Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is IC?

Ilitch Charities is a non-profit organization that invests in our community's future by supporting innovative, collaborative and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education and recreation through contributions from the Ilitch companies, their colleagues and the generosity of others.  

Our affiliates are the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. We also support a number of internal programs for Ilitch companies' colleagues getting them more involved in the community.

2. What fundraising events does IC (and our affiliates) hold?

IC hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year to raise money that we in turn contribute back to the community. Please see below for a list of past events and a schedule of recent signature events for all the affiliates:

Ilitch Charities (keep an eye on homepage for future event details)

  • August 25, 2014 - "Celebrity Golf Classic" held at Oakland Hills Country Club

*Other past events include the Champions' Challenge charity softball game, Oscar Night America, and Ride for the Team.

Detroit Tigers Foundation

  • July 7, 2014 - "Keeping Kids in the Game" held at Comerica Park

Detroit Red Wings Foundation

  • Fall 2014 - "Toast of Hockeytown" held at Joe Louis Arena 

3. How can I help?

You can always make a one-time contribution to Ilitch Charities to support the important work we do in the community. Please see question #5 for where to send a check payable to Ilitch Charities. Since we are a non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor for further questions on tax implications. If you would like get involved with any of our events, or host an event and designate Ilitch Charities as the beneficiary, please call (313) 471-6561.

 4. Is IC looking for sponsors?

Yes! If you are interested in being a sponsor for an event, or have another idea concerning sponsorship, call (313) 471-6561. Exciting opportunities exist with our special events, which are often connected to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.


5. How do I make a contribution?

Donations of any amount may be sent to:

Ilitch Charities ATTN: Joshua Sanborn

2211 Woodward Avenue

Detroit MI 48201

Checks made payable to "Ilitch Charities" 

6. Can I make donations online?

Not yet, but we hope to provide that option soon. Contributions may be made by mail, or simply contact Joshua Sanborn, manager of Ilitch Charities at (313) 471-6561 and he can assist you.


7. Where does the money go?

Funds raised by the foundation are distributed to non-profit organizations in the form of grants.  These grants are designated for innovative, collaborative and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education and recreation.


8. Where do groups apply for grants?

At this time, we do not have any funding opportunities available.  Check back often as we post opportunities to this site when they are available.  In the mean time, please  fill out and mail the Ilitch Charities Grant Application Form.