Macomb Community Action received a $1 million donation from the Ballmer Group to help the county agency fight poverty and promote independence.
The donation, one of the largest philanthropic grants ever awarded to Macomb County, “will help the agency reach new service recipients, increase partnerships, improve service delivery to residents in crisis, strengthen family stability and independence and to strengthen the coordination of “municipal investments in community development,” officials said in a press release.
“This funding will be transformational for Macomb County, and I want to thank Ballmer Group for their incredible support,” said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. “I would also like to thank our team at Macomb Community Action. We are receiving this grant because of their commitment to our community, their tireless efforts on behalf of our residents, and their creativity in meeting the unique needs of the people we serve. They are already having a substantial impact on our county, and I am confident that this donation will elevate this work even further.
The US Census Bureau reports that 9.2 percent of the county’s 877,000 residents live in poverty, or $26,200 or less for a family of four, $12,760 for an individual.
The Ballmer Group, a nonprofit organization founded by Steve and Connie Ballmer, seeks to improve “the economic mobility of children and their families” and to support “leaders and organizations that have demonstrated the ability to reshape opportunities and reduce systematic inequalities,” he says on his website. It is a national organization that focuses on Southeast Michigan, Los Angeles County, and Washington State.
MCA first connected with Ballmer Group through a donation made at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, officials said.
“Community action agencies play an important role in addressing the systemic roots of inequality in our country,” said Kylee Mitchell Wells, executive director, Ballmer Group – Southeast Michigan. “Organizations like Macomb Community Action are on the ground, working hand in hand with individuals and families, and we believe they have the ability to bring about real change for those in need.
MCA is one of Michigan’s largest community action agencies. It connects clients to other organizations and offers a wide range of programs, including case management, action planning, goal setting and family success coaching, as well as direct service programs such as housing support, utility support and food pantries.
“Ballmer Group’s support will allow Macomb Community Action to continue its essential services and invest in new approaches and partnerships that meet the most pressing needs of our communities,” said MCA Director Ernest Cawvey.
MCA will announce more details at a later date. To learn more about the organization, visit mca.macombgov.org/MCA-Home.