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. – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$6 million awarded to safety-net enhancement initiative grant recipients for part-two demonstration projects
TROY, Mich.-- The Kresge Foundation approved in December 2010 funding for the implementation phase of its four-year, two-part Safety-net Enhancement Initiative with grant awards totaling $6 million to eight public-health agencies and community nonprofit organizations. The grantees will be developing demonstration projects to integrate community health and prevention with primary care for vulnerable populations.
Institute for Alternative Futures solicits cases from community health centers that leverage the social determinants of health
TROY, Mich. – The Institute for Alternative Futures is soliciting cases from community health centers that demonstrate how they are leveraging the social determinants of health to improve individual and population health in their communities, says David D. Fukuzawa, director of The Kresge Foundation's Health Program.