Mention that you’re from Detroit in any gathering of fundraising professionals across the country and you’ll hear, “Oh my God, how’s that going?” In truth, I’m a Detroiter by choice.
There’s a staggering amount of data that would indicate Detroit is beyond the brink of devastation; high school graduation rates of less than 60%, one in four families have lost their home to foreclosure, and widespread homelessness.
From the ashes of the industrial age, corporate bailouts and political corruption scandals, rises the spirit of Detroit’s Joe Lewis exclaiming, “We’ve only just begun to fight!”
I believe in Detroit; and I’m not alone. It’s an honor to be a fundraiser in this city during this economic time.
“Detroit is the perfect sandbox for developing transformative fundraising strategies; the need is extraordinary and the community has an amazing heart to restore the city and region to a vibrant destination to live and work.” — Tammy Zonker