Focus: HOPE recognizes Leading Donors

Focus: HOPE paid tribute to its leading donors at a special reception at the Detroit Port Authority on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The “Circles of HOPE” event recognized the important role of leadership giving in sustaining the future of the non-profit organization.

Focus: HOPE donors become members of the Circles of HOPE when they give a cumulative amount of $10,000 or more to the organization, or when they donate at least $1,000 annually. To date, these donors have contributed or pledged a total of more than $92 million to Focus: HOPE’s current $100 million “Investing in HOPE” Campaign. The largest cumulative donors to the campaign and Focus: HOPE have been General Motors and Ford Motor Company. 

“Partnerships are vital to Focus: HOPE, because we cannot do what we do on our own. We need the financial support and resources of our philanthropic community to help us transform thousands of lives and rebuild our neighborhood,” said Steve Ragan, Focus: HOPE Chief Development & External Relations Officer. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our leadership givers, as well as for their commitment to our mission.”

Several local companies, foundations and individuals were honored at this year’s Circles of HOPE event. Top donors were presented with an attractive medallion created by students in Focus: HOPE’s Machinist Training Institute.  

Donors in the “Josaitis Circle” — named in remembrance of Focus: HOPE’s late co-founder Eleanor Josaitis — are acknowledged for $1 million or more in cumulative giving.  They include: Bank of America, DTE Energy, Plastic Omnium, Henry Ford II, United Way, and Visteon.  

Members of this year’s “Dignity Circle” have given $500,000 or greater cumulatively to Focus: HOPE. They are: Denso Corporation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 3M, Noel Tichy, and the National Recreation Foundation.       

The Circles of HOPE donor event featured a reception, recognition program, strolling gourmet dinner and live entertainment.  The reception was sponsored in part by The Waterview Loft at the Detroit Port Authority and Continental Catering and Events.