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June 24, 2015
Kresge News

18 Kresge Artist Fellowships awarded in metro Detroit

Sixteen metropolitan Detroit artists and two collectives have been awarded Kresge Artist Fellowships for 2015. Each of the 18 fellowships, rewarding literary and visual artists for their creative vision and commitment to excellence, includes an unrestricted $25,000 prize and a year of intensive professional development support.


June 18, 2015
Kresge News

New approaches to housing seen as a key to improving community health

A new paper by two Kresge Foundation health and housing experts makes the case that philanthropy should rethink its approaches to low-income housing and re-establish a long-recognized link between housing and community health, especially for low-income, urban populations.

Categories: Health

June 16, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge Foundation to implement new grants management system this summer

The Kresge Foundation this summer will adopt a new grants management software system that will modernize its grantmaking and grant disbursement processes while enhancing communication with grantees.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

June 9, 2015
Kresge News

BUILD Health Challenge announces 18 inaugural awardees across the U.S.

The BUILD Health Challenge today announced grants to 18 groundbreaking projects across the United States that aim to improve health in low-income communities. The projects were recognized on the strengths of their Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local and Data-Driven approaches to address the social and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on health. 

Categories: Health

May 28, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge president signals six areas of foundation’s future Detroit investment at Mackinac Policy Conference

The Kresge Foundation will invest in large-scale Detroit projects that convert blighted land into “mixed-use, mixed-income, amenity-rich neighborhoods of opportunity,” foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson announced Thursday at the Mackinac Policy Conference of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Categories: Detroit

May 24, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge president says Detroit ‘lost a piece of its soul’ with passing of Marcus Belgrave

Detroit jazz trumpeter and 2009 Kresge Eminent Artist Marcus Belgrave died today at age 78. Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson issued the following statement:


May 21, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge president: Support for community organizations one key to moving Detroit forward

Supporting a new breed of community organizations is one of the keys for moving Detroit forward in its post-bankruptcy era, Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson told more than 1,000 urban planners, government officials, activists and others at national conference.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

May 11, 2015
Kresge News

Report offers cross-sector thinking on building cities’ resilience amid climate change

A report by the Island Press Urban Resilience Project offers a framework for thinking about how U.S. cities can thrive in turbulent times brought on by the impacts of climate change. The report, “Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change,” is part of a wide-ranging effort to imagine and inspire the sustainable, equitable, climate-resilient cities of the future.

Categories: Environment

April 29, 2015
Kresge News

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, “Making Our Hardest Cities Whole Again: Lessons From Detroit and Beyond,” was hosted by Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and chief executive officer.

Categories: Detroit

April 22, 2015
Kresge News

Fostering Success Michigan breaks down hurdles to postsecondary education

Brittany Bartkowiak endured three lonely years in college before she finally felt she belonged.

Categories: Education

April 16, 2015
Kresge News

NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu, Kresge President Rip Rapson to discuss art and community

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.

Categories: Detroit

April 7, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge-supported work focuses on protecting affordable housing as neighborhoods rebound

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.

Categories: Health

April 1, 2015
Kresge News

Initiative supports 18 neighborhood revitalization efforts in Detroit

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.

Categories: Detroit

March 18, 2015
Kresge News

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.

Categories: Education

March 18, 2015
Kresge News

Report points to priorities and needs of low-income people in climate-resilience planning

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. 

Categories: Environment

March 16, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge CEO talks about challenge and necessity of interdisciplinary approach to climate resilience

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.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

March 11, 2015
Kresge News

Report shares insights and lessons on two community-arts pilot initiatives

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.

Categories: Arts & Culture

March 9, 2015
Kresge News

Paula Pretlow joins Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees

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.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

March 4, 2015
Kresge News

‘The Other College Guide’ takes a fresh approach to guiding students to success

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.”

Categories: Education

February 26, 2015
Program Update

Expanded Arts and Culture grant opportunity stresses cross-sector efforts

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. 

Categories: Arts & Culture