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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

May 19, 2014
Kresge News

Putting arts and culture at ‘the core of every conversation’

Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, and Maria Rosario Jackson, a senior adviser to the foundation’s Arts and Culture Progam, discussed creative placemaking in front of an audience at SphinxCon in Detroit earlier this year. An annual conference put on by the Sphinx organization, SphinxCon gathers leaders from various spheres to discuss challenges and solutions surrounding diversity in the performing arts. These are edited excerpts from their conversation.

Categories: Arts & Culture

May 15, 2014
Kresge News

Kresge online application system is back in operation; deadline for some Detroit arts grants extended

Kresge’s online grant application system is working again as of Thursday afternoon. Due to a technical issue, it went offline Monday afternoon. Because of the interruption, the Detroit Program has extended one of the deadlines for its Arts Support grant opportunity.


May 5, 2014
Kresge News

Artists and entrepreneurs join neighbors to remake a Jackson, Mississippi, neighborhood

Jackson, Mississippi’s Midtown neighborhood is one of its oldest. Incorporated in the early 1900s, the area’s warehouses are flanked by railroad spurs that are reminders of past economic activity. The neighborhood suffered after the construction of an interstate highway and the migration to nearby suburbs that followed. But today a social and economic revitalization effort is attracting entrepreneurs, investors and artists to the area. Midtown’s creative economy is key to the rebound.

Categories: Arts & Culture

April 25, 2014
Kresge News

Center for Public Integrity wins Pulitzer for uncovering coal miners’ lack of access to health benefits

A series of reports detailing how coal miners suffering black lung disease were denied benefits because lawyers withheld evidence and doctors ignored signs of the disease has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity.

Categories: Health

April 22, 2014
Kresge News

Arts and cultural organizations in metro Detroit can apply for operating support

The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program will again offer two-year grants to small, midsize and large arts and cultural organizations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Detroit Arts Support grants – part of the Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program – provide unrestricted operating dollars to organizations in the performing, visual and literary arts. Funding is also available to institutions engaged in arts service, education and broadcasting.

Categories: Detroit

April 18, 2014
Program Update

Environment Program tightly knits 3 prongs of climate-change resilience strategy

Kresge’s Environment Program has completed a strategy refinement that more closely ties its climate change efforts to the foundation’s broad purpose of expanding opportunity for vulnerable people in America’s cities. The strategy builds on past efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the new circumstances and uncertainty that climate change introduces. Moving forward, the Environment Program will support activities that help communities build resilience in the face of climate change by:

Categories: Environment

April 3, 2014
Kresge News

Report shows rising student debt for college undercuts path to middle class

Higher education in the United States has become a debt-for-diplomas system in which most students borrow increasing amounts and colleges increasingly use tuition revenue to balance their books. New statistics to buttress that case are in a recent report by the public-policy organization Dēmos, “ The Great Cost Shift Continues: State Higher Education Funding After the Recession.”

Categories: Education

March 18, 2014
Kresge News

Nonprofit, philanthropy and banking sectors partner to finance health center growth

A new partnership of nonprofit, philanthropic and banking institutions will finance the expansion of community health centers, providing capital to help meet the healthcare needs of low-income communities. The Collaborative for Healthy Communities is a $130 million, three-year initiative that will provide a new source of capital for community health centers across the country.


March 17, 2014
Kresge News

An innovative online writing lab at Excelsior College boosts student skills and grades in pilot study

College students’ writing skills significantly improve through use of Excelsior College’s new Online Writing Lab, or OWL, a nationwide pilot study shows. Students at Excelsior and five partner colleges in the stu

Categories: Education

March 14, 2014
Kresge News

Program for international writers provides refuge and contributes to Pittsburgh’s revitalization

A struggling Pittsburgh neighborhood is slowly rebounding, thanks in part to a unique arts nonprofit that helps writers unable to live in their home countries build new lives.

Categories: Arts & Culture

March 10, 2014
Kresge News

New Student Success Centers to boost community college efforts help students earn a credential

While individual community colleges explore new ways to foster student success, a growing initiative is adapting those efforts into statewide programs to attack the knotted problems of student access, retention and graduation. Through newly created statewide “Student Success Centers,” community colleges are better coordinating these success-focused initiatives. Usually organized through a state community college association these centers have staffs, budgets and advisory boards that create, implement, connect and promote programs and policies.

Categories: Education

March 4, 2014
Kresge News

Kresge and California HealthCare Foundation provide at least $5M to organizations that can help health centers serve more patients

The California HealthCare Foundation and The Kresge Foundation have launched a multimillion-dollar initiative to invest in companies that serve community health centers. Over the next three years, the Partnering for Impact initiative will invest at least $5 million in several companies that have technology- or service-based solutions that help community health centers and clinics make their resources go further, increase patient access to care and lower the cost of providing care.


March 4, 2014
Kresge News

Early childhood funders commit $4.5 million to Head Start in Detroit

The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund announces the formation of a new $4.5 million fund to benefit Head Start programs in Detroit. The fund will award competitive grants to newly selected Head Start sites to foster innovation and collaboration, and support better services and outcomes for young children and their families.

Categories: Detroit

February 26, 2014
Kresge News

Surprise: You've earned a college credential

When he stopped taking classes at Northwestern Michigan College, Kulin Froelich knew a single math class stood between him and an associate’s degree. Like many adult students, the 29-year-old had sporadically attended several schools intending to piece together his transcripts for a degree. But working as a chef in a resort town, raising his toddler son, trying to buy a house and planning a wedding had kept him busy and away from academics the last few years. That missing math class just wasn’t his top priority.

Categories: Education