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Kellogg Foundation pledges aid for Detroit Institute of Arts, pensions

A detail of the facade of the Detroit Institute of Arts is seen in Detroit, Michigan June 2, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
A detail of the facade of the Detroit Institute of Arts is seen in Detroit, Michigan June 2, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

DETROIT (WKZO) -- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has pledged 40-million dollars to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts and the city’s pensions.

On Tuesday, the company joined a coalition of private foundations seeking to bolster Detroit’s pension funds and protect city-owned art from being sold off in bankruptcy.  With the Battle Creek-based foundations 40-million dollar pledge, the fund now totals 370-million dollars from ten regional and national foundations.

Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders have pledged 350-million dollars in state aid over 20 years to match the private donations.  The Kellogg Foundation is not disclosing over how many years it will spread the 40-million dollar pledge, which is the third largest single contribution to the Detroit pension and DIA rescue fund.

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