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:
For Minnesotan Neal Von Ohlen, it was obvious. If the strong wind that blows across his family’s farm could be harnessed to generate power, it would mean new income.
When Tim Johnston took over as director of plant services at Northeast Texas Community College in 2008, his challenge was to bring the 25-year-old campus infrastructure into the 21 st century.
The Kresge Foundation headquarters will close for the holiday Friday, Dec. 23. It will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, 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.
Rip Rapson, the president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, today issued a statement formally responding to this week’s announcement that a long-planned light rail project in Detroit would be abandoned in favor of a regional bus rapid transit system. The foundation is part of the private funding group that initiated the rail project. Members of that group, M1 Rail, together pledged almost $100 million. Kresge’s commitment is $35 million.
George D. Langdon Jr., former president of Colgate University and the American Museum of Natural History, died Sunday, Dec. 11, in Fall River, Mass., at age 78.
Kresge makes record $10 million loan commitment to community lenders working in underserved communities
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation will provide $10 million to a loan fund that makes financing available to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in low- and moderate-income communities. The largest in Kresge’s history, the loan represents a milestone in the foundation’s move to augment its grantmaking with a more aggressive use of program related investments, loan guarantees, and other forms of social investments.
The Kresge Foundation will reopen grant opportunities in its Human Services Program Jan. 9, 2012. During a now-completed review process, grants to human-services organizations have been made on an invitation-only basis. That review allowed the foundation and its Human Services team to assess program priorities. The team expects to work with partners to expand access and opportunities for vulnerable, disadvantaged and low-income individuals and families.
Ashley Hernandez remembers the day a drilling rig was erected in the field near her family’s home in Wilmington, Calif., 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. “We saw a big skyscraper-like structure going up, and then the company started drilling for oil,” she recalls. Before long, Ashley and her mother were both sick.
Water shortages threaten electricity generation at the same time power plants strain water supplies, report finds
A scarcity of fresh, clean water is recognized as one of this century’s biggest challenges – with increasing temperatures, droughts and extreme storms linked to climate change expected to make the problem even worse. Many Americans are responding by installing low-flow showers and toilets, planting gardens that need little water and otherwise reducing their household consumption. However, most people probably don’t know that they are using more water by turning on lights, computers and electrical appliances than by washing dishes and cars.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy recently completed work on a new approach for funders interested in promoting access and success in postsecondary education.
TROY, Mich. – In an open letter, Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, discusses ways philanthropy can respond to the volatile and persistently harsh economic climate. The state of things is precarious and perilous, he writes. And the cumulative impact of high unemployment, the contraction of the public-sector, and political and economic tumult is almost incomprehensible.
DETROIT – Detroit-area literary and performing artists may now apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, the unrestricted fellowships include professional practice opportunities provided by ArtServe Michigan.
TROY, Mich. – An ambitious public health awareness campaign, Life’s Sweeter with Fewer Sugary Drinks, is gaining momentum as it seeks to persuade Americans to cut back on sweetened beverages, a change organizers predict will reduce rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.
America’s homes, businesses, transportation systems and public spaces are contributing to increases in obesity, chronic disease, loneliness and even depression, warns internationally recognized public health expert Richard Jackson.
Arts and Culture grant opportunity: Call for applications for facility investments and building reserves
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture program is announcing its final call for preliminary applications for Facility Investments and Building Reserves. Details of the applications process as well as access to the online application are available on the website. The application process is the same as in past calls.
Detroit’s Neighborhood Service Organization turns former Michigan Bell building into supportive housing for the homeless
An investment in a long-vacant Detroit landmark will provide permanent housing for 155 homeless men and women and strengthen a neighborhood where other redevelopment is taking root. Neighborhood Service Organization is renovating the former Michigan Bell Telephone Co. building on Oakman Boulevard and expects to open new apartments in spring 2012.
The Council of Michigan Foundations will continue the successful Community Foundation Challenge Grant initiative encouraging Michigan community foundations to expand, strengthen and sustain scholarships for students in need in their local communities. Community foundations are ideal candidates to provide this support because of their long-standing support of scholarships, their leadership and commitment to making college education accessible and affordable for local residents, and their positions as leaders in Michigan communities.
Rapson address to college presidents touches on changes in higher education funding at The Kresge Foundation
In a recent speech to the Council of Independent Colleges, Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson outlined ways higher education can work with foundations to meet 20th century challenges. Addressing about 120 college and university presidents, he discussed transformations in the broader higher education environment and opportunities for education reform. Rapson also touched on changes at Kresge, chief among them the move away from capital challenge grants as the foundation’s sole tool for helping higher education.