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From the President

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  • Creative Placemaking: the Role of Arts in Community Development

    December 6, 2016

    Keynote address at an event sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace and other organizations, as part of the NEA's 50th anniversary celebration. 

  • Foundation Impact Research Group Seminar

    October 5, 2016

    Address about Detroit's municipal bankruptcy, the unexpected directions in which it propelled philanthropy, and how those new approaches represent the next generation of philanthropy for The Kresge Foundation and the entire sector.

  • ComNet 2016 Keynote Panel

    September 29, 2016

    Panel discussion about Detroit at the Communications Network 2016 conference. 

  • Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum

    September 22, 2016

    Hong Kong – Plenary panel discussion on how foundations can help foster better cities and tackle social issues in urban settings. 

  • Detroit Homecoming

    September 16, 2016

    Detroit, Mich. – A panel discussion on the arts in Detroit as an economic engine. 

  • CGI America annual conference

    June 13, 2016

    Address on the Detroit Home Mortgage program, which resulted from discussions at the 2015 conference.

In the News

January 18, 2017 3:45 PM EST
Most urban-focused professional societies in the United States are educating their members on climate change issues, but few have adopted a holistic approach that includes adaptation, mitigation and the explicit recognition of social justice implications, according to a new report commissioned by...
January 18, 2017 3:45 PM EST
The Kresge Foundation has awarded a $400,000 cross-team grant to SA202 of San Antonio, Texas, to help strengthen collaborations among the city’s nonprofits that support efforts to increase opportunity for residents. SA2020 will leverage the funds from Kresge’s Human Services Program and American...
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Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson delivered the keynote address, "Why Comprehensive Community Development is Essential Now, and Why...

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