philanthropy en Stateside for Monday, December 9th, 2013 <p>The state House is expected to take up a controversial telecommunications bill.&nbsp;</p><p>The measure would let AT&amp;T end traditional landline phone service as long as there is Internet phone service that can take its place. But, in some rural areas in Michigan, Internet phone service can be spotty. On today's show, we took a look at what the legislation could mean for you.</p><p>Then, could private philanthropy save the art at the DIA?</p><p>And, how would Shakespeare’s play King Lear look like if it were set in Flint? One professor and her students found out.</p><p>Also, we spoke to meteorologist Mark Torregrossa about which parts of the state will be getting snow this week.</p><p>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat happens when a child is struggling to read at his or her grade level?</span></p><p>In too many cases, the student moves up a grade anyway and the struggle continues, resulting in high school graduates who are poor, ineffective readers. And that can impact that student's chances of going to college and then getting a job that provides a good level of pay over a lifetime.</p><p>There's a package of bills sponsored by Holland Republican Representative Amanda Price now working through the State that tries to tackle this problem. It's called the "read-or-flunk law."</p><p>In a nutshell, if third-grade kids aren't reading, hold them back.</p><p>Ron French reported on the pros and cons of these bills for Bridge Magazine, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:53:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15607 at Stateside for Monday, December 9th, 2013 Former Wayne State professor donates $5 million to the DIA and Detroit retirees <p>There's been a new development in the unfolding story about Federal Judge Gerald Rosen and his bid to protect the DIA collection and the pensions of Detroit city retirees.</p><p>Judge Rosen is serving as the mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy case. We've heard how he is trying to craft together a plan wherein at least 10 national and local charitable foundations would chip in to create a $500 million fund, a fund that could be leveraged to not only protect the DIA treasures but to lessen the pain of retiree pension cuts.</p><p>Late last week, a former Wayne State Chemistry professor stepped forward with an offer.</p><p>Dr. A. Paul Schaap developed a molecule that created light through chemistry. His discovery proved very useful in a wide range of medical tests. He then founded the company Lumigen, and he made many millions as a biotech entrepreneur.</p><p>Over the years, Paul Schaap has given many millions back to Wayne State, to Hope College, to professors and researchers. Now, Paul Schaap is donating $5 million to help the DIA and the city retirees.</p><p>Dr. A. Paul Schaap joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 15606 at Former Wayne State professor donates $5 million to the DIA and Detroit retirees Ford promises $10 million investment in southwest Detroit <p>Ford is<a href="|topnews|img|FRONTPAGE"> investing $10 million to boost community program</a>s in southwest Detroit.</p><p>The centerpiece of what the company calls “Operation Brighter Future” is the planned Ford Resource and Engagement Center, at the Mexicantown Mercado.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:04:59 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10433 at Stateside: Kalamazoo's Promise of lifelong learning <p>Graduate from public high school in Kalamazoo and go to college for free.</p><p>It’s a rare offer- one that strives to show students that college is something crucial and attainable. &nbsp;</p><p>In a recent <a href=";_r=0">New York Times feature</a>, Ted C. Fishman examined the <a href="">Kalamazoo Promise</a> and its effect on both the city and the state of Michigan.</p><p>Seven years ago, anonymous donors started The Promise, hoping to encourage more Kalamazoo students to attend college.</p><p>During his time writing the piece, Fishman was personally impacted by the stories of the students with whom he spoke.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:18:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10138 at Stateside: Kalamazoo's Promise of lifelong learning Cities look to philanthropy as economic development tool <p><a href="">The Amway Hotel</a>.&nbsp;<a href="">Van Andel Arena</a>.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="">Grand Rapids Public&nbsp;Museum</a>.&nbsp;What do all these things have in&nbsp;common?&nbsp;Yes, they&#39;re all credited with helping&nbsp;turn&nbsp;downtown&nbsp;<a href="">Grand&nbsp;Rapids&nbsp;</a>around. But&nbsp;they&nbsp;also&nbsp;owe&nbsp;their&nbsp;existence, at least in part,&nbsp;to something else: philanthropy.</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:36:36 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 5575 at Cities look to philanthropy as economic development tool Michigan wants YOU to volunteer <p>About 2.3 million people volunteer in Michigan each year. But the state wants even more people to lend a helping hand.</p><p>Paula Kaiser VanDam is the executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission. Even though the holidays are a time when people are feeling especially generous, Kaiser VanDam hopes people will share their time and their selves throughout the year.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;There are volunteer opportunities all year long and we hope people would consider that kind of giving as well.&rdquo;</p> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 5126 at Michigan wants YOU to volunteer Lessons learned: Automakers, arts groups and philanthropy <p>When the auto industry nearly collapsed a couple years ago, it had <a href="">major ripple effect</a> on the state&rsquo;s arts and culture institutions.&nbsp;<a href="">General Motors</a> and <a href="">Chrysler </a>stopped contributing money to non-profit arts groups almost immediately. But now at least one of those auto companies is <a href="">back in the giving game</a>.</p><p>A look at how the ups and downs of the auto industry have affected Michigan&#39;s arts organizations.</p><p><strong>The Detroit Three, aka the &quot;Rocks of Gibraltar&quot;</strong></p><p>Up until a few years ago, it was hard to find an arts organization in southeast Michigan that didn&rsquo;t rely on and receive generous amounts of money from the auto industry. We&rsquo;re talking five or six-figure contributions.</p><p>Anne Parsons, president of the <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a>, says for decades GM, Ford and Chrysler were the corporate giants of philanthropy:</p><blockquote><p>ANNE PARSONS: &quot;They had been the &ldquo;Rocks of Gibraltar&rdquo; if you will, certainly our corporate giving.&quot;</p><p>JENNIFER GUERRA: &quot;...and now?&quot;</p><p>ANNE PARSONS: &quot;Well I think it&rsquo;s very different. They&rsquo;re absolutely engaged corporate leaders, but I certainly think the impulse to knock on the door of one of the auto giants to have your problems solved or challenges met, I think those days are over.&quot; Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:23:57 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3061 at Lessons learned: Automakers, arts groups and philanthropy Small art raises big bucks <p>Vibrant paintings by children will hang next to artwork from professional artists at the <a href="">Circle of Art silent auction</a> on Sunday, May 15<sup>th</sup>.</p><p></p><p>Sculptor and painter Valerie Mann came up with the idea for the art show seven years ago when she was wondering how she could help people in the&nbsp;area who were struggling economically.</p><p>She bounced the idea off her friend Peter Bowe.</p><p>Bowe is co-owner of Saline Picture&nbsp;Frame Company. He says, &ldquo;When you have a business in a small town there&rsquo;s a lot of need people are always asking for money to sponsor an event or that sort of stuff.&rdquo;</p><p>The two friends figured they knew a lot of people who made art, had a cool space (the frame store) and had the tools and materials to mat and hang works of art.</p><p>So they asked folks to donate small pieces of artwork like a sketch they&rsquo;d already done, or something that wouldn&rsquo;t take too much effort to produce.</p><p>In seven years, they&rsquo;ve made $100,000 and all the cash has gone to <a href="">Food Gatherers,</a> a non-profit that feeds people-in-need in Washtenaw County. Fri, 13 May 2011 14:13:02 +0000 Kyle Norris 2482 at Small art raises big bucks