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    $5.7 million fund to aid Detroit nonprofits led by people of color

    Six prominent foundations have teamed up to establish a $5.7 million fund supporting Detroit nonprofits led by people of color.

    The Detroit Residents First Fund aims to use its assets to “transform neighborhoods in Detroit with the least access to power and social capital,” according to a press release issued Wednesday.

    Fund leadership has pointed to research that shows organizations led by people of color typically receive less monetary support than those run by white people as part of the reason for focusing on minority-led groups.

    Community leaders and representatives of the foundations will collectively decide how grant funds are dispersed, creating a shared-power structure that is considered unique among Michigan nonprofits.

    “Grass-roots organizations — many who have never received funding directly from a foundation — need access to funding for philanthropy to be truly equitable,” Daija Butler, assistant director of planning for the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency who oversees the DRFF, said in a statement.

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