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.
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.
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.
Center for Public Integrity wins Pulitzer for uncovering coal miners’ lack of access to health benefits
A series of reports detailing how coal miners suffering black lung disease were denied benefits because lawyers withheld evidence and doctors ignored signs of the disease has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity.
Kresge’s Environment Program has completed a strategy refinement that more closely ties its climate change efforts to the foundation’s broad purpose of expanding opportunity for vulnerable people in America’s cities. The strategy builds on past efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the new circumstances and uncertainty that climate change introduces. Moving forward, the Environment Program will support activities that help communities build resilience in the face of climate change by:
Higher education in the United States has become a debt-for-diplomas system in which most students borrow increasing amounts and colleges increasingly use tuition revenue to balance their books. New statistics to buttress that case are in a recent report by the public-policy organization Dēmos, “ The Great Cost Shift Continues: State Higher Education Funding After the Recession.”
A new partnership of nonprofit, philanthropic and banking institutions will finance the expansion of community health centers, providing capital to help meet the healthcare needs of low-income communities. The Collaborative for Healthy Communities is a $130 million, three-year initiative that will provide a new source of capital for community health centers across the country.
An innovative online writing lab at Excelsior College boosts student skills and grades in pilot study
College students’ writing skills significantly improve through use of Excelsior College’s new Online Writing Lab, or OWL, a nationwide pilot study shows. Students at Excelsior and five partner colleges in the stu
A struggling Pittsburgh neighborhood is slowly rebounding, thanks in part to a unique arts nonprofit that helps writers unable to live in their home countries build new lives.
While individual community colleges explore new ways to foster student success, a growing initiative is adapting those efforts into statewide programs to attack the knotted problems of student access, retention and graduation. Through newly created statewide “Student Success Centers,” community colleges are better coordinating these success-focused initiatives. Usually organized through a state community college association these centers have staffs, budgets and advisory boards that create, implement, connect and promote programs and policies.