Ethel and James Flinn Foundation

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The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation was established in 1976 by Ethel to remember her parents and brother. In creating the Detroit foundation, she aimed to consolidate and distribute funds from her family’s already existing philanthropy to causes her family supported. Today, the foundation is overseen by six board members and run by three staff members with a specific focus on health disparities, mental health, and capacity building. The foundation awards grants to governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide behavioral health care and services in southeast Michigan. The foundation also provides funds to support organizations as they build capacity to ensure high-quality services over time. Advocacy is also a key goal of the foundation, which aims to end the stigma around mental health within the state. In 2015, the foundation partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to launch a statewide campaign featuring 30-minute videos about mental health that aired on TV.

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