Walters Family Foundation Welcomes New Director
Milford, MI (March 2020)—The Walters Family Foundation is delighted to welcome Libby Levy as the organization’s new Director. Levy joined the foundation in June 2019 bringing more than 18 years of experience in community development, philanthropy and urban planning. She has held positions at organizations including ProSeeds, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Jefferson East Business Association, as well as an urban planning lecturer at University of Michigan.
New Head Start Program at the DIA
Detroit, MI (December 2019)—For the first time, the DIA is piloting a Head Start program in partnership with the Walters Family Foundation. Nearly 150 four-year-old Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county children and their caregivers will attend a series of three programs at the museum this school year to explore art with DIA gallery teachers and learn to make a project of their own in the art-making studio.Afterward, they’ll be supplied with all the material to complete a project together at home.
Bringing to Life a One-of-a-Kind Zoology Program at University Prep Schools
Detroit, MI (December 20, 2019)—“What we found in our research is that there isn't an urban school system and a large urban zoo partnering to create a zoology animal science program. So, we thought, ‘We're going to be the first."" Mark Ornstein, Chief Executive Officer, University Prep Schools
Preserving Michigan’s Scenic Waterways Through Local Stewardship with American Rivers
Michigan is a state defined by water. While it is known for its connection to the Great Lakes, it’s also home to some of the most outstanding rivers in the United States: from the Au Sable, Manistee and Pere Marquette rivers in the south to the Presque Isle, Ontonagon, and Paint rivers in the Upper Peninsula. While boasting some 51,438 miles of rivers and streams, just one percent of these waterways are protected nationally as “Wild and Scenic.” Those that are designated need ongoing stewardship.
Walters foundation seeks new projects
Detroit, MI (March 24, 2019)—The Milford-based Walters Family Foundation is seeking new proposals from Michigan nonprofits after funding programs focused on arts education and conservation in 2018.
Coaching Underserved Students to Success in College and in Life
Detroit, MI (December 6, 2018)—“This funding provides a path to a college education that can lift 100 young people, and often their families, out of poverty while empowering them to reach their full potential and become unbelievable members of society.”Justin Remington, Director of Operations, Michigan Education Excellence Foundation
Providing Cultural Opportunities to Underserved Families at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, MI (November 15, 2018)—“Any time an amazing cultural resource in the city can connect with parents and their young children, it's a positive for the community.” – Teri John, Director of Education Programs, Detroit Institute of Arts
Atwater Beach groundbreaking signals next big thing for Detroit riverfront
Detroit, MI (August 27, 2018)—The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy broke ground Monday afternoon on Atwater Beach, the latest addition to the city's waterfront attractions. Featuring a sandy "beach," play areas for kids and food and drink offerings, Atwater Beach will sit along the east riverfront between Chene Park East and Stroh River Place. When opened next year, the park also will feature a floating café barge serving food and drinks.
Redeveloping Vacant Spaces into Innovation Hubs in Midtown Detroit
Detroit, MI (August 29, 2018)—In the heart of Detroit, the revitalized Midtown neighborhood is one of the city’s most exciting commercial and residential districts. While burgeoning with pockets of creativity and culture, Midtown is yet to have a central area that supports innovation, collaboration and enterprise.
Reconnecting 14 Miles of Upstream Habitat on Milligan Creek
Cheboygan County, MI (July 10, 2018)—Starting in July, construction will begin on a project to reconnect 14 miles of upstream habitat on Milligan Creek. Milligan of Creek flows north from Duby Lake until it feeds into the Upper Black River a few miles north M-68. A cool- to coldwater trout stream that serves as a large tributary of the Upper Black, the health of Milligan Creek is important for supporting quality habitat and stream health in the region. Some species of fish that live in the Black River and Black Lake utilize Milligan Creek, particularly those seeking colder water.