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.
More than 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the United States, and they are endangering children and the nation’s future, according to the report “A Generation in Jeopardy: How Pesticides Are Undermining Our Children’s Health and Intelligence” by California-based Pesticide Action Network North America.
Light rail comes to Detroit: U.S. Department of Transportation makes a $25M grant, putting M-1 Rail in motion
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a $25 million federal grant on Friday that – along with nearly $100 million in private commitments – puts Detroit’s long-awaited M-1 Rail on track to break ground this summer and begin operation in 2015.
The Kresge Foundation has awarded more than $3.8 million to universities in South Africa to bolster their private fundraising and advancement efforts. The aim is to strengthen the universities so that they can better fulfill their critical role of producing graduates well-prepared to contribute to the national economy. The foundation will provide funding over six years to:
Morgan Stanley, The Kresge Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) have launched a first-of-its kind $100 million investment fund that is designed to expand access to health care and affordable housing for low-income residents and fund critical social services that help link the two in impoverished neighborhoods. Called the Healthy Futures Fund, it is in part response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the 20 million new health care consumers that the legislation is likely to create.
This week, a comprehensive planning effort for Detroit reached a milestone with the release of a strategic framework dubbed Detroit Future City.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: In January David DiChiera, founder and general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre, was named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist, award that recognizes an exceptional artist for his or her professional achievements and contributions to the cultural community. Read the story announcing DiChiera’s selecting and profiling his career. This interview was edited and condensed.)
Composer and operatic impresario David DiChiera – a champion of Detroit’s renaissance – has been named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist. The Kresge Eminent Artist award and $50,000 prize recognize DiChiera’s contributions as founder, music and general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre, his creativity and commitment to the community and his efforts to build cultural bridges through the arts.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pilot project in Ohio shows that combining assisted living with services for low-income seniors saves the state government $73.08 per person per day in Medicaid costs over living in a nursing facility. That number comes from a recently completed study by Health Management Associates.
The Kresge Foundation is investing $3.8 million on a comprehensive effort to eliminate environmental and safety hazards and address the underlying causes of dangerous or unhealthy homes. The effort builds on a 2009 healthy housing initiative to reduce childhood lead poisoning in low-income housing.
Kresge’s Human Services Program team recently gathered about 30 partners to discuss opportunities for strengthening the sector so it can better help low-income people enter the economic mainstream. The gathering in Washington followed the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ’ annual State Fiscal Policy Conference.
As New York City and neighboring areas continue to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many have a new appreciation for the impact of severe weather and rising sea levels. The city was already a leader in thinking about the effects of climate change and its own role in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for that change. A significant part of the effort has focused on energy efficiency in large buildings.
Nonprofit organizations in the New Orleans metropolitan area rallied to assist area residents after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Now these safety-net providers face an uncertain future.
Later this month, Kresge’s Education Program will end its practice of accepting unsolicited proposals for financial support. The decision is based on a review of the number of unsolicited proposals that are eventually funded.
Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson on Friday presented the foundation’s 2012 Eminent Artist with a commemorative monograph celebrating her life and work. Kresge Eminent Artist Naomi Long Madgett received the monograph at a celebration at the Detroit Opera House.