The capital campaign, which began in April 1999, hopes to raise $131 million over the next five years to support physical improvements and fund operations. A second phase of the campaign hopes to raise an additional $200 million by 2009, so that the institute will be less dependent on public funding.
The foundation has a long history of giving to the institute, including a $1.9 million grant in 1981 to help fund renovation and a 1970 gift that helped build the institute’s conservation lab.
The challenge grant is funded through the organization’s Detroit Initiative, which invests in groups that improve the city’s quality of life.
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