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Since its beginning in 2012, Detroit City FC has been dedicated to supporting the city of Detroit and building community through its own partnerships and philanthropic missions, as noted in the club's motto, "Passion for our city. Passion for the game."

Detroit City FC also works with Detroit PAL to operate free youth soccer clinics and give free season tickets to Detroit PAL soccer players.

Each season, one regular-season home game is dedicated as a fundraiser for a Detroit-area charity. On May 26, 2013, the club's match against Zanesville Athletic benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project and Hooligans for Heroes, a nonprofit started by members of the Detroit City FC supporters group, the Northern Guard.

On June 6, 2014, the club became the first American sports team to wear a uniform in support of LGBTQ inclusion in a regulation match. Le Rouge dedicated the June 6th match versus Erie Admirals S.C. to inclusivity in sports, auctioning off the commemorative jerseys to benefit the Ruth Ellis Center, a Highland Park, MI., shelter for at-risk, runaway and homeless LGBTQ youth.

Also in 2014, the club announced its partnership with United Way of Southeastern Michigan to support its "Michigan No Kid Hungry" initiative and promote healthy lifestyles for youth in Detroit.

On September 7, 2014, City hosted its inaugural Detroit Public Schools Showcase, which featured a friendly match for City followed by a regulation match between Cass Tech High School and Detroit Renaissance High School, with proceeds from the night going toward the boys soccer programs. The club has strong ties with Cass Tech High School, investing thousands of dollars into improving the Cass Tech field, a benefit to the both the soccer and football programs. City also presented the Cass Tech girls soccer program with new uniforms early in the 2014 season.

In 2015, Detroit City FC announced its first-ever title sponsor, Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. In partnership with MDCD, City hosted several youth clinics around the Metro Detroit area that were free to participants who used a coupon. DCFC also teamed up with its official bank, Flagstar Bank, to create the Neighborhood Champion Program. For every City home match, DCFC treated residents from a different Detroit neighborhood to free tickets, free transportation and giveaways. In its continuing efforts to support Detroit PAL, Detroit dedicated its June 6th match vs. Madison 56ers to PAL. Proceeds from the silent auction of player-worn commemorative kits totaled $2,350. 

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