Kresge Artist Fellowships have been awarded to 17 metropolitan Detroit-based literary and visual artists and one team of artists. Each of the fellowships includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000, rewarding creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines. The fellowships represent The Kresge Foundation’s desire to elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community and advance the careers of artists living and working in the metropolitan Detroit tri-county area, comprising Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Kresge’s President and CEO Rip Rapson made the case for philanthropic engagement in disinvested cities in an address to the national organization Social Impact Exchange. Several hundred people gathered in New York for Social Impact Exchange ’s 2013 national conference last week. It was the fourth yearly event for funders, advisers, public-sector and nonprofit leaders to discuss co-funding opportunities and help build the field. Rapson was the keynote speaker.
With nearly 40 percent of their presidents retiring in less than five years, the nation’s community colleges face a looming crisis – and the opportunity to focus on student success by overhauling the way top leaders are recruited, hired, prepared and evaluated.
A champion of diversity and inclusion, Dr. Jane Delgado retires from The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees
The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees and staff salute Dr. Jane Delgado for her 16 years of service as a foundation trustee.
As many digital information consumers know, Google will discontinue its popular news aggregation service, Google Reader, July 1. Most people who follow Kresge news use a kresge.org subscription service that delivers news to their email inboxes, or stay in touch through social media. However, several hundred do use the RSS – or Real Simple Syndication – feed. If you’re one of those RSS subscribers, here’s what you should know:
Kresge’s 2012 annual report highlights efforts to expand opportunities for vulnerable people living in America’s cities
The Kresge Foundation’s 2012 annual report is now available online, along with a companion video from the president, Rip Rapson. The report details the foundation’s grantmaking in 2012, covering 410 awards totaling $130.5 million, with $150.3 million paid out over the course of the year.
For more on Kresge's efforts in America's cities, see the news article about our 2012 annual report or read the full report.
Kim Allen grew up in South Los Angeles, a community where almost a third of the population lives in poverty and 43 percent of adults haven’t finished high school. When Allen arrived at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College she had nowhere to go but up, and LA Trade Tech’s electrical lineman program looked like the way to get there. Even though classes had already started, she showed up every day until a space opened. She weathered frustration, exhaustion, even a knee injury, to earn her certification and her instructor’s “most improved” award.
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White paper makes case for strengthening families by supporting development of social and personal assets
There’s ample evidence that personal and social assets − such as homes, cash savings, education, job skills and health care – provide individuals, families and communities with economic security, upward mobility and opportunities for growth. But the widening income gap in the United States makes it increasingly hard for those with limited resources to get a toehold.
Public Health Institute invites applications for work at intersection of public health and climate change
The Public Health Institute is offering grants for projects to address the interaction of climate change and public health issues – with a special focus on the impact on vulnerable urban populations. Three grants – each for $20,000 over 12 months – will fund pilot projects in geographically diverse urban communities in California to demonstrate ways to incorporate climate change efforts into a current public health program and/or enhance public health through ongoing climate change work.
As more colleges and universities turn to green technology and energy efficiency improvements to control costs, it’s important to help institutions with limited resources reap the benefits of those kinds of investments as well, the president of The Kresge Foundation told a gathering in San Diego.
You may say she’s a dreamer, and Cassie Singleton says ‘yes’ and thanks. Nearing 30, Singleton was a single mother without a high school diploma and real concerns about her future employment prospects. The Detroit area resident knew college was the way to go but feared she couldn’t find her footing so long after leaving high school.
Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience drew thousands of southeast Michigan residents to Midtown Detroit where they celebrated visual, performing and literary arts April 10-14. (Using a mobile device? This version is formatted for a smaller screen.)
Climate charge – and the response to it – is one of the great social issues of our day, Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, told an audience at the University of Michigan Law School. “You must care a great deal about climate change,” Rapson said. “Nothing poses a graver threat to our ambitions … as individuals, as parents, and as posterity to the generations yet to come.”
Kresge’s Environment Program is refining its funding priorities to more closely integrate its support for efforts to reduce the severity of climate change and prepare for its unavoidable impacts. The Environment Program is one of seven programs at Kresge. In recent years, it has advanced work to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by promoting the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and funded organizations developing new knowledge and practices for adapting to climate change.
Nine states are working to modernize and improve access to their social safety-net programs for eligible low-income families under an effort of the Washington-based Urban Institute. For instance, state and county staff in Colorado trimmed an application for Medicaid, food assistance and other programs from 26 pages to six pages. And a new certification system in South Carolina has helped sustain health coverage for tens of thousands of children and is expected to save $1 million a year.
Buildings in the United States account for about half of the country’s energy consumption and responsible for about half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The numbers are sobering, and projected to get worse.
A white paper on American agriculture confirms the dire state of employment conditions and health care for many of the 1.8 million hired laborers who plant, tend and harvest crops and care for livestock.