TROY, MICHIGAN – In a front-page newspaper story, the Detroit News heralded The Kresge Foundation, led by President Rip Rapson, as "one of the largest and most-active donors among charitable foundations in Detroit." News writer and author Michael H. Hodges stated, "Today, it’s hard to find a major Detroit venture without Kresge’s fingerprints on it." His article, "Kresge Foundation Steps Up Gifts to Detroit Causes," appeared on June 30, 2009.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation today announced two new grant award funds developed to directly support the work of community health organizations addressing critical needs for underserved populations.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation is making available two new granting opportunities to directly support community health organizations in addressing the critical needs of underserved populations.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation's new community arts and civic engagement project, Kresge Community Arts, is being rolled out in three pilot cities: St. Louis, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and Detroit, Michigan. The St. Louis and Baltimore efforts are already underway; the new grant opportunity is being launched in Detroit today.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation today awards the inaugural Kresge Artist Fellowships, each with an unrestricted stipend of $25,000, to 18 metropolitan Detroit visual artists. The Fellowships are the first of its kind to be devoted exclusively to artists in the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb) and represent the foundation's unwavering support for artists living and working in its hometown. Detroit's College for Creative Studies administers the fellowships.
New Relief Loan Fund Available to Human Service Agencies Responding to the Effects of the Economic Crisis
TROY, MICHIGAN – In response to the current economic crisis, The Kresge Foundation has established a new Community Relief Fund, a program-related investment fund that will make interest-free loans of $250,000 to $500,000 to human service organizations providing food, shelter and other emergency services.
Kresge Has Retired Its Green Building Initiative; Its Environment Program Works at the Policy-level to Advance Energy Efficient Construction and Renovation
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation retired its Green Building Initiative – its six year effort to encourage environmentally sustainable construction in the nonprofit sector – on May 29, 2009. Through the initiative, nonprofit organizations were awarded grants to cover the planning costs associated with constructing or renovating an environmentally responsible facility.
Kresge Announces New Higher Green Building Standards for Challenge-grant Applicants in Higher Education
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation announced today that it is raising the bar on green building requirements for challenge grants awarded to applicants in the higher-education sector.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation is making it faster and easier to stay abreast of programmatic developments, news stories and communications from the president by offering RSS feeds on selected sections of the Web site. Subscribers may sign up to receive notification of new content posted in the News Room, Program Updates, and The President's Corner sections of the Web site-- without having to receive e-mail. To subscribe, visit the RSS Feeds page located in the News Room section of the Web site.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation has unveiled a new grants database that enables Web-site visitors to utilize interactive United States and world maps to view comprehensive information on all grants made by the foundation since 2003. The database is located in the Our Grants section of the Web site.
In Speech to the Nation’s YMCAs, Rip Rapson Outlines Kresge’s Grantmaking Response Given the Economic Crisis
TROY, MICHIGAN – As the economic crisis batters the nonprofit sector, The Kresge Foundation and other philanthropic organizations face a difficult choice between responding to here-and-now charitable needs and pursuing strategic philanthropy with a more distant horizon, Kresge President Rip Rapson told a gathering of nonprofit administrators in Dallas, Texas. Speaking before the National Association of YMCAs on April 23, 2009, Rapson predicted "the nonprofit landscape of yesterday or today will not be the nonprofit landscape of tomorrow."
Human Service Agencies, Health Organizations and Transit in Detroit Receive a Majority of Kresge’s Nearly $73 Million in First Quarter Grant Awards
TROY, MICHIGAN – Signaling the importance of affirming and strengthening philanthropic support for nonprofits in times of crisis, the trustees of The Kresge Foundation awarded nearly $73 million in grants in the first quarter of 2009. The awards represent the largest quarterly commitment in the 85-year-old foundation’s history.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Michigan-based Kresge Foundation has launched a major two-year Getting-The-Lead-Out Initiative to raise national public awareness of the environmental-health hazard posed by lead and advance ongoing community efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. In December, the foundation awarded $4 million in grants to six nonprofit and municipal organizations engaged in lead testing, abatement, advocacy, and data collection in Detroit, Michigan; Newark, New Jersey; and Oakland, California. (See below for location-specific details.)
Kresge Foundation and Second Nature Team Up To Bring Green Building Practices to Financially Challenged Colleges and Universities
TROY, MICHIGAN – Second Nature, a nonprofit organization advancing sustainability in the American higher education sector, has launched a new program, Advancing Green Building in Higher Education, to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III and V institutions to “build green” on their campuses.
During the Economic Crisis Philanthropy Can Make a Distinct Contribution to the Welfare of Communities, Says Kresge President
TROY, MICHIGAN – In two recent speeches – to an audience of business people in Columbus, Ohio, and nonprofit executives in metropolitan Detroit – Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson said private philanthropy is uniquely suited to help communities weather the economic crisis and position themselves for future growth once prosperity returns. In “Philanthropy’s Opportunities and Responsibilities in Times of Civic Redirection,” Rapson advocated for the following:
TROY, MICHIGAN – At its first-quarter board meeting in March 2008, the trustees of The Kresge Foundation awarded 54 grants to organizations in 24 states. Here is a complete list of grants approved in the first quarter 2008: (The list includes current and future planned grants.)
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation is announcing it is retiring its Green Building Initiative. It has set Friday, May 29, 2009, as the final day for accepting applications for funding to cover the planning costs associated with constructing or renovating an environmentally responsible facility. All those interested in this grant program have until May 29 to submit an application.
Kresge Foundation Meets Economic Downturn Head On, Awarding a Record $63.6 Million in Grants in Fourth Quarter 2008
TROY, MICHIGAN – The state of the economy did not deter the trustees of The Kresge Foundation from awarding $63.6 million in grants at its fourth-quarter board meeting in December, making the quarter, together with the $181 million in grants for 2008 as a whole, the most generous in the foundation's 85-year history.
TROY, MICHIGAN – Phillip Prescott, a 23-year-old unemployed Detroiter, was living with his mother in Highland Park and “just trying to survive” before he enrolled in Flip the Script last fall. The multidimensional 16-week program operated by Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit seeks to empower young minority men, ages 16 to 30, to become successful, contributing members of society.
"Real Work for Real Pay" Enables the Blind in North Carolina to Achieve Independence and Self-sufficiency
TROY, MICHIGAN – “Give a man a fish and you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime,” an unknown author once observed. No truer words could ever be said about Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.