Rep. Adam Kinzinger raises $1.1 million for his anti-Trump PAC in first quarter, and an equal amount for his reelection fund
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, raises $1.1 million in the first quarter for his anti-Trump political action committee.chicagotribune.com
Ann Arbor tweens raise funds for COVID relief
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Stella and Maybree are two Ann Arbor girls who have been best friends since kindergarten. The two sixth graders have grown up figuring out ways to help others and when they saw the news reports of health care workers in need, they wanted to help. They saw news stories about health care workers who were struggling to get the personal protection equipment they needed. Stella and Maybree took it all in, not as 11-year-olds, but as humans who simply care about other humans. They decided to raise money to help Henry Ford Health System’s COVID emergency relief efforts.
Artini-at-Home: Ann Arbor Art Center’s annual cocktail competition goes virtual
The Ann Arbor Art Center softly reopened on June 30, 2020 after closing its doors to the public in March. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor Art Center. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Join the Ann Arbor Art Center in celebrating art and its yearly cocktail competition, but from the comfort of home. Unlike previous events, the entire fundraiser and cocktail competition will be done online. Each will work with Ann Arbor Distilling Co., who is making and canning each cocktail, to reflect drinks inspired by Ann Arbor Art Center’s A2AC Murals project.
Michigan dog who has a knack for finding lost money donates to Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit
BERKLEY, Mich. – A 15-year-old dachshund named Jake Truett who was born in Michigan is using his ability to sniff out cash to raise money for Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit. His family is donating Jake’s money, a $250.08 in total, to Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit. The gift is the first of the Jake Project. The Jake Project hopes to get at least 100 matching donations of $250.08. The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit is working to raise the final $3.5 million to complete construction of its new intake facility.
Dearborn-based foundation raises $180K in ongoing effort to support Lebanon relief
DEARBORN, Mich. – A national Arab American foundation, based in Dearborn, has raised more than $180,000 to help support the ongoing relief efforts in Lebanon following the deadly explosion in August. Since the explosion, the continued fundraising efforts benefitting the Lebanon Relief Project through CAAP’s Disaster Relief Fund have resulted in over $180,000 raised so far. Funds have been used to help the Lebanon Relief Project airlift over $12.7 million in high value medications and supplies to Beirut on August 24, and most recently, over $6 million on September 29. 100% of all donations raised through CAAP’s continued fundraising efforts will go towards airlifting essential supplies and equipment and supporting relief efforts in Lebanon. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a national community foundation and a national institution of ACCESS -- the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S.
Dearborn-based foundation launches campaign to support relief efforts in Lebanon
DEARBORN, Mich. A national Arab American foundation, based in Dearborn, is launching its second fundraising campaign to help support the ongoing relief efforts in Lebanon following the deadly explosion earlier this month. Even before the explosion, Lebanon was dealing with increasing poverty, economic collapse and corruption, while in the midst of a pandemic. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) launched its first relief campaign on Aug. 5, granting $75,155 to the Lebanese Red Cross, to support their on-the-ground efforts. The second campaign will support the work of several nonprofits including AFYA Foundation, ANERA and Direct Relief under the coordinated efforts of the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL), to urgently airlift medical and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment to Beirut. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a national community foundation and a national institution of ACCESS -- the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S.
Ann Arbors The Ark launches fundraiser to make sure music lives on
It launched the free Ark Family Room Series in April and offers between 15 to 20 virtual programs a month. It wants to raise $25,000 to keep funding programs, like its Ark Family Room Series, that go beyond Ann Arbor. Some supporters are local and loyal fans of the music venue, but others are in Australia, Ireland and the state of Washington. Currently, it is working to develop ticketed events and is exploring ways to make virtual programs more enriching and engaging for patrons. RelatedJeff Daniels to perform at The Ark in Ann ArborAnn Arbor music hub hosts award-winning lineup during the Ark Family Room July concerts
Detroit organizations raise $40,000 for Black Farmer Land Fund
DETROIT A number of organizations in Detroit are raising money to help Black farmers purchase land in Detroit. Members of Keep Growing Detroit launched a fundraising effort on GoFundMe with a goal of raising $20,000 to help Black farmers purchase the land they are currently growing on or plan to grow on. Keep Growing Detroit -- in collaboration with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network -- has surpassed their initial goal, raising more than $40,000 as of Saturday. Organization members say Black farmers face more barriers when it comes to land ownership than White farmers do in Detroit. Black farmers can begin applying in July and awardees will be announced in September.
University of Michigan students raise money through Blue Mask Initiative for PPE
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Undergraduate students from the University of Michigan have been raising funds through the Blue Mask Initiative to buy KN-95 masks for front line healthcare workers at elder nursing homes. Created in May by University of Michigan students Adhavan Arivalagan and Akash Rau, the Blue Mask Initiative was started to help with the lack of personal protective equipment for staff members working with a vulnerable population. Blue Mask Initiative joined similar groups at other schools and community organizations, including Michigan State University, Northville High School and Detroit Country Day, to expand the reach of the initiative. According to OFarrell, the organization had over 80 student members who used their social networks to fundraise and raise awareness about the mask initiative. The Blue Mask Initiative campaign ended on May 31.
Michigan school district finds unique way to raise money after residents vote against bond proposal
BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan school district has launched a GoFundMe-style fundraising campaign for school upgrades after residents voted against a bond proposal in 2018. MLive reports that Northwest Community Schools District started the Invest in Northwest portal in January. The district hopes to encourage people to give by sharing success stories on the website. The online portal does not have a timeline or total price tag. Some projects have money goals, while others don’t.