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From the President

Vision and thought leadership guide our philanthropic enterprise.


  • Student African American Brotherhood annual conference

    April 7, 2017

    Welcome address highlighting Kresge's support of SAAB and commitment to improving lives of boys and men of color.

  • Launch event for SPARCC (the Strong, Prosperous And Resilient Communities Challenge)

    March 30, 2017

    Address on investing in America's future at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City.

  • College of Environmental Design annual gala

    March 4, 2017

    Keynote presentation on the role of philanthropy and social investing in creating opportunities for low-income communities.

  • Weingart Foundation

    March 2, 2017

    Keynote presentation on the challenge of directing foundation resources to communities most in need.

  • Great Lakes Student Success Conference

    February 16, 2017

    Welcome address 

  • Greater Milwaukee Committee annual meeting

    February 13, 2017

    Address on lessons learned from Kresge's work in Detroit.

In the News

April 20, 2017 11:15 AM EDT
The Kresge Foundation leadership and staff are developing a roadmap to help the organization fully engage and operationalize diversity, equity and inclusion in the work of each program and department. With expertise and guidance from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and from...
April 17, 2017 6:00 AM EDT
This is an image of KIP:D partner Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition

Jamii Tata, president/CEO of Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition, and supporters show their vision for the proposed Moore Community Park.

(Photo by Lon Horwedel)

The Kresge Foundation today announced grants totaling $2 million to 17 nonprofits for projects to revitalize neighborhoods across Detroit. This final round of grants in the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit pilot initiative brings its grant total to $5...
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From the Library


Address delivered at the College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley.


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A statement by Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson about the Hope Starts Here: Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership, a...

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Issues of Volume 1 (2016) and 2 (2017) of the weekly newsletter News From The Kresge Foundation, containing information about funding...

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