Notable Recent Grants From Ilitch Charities


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - $50,000

Mariners Inn - $50,000

Detroit Employment Solutions - $50,000

Boll Family YMCA Detroit SWIMS Program - $25,000

S.A.Y. Detroit - $15,000

Coalition on Temporary Shelter (C.O.T.S.) - $10,000

BINGO - $10,000

Neighborhood Service Organization - $10,000


Detroit Historical Society - $50,000

Macomb-Oakland Regional Center - $50,000

Michigan Humane Society - $50,000

Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan - $20,000

Boll Family YMCA Detroit SWIMS Program - $15,000


Alternatives For Girls - $40,000

College for Creative Studies - $40,000

Reading Works - $40,000

Covenant House Michigan - $10,000

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan - $10,000

Michigan Humane Society - $10,000


City Year - $40,000 to continue partnering with schools to work directly with at-risk youth as tutors, mentors and role models, helping students get back on track and stay on track to graduate.   

S.A.Y. Detroit - $40,000 to support local Detroit shelters.

The Detroit Zoological Society - $40,000 to sustain unique award-winning habitats, beautiful grounds, exciting and educational prgrams, acclaimed events, and continue to create meaningful and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages.  


Forgotten Harvest - $35,000 to support the fight against hunger in the Detroit Metropolitan community.  

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit - $35,000 to support workplace training programs throughout Southeastern Michigan.  

S.A.Y. Detroit - $35,000 to support local Detroit shelters.


2-1-1 On the Go! - $30,000 to support their mobile outreach program.  This program uses 2-1-1 call center resources on the streets of Detroit to assist the homeless population.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra - $30,000 to support the ongoing operations of the internationally acclaimed and fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States.

Focus: HOPE - $30,000 to support workforce development initiatives and educational programming. 

Mosaic Youth Theatre - $30,000 to support their internationally acclaimed youth development program that helps young artists excel on stage and in life. 


Guidance Center - $100,000

The Greening of Detroit - $100,000 


Coalition on Temporary Shelter (C.O.T.S.) - $150,000 to support the construction of an infant care center for children under the age of two at C.O.T.S. 

Junior Achievement Finance Park - $250,000 over ten years to support a Little Caesars learning booth at the Junior Achievement Finance Park. The JA Finance Park is a new state-of-the-are, hands-on learning center located in the heart of downtown Detroit. By participating in JA’s custom-designed curriculum, middle and high school students learn “real-life” lessons about personal finance.

Ilitch Charities College Scholarships - $25,000 annually - Provide up to ten $2,500 scholarships each spring to college bound Little Caesars AAA and Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League players.  

Some Other Past Grant Recipients include:  

  • Alternatives for Girls
  • Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac
  • Bill Scruggs Memorial Fund
  • Brendan Filzek Childhood Cancer Assistance Fund
  • Bridging Communities
  • Camp Mak-a-Dream of Michigan
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Children's Charities Coalition
  • Children First
  • Children's Home of Detroit/Foundation for Exceptional Children
  • Common Ground Sanctuary
  • Curtains & Comfort
  • Dispute Resolution Education Resources, Inc.
  • Fallen Heroes Fund of Oakland County
  • For the Kids Foundation 
  • Kids Kicking Cancer/Sickle Cell
  • Kids Like Us
  • Math Corps at Wayne State University
  • Mentoring Solutions
  • The Mission: Prevention Education for Children, Youth and Young Adults
  • Niles Baseball Field Renovation - Niles Community Schools
  • Old Newsboy Goodfellow Fund
  • Pontiac Police Memorial Fund
  • Reaching Higher, Inc.
  • Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
  • Special Olympics of Michigan
  • Starfish Family Services
  • Think Detroit PAL 
  • Turning Point, Inc.
  • Wigs for Kids