Detroit Today: How philanthropy is changing in Detroit to empower residents

Hudson-Webber Foundation’s Melanca Clark says she changed her nonprofit’s focus toward racial equity and eliminating structural barriers to inequality.

Melanca Clark at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference

Melanca Clark at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Each year in Michigan, political, business and philanthropic leaders gather on Mackinac Island for the Mackinac Policy Conference, an event that represents the largest collection of stakeholders driving policy in the state.

In this conversation, Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson sat down with Melanca Clark, the soon-to-be former President and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation in Detroit, about closing the racial equity and inequality gap in Detroit.

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Melanca Clark says she wants city residents to be “in charge of their own future.”

“We’re looking for a vibrant city of shared prosperity — shared prosperity — a Detroit that works for everybody,” says Clark.

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