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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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Updates from Co.act Detroit

Friday, January 29


Photo credit: Val Waller Photography

Photo credit: Val Waller Photography

Our podcast, Natural Collisions, highlights the voices of nonprofit work in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
In this episode, join us for a conversation between Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and Jim Boyle, vice president of programs and communications at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. They discuss the vitality and importance of arts & culture nonprofits, as well as the unique degree of collaboration within southeast Michigan’s nonprofit ecosystem.
We also highlight the work of The Yunion, Inc., and their executive director, Nicole Wilson, RN, MBA/HCM. The mission of the Yunion is to counter negative cultural influences that misdirect the lives of youth by raising awareness and strengthening families through innovative prevention programming, education, parental engagement, mentoring, and counseling.
Listen below, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Next Monday, January 11, Co.act Detroit is launching the Earned Revenue Accelerator, the newest pilot program of the Activate Fund. 
The Accelerator is designed to help nonprofits in Wayne County to diversify their financial operating models by growing an existing revenue-producing product or service with a three month intensive learning cohort. Through a competitive selection process, up to six organizations will be chosen to engage in a virtual accelerator program, with content presented by experts in these topic areas:
  • Business plan, cash flow management and customer discovery
  • Financing, tax and legal considerations
  • Board Engagement, stakeholder buy-in, staffing + operations
  • Marketing, branding, e‑commerce
  • Storytelling, pitch development + delivery
  • Navigating and pivoting operations, post-COVID
In addition to attending workshops focused on the aforementioned topics, the Accelerator cohort will have access to one-on-one office hours with the program facilitators. The Accelerator is expected to run from March through June 2021. 

We also invite interested applicants to sign up for one of two live, virtual information sessions! 

Information sessions include an overview of the Activate Fund, what to expect as a Earned Revenue Accelerator awardee, as well as ample time for questions and answers.

Session 1: Wednesday, January 13, 6–7PM

Session 2: Thursday, January 14, 12–1PM


Introducing PPP Loan Forgiveness appointments with Insights³ at Co.Lab Connect!

The spring of 2020 brought a rush of activity around applying for and receiving PPP loans for nonprofits. With PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidelines published and updates happening periodically, sign up today for a free, 45-minute session with Bob Weins from Insights³, who can help your organization navigate the ins and outs of PPP Loan Forgiveness.

Virtual Resource Library

Check out our newly updated Virtual Resource Library, which includes recordings of past events and programs, COVID-19 resources from our partners, and a recently created toolkit full of tips and considerations for reopening your workplace safely and creatively.


 Co.Lab Connect

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Co.Lab Connect offers free one-on-one meetings with technical experts — now provided virtually. 

Weekly Availability:
  • Insights³: Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness: every Thursday, 10am–4pm
  • Michigan Nonprofit Association: Org. Health Assessment: every Thursday, 11am–3pm
  • Data Driven Detroit: Get your data questions answered every Tuesday at 11am
    • January 12: Housing and Neighborhoods
    • January 19: Education and Early Childhood
    • January 26: Other Data Requests (not sector specific)

Monthly Availability:


 Earned Revenue Accelerator Information Sessions

Wednesday, January 13, 6–7PM; Thursday, January 14, 12–1PM

Join us for a live webinar Info Sessions for the Earned Revenue Accelerator, a pilot program of the Activate Fund! There will be ample time for Q&A.

 Holistic Practices for Self and Community Care

Wednesday, January 20, 12–1PM

It’s a new year, with new choices about what we intend to leave behind, carry forward, and build upon. As part of our Nonprofit Wellbeing Series, join Healing by Choice! for part 1 of a two-part series on reimagining self- and community-care in 2021!

 Secrets of the Best-Managed Nonprofits: COVID and Beyond

Thursday, January 21, 3:30–4:30PM 

Michigan nonprofits pivoted, collaborated and innovated to keep their operations and, most importantly, their missions on track in 2020. This virtual event will highlight their best practices while looking at what’s ahead for the sector in 2021.

Moderated by Sherri Welch, Crain’s Detroit Business senior reporter, with panelists:


Friday, January 29

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