Press Release

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (Jan. 16, 2019) – A recently announced grant from Ballmer Group will support the efforts of The Education Trust-Midwest to build a durable movement for educational equity and excellence for all students in metropolitan Detroit and Michigan.

“Ensuring that every metropolitan Detroit student has access to an excellent education is essential for making the American Dream truly accessible to all,” said Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest.  “We are honored and excited to partner with Ballmer Group to deepen our efforts as we work alongside many partners and equity-focused allies.”

Ballmer Group announced support for Education Trust-Midwest as a part of a $16 million inaugural round of funding in southeast Michigan, aimed at helping children and families in the region rise out of poverty. In awarding these funds, Ballmer Group co-founders Connie and Steve Ballmer noted the importance of leveraging the existing good work of area nonprofits.

“In making these initial commitments in southeast Michigan, we did not seek to create new programs or launch new initiatives,” wrote the Ballmers. “Our grants are intended to strengthen nonprofits that have built strong community partnerships and extend the enormous potential of government support.”

Centered around the idea that every child deserves an equal chance to achieve the American Dream, Ballmer Group supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. Steve Ballmer, co-founder of Ballmer Group and former CEO of Microsoft, grew up in Southeast Michigan.

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The Education Trust-Midwest is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for all Michigan students, especially for African American, Latino, American Indian, and low-income students. The Education Trust-Midwest believes in the power of intelligent education policy and practices — informed by data, research, and the successes of other states — to make Michigan a top ten education state for all students.   •