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September 24, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge among funders giving community farm and food advocates a chance to work with national organizations

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation has selected four community-based activists from Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas as the foundation’s first “Everybody at the Table for Health” fellows.

Categories: Health

September 20, 2012
Kresge News

Support program helps workers stay on the job and build more stable, secure lives

Cindy Moe isn’t a counselor. But as vice president of human resources at Light Corporation, a specialty lighting company in Grand Haven, Mich., Moe was often the one employees turned to with their personal struggles. She would listen, brainstorm with them, call the appropriate agencies with them from her office. It was time consuming, inefficient and at times awkward. Did it help? She hoped so. Then, her company joined a unique program that puts public-assistance experts and employees under the same roof, to help low-income workers who need them.

Categories: Human Services

September 18, 2012
Program Update

Kresge Education Program refines structure, integrating grantmaking into two areas

The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program has simplified its structure so that domestic grantmaking and investing now fall under one of two focus areas: Pathways to and through college. Strengthening institutions. The Education Program had previously organized the portfolio around three focus areas. The revision does not reflect any change in grantmaking strategy.  “We’ll continue to support the same kind of activities that are in our portfolio today,” says Bill Moses, the Education Program director.

Categories: Education

September 5, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge CEO shares lessons learned from green building

Constructing a green building was only the first step. Committed to reducing energy consumption and promoting renewable power, The Kresge Foundation  had the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California at Berkeley evaluate the performance of its metropolitan Detroit office building, and continues to work on ways to improve energy efficiency.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

August 14, 2012
Kresge News

Health organizations win innovation awards and chance to present case studies at upcoming summit

Four community health centers and one primary-care association will receive awards in recognition of their innovative approaches to primary care delivery and other initiatives that promote health and wellness in low-income communities. The $20,000 awards are part of a National Summit on Community Health Center Lending and Innovation, a two-day event taking place in Metropolitan Detroit next month.

Categories: Health

August 7, 2012
Kresge News

Citizen volunteers’ work monitoring air quality leads to recommendations for reducing harmful emissions

A new report makes the case that citizen volunteers can play a role in monitoring air quality and working to mitigate harmful air emissions. The report, by TriCounty Watchdogs and Global Community Monitor, focused on emissions from diesel-truck traffic. Titled “EXHAUST-ed! Community Exposure to Diesel Air Pollution in California’s Transportation Corridor,” the report details a year-long project in Lebec, Calif., and provides recommendations to reduce emissions.

Categories: Health

August 1, 2012
Program Update

Kresge Health Program adopts new term, ‘community health partnerships,’ and streamlines focus areas

This week we introduce a new term to talk about one of our Health Program focus areas: Community Health Partnerships. The phrase was coined after extensive discussions about what Health Program staff members hope to achieve and how they expect to reach those goals.  “In using the term ‘community health partnerships’ we’ve put the emphasis on health, rather than on health care or sickness,” says David Fukuzawa, who leads Kresge’s Health Program.

Categories: Health

July 31, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge-supported awards program names finalists for financing opportunities in hard-hit communities

PHILADELPHIA – The nation’s largest awards program for responsible finance, the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance, has announced three finalists for the $8.25 million NEXT Opportunity Award. The finalists plan to finance housing and community facilities in economically distressed Nevada, to create supportive housing for people with exceptional needs, or to expand access to affordable primary health care. The $8.25 million award will be divided between two or among all three finalists.


July 26, 2012
Kresge News

New office puts Kresge’s Detroit Program team at the heart of the city’s revitalization

The Kresge Foundation has joined the wave of organizations renovating and re-using office, retail and other space in Detroit. The national philanthropy recently completed the renovation of a 2,500-square-foot office in the city’s Woodward Garden Block.  The office space gives Kresge’s Detroit Program a home base close to its work and a convenient space for meeting with grantees and other partners.


July 25, 2012
Kresge News

American Council on Education helps colleges support a new generation of GI Bill students

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides more than 2 million eligible veterans with full tuition and fees at public universities, plus a housing stipend, money for books and supplies and a one-time relocation allowance. But many veterans have left that money on the table – not because they don’t value education, but because help can be scarce when life gets in the way.

Categories: Education

July 10, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge awards $1.2 million to Indiana and Wisconsin primary health care associations to strengthen community health centers

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will mean huge changes, including increased demand, for health centers serving the nation’s most vulnerable populations. To help federally funded community health centers adapt to a rapidly changing environment, The Kresge Foundation is investing more than $1.2 million in a comprehensive technical assistance program in Indiana and Wisconsin that could be replicated in other states. More than 20 million Americans receive primary care through community health centers.


July 9, 2012
Kresge News

Health centers and primary-care associations invited to apply for innovation awards

Community health centers and primary-care associations have until next week to apply for innovation awards for projects that highlight health center successes in: Advancing innovations in the delivery of primary care. Addressing the social determinants of health. And/or building healthy communities. Four awards of up to $25,000 each will be made as part of a National Summit on Community Health Center Lending and Innovation.


July 6, 2012
Kresge News

Power outage closes Kresge office

Our offices are closed today, Friday, July 6, due to a power failure. The utility company expects service to be restored Sunday. Some staff members are working from other locations, but the switchboard is not in operation and most inquiries will not be received until Monday. We're sorry about any inconvenience.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

July 2, 2012
Kresge News

Climate adaptation education offered through Kresge-supported ‘Climate Solutions University’

Applications and scholarships are now available for educational programs that give communities the opportunity to assess and respond to climate-related risks that may be threatening their infrastructure, budgets and resident well-being.

Categories: Environment

June 28, 2012
Kresge News

2012 Kresge Artist Fellows highlight culturally ‘rich environment’ of metro Detroit

Two dozen Metropolitan Detroit literary and performing artists have been awarded Kresge Artist Fellowships for 2012. Each of the 24 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 advance the artistic careers of Detroit artists living and working in its hometown, as well as elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community.


June 19, 2012
Kresge News

Study documents need to account for low-income communities in planning transit

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.

Categories: Health

June 18, 2012
Kresge News

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.

Categories: Human Services

June 12, 2012
Kresge News

ArtPlace to invest $15.4 million in 47 creative placemaking initiatives

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.

Categories: Arts & Culture

June 4, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge and M-1 RAIL partners pledge to resolve last issues surrounding Detroit light rail project

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.  


May 30, 2012
Kresge News

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.

Categories: Health