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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

February 25, 2015
Program Update

Health Program sharpens focus on improving conditions that affect community health

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.

Categories: Health

February 19, 2015
Kresge News

Technology can boost student success at community colleges, report says

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.

Categories: Education

February 12, 2015
Kresge News

Staying connected to Kresge helps thousands get news from foundation

Kresge reminds friends and partners that it’s easy to stay connected with the foundation via emailed news alerts, social media and RSS. These channels provide news and information about any new grant opportunities, refinements in program goals and about the activities of Kresge-supported nonprofit organizations. News published on kresge.org reaches almost 10,000 people. Subscribers can choose to receive all Kresge news or information only about specific program areas. We share kresge.org news and information from many other sources on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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February 11, 2015
Kresge News

Detroit mayor's State of the City address recaps year of fast-paced change

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.

Categories: Detroit

February 10, 2015
Kresge News

Coordinated services for parents and their children key to breaking cycle of poverty

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.

Categories: Human Services

January 29, 2015
Kresge News

Textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee selected as 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist

Groundbreaking textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee has been named the 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist.


January 15, 2015
Kresge News

Leading South African educator seeks to change lives as his was changed

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.

Categories: Education

January 13, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge CEO explores role in arts and culture in Detroit in Federal Reserve journal

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.

Categories: Detroit