CBS Detroit is reporting that Microsoft is donating $2 million in software and cash to the Detroit based non-profit Focus: HOPE. The donation is part of a $4.5 million pledge that includes Microsoft, Ford, and General motors to assist with the nonprofit’s workforce development and educational programs.
CBS Detroit also stated that these contributions are a part of Focus: Hope’s goal of securing $30 million over the next five years. The Detroit based nonprofit was established in 1968, following the wake of the 12th Street Riots, and funds a wide spread of programming with the aim to overcome racism and poverty through education and training for underrepresented minorities and others.
This is not the first time Microsoft has invested in philanthropic and entrepreneurial efforts to spur economic development in Detroit. As we reported earlier this year Microsoft highlighted two millennial startups in the urban center of Detroit that have used Microsoft Surfaces and Lumias to build their new businesses in this city with a history of economic troubles. Microsoft also opened a technology center in Detroit to provide access to “innovative technologies and world-class expertise.”
What other ways do you think Microsoft and other corporations could help boost rebuilding Detroit in the wake of the city’s bankruptcy?