When he stopped taking classes at Northwestern Michigan College, Kulin Froelich knew a single math class stood between him and an associate’s degree. Like many adult students, the 29-year-old had sporadically attended several schools intending to piece together his transcripts for a degree. But working as a chef in a resort town, raising his toddler son, trying to buy a house and planning a wedding had kept him busy and away from academics the last few years. That missing math class just wasn’t his top priority.
The current issue of the journal National Civic Review includes an article tracing Kresge’s journey to imagine – and work toward – a more equitable, effective healthcare system. David Fukuzawa, managing director for Kresge’s Health Program, was invited to contribute the article as part of a special project focusing on the healthy communities movement launched 25 years ago.
In summer of 2012, residents of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood were increasingly concerned about the railroad yard in their south side community. Chicago is the busiest rail gateway in the United States, and the 140-acre Norfolk Southern rail yard in Englewood was ready to expand over 84 additional acres. With a goal of insisting that public health and quality of life are protected, a coalition of unlikely partners vowed to create a win-win outcome for residents and the railroad alike.
A house of worship and then a soup kitchen, South Park Calvary United Presbyterian Church had been a focal point for the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark, N.J., for some 160 years. A fire in 1992 destroyed much of the building, leaving only the facade standing.
Many students and employers remain unconvinced about the value of a for-profit college education, according to new research from Public Agenda. Although for-profit students are largely satisfied with the quality of their schools, many consider the financial burden of these schools high, and it is unclear to them whether that cost will pay off.
A year ago, the long-awaited Detroit Future City framework was released to rousing applause from a room of 250 Detroiters, a cross-section of leaders from politics and business to community activism and philanthropy.
The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees and staff thank David W. Horvitz for eight years of service. Horvitz is the chairman, president and CEO of WLD Enterprises, a private investment firm. He joined the foundation in December 2005 and in 2006 assumed leadership of its Investment Committee. The committee, a small group of trustees and outside investment professionals, guides the management of Kresge’s endowment.
The mayors from 10 major U.S. cities today announced they will undertake a united effort to boost energy efficiency in the buildings in their communities. The move could cut as much climate change pollution as generated by 1 million to 1.5 million passenger vehicles every year and lower energy bills by nearly $1 billion annually.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today announced the launch of the nation’s largest financial investment in a pay for success (PFS) initiative, which is designed to reduce crime, save taxpayers money and improve outcomes for hundreds of young men who are on probation or leaving juvenile justice systems.
When the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless opens its new 54,000-square-foot health care facility in Denver this spring, the nonprofit will double the size of the community health center it is replacing and create 78 new supportive housing apartments on the building’s upper level.
At a White House summit on higher education, Kresge joined with other philanthropic, public- and private-sector partners in committing to new efforts to help low-income students reach college and ensure they succeed once they get there.
Kresge among philanthropies helping Detroit honor its commitments to retirees and preserve art assets
A foundation working group, which includes the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, William Davidson Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hudson-Webber Foundation, Kresge Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, McGregor Fund and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation today issued the following statement.
Women today make up half of the U.S. workforce and represent two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families. American women also make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s minimum-wage workers and one in three live at or near the brink of poverty. In a new media project, the Shriver Report examines changes in American families and the failure of government, business and other institutions to adapt.
Iconic Detroit photographer and educator Bill Rauhauser has been named the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist. Rauhauser has devoted more than 60 years to “being there” – being present and engaged on the city’s streets, inside the studio and inside the classroom. He joins five other artists who have since 2008 received the award and $50,000 prize in recognition of professional achievements, contributions to the cultural community and dedication to Detroit and its residents.
TROY, Mich. – Because of severe winter weather, The Kresge Foundation was closed Monday, Jan. 6, and will remain closed Tuesday, Jan. 7. Plans to reopen Tuesday were changed due to the strong winds and subzero temperatures moving into the Detroit metro area. Some staff members may make calls, respond to email or participate in meetings, but normal operations are not expected to resume until Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Kresge’s information technology staff has resolved the problem that had interrupted email to and from foundation accounts. The system is now functioning normally. The problem began the afternoon of Dec. 19. Service was fully restored the afternoon of Dec. 24. Anyone who attempted to send messages during that period likely received a notice that their mail could not be delivered. Such messages may be emailed again at senders’ convenience. Our offices are closed until Jan. 2. Most email will not get attention until then.
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.”
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.
'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.
Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson on Saturday presented the foundation’s 2013 Eminent Artist with a commemorative monograph celebrating his life and work.