Impact Connection

April, 2023

Welcome to this month's Impact Connection. Each month we will bring you information about upcoming events and about the nonprofit organizations and leaders making a difference in our community!

Celebrating Nonprofits!

At I100 MD, our focus is always on the nonprofit heroes that are doing the hands-on work every day to fuel transformation in our community. But at this time of year, with member voting, the Big Give, and grant awards right around the corner, we want to shine a bright light on these great organizations. We are offering a host of events leading up to the Big Give, as well as sharing news and events from the nonprofits themselves.

Upcoming Impact100 Metro Detroit Events

And Grant Award Timeline

  • April 20 – Happy Hour with Heart event at ISAIC, Detroit. REGISTER HERE
  • April 25 – 2023 grant semifinalists announced, look for our email.
  • April 29 – Celebrate Your Impact, pick up an I100 MD lawn sign and grab a donut and some coffee, details to follow.
  • May 17 – 2023 finalists and total grant pool announcement, virtual event, details coming!
  • May 24 – Finalist presentations and voting for members who are not able to vote at the Big Give.
  • May 31 – The Big Give dinner, voting and grant awards, War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, 6-8 pm, look for the invitation in your inbox!

There is still time to help us grow! Join us today!

Our goal for 2023 - $300,000 in major grants and $50,000 in finalist awards. With your help, we can get there. Renew your membership, and spread the word to your circle.

Join by April 15. You'll attend our Big Give for free and get a vote on how our grant dollars are awarded!

Join Now

Grantee Update

We are excited to report that our grant to Developing K.I.D.S. has had an enormous impact in the community. Developing K.I.D.S. provides high-quality youth development activities year round for kids ages 5-18, and also supports alumni in their transition into adulthood. DK offers both youth and family programs intended to build up at-risk youth with a focus on encouragement, relationship-building, and education.  All programs are offered at no cost to participants and families.

Our $100,000 grant, awarded in 2021 for their Evolution of Developing K.I.D.S. project, has served 598 youth from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. A quarter of the grant went toward the purchase of a new building so that DK can have its own permanent and dedicated space for all age groups. The remainder of the grant provided critical operating funds that expanded literacy services, helped develop programming that will be used both now and at the new youth center, and provided mental health service for kids. In September of 2023, DK will move to its new home, and will be able to expand its reach even more.

Kim Johnson, Developing KIDS founder and CEO has recently been recognized as a 2023 McGregor Eugene A Miller Fellow. If you are interesting in learning more about Developing KIDS, you can visit their website

Nonprofit Events

Impact 100 MD members are invited to join with local dignitaries, funders, and nonprofits at a ribbon-cutting for Micah 6 Community's new four-season greenhouse. We are proud that our 2020 grant to Micah 6, helped to fund this project. The greenhouse represents a capital investment of $150,000 into the local food system in Pontiac.


Micah 6 Community

32 Newberry Street, Pontiac, MI

May 5, 2-4 pm


Announcing 2022 grantee Midnight Golf's 16th annual

Ford BASF Charity Golf Outing.

May 15, 2023

8 am Registration

9:30 Shotgun Start

TPC Dearborn

One Nicklaus Drive

Midnight Golf is dedicated to equipping determined young adults through life skills training, proactive coaching, long-term mentoring, and the discipline of golf in order to succeed in college, careers, and beyond. Click the link below to play or for sponsorship opportunities.

Accent Pontiac would like to invite I00 MD members and guests to join them as they host an event to showcase all the hard work their young musicians have put in this year. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and your friends! You will want to be a part of this celebration of music and all the good it does for kids!

Musical Showcase

May 26th, 5:30 pm

Oakland History Center

405 Cesar E Chavez

Pontiac, MI

Admission to this event is free - but please Click HERE to reserve your ticket today!

Nonprofit News

Here's what's been going on at LifeBuilders:

*Our Summer Day Camp will host 100+ kids for 3 weeks for $30 per child. Kids will play games, do crafts, and work on relationship-building in a safe environment.

* We recently received a grant enabling us to add to the number of homes we have rehabilitated (now at 80). Once renovated, we rent or sell them to residents at very affordable rates, helping them build wealth.

* Our teen employment program is helping teens to build work experience and learn how to earn and save money.

* Learn more HERE.

The City of Pontiac has long been considered an under-resourced and marginalized community. Systemic barriers to employment, transportation, quality housing, and affordable food have plagued our city for years. Please join the Pontiac Community Foundation for a celebration of their 5th anniversary. You will learn how PCF works to improve the quality of life for Pontiac residents by immersing yourself in our four focus areas: Neighborhood Investment, Economic Vitality, Civic Engagement and Racial Equity.

Learn more HERE.

Lighthouse's Family Shelter renovations are well underway! The new flooring is nearly complete, and the sturdy, easy-to-clean furniture is being installed in each unit. The families already living there have been so thankful for the room updates, and for the peaceful, comfortable, and safe environment as they move towards housing stability. If you want to help the families with household items, there are wishlists available from both Amazon and Walmart. Amazon: (CLICK HERE)

Walmart: (CLICK HERE).

Najah Bazzy of Zaman International

Named USA Today

Michigan Woman of the Year

2019 Grantee Zaman International founder Najah Bazzy, was honored by the USA Today as the Michigan Woman of the Year for her amazing work. Click HERE to read the article. We are proud to have recognized the work Najah and Zaman have been doing several years before everyone else figured it out!

Can You Help?

Community Housing Network (CHN) provides homes for people in need through homelessness prevention, housing assistance, development of affordable housing, advocacy and education. They are looking for office and/or warehouse space to store donated goods for their 2023 Holiday Adopt a Family program during the month of December. If you can help, please reach out to Alex Cracchiolo at 586-596-3445 or 

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