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Global Detroit gets $5 million from Michigan taxpayers

Legislative advocate cites ‘talent acquisition and retention programs’

Among the many organizations receiving an earmark in the 2024 state budget is Global Detroit, which received $5 million in taxpayer funds. Its website cites various the benefits of immigration, including population growth and the income generated by start-up firms.

“Thriving Economies and Vibrant Communities Include Immigrants,” reads the front page of Global Detroit’s website.

“The #1 (and only) growing population source in Detroit is immigration,” the site adds, pitching Global Detroit as “part of the solution.”

The nonprofit had $2.6 million in gross receipts in 2021 according to a Form 990 it is required to submit to the Internal Revenue Service. It received $800,000 in contributions in 2021 and received $1.67 million in program revenue from DTE Energy. Global Detroit reported $860,203 in employee compensation.

“This budget funds Global Detroit’s talent acquisition and retention programs on top of statewide workforce development investments,” said Rep. Donavan McKinney, D-Detroit, in a June 2023 press release issued by Michigan Democrats. “When families earn more money, they can afford to shop and eat at local businesses, creating positive ripple effects throughout the community.”

Global Detroit spent $27,912 on direct lobbying. It did not respond to a request for comment.

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