The Detroit Pistons Foundation is committed to making a lasting impact in the Detroit community by supporting established organizations in Metro Detroit who share our values and goals. Through strategic partnerships and targeted funding with local organizations, the Foundation has a meaningful impact in four key areas: education, health and fitness, mentoring and equality.
In 2016, Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, Vice Chairman Arn Tellem, and the Detroit Pistons Foundation began a strategic campaign to maximize the Pistons’ charitable impact by connecting with key community organizations to create an open dialogue and an opportunity for the Pistons organization listen to and learn from Detroiters who understand the needs of the various Detroit communities and the barriers in place that prevent Detroiters from meeting those needs.
30,000 DONATED TICKETS
The Foundation donates over 30,000 Pistons home game tickets annually to Detroit residents
$750,000 IN GRANTS
The Foundation supports scholarships for Detroit students and Detroit non-profit organizations
FREE SUMMER PROGRAMMING
Our Neighbors Program supports free programming for Detroiters of all ages at five parks around Detroit
The Detroit Pistons Foundation has partnered with the City of Detroit, the William Davidson Foundation, and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to create and implement The Pistons Neighbors Program. The Pistons Neighbors Program is an initiative to provide healthy, safe, and free outdoor programming to five Detroit neighborhoods each summer.
In 2021, programming will be developed at Zussman Playground, Adams Butzel Complex, Butzel Family Center, Rouge Park and Patton Park. The program will take place: June 2, 2021- September 5, 2021
Additionally, the Foundation offers free training to local nonprofits and neighborhood groups about how to activate public spaces in Detroit.
Rick Mahorn and the Pistons host an annual event at the Detroit Institute of Arts in which Detroit and Flint high school seniors perform through their chosen artistic medium (song, dance, speech, poetry) in front of a panel of community leaders, corporate partners and Pistons Legends.Learn more
City Year is a national service program to unite young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service. Our donations have assisted more than 5,000 students daily in seven different Detroit schools. The Detroit Pistons Foundation is the primary sponsor of Osborn High School.Learn more
The DSO's Civic Youth Ensembles have provided high quality music instruction to young people across Southeast Michigan for over 45 years. Our donation has been used to provide subsidized tickets for 4th graders to attend DSO performances and create a new percussion ensemble called the Bucket Band for Detroit students' musical education.Learn more
The Sphinx Competition is a national competition offering young Black and Latinx classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges, and to perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians. Prizes range from $3,000 to the top $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize. The Sphinx Competition is held every year in Detroit, Michigan. Our donation is used to host the competition in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra auditorium.Learn more
The Bing Youth Institute supports programs and activities that are designed to improve the academic, behavioral, and social wellness of young men of color. Our donations have provided mentors and mentees meeting spaces, tickets for games, educational and career growth opportunities and marketing support.Learn more
S.A.Y. Detroit improves the lives of Detroit’s neediest citizens through shelter, food, medical care, volunteer efforts and education. The Detroit Pistons Foundation donations have been used for the refurbishment and rebranding of the basketball gym at the former Lipke Park Recreation Center. The gym has become a hub for Detroit Pistons to grow basketball on Detroit's eastside as well as host Detroit PAL leagues and various Pistons community events.Learn more
The Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) was founded to create safe and supportive places for kids to play while building positive relationships between the police department and the community. Our donation has been used to create a youth recreational basketball league in Wayne County. 2,100 children ages 7-17 have been taught basketball skills and have had access to coaching and mentoring from trained volunteers and Detroit Police Officers.Learn more
For questions regarding the application process, please contact us at Foundation@pistons.com
The Detroit Pistons Foundation Community Champions Program offers donors a unique opportunity to experience one-of-a-kind, signature events. Donors who contribute $8,000, $16,000, $25,000 or more will receive a spot on our premiere roster which guarantees exclusive access to at least one, two, or three events throughout the year, all of which will feature current Pistons players, coaches, or legends.
Community Champions have the opportunity to have their name or company mentioned in Pistons social media posts surrounding Detroit Pistons Foundation events, on our website, at in-person Detroit Pistons Foundation events and will enjoy a commemorative end of year gift.
By becoming a Community Champion, you are making a commitment to the continued growth and success of youth in the City of Detroit.
Mary Ann Sigler, President and Treasurer
Eva Monica Kalawski, Secretary
Nicolet Lewis, Director
Gaby McKee, Executive Director
Erika Swilley, VP of CR & Social Responsibility for Detroit Pistons
Patrick Duggan, Foundation Coordinator
Micaela Reardon, Foundation Coordinator