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Tuesday, October 1 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Bridging the Gap between Philanthropy and Grassroots Placemaking FILLING

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Grassroots organizations led by community residents are often those best positioned to elevate and amplify the history, culture and identity of neighborhoods through inclusive placemaking projects. However, these are often the same organizations that face the highest barriers to access funding or to build the necessary capacity to execute these projects. Sometimes, grassroots organizations are questioned about their capacity to receive grant funding. Others may have a clear vision, but need help planning and executing a project. They may also face barriers to access public sector processes and resources. This panel presentation will discuss how philanthropy and nonprofit intermediaries can work together to support these resident-led, grassroots organizations to implement inclusive placemaking projects that elevate the culture and identity of their community, drawing lessons from Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D).

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Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

Director, Feedom Freedom Growers
Myrtle Curtis is a lifelong Detroiter, Boggs board member, and co-founder of Feedom Freedom Growers. Mama Myrtle stays busy growing gardens and community.
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Matthew Schmitt

Program Manager, Michigan Community Resources
Matthew Schmitt joined Michigan Community Resources as a Program Manager in January 2019 working to support MCR’s work with the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) in offering trusted guidance to organizations submitting project concepts and also designing enriching cohort... Read More →
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Alisha Opperman

Chief Program Officer, Michigan Community Resources
Alisha Opperman is the Chief Program Officer at Michigan Community Resources, overseeing all programming at the organization.  Alisha has over 10 years of experience with community development in Detroit, focusing on Capacity Building for community-based organizations and Community... Read More →
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Jonathan Hui

Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Jonathan Hui is a program officer at The Kresge Foundation. He supports the Detroit Program’s work in early childhood and neighborhood development. He joined the foundation in 2017.
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Karen Knox

President, Eden Gardens Block Club
Karen Knox is a community activist, educator, and bridge builder and has served as Executive Director of the Eden Gardens Block Club in Detroit’s Northeast since its inception in 2010. She has also been a homeowner in this community for over 40 years.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
The Edney, Floor Five, Community Space