Invest in the future of our amazing students

For the past 16 years, DBG students have maintained a 100% high-school graduation rate in a community where only 69% of students typically graduate. The academic impact is just one small piece of the real transformative work we are doing. Our long-term approach to building relationships with our students is successful and getting recognized. While only 5% of Detroit 8th graders read at a proficient level, at DBG we are averaging an increase of 5.5 reading levels per year.

We NEED YOU and others who understand our work is changing lives, improving communities, and making the world a better place. We are solely funded by private donations and we rely on that support to grow our impact. As you think about giving this year, please consider an investment in our students. With more than 2,000 kids on our waiting list, we are doubling our capacity to serve more students in Detroit and teach our model to additional underserved communities. 

Thank you from all of us at DBG.

Your donation is powerful

Join our mission to remove barriers and provide all the resources our students need to succeed. Click the video player to hear how one donor’s support sent a DBG grad on an academic journey of a lifetime.

mail a check

Your check can be made payable to: Downtown Boxing Gym and sent to: 6445 East Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48207

donor advised funds

Work with your sponsoring organization and make checks payable to:

Downtown Boxing Gym
EIN: 27-5106242
6445 E. Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48207

Or use the following DAF Direct widget to securely issue grants directly from your Fidelity Charitable®, Schwab Charitable®, or BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund®:

wire transfers and ach

For more information on making a wire transfer or ACH contribution, please contact Meredith Potter at [email protected] or (313) 209-3029

ira distribution

 If you are over age 70.5 and own a retirement account, you can learn more about Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) and Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) by visiting this link.

donate securities

To donate securities like stocks, bonds and mutual funds, please share DBG’s brokerage account information with your financial institution or advisor.

Receiving Firm/Institution Name:  TD Ameritrade

Receiving Account Number:  913387396

Receiving Account Title/Registration: Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Foundation

Receiving Firm DTC Number:  0188

EIN/Tax ID: 27-5106242

Contact Name at Charitable Organization: Meredith Potter

Contact Phone Number: 313-209-3029

When your stock or mutual funds are transferred to our account, we do not receive any information that identifies you as the donor. We would like to ensure all gifts are properly received and acknowledged. Please email Meredith Potter at [email protected] to let her know the transfer is on the way.

planned gifts

Create a lasting legacy by giving through a will or trust or by naming DBG as a beneficiary of a retirement account, such as an IRA or 401(k).

If you have already included DBG in your estate plan, please let us know! Please contact our Donor Experience Manager, Nick Mancuso, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 248-894-0462.

join the support squad

Join our exclusive team of supporters, known as the “Support Squad,” by signing up for an automatic, recurring donation.

Support Squad members receive:

  • A monthly newsletter with behind-the-scenes info
  • VIP invitations to our local and virtual events
  • Periodic discounts on DBG gear, event tickets, and more

matching gifts

Many employers offer a donation matching program, which could increase or even double the impact of your gift.

Please click the DONATE button and select “Would you like your employer to match?” to see if your employer has a matching gift program or ask your human resources representative about a potential matching gift.

payroll deduction

Many employers offer the opportunity to donate after-tax earnings to qualified charitable organizations. 

Please contact your human resources representative to ask if payroll deduction is an option. If you sign up for recurring payroll deductions to DBG, we will be sure to add you to the Support Squad as well!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Donor Experience Manager, Nick Mancuso, by email at [email protected].

Downtown Boxing Gym is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Please share the DBG Facebook page and tag friends who would be interested in our mission. Or please consider setting up a Facebook birthday fundraiser to raise much-needed funds to support our free academic and athletic program. We'd really appreciate it!


DBG makes good use of academic supplies and athletic equipment, and supports back to school, high school graduation, holiday gifts, bereavement camp, and college needs.


Use your change to make a change with Rite Aid’s KidCents program. Sign up and “round up” your Rite Aid purchases. The spare change will come to the Downtown Boxing Gym! Follow this link to sign up and for more information.