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New Community Center Serves the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals in Southeast Michigan

Vitality and Diversity Strengthen Ferndale’s Social Fabric.


January 02, 2008

TROY, MICHIGAN – When Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm swung the first sledgehammer at the October 2005 groundbreaking for the future home of Affirmations in downtown Ferndale, a community just north of Detroit, she did more than break a brick.

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Kresge Foundation’s Fourth Quarter Grants of Nearly $50 Million Highlight its New Values Criteria

From Michigan to South Africa, the private philanthropy advances its social agenda.


January 16, 2008

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation’s fourth quarter grantmaking reflects its new emphasis on a recently articulated set of values: advancing low-income opportunity, promoting community impact in ways most needed by residents, encouraging innovation and risk taking, fostering interdisciplinary solutions, advancing ecological sustainability, and valuing diversity in board governance.

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Pratt Institute's New Green Building Will Become a Gateway to its Brooklyn Campus

The facility will serve as a symbol of revitalization for the surrounding community and as a learning laboratory for environmental sustainability.


April 21, 2008

TROY, MICHIGAN – New excitement has taken hold in three gentrifying neighborhoods of low-rise brownstones that converge around the Myrtle Avenue retail corridor in Brooklyn, New York, where Pratt Institute maintains one of its two urban campuses. The highly regarded college of art and design has announced plans to build a sustainable-design “green” building on the avenue, which is currently undergoing revitalization.

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Kresge Foundation Employs New Funding Methods in its First Quarter Grant Awards of Nearly $43 Million

Recent grants reflect foundation’s ongoing, multi-year expansion to better address society's pressing issues.


May 14, 2008

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation’s first quarter awards illuminate its evolving values-centered approach to grantmaking as well as its early exploration of new funding methods, including program-related investments, growth-capital grants and program-support grants.

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Kresge Achieves Highest-level LEED Platinum Certification for Design, Construction and Operation of its Headquarters

The decision to build green underscores the foundation’s commitment to cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and finding solutions to global climate change.


June 05, 2008

TROY, MICHIGAN – The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded The Kresge Foundation headquarters Platinum certification, the highest attainable level in the LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Green Building Rating System, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance “green” buildings.

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Kresge Goes Green with Renewable Power from DTE Energy


July 15, 2008

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation is “greening up” the power to its Troy headquarters with 100 percent renewable energy provided under DTE Energy’s GreenCurrents program.

GreenCurrents is a voluntary renewable energy program that provides DTE Energy’s 2.2 million electric customers the option of choosing environmentally-friendly energy for their homes and businesses.

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First Quarter 2008


March 02, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – At its first-quarter board meeting in March 2008, the trustees of The Kresge Foundation awarded 54 grants to organizations in 24 states.

Here is a complete list of grants approved in the first quarter 2008:

(The list includes current and future planned grants.)

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Kresge Foundation Meets Economic Downturn Head On, Awarding a Record $63.6 Million in Grants in Fourth Quarter 2008

Grants advance foundation’s strategic objectives in 30 states, particularly in the areas of community development, health and the environment.


February 10, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – The state of the economy did not deter the trustees of The Kresge Foundation from awarding $63.6 million in grants at its fourth-quarter board meeting in December, making the quarter, together with the $181 million in grants for 2008 as a whole, the most generous in the foundation's 85-year history.

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Kresge Foundation and Second Nature Team Up To Bring Green Building Practices to Financially Challenged Colleges and Universities

Fellowships will be awarded to senior managers at colleges and universities.


March 12, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – Second Nature, a nonprofit organization advancing sustainability in the American higher education sector, has launched a new program, Advancing Green Building in Higher Education, to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III and V institutions to “build green” on their campuses.

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Human Service Agencies, Health Organizations and Transit in Detroit Receive a Majority of Kresge’s Nearly $73 Million in First Quarter Grant Awards

Nonprofits in 28 states, the District of Columbia and South Africa are recipients.


April 08, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – Signaling the importance of affirming and strengthening philanthropic support for nonprofits in times of crisis, the trustees of The Kresge Foundation awarded nearly $73 million in grants in the first quarter of 2009. The awards represent the largest quarterly commitment in the 85-year-old foundation’s history.