Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gerald E. Rosen, civic leader Jennifer Fischer and businessman Stephen R. Polk are the newest board members of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The foundation’s board elected the new members and approved grants of more than $26 million at a board meeting on June 18, foundation spokeswoman Kate French said.

The grants benefit nonprofits across the seven counties of southeast Michigan and support programs ranging from arts and culture, education and health to economic development, the environment and support for youth and the elderly.

They include the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), $150,000 for two years for arts classes and tours for older adults living in low-income and assisted living facilities; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $250,000 for summer programming and the development of a long-term summer program strategy and the Detroit Zoological Society, $75,000 for designing the interpretive content for the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

Other grantees include Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, Michigan Community Resources, Ozone House and Allied Media Projects.

Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $700 million through more than 52,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.

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