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The Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design Petitions to Become the Nation’s First HBCU to Reopen

Detroit, MI, October 12, 2021 – Today the PENSOLE Lewis College of Business and Design (PLC) has proposed draft legislation for state authorization to be recognized as Michigan’s single HBCU with the intention to become the nation’s first-ever re-opened HBCU. PLC is the dream school-made-reality by Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, founder of the PENSOLE Design Academy in Portland, Oregon, and controlling stockholder of the previously closed Detroit-based HBCU, Lewis College of Business. Partnering with the College for Creative Studies (CCS), PLC will open in March 2022 and serve aspiring Black creatives, designers, engineers, and business leaders.
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Gilbert Family Foundation Announces Hiring of Darnell Adams as Director of Detroit Community Initiatives, Shares Update on Detroit Tax Relief Fund

DETROIT, September 23, 2021 – The Gilbert Family Foundation today announced the hiring of Darnell Adams as its Director of Detroit Community Initiatives. Adams will oversee the organization’s Detroit-based community programming as part of its “Building Opportunity and Equity” pillar. A months-long national search and competitive interview process resulted in the hiring of Adams, who […]
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MSU announces Gilbert Family Foundation, Rock Family of Companies support for opening Apple Developer Academy in Detroit

By: Caroline Brooks, Stephanie Motschenbacher and Lois Furry Michigan State University today announced the Gilbert Family Foundation, in partnership with the Rock Family of Companies, will support the new Apple Developer Academy in Detroit, a transformative education collaboration between Apple and MSU and the first Apple Developer Academy in North America. Apple, MSU and the Rock Family of Companies […]
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Gilbert Family Foundation, Rocket Community Fund Announce $500 Million Philanthropic Investment in Detroit, First Allocation Will Pay Off Property Tax Debt of 20,000 Low-Income Detroit Homeowners

DETROIT, March 25, 2021 – The Gilbert Family Foundation (GFF) and Rocket Community Fund today announced an unprecedented and transformational $500 million philanthropic investment over the next ten years, to be accomplished through strategic contributions to community organizations that will build economic opportunity in Detroit neighborhoods. The Gilbert Family Foundation will contribute $350 million, and […]
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