Brilliant Detroit

Creating Kid Success Neighborhoods

Detroit, MI   |  http://brilliantdetroit.org/

Mission

Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school-ready, healthy, and stable. We do this by providing proven programming and support year-round out of Brilliant Detroit homes in high-need neighborhoods.

Ruling year info

2016

Co-founder and CEO

Cindy Eggleton

Main address

5675 Larkins St

Detroit, MI 48210 USA

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EIN

47-3446334

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today 60 percent of Detroit children under five live in poverty, with the majority of kids not ready for kindergarten. By third grade, only 14 percent read at grade level. Added to this is the fact that 30,000 of the city’s kids have zero learning and care options in their near future. We must and can do better. Brilliant Detroit was created to coordinate and connect what works for families and kids in one centrally located, welcoming place. Together with over 90 partners, families and kids choose what they need to be school-ready, healthy, and stable. We provide love, safety, and opportunities for growth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Offerings

Brilliant Detroit works in the Central, Cody Rouge, Southwest, Osborn, Fitzgerald, Springwells, Dexter-Linwood, Morningside, Chandler Park, Littlefield, McDougall- Hunt, Martin Park and Brightmoor neighborhoods of Detroit. Each site has unique offerings, tailored to and driven by families' interests and needs.

Brilliant Detroit’s programs are currently structured around Education, Family Support, Health, and Community connections. Specifically, a typical Brilliant Detroit programming calendar includes events and classes focusing on early childhood development, post-secondary and employment pathways courses for adults, economic literacy, health and wellness (i.e., play and learn groups for parents and toddlers or group fitness classes for children and adults), preterm birth education, and after-school tutoring.

We look at offerings in terms of programs we must have at each location and those we should or could have based on community interests. Brilliant Detroit currently coordinates with 85 organizational partners to provide these programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Improved caregiver knowledge of parenting and child development

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent, Family relationships

Related Program

Community Offerings

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of the 13 variables, nine showed a significant improvement at follow-up testing compared to baseline measurements, indicating improvement in caregiver parenting behavior and knowledge of child dev.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Brilliant Detroit is growing to achieve population-level impact in the city of Detroit, ensuring that zip codes no longer predict the future of our children. We plan to do this by establishing and operating 24 neighborhood-based hubs by 2024, at which point we will be serving enough children and families to positively impact citywide statistics. The primary statistics we seek to change are kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading, which are two key indicators of success later in life. In order to influence these statistics, we coordinate a holistic array of existing programs for the whole family so that children learn and develop healthily in a well-supported community environment.

Brilliant Detroit's strategy for fulfilling goals, mission, and vision is centered on the expansion of our hubs. At the end of 2019, there were eight active hubs. At the end of 2020, there were twelve Hubs, with seven neighborhoods on our waiting list.

We believe that, with the foundations of love and safety in each of our hubs, families and communities can grow to be ready for school, healthy, stable, and connected. These connections are how communities can own their own change. Brilliant Detroit provides programs and services like any other organization, but the essence of why this works is that community is built and community is there for each other. We do not enter a neighborhood until we are invited by local leaders and conduct listening sessions with local residents, thereby ensuring that people in the community are bought into the promise of our collective impact. Systems, institutions, and even organizations might fail people, but at the end of the day, people don’t fail each other. With only 15% of Detroit students reading at grade level by third grade and 60% living in poverty, there is too much at stake to fail each other now. All is possible if we come together in a community.

Brilliant Detroit has established a strong foundation in its hub-centered programming. The formula is sound and meeting our goals will be achieved through replicating this formula and expanding our hubs. Successful expansion requires continued growth in community relationships, proficient staff, and financial resources. All components for which Brilliant Detroit has the capacity to achieve.

Brilliant Detroit plans to end 2021 with 15 hubs established and grow by three each year through 2024, at which point we will have 24 hubs and be able to impact population-level change. We are well on our way to this goal and are deepening our systems and structures to ensure that we continue to coordinate high-quality programs and services with excellence for children and families. Along the way, our participants have experienced significant growth along 75% of our key organizational metrics, starting with increased social connectedness and a sense of community. Students in our high-dosage tutoring programming have experienced an average of two reading levels of gains each year. We are excited to continue growing with this momentum.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Brilliant Detroit

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Bellinson

Riverstone Growth Partners

Carolyn Bellinson

Hebrew Free Loan

Cindy Eggleton

Brilliant Detroit

Roz Blanck

Bookstock

Erika Bocknek

Wayne State University, College of Education

Michael Brillati

The Salus Group

Bali Kumar

Wayne County Land Bank

Joyce Suber

Women's Entrepreneurial Initiative, Michigan Women's Foundation

Micheal Tyson

The NEW Center

Jason Velez

Detroit Parks and Recreation Department, Northwest Activities Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/4/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/04/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.