Don’t ever say that General Motors CEO and formal naval officer Dan Akerson never did something nice. And donating $1 million to a new Habitat for Humanity project called Leaders to ReBuild Detroit is well above the call of duty. The initiative is aimed at restructuring MorningSide, a particularly rough Detroit neighborhood on the city’s east side. Akerson and his wife Karin will announce the donation today during an event held by the Habitat. This is donation is separate from the eforts of the GM Foundation.
“All you have to do is drive around the city of Detroit and you can see the economic devastation,” Akerson told The Detroit Free Press. “The contrast between Grosse Pointe and MorningSide … is pretty dramatic. You look to the left and you see one world, and you look to the right — and in my humble opinion, it shouldn’t be that way in America, but it is.”
True story. Dan Akerson also said he and his wife chose to make a large personal, public donation in an effort to lead by example, in hopes that other local financial titans will follow suit.
Akerson’s donation will focus on building and upgrading homes in Detroit’s MorningSide area, but it’s also the beginning of a Habitat for Humanity’s statewide $225-million ReBuild Michigan campaign.