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October 19, 2011
Program Update

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.

Categories: Arts & Culture

October 13, 2011
Kresge News

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.

Categories: Human Services

October 11, 2011
Kresge News

Community Foundation Challenge leverages almost $1 million to promote college access efforts

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.

Categories: Education

October 6, 2011
Kresge News

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.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

September 22, 2011
Kresge News

Living Cities partners promote national collaboration to solve urban problems

DETROIT – Like many older, industrial American cities, Newark, N.J., is trying to redefine itself. Its schools have struggled for years and are run by a state-appointed superintendent. Decades of disinvestment have taken a toll on neighborhoods and a contentious political environment added to the challenges.

Categories: Community Development

September 16, 2011
Kresge News

Public-private collaboration puts arts at center of community revitalization

DETROIT – Eleven private philanthropies have joined with the National Endowment for the Arts and a number of federal agencies to establish ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to drive community revitalization with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of economic development.

Categories: Arts & Culture

September 15, 2011
Kresge News

Midtown Detroit Inc., Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and TechTown win $1.33 million in ArtPlace grants

DETROIT –Three arts and culture organizations located in Detroit’s Woodward Avenue corridor will receive $1.33 million to expand their programs as part of an arts-based economic development initiative being launched in two dozen cities and towns across the nation.

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September 13, 2011
Kresge News

Putting services in one place gives community college students the help many need to get on path to a good job

TROY, Mich. – When Carlos Baez walked into the Single Stop office at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, he was barely holding on – a 32-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran running into one wall after another as he tried to make a better life for himself and his family.

Categories: Education, Human Services

September 6, 2011
Kresge News

Nonprofits work with Gulf Coast communities to respond to climate change

For generations, Brenda Dardar Robichaux and her family have lived along the bayous of southeast Louisiana. They depend on fish, crabs, shrimp, and oysters from the Gulf of Mexico to earn a living. They have deep ties to the homeland of the United Houma Nation, a 17,000-member Native American tribe that Robichaux, a former chief, led for 13 years.

Categories: Environment

August 26, 2011
Kresge News

Opera Company of Philadelphia and Hancock Shaker Village employ business principles and practices to survive and thrive

Troy, Mich. –  American popular culture may be much more attuned to Oprah than opera, but that's not stopping the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Determined to expand its audience beyond the opera house, the Company started staging Pop-Up Opera – public flash mob performances that immerse an unsuspecting public in music and story.

Categories: Arts & Culture

August 25, 2011
Kresge News

New website better reflects Kresge Foundation priorities

TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation isn't the same organization it was five years ago. And now the 87-year-old foundation has a new website that fully reflects its evolved priorities. Kresge has shifted from helping to build the nation's nonprofit infrastructure – hospitals, libraries, academic buildings – to helping nonprofit organizations address some of society’s most pressing problems.


August 23, 2011
Kresge News

Detroit Revitalization Fellowship Program puts top-flight talent to work in organizations rebuilding the city

The city of Detroit has challenges in its struggle to return to prosperity, but a lack of ideas isn't one of them. Make a place for technology companies. Revitalize the arts and cultural environment. Make low-income homes more energy efficient. Provide fresh food in the city. But turning ideas into action takes time, energy and know-how – the stuff organizations call capacity. And in a city with so much on its plate, there's still more work to do than there are hands to do it.

Categories: Detroit

August 12, 2011
Kresge News

Health Care Without Harm promotes disease-prevention by connecting environment and health

Patients at Kaiser Permanente’s medical center in Modesto, Calif., notice many of the hospital’s green features as soon as they arrive. Wildflowers and native plantings frame the entryway. Solar panels sprout from the rooftop. Inside, blinds and window shades admit welcome sunshine in the morning and minimize unwanted heat in the afternoon. At mealtime, food trays display an array of fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers.

Categories: Health

August 2, 2011
Kresge News

Carnegie works on new approaches for teaching math in community colleges

TROY, Mich. – Community colleges typically have open access and admissions. However, more than half of all incoming community college students need to enroll in at least one remedial class to bring their skills up to a college level. Most of those students end up in remedial, or “ developmental,” math.

Categories: Education

July 28, 2011
Kresge News

Nonprofit Quarterly explores ups and downs of evolving public-private collaborations in Detroit

TROY, Mich. – In a recent story in the online edition of The Nonprofit Quarterly, national correspondent Rick Cohen examined the challenges facing Detroit and the regional and national funders committed to helping the city overcome social and economic problems. The story was based on an extensive interview with Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson, interviews with other leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds, and with Detroiters.


July 26, 2011
Kresge News

Advocacy groups work to boost efficiency standards for appliances, cutting energy bills and greenhouse gases

TROY, Mich. – Steve Nadel typically starts his morning by heading for the kitchen of his two-story house in Takoma Park, Md., to fix breakfast. As he swings open the refrigerator door, he thinks less about the calories he will consume that day – and more about the energy.

Categories: Environment

July 20, 2011
Kresge News

Research finds that sharing space does more than just trim costs for nonprofit organizations

TROY, Mich. – When the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Association of United Ways and the Food Bank Council of Michigan move into new quarters in the state capital this fall (2011), they will be part of a growing trend: nonprofits co-locating under one roof. The nonprofits’ headquarters in Lansing, Mich., will be among more than 250 such centers in the United States and Canada.

Categories: Human Services

July 20, 2011
Kresge News

Art project yields conversations and an exhibit on aging and disability

TROY, Mich. – One in eight older adults has Alzheimer’s disease, and every 69 seconds someone in the United States develops this debilitating, life-altering disease. There’s no cure, no treatment. But in Birmingham, Ala., VSA Alabama is making sure the disease and others like it don’t define the sum of a life.

Categories: Arts & Culture

July 14, 2011
Kresge News

Kresge finishing work on a new website

TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation will soon complete work on a new website. When the new site launches, a pilot online-application system will be refined and all other methods of applying for funding will be eliminated.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

July 1, 2011
Kresge News

In era of government retrenchment, Rapson suggests new ways of working for private philanthropy

TROY, Mich. – In two recent speeches – to the Memphis Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits – Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson suggests six ways private philanthropies might join forces to "preserve a civic architecture of compassion for those less fortunate" given the nation's new era of government retrenchment. Rapson divided his remarks into three sections: