Smith Family Leadership Circle

Capacity and Context in a Complex World

As a patron of the Smith Family Leadership Circle of giving, you commit to building the capacity and expertise at Detroit Public Television that translates to deep and evolving understanding of our community and the resources needed to serve at our highest quality.  You may choose to direct your gifts of $10,000 or more annually to programming in one of the five named program categories or you may decide to direct DPTV to utilize your investment in a flexible manner where it is most needed.  Our five programming categories are:

Smith Family Leadership Circle Giving Levels

The William and Patsy Smith Leadership Circle – $10,000-$24,999


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  • Subscription to DPTV Passport on-demand streaming access
  • Invitation to Society for Excellence events*
  • Invitation for 2 to Bravo! Annual Donor Gala*
  • Recognition in our Annual Report, Media that Matters
  • Access to a Dedicated Philanthropic Giving staff member (see contacts in right sidebar) *
  • Invitation to Fall Preview Luncheon*
  • Invitation to premiere screenings*
  • Invitations to events and conversations with DPTV producers and on-air hosts*
  • Advance notice of behind the scenes opportunities
  • Annual personalized report from the President and CEO
  • Invitations annual Stakeholder Meeting for program area of your choice*
  • On-Air Recognition in a bi-monthly group spot around primetime programming

President’s Circle $25,000 – $49,999

All benefits listed above, plus…


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  • Invitation to President’s Circle Luncheon*
  • On-Air Recognition in an individual spot four times per year around available programming of your choice
  • Name listed as a supporter of the DPTV Programming initiative of your choice on the website for 12 months
  • Opportunity to participate at a taping or workshop and interact for the day with on-air talent and crew*
  • Opportunity to have your gift presented as a challenge grant on-air

Chairman’s Circle $50,000 – plus

All benefits listed above, plus…


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  • Invitation to a personal discussion with DPTV President and CEO and Board of Trustee Chair*
  • On-air recognition in an individual spot eight times per year around available programming of your choice

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events are currently on hold

Smith Leadership Circle Members

Lead Gift:

  • The William H. Smith Family

Programming Categories:

  • The Richard C. Devereaux Foundation Fund for Energy and Environmental Programming
  • The Cynthia & Edsel Ford Fund for Journalism
  • The Lauren and Phillip Fisher Fund for Children’s and Education Programming
  • The A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Foundation Fund for Arts and Culture Programming
  • Available for naming:  Health and Wellness

Leadership Circle Members:

    • Michael and Adele Acheson
    • Joel, Carol, and Aaron Appel
    • Loren and Sarah Baidas
    • James & Marcia Bonahoom
    • Natalie Charach
    • The Colina Foundation
    • The Marvin and Betty Danto Foundation
    • Julie Dawson
    • Richard C. Devereaux Foundation
    • Margaret Diponio & Charles Bietler
    • Kenneth Eisenberg
    • Phillip Wm. & Lauren Fisher
    • Benson & Edith Ford Fund
    • Cynthia & Edsel Ford | Henry Ford II Fund
    • Dale & Bruce Frankel
    • Nancy and James Grosfeld Foundation
    • Phoebe Grylls
    • Myrna Hitchman
    • Tracey & Rich Homberg*
    • Invie & Richard Jessup
    • Emily & Jerry Jung
    • J. and Lillian Kemler Foundation
    • The Donald and Mary Kosch Foundation
    • The Estate of Dorothy & Mel Kurzen
    • Lisa & Hannan Lis*
    • Dana Locniskar & Christine Beck
    • Dan & Amy Loepp
    • Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    • Jeffrey Alan Miller
    • Ann & Jim Nicholson*
    • Stephanie & Timothy Nicholson*
    • Polk Family Fund
    • Ralph L. & Winifred E. Polk Foundation
    • William & Jean Clark Rhodes Foundation
    • Robert & Kathleen Rosowski
    • Sue Sarin
    • Paul and Carol C. Schaap DAF at the CFSEM
    • Mary Schlaff and Sanford Koltonow
    • Michael & Suzette Simpson
    • Leonora Smit
    • Dorothy Smith
    • Peggie J. Hollingsworth-Smith
    • William H. Smith and Family
    • Paul and Kathryn Smoke
    • Strum Allesee Family Foundation
    • Barbara & David Sturtz*
    • Carlene & Rob Van Voorhies
    • Sally & Bill Wildner
    • Matilda Wilson Fund
    • Six who wish to remain anonymous


    *DPTV Board of Trustees and Emeritus

About Bill Smith

Founded in 2013 by William H. Smith , the William H. Smith Family Leadership Circle (SLC) was intended for the express purpose of empowering Detroit Public Television to build the expertise, sound organizational structure and processes to produce programming of unique value, and to engage with other organizations as our community builds partnerships. Leveraging donations at and above $10,000 per year for this purpose extends the reach of every member’s donation as the impact of Detroit Public Television grows.

To date, (2/11/2020) the SLC has raised a total of $6,452,221.31 for this purpose. As a result, DPTV has had the ability to grow building staff and knowledge capacity in each of the named programmatic areas, leading to a strong focus on delivering in-depth impact to our community. Over the years, Bill brought his family (children Ken, Wendy and Scott and many grandchildren) into his relationship with Detroit Public Television, and to honor that, DPTV has decided to rename the William H. Smith Family Leadership Circle to reflect the whole Smith Family. Please consider joining the Smith Family Leadership Circle with an annual gift of $10,000 or more today.


Zainab Al Dabbagh, Senior Officer, Major Gifts

Malcolm Bondon, Donor Relations Coordinator

Jenna Moritz, Manager, Major Gifts

Ryan Laurie, Vice President, Development Operations

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