June 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Madonna inspired by hometown visit to donate to three Detroit groups

Madonna is giving back to her hometown.

On Monday, the Material Girl announced donations to three Detroit organizations as part of “the first phase of a long-term commitment” to the Motor City, according to a statement released by her spokeswoman.

Madonna will provide funding for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, an after-school program on the city’s east side; the Detroit Achievement Academy, a free public charter school on the city’s west side; and the Empowerment Plan, a Corktown organization that employs homeless women and aims to transition them into permanent housing. Dollar figures were not disclosed, but a press release noted Madonna would provide speakers, iPods, iPads and Smart Boards for each classroom at the Detroit Achievement Academy.

The donations come after Madonna’s recent visit to Detroit, which she shared photos of earlier this month on her Instagram account. Those photos included trips to the three above-named organizations.

“I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty,” Madonna said in a statement. “I have seen the results their commitment and hard work have already accomplished. ... It was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover. A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit, and I’m humbled to be able to give back to my community.”

Madonna has also made a financial commitment to the University of Michigan, in the form of tuition. Her daughter, Lourdes, will attend UM in the fall as a freshman.

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Madonna will be donating money to the Empowerment Plan, one of the sites she visited earlier this year and posted about on Instagram. / Instagram