979, the society works to shape and advocate for improved public policy; increase public resources and services for people with Down syndrome; strengthen partnerships with our affiliates and other support organizations; improve educational opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome; advance basic, clinical and applied research; and implement a national public awareness strategy.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers. Since 1992, the foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate.

National Forest Foundation

Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) works with the U.S. Forest Service to care for these natural treasures for the millions of visitors they attract each year and for generations to come. The NFF brings people together to restore and enhance our national forests and grasslands. As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the foundation engages in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. It also administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the national forests to help the U.S. Forest Service fulfill its mission “to maintain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan chapter was organized in 1948 to end the devastating effect of multiple sclerosis (MS). It does this by supporting the national organization and its research into the cause of and a cure for multiple sclerosis, providing direct and indirect services to people afflicted with MS and their families, launching public awareness and public and professional education campaigns, and developing and promoting public policy to support people afflicted with MS and their families.

National Parkinson Foundation

The mission of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. Founded in 1957, NPF is a leading national organization with an extensive grassroots network of Centers of Excellence, chapters and support groups in the United States, Canada and internationally. Unique among the national Parkinson’s organizations, NPF is the only organization with a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson’s disease. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $140 million in care, research and support services. The core of its efforts is the NPF Center of Excellence network, 43 leading medical centers around the globe that deliver care to more than 50,000 Parkinson’s patients.

Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center

Founded in 1978, Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center works in concert with its sister organization, Noah’s Ark Children Care Homes, to bring children and animals together for the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service and a future full of hope. The facility is home to over 1,000 animals and provides respite care through private referral for children. The wildlife from the rehabilitation center and the children from the Children’s Care Home play a vital role for each other. The children participate in pet therapy, nurturing the baby wildlife as the animals are rehabilitated in hopes of eventually being returned to their natural habitat.

Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund

The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit is a 95-year-old charity founded in 1914 by James J. Brady. The organization includes 300 members whose sole mission is to ensure that there is “No Kiddie without a Christmas.” Each holiday season, the Detroit Goodfellows distribute holiday gift boxes to children ages 4 through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge and Hamtramck. Each child receives warm clothing, toys, books, games and candy.

Pajama Program

Founded in 2001, Pajama Program’s mission is to provide a loving environment for children who have lived through a great deal of hurt in their young lives to give them hope for a better tomorrow. The program identifies key institutions in major cities in the U.S. and other countries where children are living temporarily as they wait and hope for adoption and delivers pajamas and books to these children with love and affection.

PAWS With A Cause

In 1979, Paws With A Cause, first named Ears for the Deaf, was born. Only a few small organizations trained dogs for the majority of the disabled population, which includes individuals with severely limiting disabilities. Paws With A Cause trains assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support that encourages independence. PAWS promotes awareness through education.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Penrickton Center for Blind Children was established in Taylor, Michigan, in 1952 by three families as a day nursery for blind preschoolers because no such program existed. Penrickton Center for Blind Children is a unique agency, providing five-day residential, day care and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multidisabled children ages 1 through 12. Each program is individually designed to promote independence in all aspects of daily living. Penrickton Center uses its experience and expertise to train and serve families, children and professionals through support services, education and advocacy.

Puppies Behind Bars

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosives detection canines for law enforcement. The puppies live in prison with their raisers from the age of eight weeks to 20 months. Through our Dog Tags program, we place service dogs, free of charge, with wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 1997, PBB has raised more than 600 puppies, including 21 service dogs that serve wounded veterans, 32 service dogs for special-needs children and disabled adults, and more than 240 explosives detection canines. Through their work, the inmates give and receive unconditional love, take on extraordinary responsibility and embrace opportunities to contribute to society rather than take from it.

Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Michigan creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. We fulfill our mission by providing a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, managing programs that help deliver health services to children in underserved communities and providing grants to nonprofit organizations for programs that enable seriously ill children to live happier, healthier lives.

S.A.Y. Detroit

S.A.Y. Detroit was formed in February 2006 after Mitch Albom went public with a plea to do as much for the homeless all winter as the city was doing over a Super Bowl weekend. He spent a night in a shelter to call attention to the issue. The response was overwhelming, and S.A.Y. (Super All Year Detroit) was born.

Since then, its accomplishments include:

  • The nation’s first full-time medical clinic for homeless children and their mothers

  • A state-of-the-art kitchen at the Michigan Veterans Foundation

  • A full-time day care center for the children of homeless women who are in transition or searching for work

  • Newly refurbished homes for poor working families that are deeded over to them after two years of occupancy
  • The funding of dozens of projects for Detroit area agencies

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Detroit, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic rule.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures for and prevention of pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. This vision is pursued by providing outstanding patient care; conducting basic, translational and clinical research designed to elucidate biological mechanisms, understand disease pathogenesis, improve diagnosis, enhance treatment outcome, prevent diseases and minimize adverse consequences of treatment; and educating health care and scientific research professionals. Through these efforts, they seek to enhance the quality of life for an increasing proportion of children who come to them for treatment, and by expanding and sharing knowledge, to advance treatment of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide, while developing strategies to prevent such diseases.

Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Since 1990, Teach For America corps members have reached more than 3 million students. Teach For America’s 20,000 alumni are providing critical leadership — as teachers, school and district leaders, elected officials and policy advisers, and founders and leaders of education and social reform initiatives — to ensure that all children have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

The ALS Association

This organization is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. Its priorities: 1. Raise awareness of the ALS Association as the leading voice and most trusted source of information about Lou Gehrig’s disease. 2. Lead, direct and/or collaborate on global research to understand the disease, develop treatments and ultimately find a cure. 3. Provide those with ALS and their families access to high-quality, consistent and compassionate support services. 4. Advance a nationwide advocacy program that increases funding for ALS research, improves patient services and empowers the entire ALS community. 5. Function as one organization with unity of purpose. 6. Operate within a business model designed to ensure stability and promote financial strength.

The Children’s Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. In 1995, when Christopher Reeve was injured, the American Paralysis Association (APA) was one of the first organizations to which he and his wife, Dana, turned for help. Christopher also formed his own foundation, and in 1999, the two came together as the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Today, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is recognized as the premier spinal cord injury research organization in the world. Through 30 years of scientific progress made possible by the Reeve Foundation, neuroscientists everywhere now agree that repairing a damaged spinal cord is not a question of “if,” but “when.” The Reeve Foundation also provides many programs and services that empower those living with paralysis with knowledge, resources, support and community.

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Founded in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The museum includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, modern, contemporary and graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic and ancient art.

The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, founded in 1995, is the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. It operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee – 85 miles southwest of Nashville. The Elephant Sanctuary exists for two reasons: to provide a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of green pastures, dense forests, spring-fed ponds and heated barns for cold winter nights; and to provide education about the crisis facing these social, sensitive, passionately intense, playful, complex, exceedingly intelligent and endangered creatures. As a true sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary is not intended to provide entertainment and is therefore closed to the public.

The Greening of Detroit

The Greening of Detroit was founded in 1989 to improve the quality of life in Detroit by guiding and inspiring the reforestation of Detroit’s neighborhoods, boulevards and parks through tree planting projects and educational programs. Annually, the Greening hosts planting projects, ranging from full park restorations to streetscape renovations and massive street tree plantings to the creation of community and family vegetable gardens. It partners with federal, state and local agencies, corporations and foundations to assist neighborhood groups, churches and schools in their efforts to improve the ecosystem in Detroit.

The Henry Ford

Founded in 1929, the Henry Ford provides unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, the Henry Ford celebrates yesterday’s traditions as well as today’s innovations. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate and inspire visitors of all ages: Greenfield Village, the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Benson Ford Research Center and the IMAX Theater. Encounter ideas that change the world, travel through America’s past, embark on America’s greatest factory tour and more. It all comes together at the Henry Ford, America’s greatest history attraction.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund

The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund was founded by Paul Newman in 1985 to serve children and families coping with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The fund’s primary activity is operation of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The camp, in collaboration with associated camps in the United States and abroad, provides children with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions a camping experience of the highest quality, while extending year-round support to their families and health care providers. The fund also provides assistance in the form of grants and other support to other camps and organizations here and around the world whose mission, objectives and operations are consistent with those of the fund.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the society has invested more than $814 million in research specifically targeting blood cancers. With its popular Information Resource Center, LLS connects patients, families and caregivers to oncology nurses and social workers.

The Progeria Research Foundation

The Progeria Research Foundation works to discover treatments and a cure for progeria and its aging-related disorders. Progeria is a rare and fatal genetic disease characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children. Without the discovery of new treatments, all children with progeria will die of heart disease at an average age of 13 years. The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) was founded in 1999 in response to the complete lack of progress being made to help children with progeria.

The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection is a local organization that focuses its efforts exclusively on Michigan children age 2½ to 18 and their families. Founded in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, the Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to granting wishes for children who are fighting for their lives. The Rainbow Connection has granted over 2,000 wishes to children across Michigan suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the president at the White House to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, the Rainbow Connection grants wishes throughout the year.

United Cerebral Palsy

UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.

Variety the Children’s Charity of Detroit

Variety the Children’s Charity of Detroit provides vital medical and therapeutic services, recreational facilities and educational opportunities to children with special needs. Detroit’s Tent 5, one of 58 “tents” — or chapters — around the world, was established in 1932 and today has more than 1,500 volunteers and supporters who work to raise money to fund area charities benefiting children with special needs. Variety core programs include the Variety Myoelectric Center, providing myoelectric prostheses; the Variety Cardiology Center; the Variety Sunshine Coach program; the Variety K.I.D.S. program; the Variety Handicap Horseback Riding program; the Variety Produce Rescue Mission program; and the Variety FAR Conservatory.

Wounded Warriors Family Support

Wounded Warriors Family Support supports the families of those who have been wounded or killed in combat. Families suffer in many ways, including financially and psychologically. Wounded Warriors Family Support mitigates their trauma by allowing them to find peace and solace as a family once more in family-friendly retreats provided free of charge. Many young military families are not financially secure and would not be able to afford this chance to bond with their children, who often have been traumatized by a parent’s injuries.

WTVS Detroit Public Television

WTVS Detroit Public Television is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation’s 11th largest television market. The station offers 10 hours of children’s programs each weekday, along with national and international news, PBS favorites and classic films. Detroit Public TV is notably active in the community, producing local programs that showcase arts, culture, news analysis and physical activity and outreach campaigns that use the power of media to provide knowledge and understanding.

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is a values-based human development organization serving southeastern Michigan. A part of the worldwide YMCA movement, the YMCA of Metro Detroit is committed to strengthening and enriching the development of kids, families and the community. The YMCA focuses special attention on children and families. It is a safe haven for young people who may otherwise be unsupervised and in need of guidance, encouragement and nurturing. Its child development, teen and camping programs are crafted to build the spirit, mind and body in a positive atmosphere and a secure environment. It offers academic and career support for teens and serves more than 3,500 in nursery, pre-kindergarten and after-school child care.

  • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
  • Caring Partners International
  • Ms. Wheelchair Michigan
  • The Restore Foundation
  • Wolverine Human Services
  • University of Detroit Mercy Student Bar Association
  • Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid
  • Arc of Oakland County
  • DOVE Fund
  • Cass Tech Dept. of Dance
  • Empower
  • Cass Community Social Services
  • Kirk in the Hills

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