Rocket Giving Fund Invests $1.57 Million into Local Nonprofits Through 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic, While Ongoing Digital Inclusion Effort Achieves Major Milestone
The Rocket Giving Fund today celebrated 313 Day – an annual recognition of Detroit’s famous area code – by announcing that the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic raised $1.57 million to support local Detroit nonprofits. Connect 313, a collaborative partnership rooted in the City of Detroit’s digital inclusion strategy striving to bridge Detroit’s digital divide, will receive $622,555 of the proceeds.
Since 2019, the Rocket Mortgage Classic has invested more than $6.8 million into local charitable organizations, including more than $3.8 million through its landmark “Changing the Course” digital inclusion effort.
Connect 313 continues to be a national leader in driving digital connectivity. A partnership between the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Rocket Community Fund, Microsoft, City of Detroit and others, Connect 313 has recently surpassed its 100,000th household enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
Detroit’s current ACP enrollment stands at 102,123 homes, representing more than 54% of qualified properties – the highest rate of enrollment nationwide for cities with more than 150,000 eligible
First launched at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic Media Day and the only campaign of its kind in the country, this Connect 313 campaign assists residents in enrolling in the federal ACP, which provides a $30 monthly discount toward internet access, and a one-time $100 subsidy toward a technological device.
“Two years ago, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we set out to fundamentally change how Detroiters connect to the internet, technology and digital literacy resources,” said Connect 313 Board Chair Laura Grannemann, who is also a member of the Rocket Giving Fund board and serves as the Executive Director of the Rocket Community Fund. “Hitting this milestone of improving the digital connectivity of more than 100,000 households is an important reminder of how much we can accomplish when we work together as a community. The Rocket Mortgage Classic is proud to be a catalyst of both great golf and lasting impact.”