The Kresge Foundation’s 2014 annual report is available online, along with a companion video from President and CEO Rip Rapson. The report details the foundation’s grantmaking in 2014, covering 408 awards totaling $242.5 million, with $138.1 million paid out over the course of the year. It also reports on the activities of the foundation’s Social Investment Practice, which made commitments totaling $20.4 million in 2014.
Through Saturday, Oct. 24, visitors to Detroit’s Carr Center can view more than 200 works from the personal collection of Ruth Adler Schnee, one of the founding figures of contemporary textile design.
Leading community partners today announced the formation of an organization to coordinate and promote the revitalization efforts in one of Detroit’s strongest residential neighborhoods. The Live6 Alliance will focus on strengthening the Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road (6 Mile Road) commercial corridor in Northwest Detroit. Funders have committed a total of $700,000 over two years to facilitate the Live6 Alliance’s work.
The national workforce development and education nonprofit Jobs for the Future today is launching a request for proposals to create up to four new statewide Student Success Centers to improve community college persistence and completion.
Editor’s Note: Leaders from several national and local foundations, including Kresge, will gather in New Orleans on Friday, Aug. 28, at a convening that will offer funders a moment to assess what has worked and plan for the next generation of giving in New Orleans. A livestream of the President’s Panel, featuring Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson and leaders from the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, JP Morgan Chase and others, will be available on www.nfg.org/gnofn at 10:15 a.m. EDT.
Back when Octavia Smith was a young mom, she remembers feeling like something had to give. The community health worker commuted nearly an hour each way to her job on the midnight shift. When she got home in the morning, her two young children were waiting, ready to play. Their father helped, but he worked the day shift. Their grandmother also pitched in to care for Shaina and Jewell. But usually Smith was on her own. “As soon as I would walk in the house,” Smith says, “I had to attend to them, and it was wearing me down.”
23 new Detroit Revitalization Fellows to build capacity of metro organizations; new Kresge Mayor’s Fellows initiative is announced
Nearly two dozen civic, community and economic development organizations across metro Detroit will expand their capacity to address critical local and regional issues, as they welcome the 2015-17 Detroit Revitalization Fellows.
Thousands of Detroiters joined activities across the city for the ninth annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day on Aug. 1. More than 200 groups – from block clubs to churches to businesses – participated in more than 250 events in the annual display of citywide work and pride. Activities ranged from gospel concerts to sports tournaments and exhibitions, from back-to-school fairs to more than 100 cleanup and beautification projects.
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 TDC. Organizations often had not undertaken detailed planning prior to an acquisition, and the increased costs were particularly surprising.
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.
The Kresge Foundation-backed Healthy Futures Fund today announced a $34 million investment in a mixed-use development project that breaks ground this week in Washington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: