Outstanding Foundation Award

Hudson-Webber Foundation Trustees. Front row (left to right): Jean Hudson Witmer, Jennifer Hudson Parke, Melanca Clark, David Meador
Back row (left to right): Joseph L. Hudson, IV, Joseph L. Hudson, Jr. (retired), Reginald Turner, Gilbert Hudson, Matthew Cullen, Steve D’Arcy.
Not Pictured: Toby Barlow, Stephen Henderson, Barbara McQuade, Joseph Parke, Robert Riney, Matthew Simoncini, Amanda Van Dusen, Carla Walker-Miller

Hudson-Webber Foundation

Outstanding Foundation Award sponsored by Plante Moran

Nominated by Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

The Hudson-Webber Foundation was founded in 1984, merging three philanthropic foundations of the namesake families that have roots going back to 1939. Just as the Hudson name is historically synonymous with downtown Detroit shopping, the Hudson-Webber Foundation stands as proud testimony to its creators and their civic and social contributions to the Detroit community.

Today, under the leadership of President and CEO Melanca D. Clark and Board Chair Jennifer Hudson Parke, the foundation continues pursuing its mission through investments in arts and culture, the built environment, community and economic development, and safe and just communities.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is pleased to recognize the Hudson-Webber Foundation with the Outstanding Foundation Award. The Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of the Conservancy since its early years. With each grant, the Foundation’s staff has focused on true partnership and taken care to understand the work they invest in, not simply through a single project or moment in time, but as a broader vision for community assets that will benefit Detroit for generations to come. The foundation’s understanding and funding of the built environment and public space ecosystem have been a driving force behind new development and new economic opportunity in neighborhoods around the city.