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August 25, 2014
Kresge News

Credit unions and human services agencies combine forces to serve the unbanked, underbanked

More than one-quarter of American households don’t have a mainstream banking relationship, exposing individuals and families to predatory lenders and making it difficult to save for emergencies or build a nest egg. The odds of being unbanked or underbanked are greater for people living in what the leader of one human services agency in St. Louis, calls “financial institution deserts.”


August 25, 2014
Program Update

Climate resilience initiative draws hundreds of interested organizations

Kresge’s Environment Program team received more than 230 responses to a call for statements of qualification from organizations interested in a new climate resilience initiative. This is the first step in a process that will result in the award of up to 20 grants this year. The Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity initiative will assist community-based nonprofits positioned to help influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, and related policy development and implementation.

Categories: Environment

August 19, 2014
Kresge News

Client needs drive expansion of purpose, offerings at Minnesota human services organization

For more than three decades, CLUES, a human services organization based in the Twin Cities, has helped Latinos and others overcome conditions that can derail lives – mental illness, substance abuse, unemployment, foreclosure and other challenges.  Now it is broadening the scope of its work to help immigrants become American citizens and help clients understand the political process and how they can participate.   

Categories: Human Services

August 13, 2014
Kresge News

Lake Erie community’s cultural assets and creative placemaking fueling rebirth

Hard hit by the loss of manufacturing jobs and by property foreclosures that left many buildings vacant, the racially and ethnically diverse Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland is rebuilding. “Folks are moving in. We’re seeing a change of attitude, a new vitality,” says Michael Polensek, a city councilman.

Categories: Arts & Culture

August 6, 2014
Kresge News

Kresge's office expected to reopen Thursday following power problem

A disruption in electrical service has affected operations at The Kresge Foundation headquarters. The office is closed again today, Wednesday, Aug. 6. The problem began Monday. Many staff members are working from other locations. Normal activities are expected to resume Thursday.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

August 5, 2014
Kresge News

Detroiters come together for Neighborhoods Day

Some 200 community activities unfolded in Detroit for the eighth annual Neighborhoods Day Aug. 2. Events ranged from cleanup projects to food and entertainment. The day is organized by the group Arise Detroit! with support from Kresge's Detroit Program.

Categories: Detroit

July 22, 2014
Kresge News

Kresge initiative supports emerging leaders in public health

The Kresge Foundation has developed a new initiative to help equip local public health officers with knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment. The 16-month program, Emerging Leaders in Public Health, will give teams from eight local government health departments the opportunity to undertake projects designed to enhance organizational and leadership competencies in business, planning and public health systems development.  

Categories: Health

July 21, 2014
Kresge News

Georgetown Climate Center helps states, communities prepare for and adapt to climate change

In its report “Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons from the Front Lines,” the Georgetown Climate Center concludes that most communities are not prepared for the threats they face under existing climate conditions, let alone a radically different future. The nonpartisan organization based at Georgetown University Law Center works with state and local policymakers, resource managers and the public on legislation, model policies and strategies to help communities adapt to hotter summers, rising sea levels, flooding and extreme weather.

Categories: Environment

July 13, 2014
Kresge News

'Leverage for Good' offers look at actors and tools shaking up American philanthropy

American philanthropy is undergoing a turbulent transformation, writes Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson in the foreword to a new book "Leverage for Good, An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment."

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

July 9, 2014
Kresge News

Kresge invests $4.5M in effort to capture and share health innovations that shift focus upstream from care to health

The Kresge Foundation has awarded a pair of three-year, $2.25 million grants to Nemours and the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities to fund a national initiative to accelerate innovations that improve health at a community level. Dubbed “Moving Health Care Upstream,” the newmultipart initiative will:

Categories: Health

July 1, 2014
Program Update

Initiative will fund climate-resilience efforts that reflect needs, interests of low-income people

Kresge’s Environment Program is launching an initiative to assist community-based nonprofits positioned to help influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, and related policy development and implementation.

Categories: Environment

June 30, 2014
Kresge News

Presentation detailing grant opportunity for South African universities now available

More than two dozen South African educators participated in a recent Kresge Foundation webinar explaining Siyaphumelela (“We Succeed”), a grant opportunity for South African public universities interested in improving their capacity to analyze data related to student success.

Categories: Education

June 26, 2014
Kresge News

2014 Kresge Artist Fellows reflect Detroit’s vibrant artistic communities

Seventeen metropolitan Detroit artists and one collective have been awarded Kresge Artist Fellowships for 2014. Each of the 18 fellowships, for artists working in dance/music and a new theater/film category, includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000 to reward an artist’s creative vision and commitment to excellence.


June 24, 2014
Kresge News

Grant opportunity now open for South African universities to improve data capacity

The Kresge Foundation Education Program has announced Siyaphumelela (“We Succeed”), a grant opportunity for South African public universities interested in improving their capacity to analyze data related to student success.

Categories: Education

June 19, 2014
Kresge News

2030: What will public health look like in the United States?

Public health officials and organizations across the country have joined with the Institute for Alternative Futures to consider likely public health challenges and opportunities arising over the next 15 years.

Categories: Health

June 19, 2014
Kresge News

As prize competitions increasingly drive innovation, a report offers guidance for public sector, nonprofits, philanthropies

At a time when public sector leaders must to do more with less, prizes increasingly serve as a creative mechanism for engaging the public, driving innovation and paying for results. A report released today by Doblin, the innovation practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP, explores the burgeoning field, providing new trend data, practical design guidance, and case studies that can be applied to the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

June 17, 2014
Kresge News

Support program at award-winning housing complex empowers families

A renovated affordable housing complex in southeast Michigan is earning praise from residents and drawing national attention for its successful turnaround. The results at Hamilton Crossing in the city of Ypsilanti are attributed in part to a program that supports residents’ efforts to become self-sufficient.

Categories: Human Services

June 5, 2014
Kresge News

Annual report illustrates ways programs, tools and partners combine to create opportunity in America's cities

  The Kresge Foundation’s 2013 annual report is available online, along with a companion video from the president, Rip Rapson.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

May 27, 2014
Kresge News

Blight task force addresses a major Detroit problem; one Detroiter who has lived with the problem is hopeful

Over the years, Springwells Village resident Ann Byrne has seen a number of homes demolished in her community in southwest Detroit. But she’s seen recently how deconstruction of an abandoned house differs starkly from the chaotic demolition process she had grown accustomed to.

Categories: Detroit

May 21, 2014
Kresge News

Report concludes systemic change needed to improve college degree attainment at South African universities

Only about half of South African students entering college graduate, and only a little more than one-fourth of all students finish in the minimum period of time, according to recent research. Furthermore, the legacy of apartheid is apparent, with only 10 percent of black students entering college and less than 5 percent completing degrees.

Categories: Education