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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.