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July 30, 2015
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New study explores benefits and drawbacks of $1 buildings for the arts

A study commissioned by The Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program finds that arts organizations have experienced a wide range of outcomes when acquiring low-cost or free buildings, also known as “$1 buildings.” In many cases, the actual costs of acquiring these $1 buildings were much higher than organizations anticipated, according to the study, conducted by Boston-based Technical Development Corp. (TDC). Organizations often had not undertaken detailed planning prior to an acquisition, and the increased costs were particularly surprising. 

Categories: Arts & Culture

July 29, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge Foundation implements new grants-management system

The Kresge Foundation has unveiled its new cloud-based, digital grants management software, Fluxx, which will streamline the application, reporting and disbursement processes, and enhance communications with its hundreds of grantee partners. The software switch will enable grantseekers and current grantees to easily apply for grants, submit reporting requirements and payment information and access real-time status updates about their proposals.

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July 29, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge-backed fund invests $34M in development to serve housing, health, employment needs

The Kresge Foundation-backed Healthy Futures Fund announced today a $34 million investment in a Washington, D.C., mixed-use development project that breaks ground this week.


July 20, 2015
Kresge News

Hubert Project offers online learning tools for human services professionals and students

Students in the human services and professionals looking to better support clients and their communities can tap into a robust and growing resource: The Hubert Project, a collection of multimedia learning tools established at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Categories: Human Services

July 9, 2015
Kresge News

Inaugural 'Gilda Awards' honor the legacy of artist Gilda Snowden

Literary artist Maia Asshaq and visual artist Sacramento Knoxx have been named the first recipients of $5,000 Gilda Awards, a Kresge Foundation-funded initiative honoring the late Gilda Snowden’s legacy as a mentor and champion of young, emerging artists in metropolitan Detroit.


July 9, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge initiative highlighted as White House details progress on climate plan

The Kresge Foundation’s $10.7 million Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative is among $25 million in new public and private investments highlighted by the Obama Administration today during a progress report on its Climate Action Plan announced in June 2013.

Categories: Environment

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