By: Meagen Mazur
CW 50 Intern

Do you have an innovative idea to improve the lives of women in Detroit?

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The Sojourner Foundation is dedicated to funding nontraditional projects committed to creating positive differences for local women.

Established in 1985, the foundation promotes economic, educational, physical, emotional, social, and artistic opportunities for women to fully participate and exercise their rights in society.

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Annually, various organizations are presented with year-long grants from the Sojourner Foundation. These grants can be up to $5,000 and are awarded to projects that are taking new approaches on improving the lives of women.

Two previous grant recipients include Alternatives for Girls and Youthville Detroit. Alternatives for Girls created a program that rose awareness of human trafficking by offering workshops and peer counseling. While cyber bullying was the focus of Youthville Detroit’s project, which highlighted effects and solutions for this rising trend among young women.

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If your non-profit organization has created a program focusing on the advancement of women the Sojourner Foundation is eager to help forward your goals. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process visit