Opera Company of Philadelphia and Hancock Shaker Village employ business principles and practices to survive and thrive
Troy, Mich. – American popular culture may be much more attuned to Oprah than opera, but that's not stopping the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Determined to expand its audience beyond the opera house, the Company started staging Pop-Up Opera – public flash mob performances that immerse an unsuspecting public in music and story.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation isn't the same organization it was five years ago. And now the 87-year-old foundation has a new website that fully reflects its evolved priorities. Kresge has shifted from helping to build the nation's nonprofit infrastructure – hospitals, libraries, academic buildings – to helping nonprofit organizations address some of society’s most pressing problems.
Detroit Revitalization Fellowship Program puts top-flight talent to work in organizations rebuilding the city
The city of Detroit has challenges in its struggle to return to prosperity, but a lack of ideas isn't one of them. Make a place for technology companies. Revitalize the arts and cultural environment. Make low-income homes more energy efficient. Provide fresh food in the city. But turning ideas into action takes time, energy and know-how – the stuff organizations call capacity. And in a city with so much on its plate, there's still more work to do than there are hands to do it.
Patients at Kaiser Permanente’s medical center in Modesto, Calif., notice many of the hospital’s green features as soon as they arrive. Wildflowers and native plantings frame the entryway. Solar panels sprout from the rooftop. Inside, blinds and window shades admit welcome sunshine in the morning and minimize unwanted heat in the afternoon. At mealtime, food trays display an array of fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers.
TROY, Mich. – Community colleges typically have open access and admissions. However, more than half of all incoming community college students need to enroll in at least one remedial class to bring their skills up to a college level. Most of those students end up in remedial, or “ developmental,” math.
TROY, Mich. – In a recent story in the online edition of The Nonprofit Quarterly, national correspondent Rick Cohen examined the challenges facing Detroit and the regional and national funders committed to helping the city overcome social and economic problems. The story was based on an extensive interview with Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson, interviews with other leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds, and with Detroiters.
Advocacy groups work to boost efficiency standards for appliances, cutting energy bills and greenhouse gases
TROY, Mich. – Steve Nadel typically starts his morning by heading for the kitchen of his two-story house in Takoma Park, Md., to fix breakfast. As he swings open the refrigerator door, he thinks less about the calories he will consume that day – and more about the energy.
TROY, Mich. – When the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Association of United Ways and the Food Bank Council of Michigan move into new quarters in the state capital this fall (2011), they will be part of a growing trend: nonprofits co-locating under one roof. The nonprofits’ headquarters in Lansing, Mich., will be among more than 250 such centers in the United States and Canada.
TROY, Mich. – One in eight older adults has Alzheimer’s disease, and every 69 seconds someone in the United States develops this debilitating, life-altering disease. There’s no cure, no treatment. But in Birmingham, Ala., VSA Alabama is making sure the disease and others like it don’t define the sum of a life.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation will soon complete work on a new website. When the new site launches, a pilot online-application system will be refined and all other methods of applying for funding will be eliminated.
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:
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.