Former Detroit emergency manager praises philanthropic role in ‘grand bargain’ that helped resolve financial crisis
During a session at the Council on Foundations annual meeting in San Francisco, Kevyn Orr reflected on his duties as the city of Detroit’s emergency manager and discussed the role philanthropy played in the successful resolution of Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy. The hour-long session, entitled “Making Our Hardest Cities Whole Again: Lessons From Detroit and Beyond,” was hosted by Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and chief executive officer.
Brittany Bartkowiak endured three lonely years in college before she finally felt she belonged.
Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment of the Arts, will discuss art and community with Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO, Saturday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The conversation – “Why the Arts Matter: A Conversation on Arts, Engagement and Community” – will be moderated by Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Wright Museum.
Resurgent interest in urban living is helping to revive neighborhoods in numerous American cities, stabilizing populations and sometimes beginning to reverse previous declines. One consequence of the influx of residents is new public and private investment in amenities such as parks, bike paths and grocery and other stores. However, new demand and investment can also drive up housing costs. That’s particularly true in areas that have traditionally been affordable to low- and moderate-income individuals and families, notes a report by ChangeLab Solutions.
Organizations working to strengthen Detroit neighborhoods will receive $1.6 million for 18 projects through a Kresge Foundation initiative. Neighborhood projects See a full list of the implementation and planning grants. View a map of the projects and project areas.
2015 Aspen Prize names Florida’s Santa Fe College as high-achieving example among community colleges
Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., is the winner of the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a national recognition of achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The prize includes a $800,000 award. The award was presented at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday.
The Movement Strategy Center in Oakland, Calif. recently completed a report Pathways to Resilience: Transforming Cities in a Changing Climate. The report captures the thinking from an effort called the P2R Dialogues that led to a vision of climate resilience grounded in the realities of low-income communities and communities of color, as well as pragmatic pathways to achieve it. Pathways to Resilience – or P2R – is a Movement Strategy Center Initiative launched in 2013 in partnership with Kresge, the Emerald Cities Collaborative and the Praxis Project.
Understanding how communities can reposition themselves to become more resilient in the face of climate change requires an interdisciplinary approach, says Kresge’s president and CEO.
In a report for The Kresge Foundation, Ann McQueen and Julia Gittleman examine two pilot initiatives launched at the time of the Great Recession in the U.S.
The Kresge Foundation is pleased to announce Paula B. Pretlow, a retired executive from The Capital Group, has joined the board of trustees. Now involved in a variety of civic activities centered around non-profit boards and volunteer work, Pretlow was a senior vice president at Capital, one of the world’s largest investment management firms.
High school students determined to find a college that will improve their lives – not simply saddle them with debt – now have a powerful new resource: “ The Other College Guide.”
Kresge’s Arts and Culture Program has expanded its grant opportunity for cross-sector, cross-disciplinary efforts under a new theme of Strong, Healthy Places. The program will support cross-sector (public, private) and cross-disciplinary (health, environment, human services, education, and community development) initiatives that embed arts and culture into community revitalization.
Kresge’s Health Program has refined its grantmaking strategy to reflect external changes, like the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and lessons learned through the activities funded over the past several years. “We’re more persuaded than ever that the right place to focus is on the upstream factors that affect community health,” says David Fukuzawa, managing director of the program.
Community colleges stand as the only or the last chance for millions of students, but too few of those students actually earn a post-secondary credential. Of students who started a public, two-year college in 2006, only about 36 percent had obtained a credential by 2012.
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On Feb. 10, 2015, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivered his first State of the City address at the historic Redford Theatre. Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson offers this commentary and analysis. It was uplifting and sobering to hear Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address last night – a moment when the full import of the city’s trajectory – past, present, and future – was cast in bright relief.
First-generation low-income college students with children have a better chance of attaining educational goals and escaping poverty when the needs of parent and child are addressed through coordinated services, according to a report from the Aspen Institute ’s Ascend.
Groundbreaking textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee has been named the 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist.
The Atlantic Philanthropies and Kresge announced today a joint investment of $500,000 (R5,726,100) to establish The Brian O’Connell Visiting African Scholar Fund. The fund will bring visiting scholars and scientists of African descent to the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
The Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco focuses on creative placemaking in the newest issue of its journal Community Development Investment Review. The themed issue includes articles by experts in multiple disciplines, all addressing the importance of artists and arts organizations in community development. Together, the articles encourage greater incorporation of creative approaches in placemaking.