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December 12, 2013
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Kresge Social Investment Practice director IDs steps needed to foster ‘pay-for-performance’ funding

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by Kimberlee R. Cornett, director of Kresge’s Social Investment Practice, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s online publication “The Edge.” David Osborne and Ted Gaebler’s 1993 book “Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit Is Transforming the Public Sector” was acclaimed for lighting the way to a smarter, leaner government. One of the book’s key points is that governments should “stop rowing and start steering.”


December 10, 2013
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Remembering Nelson Mandela, the man who called education 'the most powerful weapon'

Today South Africans and people from around the world remembered South Africa's first black president as a healer. The trustees and staff of The Kresge Foundation join with all those who feel the loss of this  remarkable leader. As we reflect on Mandela's life, we are humbled by his accomplishments, particularly in the face of the personal sacrifice and hardships he endured.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

December 3, 2013
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'We hope for a swift and fair resolution,' Kresge CEO says in response to Detroit’s eligibility to file for bankruptcy

Foundation's Rip Rapson issues a statement following federal court ruling   For the city of Detroit, the decision issued today by U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes that the city is eligible to pursue Chapter 9 bankruptcy is a watershed event. The judge weighed weeks of testimony, voluminous filings and the human consequences involved to reach the conclusions he shared this morning. As an institution, we respect the decision the judge has reached, and we put our trust in the reorganization process.

Categories: Detroit

November 16, 2013
Kresge News

2013 Eminent Artist David DiChiera celebrated in monograph

Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson on Saturday presented the foundation’s 2013 Eminent Artist with a commemorative monograph celebrating his life and work. 


November 2, 2013
Kresge News

Kresge Artist Fellowships for 2014 feature film and theater category as well as dance and music

Detroit-area artists working in dance, music, film and theater are invited to apply for $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowships. Funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, the unrestricted fellowships include professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by ArtServe Michigan.


October 31, 2013
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Kresge-supported website helps colleges serve veterans

Since 2009, nearly 1 million veterans and their families have used the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. But ensuring that eligible veterans are college- and career-ready remains a challenge, and institutions face a new influx of students as more troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan. The American Council on Education has enhanced its online site for higher education institutions working to meet the needs of those veterans.

Categories: Education

October 21, 2013
Kresge News

ArtPlace America accepting applications for creative placemaking efforts

ArtPlace America  is accepting applications for its  2014 innovation grants. In its fourth round of funding, ArtPlace America will continue to support creative placemaking in communities across the U.S.

Categories: Arts & Culture

October 21, 2013
Kresge News

Kresge president says struggling cities hold lessons for climate-change preparedness

At the fourth annual Municipal Arts Society Summit for New York City on Oct. 17-18, 100 individuals – leaders in community development, urban planning, design, infrastructure, preservation and cultural development – met for two days at Jazz at Lincoln Center to discuss the attributes of a globally competitive city.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

October 8, 2013
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Skepticism about online degrees, Kresge-supported study finds

More than half of employers would prefer a job candidate with a traditional degree from an average school to a candidate with an online degree from a top university. Meanwhile, most community college students agree that online courses require more discipline on the part of students than in-person classes, but the same students are split on whether online courses teach the same amount or less material than in-person classes.

Categories: Education

October 1, 2013
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National survey finds ‘food hubs’ are filling gap between local food producers and buyers

A nationwide survey shows that “food hubs” are growing to meet the need for local food distribution infrastructure. Businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution and marketing of food products, food hubs provide a way for small and midsized growers to connect with restaurants, schools, grocery stores and other wholesale customers.

Categories: Health

September 17, 2013
Kresge News

Cynthia Kresge and Maria Otero join Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees

The Kresge Foundation is pleased to announce Cynthia L. Kresge, physician assistant and community leader, and Maria Otero, an economist and former undersecretary of state for the U.S. Department of State, have joined the 11-member board of trustees.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

September 16, 2013
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NCB Capital Impact and Kresge launch innovative Woodward Corridor Investment Fund

NCB Capital Impact and The Kresge Foundation announced the launch of the Woodward Corridor Investment Fund, developed to invest in transformative real estate projects that advance the physical redevelopment of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. With the support of MetLife, Inc., PNC Bank, Prudential, Calvert Foundation, Living Cities and the Max M. & Marjorie S.


September 12, 2013
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Study by Kresge Trustee Phillip Clay examines contemporary role of historically black colleges and universities, and the challenges they face

America’s traditionally black colleges and universities are facing extraordinary challenges and must change institutional practices if they are to thrive into the 21 st century, Phillip L. Clay, a member of The Kresge Foundation’s Board of Trustees, concludes in a study. Rising costs, fewer well-prepared applicants and competition from other schools are pressing the traditionally black institutions, Clay writes in “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Facing the Future.”

Categories: Education

August 19, 2013
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New rating system helps communities mark progress in strengthening environment, economic and social systems

For cities concerned about sustainability, a new rating system is being rolled out to help guide the way to improved social, economic and environmental stability. Just as LEED became the accepted benchmark for energy-efficient buildings with low environmental impact, the STAR Community Rating System can be the yardstick for communities seeking to prepare for climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bolster their local economies.

Categories: Environment

August 9, 2013
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Detroiters pitch in to improve and celebrate community

Thousands of volunteers took part in Neighborhoods Day, annual event organized by ARISE Detroit!, a nonprofit organization. Now in its seventh year, the Aug. 3 event featured community-service programs benefiting young people, families and neighborhoods. Several hundred partners sponsored clean-up and renovation projects, music, games and special events to celebrate community life.

Categories: Detroit

August 8, 2013
Kresge News

Arts and Culture grant opportunities focus on two thematic areas

The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program has opened a new grant opportunity for organizations integrating arts and culture into specific community revitalization work. Part of its creative placemaking strategy, the Arts and Culture Program team will accept and review inquiries in its Harvesting Leading Practices focus area for activities in specific thematic areas each year.

Categories: Arts & Culture

July 31, 2013
Kresge News

In a major construction zone, arts effort sows seeds for a vibrant Minnesota community

The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line connecting downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul promises to bring new economic life to the cores of the Twin Cities and the 10 miles between. With a price tag that rounds off to $1 billion, the light rail line – the biggest infrastructure investment in Minneapolis history ­– is slated to begin operation in 2014. And along the six miles of the route in St. Paul, arts advocates are fostering hundreds of smaller and important social and cultural connections through the Irrigate project.

Categories: Arts & Culture

July 31, 2013
Kresge News

AS220 residential-creative community helps fuel renaissance in downtown Providence, R.I.

AS220 in downtown Providence, R.I., hums with the activity of five galleries, a black-box theater, a dance studio, rehearsal spaces, dozens of artist studios, a print shop, a recording studio and more. And that’s not to mention commercial tenants, including an Irish pub, a Mexican cantina, a barbershop and a locksmith.

Categories: Arts & Culture

July 31, 2013
Kresge News

Seattle museum’s commitment to the community: ‘We are all in’

Visit the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle and you’ll be immersed in the experiences of Asian Pacific immigrants. The museum is nestled inside a building erected in 1910 as a rooming house and commercial-social hub for the growing immigrant community. You can see immigrants’ one-room apartments, their communal kitchen, their shops and altars to ancestors, as well as representations of more recent experiences that range from making inroads in the fashion industry to homelessness.

Categories: Arts & Culture

July 31, 2013
Kresge News

Project Row Houses dropped in on Houston’s Third Ward – and stayed for 20 years

It was supposed to be “a kind of temporary, guerilla-style art project” in the words of arts insurgent-turned-administrator Rick Lowe. Swoop in, make a difference and disappear.

Categories: Arts & Culture