Kresge’s Health Program has refined its grantmaking strategy to reflect external changes, like the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and lessons learned through the activities funded over the past several years. “We’re more persuaded than ever that the right place to focus is on the upstream factors that affect community health,” says David Fukuzawa, managing director of the program.
Community colleges stand as the only or the last chance for millions of students, but too few of those students actually earn a post-secondary credential. Of students who started a public, two-year college in 2006, only about 36 percent had obtained a credential by 2012.
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On Feb. 10, 2015, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivered his first State of the City address at the historic Redford Theatre. Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson offers this commentary and analysis. It was uplifting and sobering to hear Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address last night – a moment when the full import of the city’s trajectory – past, present, and future – was cast in bright relief.
First-generation low-income college students with children have a better chance of attaining educational goals and escaping poverty when the needs of parent and child are addressed through coordinated services, according to a report from the Aspen Institute ’s Ascend.
Groundbreaking textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee has been named the 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist.
The Atlantic Philanthropies and Kresge announced today a joint investment of $500,000 (R5,726,100) to establish The Brian O’Connell Visiting African Scholar Fund. The fund will bring visiting scholars and scientists of African descent to the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
The Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco focuses on creative placemaking in the newest issue of its journal Community Development Investment Review. The themed issue includes articles by experts in multiple disciplines, all addressing the importance of artists and arts organizations in community development. Together, the articles encourage greater incorporation of creative approaches in placemaking.
Kresge and Surdna foundations support community lenders’ integration of arts and culture in local revitalization efforts
Seven Community Development Financial Institutions will receive grants for efforts that integrate arts, culture and creativity into community revitalization work. The Kresge and Surdna foundations will provide a total of $1.35 million over two years to the seven community lenders. The grants will allow the lenders to support the activities of artists and art enterprises that contribute to health and well-being of neighborhoods as part of broader redevelopment efforts. For example, the CDFIs will:
Local public health officers in nearly a dozen states have been selected to take part in a Kresge Foundation initiative to enhance their ability to lead in today’s changing health care environment. Twelve public health officer teams were identified in a nationwide competitive process. Each team will receive up to $125,000 and technical assistance to implement a project in the community it serves. Participants in Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health are:
Early next year Kresge’s Arts & Culture Program expects to revise its grant opportunity for organizations integrating arts and culture into specific community revitalization work. The Arts & Culture Program’s grantmaking and investing centers on advancing the body of knowledge around creative placemaking practice.
The Kresge Foundation has committed $20 million over five years to help ensure Detroit’s youngest children have access to high-quality early childhood education and are well prepared for school.
Book focuses on better using data to support efforts to improve health, education, economic stability, communities
A new book from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute outlines opportunities and challenges for using data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education and build stronger communities.
Kresge’s Detroit Program has updated the Frequently Asked Questions document for the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grant opportunity. The update is based on questions raised during a Nov. 17 question-and-answer session. Members of the Detroit Program team and Detroit Future City fielded questions at the event, which was held at TechTown in Detroit.
Community-based nonprofits in 10 states will get help with climate-resilience planning, policy development and implementation efforts to advance the priorities and needs of low-income people. Seventeen nonprofits will receive grants through The Kresge Foundation’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative. Launched this past summer, the initiative attracted more than 230 nonprofits seeking planning grants. The organizations selected from that field will each receive $100,000. They are:
Hospitals, public health and nonprofit and community organizations are invited to take part in a national competitive award program aimed at improving community health and promoting health equity. The BUILD Health Challenge will support communities that are collaboratively working to improve health at a population level.
At the conclusion of Detroit's bankruptcy, Rip Rapson issues a statement in behalf of the foundation's trustees and staff. The whole world should be looking at Detroit and the state of Michigan right now, witnessing one of the great demonstrations in this new century of community resilience, pride and hope. U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes today accepted the stakeholder-approved plan of adjustment, resolving this unprecedented bankruptcy.
The Kresge Foundation has awarded $2.9 million to four South African universities and an education institute to improve student success through improved data analysis.
Akron, Ohio, has been awarded a $1 million prize for increasing the number of residents receiving college degrees by 20.2 percent over four years, the largest increase among 57 cities participating in the Talent Dividend, a national project to increase college-attainment rates. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, which coordinated Akron’s efforts, accepted the award Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The council advocates for higher education and develops partnerships across the business and higher-education communities.
Scam alert: Kresge name being used in bogus emails circulating in India, the Philippines and on African continent
Individuals from India, the Philippines and several countries in Africa have received email notifications that they are eligible for a $250,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation. This is a scam and an illegal misrepresentation of the foundation and the work we do. Kresge is not awarding grants to individuals living in India or in countries located in Africa. Kresge does not award grants to individuals living in the United States. Our charter prohibits us from awarding grants to individuals.