For the DTE Energy Foundation, 2017 was a year of impact; support during the year assisted nonprofits from all over the state in seeing substantial results in areas from human service needs to economic progress, as well as the environment, education, employment and arts and culture.
The foundation last year awarded its largest environmental grant yet and, with the support of event sponsorships, helped to add more than $50 million to local economies. In addition, 600 grants were awarded by the DTE Energy Foundation, and giving increased by 20 percent to $18.1 million dollars, which allowed a greater impact on critical needs.
“2017 was an incredibly impactful year in terms of Foundation funding for education and employment, particularly for young people,” said Lynette Dowler, the DTE Energy Foundation’s president. “Our funding created 650 student summer jobs statewide and helped invigorate the skilled trades program at Detroit’s Randolph Career and Technical Center – tripling enrollment from 100 students to more than 300 students for the current school year. These are real-world programs helping ensure our young people have the experience and skills needed for jobs currently in demand.”
For 2017, highlights included the largest-ever environmental grant to the Nature Conservancy, for a multi-year program to protect the Great Lakes’ shoreline areas. The DTE Energy Foundation also supported premier cultural events across the state, including ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival and America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.
Other endeavors involved the Autism Alliance for Michigan; other organizations focused on assisting and employing adults with disabilities, military veterans and returning citizens.
“As one of the state’s largest foundations with a Michigan-focused giving strategy, the DTE Energy Foundation plays a critical role with our nonprofit partners in making Michigan a better place to live, work and play,” said Dowler.