Wayne State is a comprehensive, urban research university offering more than 400 academic and community programs. This two-year grant supports efforts to use data collection and analysis to improve services that help students complete their degrees.
The organization provides research and counsel on charitable giving, develops philanthropic programs and offers program, administrative and management services for foundations and trusts. This two-year grant supports the expansion of the Academy for College Excellence program to four Arkansas community colleges to increase student retention and graduation.
The national venture philanthropy fund provides multiyear financial and strategic support to innovative social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead, and serves as the intermediary organization for the Pathways Fund, a Social Innovation Fund supported effort to boost college attainment. This two-year grant provides support to six national college access and success organizations to expand their programs and serve more high-need students.
The organization works to bring insights from economics and psychology to strategies for dealing with social problems, and scaling up efforts to solve them. Funding supports efforts to design and test new approaches for increasing community college completion.
The advocacy and research organization focuses on identifying and eliminating gaps in educational opportunity and achievement, especially for low-income and underrepresented students. This two-year grant provides general operating support.
The membership organization of grantmakers in Michigan provides networking, education and advocacy opportunities. This grant enables the council to host an event to celebrate the accomplishments of a Kresge-funded multi-year initiative that helped more than 20 community foundations to take on leadership roles in their Local College Access Network and raise funds for college access and success activities.
The organization provides administrative and financial services to nonprofit organizations implement projects and create partnerships among local nonprofits and national funders. This two-year grant will help an alliance of more than 50 nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County increase its capacity to serve member organizations and promote programs and policies to increase college access and success for low-income and minority students.
The national higher-education associationis committed to making liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. It is using a two-year grant to share lessons-learned and to scale promising practices from its LEAP Roadmap initiative, which encourages community colleges and states to adopt educational programs that promote high-quality learning and degree attainment.
Community Partners’ efforts to promote social service innovation include the City Project, which utilizes land-use planning strategies, policy and legal research and community organizing to address environmental disparities and to increase access to natural places for urban communities. Community Partners also serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Talent Philanthropy Project, an initiative to strengthen the nonprofit sector, and is using this grant to underwrite TPP’s first advisory council meeting.
Washington Monthly is one of the nation’s best-known nonprofit public policy magazines, and one of its signature products is its annual college rankings issue, which looks at colleges based on their ability to enhance social mobility, produce high-quality research and serve their communities. This grant underwrites the cost of creating a Web site to supplement its 2015 Kresge-funded college handbook, "The Other College Guide."