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Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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Upcoming Opportunities with Co.act Detroit

Wednesday, May 12 @ 8:00 amWednesday, June 30 @ 5:00 pm


We’ve recently made some updates to our Virtual Resource Library, including:


  • a search function
  • themes and resource categories that make it easier to navigate, and
  • recordings of workshops and events you may have missed in recent months!


Be sure to check out our library often — we’re adding new resources every day.


Two of our Transforming Solidarity Collective partners, Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) and Michigan Community Resources, are seeking new members of their team. We love working so closely with both organizations, and we’re sure you will, too!

Chief Financial Officer



NEW inspires and equips mission-driven people, organizations and communities to realize their visions of a just and thriving society. 
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will play a critical role in both partnering with NEW’s leadership team to provide financial leadership, management and administration, and providing financial expertise to our clients as the leader of NEW’s Financial Services practice. 


Michigan Community Resources is looking for a Program Manager to support their programs serving nonprofit and grassroots organizations.

They’re looking for someone who:
  • has excellent project management skills
  • excels at relationship building with different stakeholders
  • is passionate about the importance and impact of Michigan’s nonprofit sector
  • thrives in a collaborative environment working on multiple projects
  • prefers to work as part of a team
  • seeks to build strong communities through supporting the development of strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong nonprofit network

Program Manager


Navigating Stimulus Programs for Nonprofits

Your nonprofit may be eligible for PPP Loans, PPP forgiveness, and other COVID-19 stimulus funds — but if you’re considering seeking these funds, you’ll want to act quickly! The deadline for nonprofits to apply for PPP loans is Monday, May 31, and there are signs that the money may run out prior to that deadline.

We’ve partnered with Michigan Nonprofit Association and Insights3 to explain the stimulus funds available to nonprofits, demystify application processes and provide tailored 1‑on‑1 support for your nonprofit. Here’s how you can learn more before time (and money) runs out:

  • Learn what’s available to you: What stimulus programs are still available to nonprofits?  Our panel came together to provide a quick overview of each program. Sign up here to watch the recording.
  • Hear about the process: Last week, we hosted a panel discussion that featured a nonprofit who has gone through the process & a lender who has worked with nonprofits through the PPP process. Watch the recording here. 
  • Schedule a time to talk about it: Sign up for a free, one-on-one appointment with our friends at Insights3 to have all your eligibility and process questions answered! Sign up here.

Revisiting your fundraising strategy? Frustrated by the responses to your annual appeal? Sign up for the Fundraising in a Crisis Certificate Program, presented in partnership with the leading institution in the field, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Even during ordinary times, fundraising and financial viability are priorities for any organization. Now, as we pass one year of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraising has become even more urgent and vital. That’s why Co.act Detroit is excited to offer this opportunity at a cost of $700, which represents a discount of over 40% against the ordinary cost.

Sign up today! There are just three spots left in Cohort 2, and classes start on May 20.


Reimagining the Nonprofit Workplace Toolkit


COVID-19 is taking a tremendous economic toll on Michigan nonprofits, and we know the virus will remain a threat for months to come, if not years.

As Michigan nonprofits scramble to implement new operating plans and to meet the increasing demand for services, the need for accessible, trusted resources is greater now than ever. 
This series is presented in partnership with Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources, and the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Detroit Nonprofit Leadership Census



As Detroit’s nonprofit sector responds heroically to the current health and economic crises — and broader conversations about justice, equity and representation abound — the need for additional resources to help nonprofits navigate barriers is clear. 

Understanding who the leaders of our nonprofits are, and where they serve, is the first step to increasing awareness of the scale of vital work of Detroit’s nonprofits. That’s why Data Driven Detroit and Michigan Nonprofit Association are building a database of nonprofit leaders through the survey below! 


Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program


The LISC & Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program is a partnership of the Foot Locker Foundation and LISC to launch a $3 million, multi-city initiative to support community and youth empowerment in underserved communities where Foot Locker Inc.’s teams live, grow and work. The program aims to bridge gaps in health, wealth, and opportunity, especially those driven by racial inequity.

Over the next two years, the LISC & Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program will provide grants, ranging from $20,000-$100,000 and technical assistance to organizations that offer a range of services for young people, including health and wellness, education and life skills support, mentoring, and workforce development. Proposals are due by July 30, 2021. 

2021 Skills-Based Volunteer Program with MCR and General Motors

Does your organization have a project that could use specialized support related to IT, finance, marketing or another professional service area? Michigan Community Resources just announced another Skills-Based Volunteer Program in partnership with General Motors. 

The goal of this Skills-Based Volunteer Program is to connect volunteers who will leverage their specialized skills, and talents with nonprofits to strengthen their infrastructure and help them successfully achieve their mission. If accepted, you will be paired with a volunteer from General Motors for up to three months.

Specialized skills offered through this program include:


  • Finance
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Logistics & Purchasing
  • Human Resources


Applications are open now and will be accepted through June 30, 2021.



 Money, Mindset & Meaning for Nonprofit Professionals

Wednesday, May 19, 12–1PM


True financial wellness is about values — understanding what is important to you and putting action steps in place to align what you do with what you value. If you’ve been thinking about how to better manage your finances in ways that align with your current values and future goals, this session is for you! 
As part of our Social Impact Leader series, join us and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Detroit for a workshop led by Karen Beavor of Georgia Center for Nonprofits. She will walk us through the 8 pillars of financial wellness and provide a toolkit we can use to begin or enhance our journeys toward financial confidence and success.


 Equitable Data Practices: Accessing Data

Wednesday, May 26, 2–3PM


As the final part of a three-part series with Data Driven Detroit, this session focuses on D3’s Data University


Wednesday, May 12 @ 8:00 am

Wednesday, June 30 @ 5:00 pm

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