Engaging in Detroit: Scaling and Social Value to Increase Impact
Mission + Strategy recently expanded our consulting services into Michigan and inked our first engagement with the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) in Lansing, Michigan. M+S is excited to meet with non-profits, social ventures, foundations, and other consultants across this large and diverse state as we learn more about the landscape of work here. The city of Detroit is its own unique territory, as long-time and recently-arrived Detroiters grapple with abandoned buildings, vacant lots, and a spate of recent development, concentrated largely in Corktown. M+S is excited to be meeting with and learning from for-profits and non-profits alike, forming creative groups and ventures to seek solutions and build momentum across the whole of Detroit.
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) announced this week a partnership with a developer to make at least a $75 million investment to revitalize the abandoned Kiefer Health Complex and the surrounding neighborhood. This process will be in full partnership with current neighborhood residents. The NEW Center – founded in Ann Arbor – has expanded its technical assistance and physical space offerings to non-profits with its Hannan House Office in Detroit. The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation continues its long-time service to Detroit's vibrant southwest side, hosting an event last week featuring the National Lawyer's Guild-Detroit and the Legal Aid & Defender Association, bringing them in to partner with area residents who need expungement services.
M+S is pleased to learn from all of these organizations working to continue to build momentum and revitalization in Detroit. We’re learning that both for-profit and non-profit ventures in Detroit are seeking expertise to scale their visions for maximum impact. M+S's extensive expertise in strategic alliances, partnerships, and mergers has given us significant experience in researching and creating plans for expansion and improvement, beyond just revenue growth, and we are excited about the ways this experience will contribute to the work in Detroit.