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January 31, 2012
Kresge News

PBS NewsHour poll solicits views on the future of health care

ALEXANDRIA,Va. – Patients, physicians and the public are invited to participate in a national poll about primary health care in the United States in 2025, what it might look like and what is the best-case scenario. The one-week poll will be posted on the PBS NewsHour website through Feb 7.


January 27, 2012
Kresge News

Detroit’s Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett named 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist

Award-winning poet, editor, and educator Naomi Long Madgett – who nurtured aspiring Detroit poets through her teaching, annual poetry award, and publishing company – has been named the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist.


January 24, 2012
Kresge News

Miniseries takes on environment that’s making Americans sick

The four-part miniseries “Designing Healthy Communities” begins airing on PBS stations this week.


January 23, 2012
Kresge News

Futurists outline alternate scenarios for what health care will look like in 2025

ALEXANDRIA,Va. – By 2025, patient-doctor relationships and health care delivery will look radically different than they do today, according to the Institute for Alternative Futures.


January 18, 2012
Kresge News

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.


January 10, 2012
Program Update

Human Services Program is now accepting grant applications

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:

Categories: Human Services

January 9, 2012
Kresge News

Nonprofits work to create infrastructure linking urban consumers to clean wind power

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.

Categories: Environment

December 26, 2011
Kresge News

Non-profit group Second Nature helps colleges teach and observe sustainable building

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.

Categories: Education

December 19, 2011
Kresge News

Foundation office closed Dec. 23-Jan. 3 for holiday

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.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

December 16, 2011
Kresge News

Kresge remains committed to light rail project on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue

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.   


December 14, 2011
Kresge News

Former Kresge trustee George D. Langdon Jr. succumbs

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. 

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

December 12, 2011
Kresge News

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.


December 7, 2011
Program Update

Human Services Program will open grant applications in January

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.

Categories: Human Services

December 1, 2011
Kresge News

Kresge partner tackles air pollution in low-income communities around Los Angeles

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.

Categories: Health

November 22, 2011
Kresge News

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.

Categories: Environment

November 7, 2011
Kresge News

Researchers look at college graduation rates through the filter of U.S. metropolitan areas

 The Institute for Higher Education Policy recently completed work on a new approach for funders interested in promoting access and success in postsecondary education.

Categories: Education

November 2, 2011
Kresge News

Kresge CEO writes about the foundation’s response to ongoing economic upheaval

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.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

November 1, 2011
Program Update

Applications being accepted for 2012 Kresge Artist Fellowships

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. 


October 28, 2011
Kresge News

Public-health campaign aims at the biggest source of calories in U.S. diet – sweetened drinks

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.

Categories: Health

October 20, 2011
Kresge News

Our environment is making us sick warns Richard Jackson, health expert

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.

Categories: Health