Kresge’s 2012 annual report highlights efforts to expand opportunities for vulnerable people living in America’s cities
The Kresge Foundation’s 2012 annual report is now available online, along with a companion video from the president, Rip Rapson. The report details the foundation’s grantmaking in 2012, covering 410 awards totaling $130.5 million, with $150.3 million paid out over the course of the year.
For more on Kresge's efforts in America's cities, see the news article about our 2012 annual report or read the full report.
Kim Allen grew up in South Los Angeles, a community where almost a third of the population lives in poverty and 43 percent of adults haven’t finished high school. When Allen arrived at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College she had nowhere to go but up, and LA Trade Tech’s electrical lineman program looked like the way to get there. Even though classes had already started, she showed up every day until a space opened. She weathered frustration, exhaustion, even a knee injury, to earn her certification and her instructor’s “most improved” award.
White paper makes case for strengthening families by supporting development of social and personal assets
There’s ample evidence that personal and social assets − such as homes, cash savings, education, job skills and health care – provide individuals, families and communities with economic security, upward mobility and opportunities for growth. But the widening income gap in the United States makes it increasingly hard for those with limited resources to get a toehold.
As more colleges and universities turn to green technology and energy efficiency improvements to control costs, it’s important to help institutions with limited resources reap the benefits of those kinds of investments as well, the president of The Kresge Foundation told a gathering in San Diego.
You may say she’s a dreamer, and Cassie Singleton says ‘yes’ and thanks. Nearing 30, Singleton was a single mother without a high school diploma and real concerns about her future employment prospects. The Detroit area resident knew college was the way to go but feared she couldn’t find her footing so long after leaving high school.
Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience drew thousands of southeast Michigan residents to Midtown Detroit where they celebrated visual, performing and literary arts April 10-14. (Using a mobile device? This version is formatted for a smaller screen.)
Climate charge – and the response to it – is one of the great social issues of our day, Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, told an audience at the University of Michigan Law School. “You must care a great deal about climate change,” Rapson said. “Nothing poses a graver threat to our ambitions … as individuals, as parents, and as posterity to the generations yet to come.”
Kresge’s Environment Program is refining its funding priorities to more closely integrate its support for efforts to reduce the severity of climate change and prepare for its unavoidable impacts. The Environment Program is one of seven programs at Kresge. In recent years, it has advanced work to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by promoting the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and funded organizations developing new knowledge and practices for adapting to climate change.
Nine states are working to modernize and improve access to their social safety-net programs for eligible low-income families under an effort of the Washington-based Urban Institute. For instance, state and county staff in Colorado trimmed an application for Medicaid, food assistance and other programs from 26 pages to six pages. And a new certification system in South Carolina has helped sustain health coverage for tens of thousands of children and is expected to save $1 million a year.
Buildings in the United States account for about half of the country’s energy consumption and responsible for about half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The numbers are sobering, and projected to get worse.
A white paper on American agriculture confirms the dire state of employment conditions and health care for many of the 1.8 million hired laborers who plant, tend and harvest crops and care for livestock.
Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience is back, drawing eager crowds into Midtown Detroit through Sunday, April 14. The free, five-day event celebrates arts and culture in Detroit and the creativity and craft of Kresge’s Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows working in the visual, performing and literary arts.
50-plus cities across U.S. work to boost college degrees, realize economic benefit and perhaps win $1M prize
Greater Philadelphia is home to more than 100 higher education institutions. But, in 2004, data showed Philadelphians were as likely to have dropped out of college as they were to have graduated. Alarmed, a trio of researchers founded Graduate! Philadelphia. The organization is dedicated to increasing the number of adults with college degrees in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
An analysis prepared for The Kresge Foundation brings together information from a variety of sources to create a baseline of data about metropolitan Detroit’s creative economy and cultural assets. Summarized in a report titled “Creative Vitality in Detroit,” the analysis catalogs a broad range of creative industries and occupations, as well as resources like festivals and events, cultural organizations and facilities, and natural heritage assets such as parks and conservation areas.
As state moves to put emergency financial manager in Detroit, Kresge CEO says foundation expects to press forward with its work in city
Rip Rapson, the president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, today issued a statement responding to the planned appointment of an emergency financial manager for Detroit. Michigan’s governor has decided to send an emergency financial manager to the city of Detroit. Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision, announced Friday, is within his authority under state law and a recently enacted emergency financial manager law that will take effect in Michigan later this month. At The Kresge Foundation, we remain focused on the work we have undertaken in Detroit.
Focus on strategy can lead human services agencies to bold changes, participants in Kresge-supported initiative report
For human services organizations, strategic planning can often seem like a “luxury.” Yet this type of planning allows providers to make bold changes in their internal operations and the services they provide their communities. Those were key lessons reported by agencies from around the country when they gathered in Detroit recently to compare notes about the Strategy Counts initiative of the Alliance for Children and Families.
America’s community colleges can help fuel a new education-led era of national prosperity as they help launch a better life for low-income people, Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation told more 1,600 college educators and leaders gathered in California. With their focus on students from all walks of life, community colleges hold the power to transform the nation’s educational and economic future, Rapson said.
America has an opportunity to improve the health of millions of citizens, save billions of dollars and improve productivity. The status quo leaves millions to avoidable health problems and a generation of children to shorter, less healthy lives than their parents when obvious alternatives exist.
Vigorous universities are vital engines to propel and protect South Africa’s progress toward a “second miracle – a prosperous democracy,” Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, told an audience at the University of Pretoria. The doors to higher education were opened wider in 1994, with great promise. However, access alone is not sufficient to assure post-Apartheid South Africa’s continued progress, Rapson said.