About Us

Fully aware that Detroiters of African descent have never lacked creativity, viable economic strategies, entrepreneurial zeal, or innovative business models, the Black Leaders Detroit Fund aims to diminish the aforementioned disparities by providing the one thing that has been lacking, financial support.

Our Vision

A model and thriving city of fully empowered, responsive, leaders and entrepreneurs reflective of its demographics.

Our Plan

We want 1 million members to contribute $1/week to fund our plan to change lives and impact black residents and communities in Detroit.

Our Mission

To provide financial support for diverse social and community impact projects originated and led by Detroiters of African descent.

Why Black Leaders Detroit Fund?

New, launching, and long-standing, businesses and/or organizations founded or led by African Americans that provide jobs, and/or social impact will have the opportunity to apply for funds to support their efforts from The Black Leaders Detroit Fund (BLD Fund).

Ongoing Support

BLD Fund will leverage long-standing local and national self-empowerment sentiment among African-Americans with current social media networking habits and mobile application technology into an ongoing $1 per week funding campaign.

Neighborhood Stabilization

Decades long divestment coupled with white (and black) flight depleted the city’s tax base and severely limited economic development, especially within neighborhoods.

New Opportunities

With positive population growth in Detroit, economic opportunities abound in certain sectors but sorely lack local African American leadership or participation.

Restoring Trust

Socioeconomic inequity has led to tension, mistrust, justifiable frustration, and what some call the emergence of an “old and new” Detroit narrative.

Self-Empowerment

The remaining African American middle class that stayed the course decry the absence of interest, investment, and stabilization efforts to further empower them and grow their numbers.

Wealth Building

A recent Detroit Future City report charts a plummeting of Detroit’s middle class from 54% to 25% from 1990 to 2010.

Team

We are dedicated to leveraging long-standing local and national self-empowerment sentiment among African-Americans with current social media networking habits and mobile technology.

Dwan Dandridge

Dwan is currently responsible for overseeing one of the largest volunteer efforts in the region as VP – of Projects and Community Engagement at Life Remodeled. His leadership skills have been shaped by a wide range of experiences that include grass roots activism, being a business owner, union representative with the UAW.

He was recently nominated and selected by a group of well-respected Detroiters to be recognized in the IDetroit Project. Dwan is a member of Leadership Detroit’s current class put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation. He has co-lead two organizations geared towards addressing Racism Facing Race, and Race Matters.

Kim Uhuru

Ms. Uhuru is an attorney practicing in the areas of ethics and attorney discipline. She is a Senior Associate Counsel at the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. She is a past district chair of the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Rosedale Park Improvement Association.

Ken Elkins

Ken has an unshakable commitment to helping young people be a little better, do a little better and live a little better. Ken has spent over 10 years working in youth development providing programs for young people to live healthier, improve their way of life, and contribute to their communities. He also has an extensive marketing and multi-media background and holds a Bachelors degree in Television/Multi-media Production from Ferris State University.

Quan Neloms

Quan Neloms is a teacher in Detroit. Several years ago, he started Lyricist Society, a program that engages young people by using hip-hop in the classroom. Quan is a natural leader that is consistently finding innovative ways to help students find joy in education. Quan has recently spearheaded an initiative to celebrate black male educators. You can find him and other passionate educators telling their story using Hip-hop in the group that Quan helped form called IN Demand!

Shannon Gaston

With two decades of experience as a skilled practitioner, consultant and speaker, Shannon J. Gaston is widely considered one of the Detroit’s most dynamic youth development leaders. His experience transforming the lives of youth and adolescents spans the non-profit, faith-based and K-12 education sectors – both domestically and abroad- where he has raised, leveraged and managed $10 million dollars for holistic youth development efforts.

Currently the Director for Detroit Young Life with The Spirit of Detroit Project at Cornerstone Schools, he leads character development programs across the districts six campuses. Prior to this current role, he co-founded and wrote for TheYuinon.com, the preeminent online destination for young adult Christian content and cultural analysis. Shannon holds a B.S. in Biology from Wayne State University and a Masters in Intercultural and Urban Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. He lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he trains and consults with ministry leaders on issue related to the intersection of race, cultural intelligence and contemporary theology.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Address

1938 Franklin Suite 201 Detroit, MI 48207, USA

Phone Number

313.346.2779

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