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President’s Corner

Recent Events

January 14, 2015

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank's Creative Placemaking conference

Discussion of creative placemaking, coinciding with the release of the bank's latest issue of Community Development Investment Review. (Video of discussion.)

December 10, 2014

The Aspen Institute's Philanthropy Roundtable

Aspen, Colo. – Interview with Roundtable Director Jane Wales about the role of philanthropy in America’s cities (Video from event)

November 13, 2014

Boston Federal Reserve Bank's Working Cities Conference

Boston – Speech about the importance of cross-sector collaboration in strengthening city renewal efforts

Upcoming Events

April 18, 2015

Discussion with NEA Chairman Jane Chu about why the arts matter and the role that arts, culture and creativity play in restoring and animating communities.

April 28, 2015

San Francisco – A discussion, with former Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr, about Detroit's bankruptcy, the role of philanthropy and implications  for other American cities.

April 30, 2015

Charleston, W. Va – A talk about Detroit and the role foundations played in partnering with the private and public sectors to revitalize the community, region and state.

President’s Corner serves as an archive of speeches delivered by Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson at events around the country. We add complete versions of speeches after each is delivered.

We hope you will share speeches you find valuable with others interested in the foundation, its work to expand opportunity in America’s cities, or philanthropy in general.