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July 1, 2011
Kresge News

In era of government retrenchment, Rapson suggests new ways of working for private philanthropy

TROY, Mich. – In two recent speeches – to the Memphis Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits – Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson suggests six ways private philanthropies might join forces to "preserve a civic architecture of compassion for those less fortunate" given the nation's new era of government retrenchment. Rapson divided his remarks into three sections:


June 28, 2011
Kresge News

The Kresge Foundation awards $300,000 in fellowships to Detroit area visual artists

TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation is pleased to award 12 2011 Kresge Artist Fellowships in the visual arts. Each fellowship includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000 and customized professional practice opportunities. The 2011 class of fellows consists of 11 individual artists and one artist collaborative.


June 17, 2011
Kresge News

Survey finds communities in the Northeast are trying to plan for changes in climate, but need help

TROY, Mich. – The nonprofit environmental organization Clean Air-Cool Planet has released a first-of-its-kind report on the needs, concerns, and activities of communities in the Northeast that are beginning to confront the realities of a changing climate. The report is based on direct outreach to more than 200 communities from Maine to New Jersey. It includes survey responses from 34 local governments, six regional governments, and eight state agencies.

Categories: Environment

June 16, 2011
Kresge News

Upcoming webcast focuses on community health centers’ non-clinical work

TROY, Mich. – A panel of community health-center leaders will discuss health centers' work outside clinical care in a free webcast Monday, June 20, 2011 at noon. (Update: The Clinical Directors Network has rescheduled this webcast. It is now to be held July 26 at 12:30 p.m.)

Categories: Health

May 17, 2011
Program Update

Participants in ‘Talent Dividend Prize’ can learn about additional incentive by contacting CEOs for Cities

TROY, Mich. – Participants in the national “ Talent Dividend Prize ” seeking a challenge grant to support their plans to boost local college achievement may now contact Bridget Marquis at the nonprofit group CEOs for Cities for information about those grants. The challenge grants are available only to the 57 U.S. cities already entered the Talent Dividend Prize competition.

Categories: Education

May 13, 2011
Kresge News

New book charts course to a sustainable, healthy food system

TROY, Mich. – This isn't a book about what's wrong with the U.S. food system. That one's been written-- more than once.

Categories: Detroit, Health

May 10, 2011
Kresge News

$1 million competition aims to boost number of college grads in urban centers across the U.S.

TROY, Mich. – More than 50 U.S. cities have entered a competition to boost the number of residents with a college degree and win $1 million. The " Talent Dividend Prize " will be given to the metropolitan area with the greatest increase in the number of post-secondary degrees granted per capita over three years.

Categories: Education

May 5, 2011
Program Update

Grants offered for research on human services nonprofits

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is seeking requests for proposals on research in the field of human services philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. Pre-tenure scholars are invited to apply for $25,000 grants to fund research and for the opportunity to join a community of scholars seeking to improve the practice of human services organizations. The deadline for proposals is June 27.

Categories: Human Services

May 4, 2011
Kresge News

Special issue of Health Affairs journal puts spotlight on the environmental factors at work in many health problems

TROY, Mich. – Environmental health factors including toxic chemicals, air pollution and aspects of industrial agriculture play a role in almost 85 percent of illnesses, according to health experts. Despite that, environmental factors are rarely discussed when people visit their doctors, and health concerns generally don’t play a prominent role in public-policy debates about agriculture, energy, transportation or other activities that can influence health.

Categories: Health

April 20, 2011
Kresge News

Major HUD grant galvanizes Detroit’s efforts to make homes safer and healthier for children and families

DETROIT – On April 20 CLEARCorps/Detroit, on behalf of its 23 public, private, and nonprofit partners, accepted a check for nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aimed at eliminating health and safety hazards, including lead and asthma triggers, from Detroit homes to make them safer for children and families.

Categories: Health

April 14, 2011
Kresge News

Residents around transportation hubs face increased health and environmental risks as ports and related facilities grow

TROY, Mich. – A special report funded by The Kresge Foundation presents strong evidence that the rapid expansion of the global trade and freight-transportation system is causing negative health, environmental, workplace, and community impacts, which disproportionately affect low-income residents living near ports, railroads, freeways, and distribution centers.

Categories: Health

April 13, 2011
Kresge News

Research identifies top natural resource questions

TROY, Mich. – A wide-ranging group of experts has published a set of 40 key environmental questions to help align scientific research agendas with the needs of natural resource decision makers. The cover story of the April issue of BioScience reports on the results of the work funded with a grant from The Kresge Foundation.

Categories: Environment

April 11, 2011
Speech

Rapson, NEA president share stage at Art X Detroit

DETROIT – Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, and Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (pictured here), discussed the "State of the Arts" at an event held on the campus of Wayne State University Sunday. Part of "Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience," the public discussion took place in the Hilberry Theatre. 


April 11, 2011
Kresge News

National Endowment for the Arts chairman calls for artists and communities to support one another

DETROIT – In an appearance in Detroit this week, Rocco Landesman, chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) discussed the "State of the Arts" and talked about the homogenization of culture and the richness of place-based art.


March 21, 2011
Kresge News

Rapson addresses changing focus of smart growth, re-imagining Detroit

DETROIT – Rip Rapson, the president of The Kresge Foundation, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the  Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities  today in Detroit. The address examined the changing environment for smart growth and the way those changes affect philanthropy. Speaking to a group of more than 250 people, Rapson went on to discuss efforts by the public and business sectors, citizens, and philanthropy to re-imagine Detroit.


March 16, 2011
Kresge News

Schedule of Art X Detroit events is now online

DETROIT – The schedule for Art X Detroit series is now available online at www.artxdetroit.com. A five-day series of free art exhibitions, music and dance performances, literary readings and panel discussions, Art X opens a window on the depth and diversity of artists, musicians and writers working in Metropolitan Detroit. The Kresge Foundation sponsors this event.


March 16, 2011
Kresge News

Low-income, park-poor communities in California’s North Orange County stand to benefit from increased access to green space, says a recent policy report

TROY, Mich. – More-equitable investments of public and private resources are needed to improve access to parks‚ recreational facilities‚ and other green space for low-income‚ minority communities in south Orange County, California, says a recent policy report by The City Project. Increased exercise, sports participation, and outdoor recreation in safe, natural areas can improve health and overall quality of life for residents, the report's findings show.

Categories: Health

March 3, 2011
Kresge News

White House grants to nonprofit organizations help low-income students earn college degrees

TROY, Mich. – Three organizations supported by The Kresge Foundation have won funding through the White House's Social Innovation Fund and New Profit Inc. for programs that help low-income young people get to college and stay to graduate.

Categories: Education, Human Services

March 1, 2011
Kresge News

Exposure to high levels of toxic air pollution puts Los Angeles’ poor neighborhoods at risk, says new report

TROY, Mich. – Residents of low-income communities in Los Angeles face elevated health risks from disproportionately high and prolonged exposure to cumulative concentrations of toxic air pollution emitted by sources "hidden" from the official view of regulatory agencies, says a new policy brief by the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice.  Multiple exposures to toxins and particulate matter in air pollution have been linked to high rates of asthma, respiratory disease, and cancer risk.

Categories: Health

February 21, 2011
Program Update

Kresge is closed Monday, Feb. 21, due to snow

TROY, Mich. – Due to severe snow in Southeast Michigan, The Kresge Foundation will not be open for business on Monday, Feb. 21. The offices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 22, weather permitting. Phone messages and e-mails received today will be responded to on the next working day in the order in which they were received. Thank you.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation