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Hudson-Webber Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-22

At A Glance

Hudson-Webber Foundation

333 W. Fort St., Ste. 1310

Detroit, MI United States 48226-3149


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $161,713,755

Total giving: $7,587,354






Incorporated in 1943 in MI; on Jan. 1, 1984 absorbed the Richard H. and Eloise Jenks Webber Charitable Fund, Inc., and the Eloise and Richard Webber Foundation - In 1939, Richard Webber and his wife, Eloise, established the Eloise and Richard Webber Foundation, and they added to it substantially over the years. Their daughters, Jean Webber Sutphin and Mary Webber Parker, and Richard's sister, Louise Webber O'Brien, also provided important contributions. In 1960, Richard and Eloise Webber established the Richard H. and Eloise Jenks Webber Charitable Fund, Inc. In addition, their daughters, Jean and Mary, and Richard's brother, Joseph L. Webber, provided substantial contributions.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation concentrates efforts and resources in Detroit, Michigan, and in support of projects within four missions: 1) physical revitalization; 2) economic development; 3) enhancement of major art and cultural institutions; and 4) safe communities. The foundation also provides charitable assistance to qualified J. L. Hudson Co. employees or ex-employees needing help in overcoming personal crises and misfortunes .

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:


Recognizing the critical role that Detroit's arts and culture institutions play in making the city an attractive, distinct, and enriching place to live and work, the foundation places high priority on the sustainability and enhancement of the city's major art and cultural resources. Support is focused primarily on the organizational development of these institutions rather than on artistic program development. Under special circumstances, where support for a specific artistic program is expected to be transformative for the operations of the institution and Detroit community, the foundation will consider proposals for programming. The foundation also supports select programs for facility improvements.

Detroit Physical Revitalization

The benefits of and increased demand for dense, dynamic, and walkable neighborhoods are well-reported. The foundation and its partners are working to make this type of environment widely available and accessible in Detroit. The Physical Revitalization mission area supports projects designed to increase the concentration and quality of housing, commercial districts, public space, and pedestrian infrastructure.

Economic Development

The foundation strives to identify and encourage creative new approaches for the economic development in Detroit, with emphasis on expanding employment opportunities for Detroiters. In 2007, the foundation has invested $7.5 million in the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI). Ten funders joined this effort and pledged a total of $134 million to jump-start innovation-based economic growth in the region.

Grants to Individuals Program

Grants to qualified employees and former employees of the J.L. Hudson Company ("Hudsonians") and their dependents for assistance and professional counseling, primarily in MI.

Hudsonian Assistance and Counseling Program

The foundation provides a unique program supporting former J.L. Hudson Company employees. The Hudsonian Assistance and Counseling Program provides the services of a professional counselor to assist eligible former J.L. Hudson Company 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. .

Matching Gifts

The foundation matches gifts of trustees and employees to public charities.

Safe Community

Safety is a necessary condition for strong neighborhoods. In recent years, the foundation's Safe Community mission area has worked with established community partners in and near Greater Downtown to increase public safety capacity and programming. The foundation is also committed to building a safer environment through contributions to enhance street lighting and walkable spaces.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Crime prevention
  • Economic development
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $161,713,755 (market value)

Gifts received: $100,000

Expenditures: $8,115,284

Total giving: $7,587,354

Qualifying distributions: $8,950,112

Giving activities include:

$6,993,500 for 69 grants

$52,877 for grants to individuals

$540,977 employee matching gifts