We are dedicated to strengthening our grantees' leadership skills, and the sector overall, through capacity-building with an equity lens.
The Kresge Foundation’s Leadership and Infrastructure Funding Team (LIFT) is a 13-person, cross-departmental committee comprising program, practice and operational staff. Our grantmaking is dedicated to supporting the talent and leadership development needs of our grantees and sector-wide capacity-building.
One of the many ways Kresge seeks to expand opportunities in America’s cities for people with low incomes is by offering leadership development programs to our grantee partners. Our goal is to enhance the effectiveness of individual leaders and organizations to better solve local problems in cities where they work.
Both programs represent Kresge’s commitment to support pivotal organizations working to effect lasting change in U.S. cities.
LIFT makes a limited number of grants each year by invitation to support the field of nonprofit leadership development and to strengthen diversity in the field. The team also also works to strengthens engagement with membership associations such as the Council on Foundations, Council of Michigan Foundations and Independent Sector, as well as philanthropic affinity groups including the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. We also support key nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure organizations, such as the National Council of Nonprofits, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
We seek potential partners and new funding opportunities through our involvement in meetings and conferences and with partner organizations, institutions and peer foundations. Given the modest size of our budget, proposals are by invitation only. If you would like to contact the team with any funding ideas or questions, please feel free to email [email protected].
Director of Program and Social Investment Operations
Social Investment Practice
Program Team Assistant
Arts & Culture
Senior Grants Management Associate
Arts & Culture, Social Investment Practice
Health, Opportunity Fund
Director of Talent and Organizational Development
Assistant to the President and Director of the Executive Office