Detroit Auto Dealers Association announce $300,000 in grants to area nonprofits

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Posted at 8:20 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 08:20:00-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced that eight nonprofits providing services to children and youth in southeast Michigan will receive grants totaling $300,000.

While this year’s Charity Preview was not held due to the cancellation of the North American International Auto Show, the DADA says it felt it was important to support the work of these annually supported organizations.

“This has been a tough and unusual year for many in southeast Michigan,” said Rod Alberts, Executive Director, DADA. “Our dealers wanted to ensure we do our part to support the nonprofits we’ve had a relationship with over the years to help them continue their work with youth in our region.”

Since the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund was created at the Community Foundation in 1998, more than $6.7 million in grants ranging from $10,000-$50,000 have been awarded to more than 160 organizations. Grants support a wide range of programs including human services, arts and culture, youth development, education and healthy living.

“For more than 20 years, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has helped grow the Detroit Auto Dealers endowment which provides grants to local charities serving children,” said Mariam C. Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “With all of the current challenges, these grants will help provide critical resources to support southeast Michigan’s youth.”

Each organization will receive $37,500. The grantees include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit
  • Children’s Center
  • The Children’s Foundation
  • Detroit PAL
  • Judson Center
  • March of Dimes Metro Detroit
  • University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
“These organizations touch so many young lives in our community, and it is our privilege as a dealer association to help support their initiatives,” said Doug North, Chairman of the 2021 NAIAS and President of North Brothers Ford in Westland. “Charity Preview is a highlight of the show, and we look forward once again to engaging the community in our plans to raise funds for nonprofit organizations next year.”

In addition to these grants from the Fund, the Community Foundation is accepting applications through October 1, 2020 for all nonprofit organizations in southeast Michigan that support children and youth.

Grantmaking guidelines can be found here. Recipients of that round of grants will be announced in March 2021.