Hard hit by the loss of manufacturing jobs and by property foreclosures that left many buildings vacant, the racially and ethnically diverse Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland is rebuilding. “Folks are moving in. We’re seeing a change of attitude, a new vitality,” says Michael Polensek, a city councilman.
A disruption in electrical service has affected operations at The Kresge Foundation headquarters. The office is closed again today, Wednesday, Aug. 6. The problem began Monday. Many staff members are working from other locations. Normal activities are expected to resume Thursday.
Some 200 community activities unfolded in Detroit for the eighth annual Neighborhoods Day Aug. 2. Events ranged from cleanup projects to food and entertainment. The day is organized by the group Arise Detroit! with support from Kresge's Detroit Program.
The Kresge Foundation has developed a new initiative to help equip local public health officers with knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment. The 16-month program, Emerging Leaders in Public Health, will give teams from eight local government health departments the opportunity to undertake projects designed to enhance organizational and leadership competencies in business, planning and public health systems development.
In its report “Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons from the Front Lines,” the Georgetown Climate Center concludes that most communities are not prepared for the threats they face under existing climate conditions, let alone a radically different future. The nonpartisan organization based at Georgetown University Law Center works with state and local policymakers, resource managers and the public on legislation, model policies and strategies to help communities adapt to hotter summers, rising sea levels, flooding and extreme weather.
American philanthropy is undergoing a turbulent transformation, writes Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson in the foreword to a new book "Leverage for Good, An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment."
Kresge invests $4.5M in effort to capture and share health innovations that shift focus upstream from care to health
The Kresge Foundation has awarded a pair of three-year, $2.25 million grants to Nemours and the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities to fund a national initiative to accelerate innovations that improve health at a community level. Dubbed “Moving Health Care Upstream,” the newmultipart initiative will:
Kresge’s Environment Program is launching an initiative to assist community-based nonprofits positioned to help influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, and related policy development and implementation.
More than two dozen South African educators participated in a recent Kresge Foundation webinar explaining Siyaphumelela (“We Succeed”), a grant opportunity for South African public universities interested in improving their capacity to analyze data related to student success.
Seventeen metropolitan Detroit artists and one collective have been awarded Kresge Artist Fellowships for 2014. Each of the 18 fellowships, for artists working in dance/music and a new theater/film category, includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000 to reward an artist’s creative vision and commitment to excellence.
The Kresge Foundation Education Program has announced Siyaphumelela (“We Succeed”), a grant opportunity for South African public universities interested in improving their capacity to analyze data related to student success.
Public health officials and organizations across the country have joined with the Institute for Alternative Futures to consider likely public health challenges and opportunities arising over the next 15 years.
As prize competitions increasingly drive innovation, a report offers guidance for public sector, nonprofits, philanthropies
At a time when public sector leaders must to do more with less, prizes increasingly serve as a creative mechanism for engaging the public, driving innovation and paying for results. A report released today by Doblin, the innovation practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP, explores the burgeoning field, providing new trend data, practical design guidance, and case studies that can be applied to the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
A renovated affordable housing complex in southeast Michigan is earning praise from residents and drawing national attention for its successful turnaround. The results at Hamilton Crossing in the city of Ypsilanti are attributed in part to a program that supports residents’ efforts to become self-sufficient.
Annual report illustrates ways programs, tools and partners combine to create opportunity in America's cities
The Kresge Foundation’s 2013 annual report is available online, along with a companion video from the president, Rip Rapson.
Blight task force addresses a major Detroit problem; one Detroiter who has lived with the problem is hopeful
Over the years, Springwells Village resident Ann Byrne has seen a number of homes demolished in her community in southwest Detroit. But she’s seen recently how deconstruction of an abandoned house differs starkly from the chaotic demolition process she had grown accustomed to.
Report concludes systemic change needed to improve college degree attainment at South African universities
Only about half of South African students entering college graduate, and only a little more than one-fourth of all students finish in the minimum period of time, according to recent research. Furthermore, the legacy of apartheid is apparent, with only 10 percent of black students entering college and less than 5 percent completing degrees.
Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, and Maria Rosario Jackson, a senior adviser to the foundation’s Arts and Culture Progam, discussed creative placemaking in front of an audience at SphinxCon in Detroit earlier this year. An annual conference put on by the Sphinx organization, SphinxCon gathers leaders from various spheres to discuss challenges and solutions surrounding diversity in the performing arts. These are edited excerpts from their conversation.
Kresge online application system is back in operation; deadline for some Detroit arts grants extended
Kresge’s online grant application system is working again as of Thursday afternoon. Due to a technical issue, it went offline Monday afternoon. Because of the interruption, the Detroit Program has extended one of the deadlines for its Arts Support grant opportunity.
Jackson, Mississippi’s Midtown neighborhood is one of its oldest. Incorporated in the early 1900s, the area’s warehouses are flanked by railroad spurs that are reminders of past economic activity. The neighborhood suffered after the construction of an interstate highway and the migration to nearby suburbs that followed. But today a social and economic revitalization effort is attracting entrepreneurs, investors and artists to the area. Midtown’s creative economy is key to the rebound.