Who We Are

Women’s Innovative Social Enterprise (WISE) Partnership is a 501 c 3 nonprofit. Better known as W.I.S.E. Partnership, we are a collaborative partnership of Detroit social entrepreneurs, business owners, and non-profit leaders.

We are committed to sustainable solutions and provide holistic legacy development programs, including but not limited to, environmental sustainability, food security, workforce training, youth development, and literacy support. W.I.S.E. Partnership’s team of professionals are dedicated to building an inclusive, green space for contemplative learning and skill-building to provide a wholesome experience for the community. Our community engagement will include programs that encourage resident participation, self-reliance, and support the maintenance of property. Our members believe in the idea of multigenerational engagement and are dedicated to establishing resources, enterprise, learning spaces, and growth opportunities for the resilient and worthy residents of Detroit.

Our History

The W.I.S.E. Partnership has a rich and interesting history that began with those deeply rooted in the Detroit community, driven by a vision of community programs and services. Our founders considered using disinvested land  for the betterment of the community, and as such,  started to plan and develop initiatives that would have a positive impact on the people we sought to serve.

As the organization grew and expanded its reach, our members found that we could do even more by expanding our mission beyond the original plans. Dedication and hard work soon caught the attention of like-minded people who recognized the value of our cause, and they joined the organization to lend their talents, skills, and wisdom to the mission at hand.

As the organization continued to evolve and change,  our Black-women-led nonprofit made the decision to change our name to Women’s Innovative Social Enterprise Partnership in 2022, reflecting our commitment to innovative solutions and social enterprise. Throughout the journey, our vision remains to make a positive impact on countless Detroit communities.


To develop innovative, interactive, sustainable, and environmentally healthy communities throughout Detroit for Black, Brown, and marginalized residents using the resources and talents provided by unique and purposeful partnerships.


A community where native residents are equipped with the resources, knowledge and capability to thrive and help others to do so.


W.I.S.E. Partnership values the quality of life of all people. Our development values:

  • Social Justice
  • Safety
  • Education
  • Equity
  • Elders & Youth
  • Family
  • Partnerships
  • Innovation
  • Women’s Rights
  • Community Building
  • Integrity


  • The WISE Partnership speaks out when there are injustices towards the residents of Detroit.
  • The WISE Partnership seeks to bring a robust and sustainable interconnecting community to Detroit.
  • The WISE Partnership gives residents a safe place to gather.
  • The WISE Partnership respects the uniqueness and diversity that exists in the Detroit community.
  • The WISE Partnership believes in resolving racial inequities within our community.
  • The WISE Partnership seeks to empower Black and Brown people and provide opportunities for generations to learn from each other.
  • The WISE Partnership is non-judgmental about people’s past but seeks to provide opportunities to improve their future.
  • The WISE Partnership is driven by the need to improve urban communities throughout Detroit.
  • The WISE Partnership is non-political and non-profit but upholds the laws and advocates against discrimination, violence, or abuse of any kind.
  • The WISE Partnership believes in opening opportunities and possibilities for all members of the community. 
  • The WISE Partnership believes in helping people in communities to live lives that are free from economic, health, racial, and emotional barriers.
  • To achieve intergenerational programming.
  • To achieve climate resiliency.
  • To achieve a culturally communal landscape.
  • To create contemplative green spaces for residents.
  • To create workforce development opportunities for returned citizens.
  • To create space for forestry and urban farming.
  • To achieve environmentally sustainable connecting neighborhoods.
  • To achieve financial, housing and resource fluency for the community and legacy residents.