Life Remodeled: Fourth Friday Fundraising @ Durfee Innovation Society
Feb 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


The Life Remodeled team, led by Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder, is looking to flip the script and shatter some fundraising myths by hosting an enlightening 10 part lunch and learn series on what it takes to achieve high caliber and effective fund development.

Join LR and hundreds of representatives from non-profits throughout the greater metro-Detroit area on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at the Durfee Innovation Society to learn from some of the major players in the philanthropy world– funders, donors, volunteers and non-profit staff, who are looking for insight into creating a strong development strategy.


Session #1 :: Friday, February 22, 2019
My Journey with Fundraising: From Transactional to Transformational
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled

Session #2 :: Friday, March 22, 2019
Developing + Delivering Your Pitch
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled and Dan Zwolak, CEO, seeds marketing+design

Session #3 :: Friday, April 26, 2019
Major Gifts + Making “The Ask”
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Ed Russell, President at Russell Development; and Lisa Payne, Former CFO of Taubman; Additional Speaker TBD

Session #4 :: Friday, May 24, 2019
How to Craft + Share Your Personal Story + Why This is Super Important
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled

Session #5 :: Friday, June 28, 2019
The Art of the Nonprofit Fundraising CEO
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest; Kevin Roach, CEO of Methodist Children’s Home Society; Brett Tillander, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties; and Dr. Darienne B. Driver, President & CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Session #6 :: Friday, July 26, 2019
Fundraising Administration
Featuring Brooke Adams, Fundraising Manager at Life Remodeled and Pat McQueen SVP Education at Salesforce

Session #7 :: Friday, August 23, 2019
Corporate Giving
Featuring Doug Maibach, Executive Vice President at Barton Malow; Rebecca Ndombi, Social Responsibility Manager at Sun Communities; Additional Speakers TBD

Session #8 :: Friday, September 27, 2019
Measuring Impact: Why + What + How
Featuring Romy Kochan, CEO of Gingras Global

Session #9 :: Friday, October 25, 2019
Discussion with Foundation CEOs/EDs
Featuring Tonya Allen, President + CEO at The Skillman Foundation and Additional Speakers TBD

Session #10 :: Friday, November 22, 2019
In-Kind Donations
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Harvey Berman, Construction, Contracts & Real Estate Attorney with Bodman; Terri Rubis, Environmental Account Manager at ARCADIS; Jeff Lane, Connector at Life Remodeled


Tickets must be purchased in advance for $15 per person. Lunch will be provided, and $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to one randomly drawn nonprofit organization in attendance each month.

Please note: Tickets must be purchased for each individual session. Please be sure you are purchasing the correct ticket for the session and date you are looking to attend.

Any questions related to the event can be directed to Brooke Adams at

Detroit Month of Design Info Session @ Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th annual Detroit Month of Design this September. The citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. Join us for an informational session where you can:

>> LEARN what is new for 2019
>> CONNECT with others involved in the design community
>> ENGAGE by joining our Design Ambassador Program or Detroit Design Network

Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center, 2835 Bagley St #600, Detroit, MI 48216. Next door to the DTE Payment Center.

Free parking available in the rear of the building.

Questions: Email

The Detroit Month of Design is produced by Design Core Detroit

DEAL Race & Justice Reporting Initiative Application Deadline
Feb 24 all-day


Are you a journalist with talent and passion for covering the environment and justice in Detroit?

The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, is offering four mini-grants of $1,000 each to report on environmental stories in Detroit. Specifically, we are looking for stories that demonstrate how industrial pollution, high water and energy costs, large burdens of toxic pollution, and climate change disproportionately impact communities of color or low-income. Stories may also examine how communities are responding to these impacts through self-advocacy and self-healing.

The goals of this initiative are to:
  1. Inform the general public on pressing environmental issues in Detroit.
  2. Spread awareness within Black, People of Color and low-income populations about the environmental issues they face.
  3. Disseminate information about new scientific findings, policy debates, innovations and evidence-based solutions.

This is a unique opportunity to cover critical issues about the environment in low-income, Black or immigrant communities, and receive funding to help cover transportation and other reporting expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants should write no more than a one-page pitch describing their project topic, how the subject will be researched and covered, explain its timeliness and why this topic needs coverage—just as you would to an editor in a story pitch. The pitch should demonstrate enough preliminary research to make clear there’s really a story, and that it will be possible for the applicant to successfully report it.

Applicants should have done some preliminary research and will have identified 2-3 potential sources to demonstrate that they have a reporting plan. Web and video applications should demonstrate the same reporting focus as long-form written stories, emphasizing context and history.

Please include in the application:

    1. A one-page pitch with relevance to Detroit.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. An email exchange from an editor/producer agreeing to receive the pitch/story idea for likely publication or broadcast. (If needed we can help with getting your story placed.)
    4. No more than three samples of published or broadcast journalistic work. Please include links to these stories — either on a news organization’s website or in the application document.
    5. Applications must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word, Google Doc, or Adobe PDF file to with “Reporting Initiative Application” included in the subject line.


Applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. February 24, 2019. This is a hard deadline. We will quickly turn around the applications and choose the fellows no later than March 10.

If awarded, each fellow receives $1,000 and will be expected to participate in an afternoon session with experts working on environmental issues.

Fellows will have two months to produce a print, radio, or video piece.

For more information, visit DEAL’s website at

Keep Growing Detroit Seed Packing @ KAN Books
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Help Keep Growing Detroit fill the more than 40,500 packs of seeds that will be distributed to Garden Resource Program members during the 2019 growing season!







Other opportunities include:

  • Saturday, February 2nd from 10am-12pm hosted by Clark Park Recreation Center, 1181 Scotten Street ¡Únete a nosotros!
  • Monday, February 4thfrom 6-8pm hosted by Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, 11000 W. McNichols
  • Tuesday, February 12thfrom 6-8p hosted by Georgia Street Community Collective, 8902 Vinton Street
  • Thursday, February 14thfrom 1-3pm hosted by St. Mathew & St Joseph Church, 8850 Woodward Avenue
  • Thursday, February 21st from 6-8pm hosted by Brightmoor Artisans Collective, 22735 Fenkell Street
  • Saturday, February 23rdfrom 10am-12pm hosted by Hope Community Church, 14456 E. Jefferson Avenue
  • Tuesday, February 26th from 6-8pm hosted by KAN Bookstore, 9405 John R. Street
  • Saturday, March 2nd from 10am-12pm hosted by Urban Neighborhood Initiative, 300 Longworth Street ¡Únete a nosotros!
Fenmore Street Block Club Meeting @ Chase Library
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Fenmore Street Block Club meets every first Monday of the month at the Chase Library on West Seven Mile from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

MACC Legal – Low cost legal assistance @ The Commons
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

MACC Legal offers low cost legal assistance on Saturdays, in the neighborhood! Cost is a donation based on your income, as low as $5-$40.

MACC Legal’s volunteer attorneys will provide specialty legal consultation—and in some cases, representation—in the areas of:
benefits and disability law.

We are available every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at The Commons Detroit, 7900 Mack Ave., corner of Beals.

Walk in’s are welcome, appointments are encouraged!!

Stop by, lets see if we can help!

Call for more information or an appointment, 313.732.9302, ext. 3

Detroit Food 2019: Infrastructure & Innovation Annual Summit @ Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center - College for Creative Studies
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day


Detroit Food 2019 will be the 9th annual Detroit Food Summit held by DFPC. DFPC hosts this annual conference to increase awareness about our food system, and develop strategies for building a healthier food system in Detroit. Detroit Food brings together community members, food industry workers, advocates, researchers and policy makers.

Become a Sponsor

Businesses looking for creative and engaging ways to make a difference in the lives of Detroit community members are invited to partners with DFPC (Detroit Food Policy Council) to create a powerful community impact. Sponsors are invited to participle in Detroit Food 2019 to help to provide community education and raise awareness about the local food system.

For more information about our sponsorship opportunities see our Sponsorship Package and Community Giving Package, or contact Kibibi Blount-Dorn at

Propose a Workshop

We are currently accepting workshop proposals for Detroit Food 2019. To propose a workshop fill out the Request for Proposals. The deadline for Workshop Proposals is extended to Friday, January 18.


Register Now
We offer a range of registration rates of $30 – $160 so that the conference can be accessible to as many people as possible. This year, in an effort to maintain accessibility for community members to attend the Detroit Food Summit, we are maintaining last year’s registration rates. Please support Detroit Food 2019 by giving as generously as possible with your registration contribution. The true expense of Detroit Food 2019 is $150 per person. We will consider the registration amount you pay in excess of $150 as a tax-deductible gift to Detroit Food Policy Council. Detroit Food 2019 does not offer group rates. Please pay the registration contribution that you can afford for each of your participants. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Friends of the Detroit Food Policy Council receive a discounted registration to Detroit Food 2019. New members who join by Friday, February 22 will receive a discount code that can be used for the Standard Registration.

Early Bird (until February 17) $115
Advocate $160
Standard $130
Friends of DFPC $105*
Senior/Student $60
Youth $30


Volunteers who complete a total of four (4) volunteer hours will have the registration fee for Detroit Food 2018 waived.  Once 4 hours have been signed up for please allow 48 hours to receive the code to waive your registration fee. Volunteer shifts will be posted on the registration site January 25.

Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

March 8 & 9, and April 5 & 6, and May 10 & 11, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“At this time in our nation, we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of white supremacy and state sanctioned violence. It is imperative that those of us who are white do the deep work required to claim and embody an anti-racist identity, understand the privilege we carry, and interrupt racism where we live, work, study, and volunteer.

Doing Our Own Work helps white people move through places where we often get stuck, so that we can step up with courage, humility, and compassion to participate in movements led by people of color and help move other white people to greater anti-racist awareness and action.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people to facilitate in-depth reflection, dialogue, and community.”

Learn more:

Empty Bowls Detroit Eastern Market 2019 @ Eastern Market Shed 5
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The event will be held at Shed 5 in Eastern Market where attendees will enjoy strolling about and sampling homemade soups, bread, cheese,beer, wine and dessert donated by local businesses all while listening to music played by Detroit musicians. In addition, everyone will receive a hand-painted bowl of their choosing as a reminder that Someone’s Bowl is Always Empty. This is a 21 and over event.

Join us in Ending Hunger One Bowl At A Time while raising money and awareness for the food program at Cass Community Social Services

The participating businesses and sponsors for the 2019 event will be announced in January 2019

Please email us at for additional information

Sponsorship Opportunities Available please click link below for additional information

Bring Your Block Club @ The Detroit Historical Museum @ Detroit Historical Museum
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Detroit Historical Society invites Detroit block clubs and neighborhood associations to host their meeting at the Detroit Historical Museum! Reservations include free parking and meeting space, admission to see our new exhibits, info session to learn about our latest project documenting Detroit’s neighborhoods, and a special film screening of Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route. The film will be followed by a talk back with the Director Pam Sporn and retired postman Wendell Watkins.

To RSVP and more information, contact Katherine Brown at 313-833-1807 or at