Here are a few of our frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact us and we’ll respond to you as soon as possible.

Q: What Is the Mission of Detroit PAL?
A: In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs.

Q: How Can I Help Detroit PAL’s Mission?
There are several ways you can help us further the mission of Detroit PAL.

  • Volunteer Your Time: Detroit PAL is always looking for volunteers to help in our sports leagues.
  • Make a Donation: Monetary donations help us continue our programs and reach more children and families in the Detroit area. All donations are tax-deductible. You can donate online or mail a donation to our office: Detroit PAL, 111 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Become a Sponsor: Our corporate and individual sponsors are integral to the success of Detroit PAL.

Q: Is Detroit PAL a City Department?
A: No. Detroit PAL is a private non-profit organization and does not receive any direct funding from the city. We do, however, benefit from a wonderful relationship with the Detroit Police Department. Detroit PAL has six police officers stationed with us to assist in program administration. This partnership allows the police department to build a better relationship with the community and, in turn, work to reduce crime by providing kids with valuable after-school activities.

Q: How Is Detroit PAL Funded?
A: Detroit PAL operates on an annual budget of approximately $3 million that comes from a variety of sources. About 30 percent of our revenue comes from local and state foundations. Another 30 percent comes from special events, most notably the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview and the Paul W. Smith Charity Golf Classic. Approximately 15 percent of our funding comes from corporate sponsorships and 15 percent comes from private individuals. The remaining 10 percent comes from miscellaneous sources, such as program fees and investment income.

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