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Nominee’s nameLynette Dowler
SEEN Changemaker CategoryPhilanthropy
When Lynette became the president of the DTE Energy Foundation two years ago, she launched a process to be sure that Foundation dollars were being spent to bring the greatest impact to Detroit and to Michigan. By focusing the Foundation's giving to six key priority areas, she has been able to support new programs that are innovative and life-changing.
Since Lynette began, the Foundation has funded hundreds of programs, including:
A new program at Parnell Correctional Facility that trains inmates to become tree trimmers -- helping to ensure that their conviction isn't a life sentence of unemployment. Graduates of the program are immediately employable upon release.
Hundreds of smaller, community festivals are supported by the Foundation across the state -- spurring economic activity in cities and towns from Trenton to Traverse City. These festivals are in addition to the Foundation's support of the arts, from ArtPrize to a series of DSO concerts brought to communities in southeast Michigan.
A program with The Nature Conservancy to significantly reduce storm runoff into the Detroit River and preservation of the Great Lakes beachfront.
The Foundation's giving, and Lynette's leadership, has ensured that a path to the middle class has widened for students in Detroit who can now pursue a career in the skilled trades; that hundreds of children can participate in FIRST Robotics when they might otherwise been financially unable; that thousands of struggling families have access to food and that adults looking to improve their lives have access to education. And that's just a sampling of the difference the DTE Foundation's support makes in Detroit and throughout Michigan. The impact of the Foundation has grown exponentially since Lynette took the helm and will continue to do so under her leadership..
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