November 6, 2013, 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
Don't Forget the Motor City:
Philanthropy in Detroit
Wednesday, November 6 - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Event DescriptionAmerican philanthropy claims to have responded generously to the plea not to "forget the Motor City" famously put by Martha and the Vandellas in their Motown hit from 1964, "Dancing in the Street." As a recent cover story by the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Suzanne Perry found, "grant makers from across the country have provided more than $628 million dollars in the Motor City in the past few years."
But in the face of the city's massive population loss, soaring numbers of abandoned buildings, deteriorating public services, gross political corruption, and finally municipal bankruptcy, has philanthropy really made a difference? Have otherwise well-intentioned foundations made the right kinds of investment, in the right amounts? Are foundations building a solid base for the city's renaissance? Or do they tend to focus on a few large, splashy projects downtown, forgetting the Motor City's hard-pressed inner city neighborhoods?
These and other questions will be addressed on November 6th by our expert panel, including Michael LaFaive of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy; Tonya Allen of the Skillman Foundation, Paul C. Light of NYU Wagner; and Suzanne Perry of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Hudson Institute's William Schambra will moderate the discussion. Lunch will be served.
Suzanne Perry, "Detroit Tests What Foundations Can Do to Rescue Troubled Cities," Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 20, 2013.
Suzanne Perry, "Urban Renewal Leaves Out Some of City’s Needy, Say Nonprofit Activists," Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 20, 2013.
Suzanne Perry, "Detroit’s Nonprofits Hope School Overhaul Is National Model," Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 20, 2013.
Suzanne Perry, "Innovation in the Arts Helps Spark Detroit’s Revival," Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 20, 2013.
Suzanne Perry, "Pulling Together to Fight Blight," Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 20, 2013.
Program and Panel
Registration, lunch buffet
Welcome by Hudson Institute Senior Fellow William Schambra
Tonya Allen, CEO of The Skillman Foundation
Michael LaFaive, Director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Paul C. Light, NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service
Suzanne Perry, Senior Editor at the Chronicle of Philanthropy
A complete, edited transcript of the discussion will be posted online at approximately three weeks after the event. If you would like to receive a rush copy of the transcript or request further information about this event, please contact Kristen McIntyre at (202) 974-2424 email@example.com.
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