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The Skillman Foundation


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 04/06/2018

At A Glance

The Skillman Foundation

100 Talon Centre Dr., Ste. 100

Detroit, MI United States 48207-4266

Telephone: (313) 393-1185


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1960 in MI - Founded by Rose Skillman, who was the widow of Robert H. Skillman, former director and vice-president of the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. During the period from inception through December 31, 1983, the foundation operated as a "conduit" entity whereby annual contributions from its founder were passed through as qualifying distributions to charitable organizations. As a result of the death of the founder in 1983, annual contributions will no longer be received. Instead, the foundation received a substantial capital contribution from the Robert H. Skillman Trust and the Rose P. Skillman Estate in 1984 The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is a resource for improving the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit, MI. Children in disadvantaged situations are of special concern. The foundation applies its resources to foster positive relationships between children and adults, support high quality learning opportunities and strengthen healthy, safe and supportive homes and communities.