Builders Of Change

Builders of Change

We believe in making a difference in our community. Not only do we want to help local companies grow and strengthen their businesses, but we also want to strengthen the people in our community, especially the young people. Offering opportunities to children and removing barriers to their success will give all children the chance that they deserve to succeed.

Ron grew up on the East side of Detroit and has returned recently to this city that he loves, Detroit. He has a passion for education and has spent most of his professional career in the education, career, and workforce fields. Ron’s work with his partners on the Detroit Collective Impact-Pathway to Education and Work was highlighted in The Detroit News. This article explores why he has made this commitment to Detroit.

Kay has spent most of her adult life working with children and the arts. “Arts education makes such a difference in children’s lives. Often it is art class that keeps a student coming to school.”

Did you know . . .

  • Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. *
  • Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help high-risk dropout students stay in school. **

The Detroit Sign Factory is committed to living and working in this community. The rebirth of Detroit takes all of us, working together to achieve greatness. We believe that it starts by giving children hope, inspiration, and options for the future.

Through our Builders of Change project, Detroit Sign Factory will donate 10% of our profits each quarter to the local charities listed below. Our business partners who spend more than $2500 each quarter will have the opportunity to designate a charity of their choosing or to choose from the list below. The donation will be given in their name.

By partnering together, Business-to Business, we can help Build a Change in Detroit.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.

The Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program seeks to stretch the minds of young people, stimulate their creativity, and explore with them alternatives to violence.

Southwest Solutions is recognized as a model of integrated services and neighborhood revitalization.


*National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, “Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.” The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Accessed February 28, 2014.

**National School Boards Association. “Prediction: Identifying potential dropouts.” The Center for Public Education. Accessed February 25, 2014,