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January 28, 2013
Kresge News

Kresge delays opening due to severe winter weather

TROY, Mich. – Due to severe weather in southeast Michigan, The Kresge Foundation is closed this morning Monday, Jan. 28. It's expected that the office will open later in the day, as travel conditions permit. However, staffing may be limited. Phone messages and e-mails received today will be answered in the order in which they were received.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

January 18, 2013
Kresge News

Light rail comes to Detroit: U.S. Department of Transportation makes a $25M grant, putting M-1 Rail in motion

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a $25 million federal grant on Friday that – along with nearly $100 million in private commitments – puts Detroit’s long-awaited M-1 Rail on track to break ground this summer and begin operation in 2015.

Categories: Detroit

January 16, 2013
Kresge News

Kresge Foundation funds efforts to strengthen South African universities

The Kresge Foundation has awarded more than $3.8 million to universities in South Africa to bolster their private fundraising and advancement efforts. The aim is to strengthen the universities so that they can better fulfill their critical role of producing graduates well-prepared to contribute to the national economy. The foundation will provide funding over six years to:

Categories: Education

January 14, 2013
Kresge News

$100 million investment fund to integrate health care, affordable housing in low-income communities

Morgan Stanley, The Kresge Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) have launched a first-of-its kind $100 million investment fund that is designed to expand access to health care and affordable housing for low-income residents and fund critical social services that help link the two in impoverished neighborhoods. Called the Healthy Futures Fund, it is in part response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the 20 million new health care consumers that the legislation is likely to create. 


January 11, 2013
Kresge News

Detroit Future City framework offers a roadmap for jobs, strong economy and community

This week, a comprehensive planning effort for Detroit reached a milestone with the release of a strategic framework dubbed Detroit Future City.

Categories: Detroit

January 9, 2013
Kresge News

A conversation with David DiChiera

(EDITOR’S NOTE: In January David DiChiera, founder and general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre, was named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist, award that recognizes an exceptional artist for his or her professional achievements and contributions to the cultural community. Read the story announcing DiChiera’s selecting and profiling his career. This interview was edited and condensed.)


January 9, 2013
Kresge News

Michigan Opera Theatre’s David DiChiera named 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist

Composer and operatic impresario David DiChiera – a champion of Detroit’s renaissance – has been named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist. The Kresge Eminent Artist award and $50,000 prize recognize DiChiera’s contributions as founder, music and general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre, his creativity and commitment to the community and his efforts to build cultural bridges through the arts.

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January 2, 2013
Kresge News

New study finds assisted living can be affordable alternative to nursing home care

COLUMBUS, Ohio ­– A pilot project in Ohio shows that combining assisted living with services for low-income seniors saves the state government $73.08 per person per day in Medicaid costs over living in a nursing facility. That number comes from a recently completed study by Health Management Associates.


December 27, 2012
Kresge News

Advancing Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative aims to eliminate hazards in hundreds of homes

The Kresge Foundation is investing $3.8 million on a comprehensive effort to eliminate environmental and safety hazards and address the underlying causes of dangerous or unhealthy homes. The effort builds on a 2009 healthy housing initiative to reduce childhood lead poisoning in low-income housing.

Categories: Health

December 19, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge offices close for the holiday

The Kresge Foundation headquarters will close for the holiday Friday, Dec. 21. It will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. Grantseekers and grantees who contact us by email or phone during this time will receive responses when the office reopens. Queries will be answered in the order they are received. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

December 11, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge’s Human Services team brings together partners as it emphasizes learning, collaboration

Kresge’s Human Services Program team recently gathered about 30 partners to discuss opportunities for strengthening the sector so it can better help low-income people enter the economic mainstream. The gathering in Washington followed the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ’ annual State Fiscal Policy Conference.

Categories: Human Services

November 27, 2012
Kresge News

Benchmarking how buildings use energy promises improved performance, reduced emissions and costs

As New York City and neighboring areas continue to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many have a new appreciation for the impact of severe weather and rising sea levels. The city was already a leader in thinking about the effects of climate change and its own role in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for that change. A significant part of the effort has focused on energy efficiency in large buildings.

Categories: Environment

November 20, 2012
Kresge News

Study finds greater New Orleans health and human services nonprofits struggling

Nonprofit organizations in the New Orleans metropolitan area rallied to assist area residents after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Now these safety-net providers face an uncertain future.

Categories: Human Services

November 8, 2012
Program Update

Kresge’s Education Program will join funders that review only invited applications

Later this month, Kresge’s Education Program will end its practice of accepting unsolicited proposals for financial support. The decision is based on a review of the number of unsolicited proposals that are eventually funded.

Categories: Education

November 8, 2012
Kresge News

Monograph celebrates life and work of Kresge Eminent Artist Naomi Long Madgett

Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson on Friday presented the foundation’s 2012 Eminent Artist with a commemorative monograph celebrating her life and work. Kresge Eminent Artist Naomi Long Madgett received the monograph at a celebration at the Detroit Opera House.


November 1, 2012
Kresge News

Applications being accepted for 2013 Kresge Artist Fellowships

Detroit-area literary and visual artists 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 23, 2012
Kresge News

Venture philanthropy organization creates job opportunities for people facing barriers to work

Eunice Boynton’s world unraveled after her husband of 22 years died of cancer in 2005. She tried to look for work despite her fragile mental state, but found none. She sold illegal drugs to survive. Unable to get an apartment because of poor credit, she lived in hotels. When the fear of going to jail drove her out of the drug trade, she sold her possessions to pay the rent … until there was nothing left to sell. In 2008 she moved to Los Angeles, homeless and looking for a fresh start.

Categories: Human Services

October 18, 2012
Kresge News

Slideshow: Artists paint Detroit with light and color

Detroit's first festival of light and art transformed the city’s Midtown district into exhibition space for two evenings Oct. 5 and 6.  Despite a rainy opening night, thousands took in Dlectricity, an event featuring 35 projects by local and international artists. Inspired by light festivals in Paris and New York, Dlectricity included:

Categories: Detroit

October 15, 2012
Kresge News

Thousands of community college transfer students will get degrees through ‘Credit When It’s Due’ initiative

More than a dozen states will participate in an initiative to help students who have transferred from community colleges to four-year institutions complete their associate degrees. In some states, 70 to 90 percent of students make the move to four-year colleges and universities before earning two-year degrees. The concept of “reverse transfer” will give them a marketable credential using credits earned at community colleges and then at four-year institutions.  

Categories: Education

October 10, 2012
Kresge News

Sixty-plus greater Detroit arts and cultural organizations get grants from The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation has awarded two-year grants to 66 arts and cultural organizations in the Detroit metropolitan area. The grants totaling $4.2 million were made by Kresge’s Detroit Program, which invests in efforts to create long-term economic opportunity that advances social equity, promotes cultural expression, and re-establishes the city as the center of a vibrant region. A little more than half the funding will support the activities of 55 small and medium-sized arts and cultural organizations. The balance will support 11 large institutions.