I believe the Kellogg Foundation made a wise decision by signing grants to Southwest Economic Solutions. The city of Detroit needs organizations like Southwest to advance small-scale businesses’ growth and the spirit of social entrepreneurship. When these organizations strive to make their services accessible to people of all socioeconomic status, they need fundings to sustain their programs. For example, ProsperUS offers Detroit residents to take the entrepreneurial training program valued at $800 for as low as $75 depending on their household income. The demand has been high for the training courses, and ProsperUS Detroit tries its best to accept everyone who has applied and shown dedication to the program. However, as the applicant pool expands and resources for ProsperUS stay at the same level, it would not have enough capacity to meet the demand. The Kellogg grants have given ProsperUS resources to expand its capacity to include and impact many more entrepreneurs in the community, and in my opinion, the grants will continue to make a difference in the city of Detroit as entrepreneurs receive trainings or support from a program like ProsperUS, find inspirations, and give back to the community through their businesses.
Southwest Economic Solutions receives $3.5 million from Kellogg Foundation