Hudson-Webber giving strategies are focused around several core mission areas – physical revitalization, economic development, the arts, and safe community – with a strong geographical emphasis on Greater Downtown Detroit and the Woodward Corridor. During 2012, the Foundation awarded funds totaling more than $7 million.
Interwoven throughout these mission areas is the 15×15 initiative, of which Hudson-Webber is a partner, a convener of the discussion, a supporter and a champion. 15×15 is a shared vision to attract 15,000 new young, talented households to Greater Downtown Detroit by 2015. Learn more here.
In addition, the Hudson-Webber Foundation provides a unique program supporting certain former J.L. Hudson Company employees. The Hudsonian Assistance and Counseling Program provides the services of a professional counselor to assist eligible J.L. Hudson Company employees, ex-employees and their dependents who are seeking help with personal crises. This counselor offers referral to public agencies and to private resources as appropriate. When financial assistance is a necessary component of crisis resolution, and when personal or family resources, commercial resources, and/or assistance available through community, charitable, or public resources is unavailable or inadequate, the Program’s counselor may apply for a grant on behalf of a Hudsonian. To be eligible for the Program, individuals must have been J.L. Hudson Company employees hired before 1970 and retired before July 1, 1986.