About Us

Mission

Our Mission is to foster collaboration and enhance the capacity of projects that improve Detroit’s neighborhoods.

What We Do

Impact Detroit is a network that leverages the collective expertise, knowledge, and resources of its members to help implement community-driven strategies as they relate to the built environment and the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework.

Do work Provide technical consulting services to stakeholders to get work done in Detroit neighborhoods.
Advocate for work Build support for work that helps to change the policies that will move Detroit Future City forward.
Uplift work Communicate and connect community-driven work throughout the Detroit community.
Connect to resources Build capacity for an organization or community to do work by providing intellectual resources.

Our DNA & Values

We come together with a purpose: to help bring the framework to life. Why? Because we believe that there is a positive and sustainable future in the city of Detroit for all people regardless of age, race, gender, economic background. We contribute as individuals, as organizations, and as a community. We meet to make each other stronger, more informed, more connected, and more able to make an impact in our communities. We are a support group, we are a professional development group, we are old and new Detroit, and we are fighting for a city that belongs to the people now and forever. We show up, we care. Why? Because we are family, because we each contribute something, to our communities, to each other, and to ourselves.

We recognize that there is no boilerplate for what we do, so we approach each new project, partner, and opportunity with an open and flexible mindset—taking into consideration the unique social and institutional context. We will not, however, compromise our values.

  • We place people at the center of everything that we do.
  • We respect and embrace a diversity of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds. We believe that collaboration leads to stronger outcomes.
  • We are committed to neighborhood growth and viability.
  • We seek to cultivate the assets and civic capacity that are innate in communities.

Collaborate with Impact Detroit

Meaningful collaboration and change is no easy task. We know that collaboration does not just happen through effective email and social media communications. It does not happen through simply funding the most attractive looking projects. It does not even happen by meeting every week with people doing great work. But when we can put these pieces together with a strong sense of trust, positive intent, and a focus on a powerful mission, we know that we can make a real impact on our communities.

This is the type of collaboration that we are building at Impact Detroit. The framework for this collaboration is never complete. It is an ongoing and continuous process of listening to each other, sharing our expertise, lending our capacity, asking for help, admitting when we are wrong, course correcting, setting mutual goals, and leading by example.

We directly serve the individuals and organizations in the Impact Detroit network. We are then able to more broadly and effectively serve the networks and constituencies of those individuals and organizations through their increased collaborative capacity and resources.

Our doors are open to citizens and organizations who are interested in this type of collaboration in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. We welcome individuals or representatives of groups and organizations to join us and see what we are working on. Come and tell us about what is going on in your community and what projects and ideas you have brewing. We love to meet new people with new ideas and who bring additional skills and talents to the network. We grow stronger with every person that joins us who is committed to improving the city.

Join us

Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Peter Pierce Room, 2nd Floor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture
4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221

Let the person at the front gate know you are here for Impact Detroit at the School of Architecture and they will guide you to the right place.

As schedules often change, please check our calendar to make sure the meeting is taking place.