The development of light-rail transit systems in U.S. cities represents a positive step toward reducing urban sprawl and traffic congestion and revitalizing inner-city neighborhoods. A recent research report by PolicyLink finds light rail also generates new jobs for residents and creates compact, walkable communities centered around transportation.
Goodwill of San Antonio helps bring businesses, community college together on job training that changes lives
Iliana Maldonado was eight months pregnant and working as a customer-service rep at a check printing company when the high-risk nature of her pregnancy forced her to quit her job. Within a few months she lost her apartment because she couldn’t pay the rent. With her two-month-old son and two young daughters, Maldonado moved into a small room at Sam Ministries, a San Antonio homeless shelter.
CHICAGO – ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to transform communities through strategic investments in the arts, announced today it will invest $15.4 million in 47 projects in 33 communities. Among projects receiving support are the restoration of a Memphis blues man’s home into an interactive music center, an art installation of aerial “nets” across a Philadelphia pier, and the engagement of artists to combat urban vacancy and foreclosure in Cleveland.
Leaders of M-1 RAIL, a long-planned light rail project in Detroit, today released a statement following a meeting with local, state and federal officials. The M-1 group includes Roger Penske of Penske Corp., Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen and Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson. Kresge is among the private funders committed to the project. The foundation has pledged $35 million.
Kresge supports KaBOOM! and Rails-to-Trails efforts to bring play, physical activity to nation’s cities
Two organizations — KaBOOM! and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy — are working with communities across the nation to increase recreational opportunities so residents can be physically active. Each group also has developed informational materials to help cities, school districts and community organizations make the most of their resources, from underused playgrounds and vacant lots to bike and pedestrian paths.
Kresge’s Arts and Culture team will integrate its grantmaking framework under the concept of ‘creative placemaking’
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture team plans to roll out a new program that unifies the elements of the three-part framework that has guided its grantmaking since 2010. The aim – helping communities use arts and culture to create healthy, vibrant places – is unchanged. But where recent grantmaking has used multiple approaches to support that goal, the new direction will put the focus squarely on the integration of arts and culture into comprehensive community revitalization efforts.
National investment publications have recognized two members of The Kresge Foundation’s Investment Group for excellence in their field. Investment Director Donna L. Snider was included a story The Chief Investment Officer Forty (Mostly) Under Forty in Asset International’s “aiCIO” magazine in April.
It’s not hard to imagine abundant urban agriculture in Detroit, which has large swaths of under-utilized land and half a million people with limited access to fresh food. But it takes more than imagination to transform the food system.
The Kresge Foundation received a silver award for its website when the Council on Foundations presented its Wilmer Shields Rich Awards for Excellence in Communications this week.
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.