Kresge and Lumina offer grants to ensure community college transfer students get ‘credit when it’s due’
The Kresge and Lumina foundations have teamed up to offer grants aimed at ensuring college students get credit – and credentials – for coursework that sometimes isn’t accounted for today. Dubbed “Credit When It’s Due,” the grant opportunity is directed at a problem that affects community-college students who transfer to four-year institutions before receiving an associate degree from a two-year college.
The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program will again offer two-year grants to small and mid-size arts and cultural organizations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The application period for Detroit Arts Support grants is May 1-June 4. Detroit Arts Support grants provide unrestricted operating dollars to organizations in the performing, visual and literary arts. Funding is also available to institutions engaged in arts service, education and broadcasting.
Kresge president discusses findings from Center for Effective Philanthropy’s grantee perception report
A recent Center for Effective Philanthropy report finds nonprofit organizations much more positive about The Kresge Foundation than a few years ago. The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Grantee Perception Report ranked The Kresge Foundation higher in understanding of fields, communities, and organizations; clarity of written guidelines and program goals; and ability to enhance the capacity of organizations than in 2007, the last time the perceptions were measured.
The U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin summed up the purpose of the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit in one sentence: “If we really want to improve health in this country, we need to prevent people from getting sick in the first place – to stop the illness before it starts.”
In 2005, The Kresge Foundation launched on a five-year, $10.5 million initiative to build fundraising capacity in South African universities.
The Kresge Foundation today announced it is renewing its commitment to South African higher education and expects to invest at least $15 million in the effort through 2018. That includes a continuation of its partnership with Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement. Rip Rapson, Kresge president and CEO, unveiled the plan at an event in Johannesburg attended by representatives of South African universities and Inyathelo.
TROY, Mich. – Beginning today, visitors to kresge.org will notice a blue tag on pages throughout the site inviting them to provide feedback. Clicking on one of tags takes visitors to a survey about Kresge’s website. The survey is part of a multi-pronged effort to ensure the website is as easy to navigate and as useful as possible.
Report takes first-ever look at role of community health centers in tackling factors that contribute to poor health
A new health report looks at ways community health centers across the nation are addressing the social, economic, and physical conditions that contribute to poor health among the patients they serve.
Unemployment. Rising tuition and healthcare costs. Unprecedented student debt. America’s twenty-somethings know the path to the middle class is steep and treacherous. Some predict this generation will be the first in the country’s history to wind up worse off than their parents. But the Young Invincibles, a national organization that represents the interests of 18-34-year-olds, refuses to take that news sitting down.
The Kresge Foundation’s combined 2010 and 2011 annual report is now available online, along with a related video. An account of the foundation’s activities over those two years, the report highlights Kresge’s practice of strategic philanthropy – a four-pronged approach that guides the foundation’s grantmaking.
The Foundation Center has added The Kresge Foundation to its roster of philanthropies that demonstrate transparency and accountability by making information about their grantmaking, finances, and governance available online. Much of the information is similar to what nonprofit organizations are asked to provide when they apply for grants from foundations. Making the same disclosures to the public is an opportunity to lead by example, says Janet Camarena, director of the Foundation Center-San Francisco.
Investments in Mass MoCA and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts contribute to community vitality
When the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Contemporary Art took over a sprawling factory complex in the heart of North Adams, Mass., the former mill town was scraping bottom. The unemployment rate was 20 percent; 75 percent of the community’s downtown storefronts were vacant. With the worst poverty, illiteracy, teenage pregnancy and domestic violence rates in the state, the community cried out for a lot of things. Art was not the most obvious.
For many low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities who are unable to live on their own, a nursing home may be the only option, even when they don’t need the intense level of care such facilities provide.
Members of The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program team meet with grant recipients and other partners working on climate-change adaptation this week in Portland, Ore. Meant to share knowledge about adaptation projects, the workshop is the first time organizations and researchers funded through Kresge’s adaptation portfolio have come together to review progress and challenges. Around 80 people are expected to take part.
ALEXANDRIA,Va. – Patients, physicians and the public are invited to participate in a national poll about primary health care in the United States in 2025, what it might look like and what is the best-case scenario. The one-week poll will be posted on the PBS NewsHour website through Feb 7.
Award-winning poet, editor, and educator Naomi Long Madgett – who nurtured aspiring Detroit poets through her teaching, annual poetry award, and publishing company – has been named the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist.
The four-part miniseries “Designing Healthy Communities” begins airing on PBS stations this week.
ALEXANDRIA,Va. – By 2025, patient-doctor relationships and health care delivery will look radically different than they do today, according to the Institute for Alternative Futures.
Author talks about lessons learned from a decade of philanthropic investment in African higher education
For the past 10 years, a group of U.S. foundations have collaborated to make joint grants to universities in nine African countries. The Kresge Foundation joined that group, the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, in 2007. Collectively, the partnership’s seven members invested $440 million in African higher education. As the effort neared its conclusion, the partnership commissioned a book to document the impact of the investment.
The Kresge Foundation is accepting applications in its Human Services Program. Following a nearly year-long assessment, the Human Services team has developed a strategic framework that seeks to expand access and opportunities for vulnerable, disadvantaged and low-income individuals and families by strengthening nonprofit organizations. Its investments are concentrated in two focus areas: