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Opportunity Fund


A fund responding to cultural, social and political developments that challenge the expansion of opportunity in America’s cities

About the Fund

The Opportunity Fund is a portfolio of investments that promotes the values of fairness, equity, justice and opportunity.

The Opportunity Fund aims to provide a responsive capacity to address issues that cut across Kresge’s program areas. In that spirit, the fund is currently focused on efforts to protect and strengthen democratic institutions, advance civil rights and civic participation, counteract hate and racism, support immigrant and refugee communities, advance the interests of cities and provide legal support to underserved communities.

Alongside these priority areas, we also support thought leadership work that changes narratives and builds communications capacity to enliven the foundation’s commitment to opportunity – particularly through the lens of advancing racial equity.

Our Strategies

We Invest in These Focus Areas

We believe that philanthropy must support nonprofits and other civic actors protecting our nation’s democratic institutions, national values and most marginalized and disenfranchised citizens.

Strengthening Democracy and Civic Agency

Supporting civic engagement and democratic participation, protecting American democratic institutions, and countering state preemption.

Protecting Human Dignity

Funding organizations that counteract racism and hate and supporting organizations that promote racial tolerance and justice.

Increasing Access to Justice

Increasing access to justice in two pressing areas: immigrant and refugee legal support and civil legal aid.

Driving the Opportunity Fund

We use a full array of funding tools to foster change, including project grants, operating support and planning grants.

We also use resources to convene partners to learn and lead. In certain situations, when project proposals offer opportunities to advance the goals of multiple teams, those teams will jointly fund the proposal. We seek potential partners and new funding opportunities through our involvement in meetings and conferences and with partner organizations, institutions and fellow foundations. Proposals are by invitation only; we do not accept unsolicited proposals for grant support.

Kresge staff is working remotely, and our offices are closed until further notice.  See our promise to partners during COVID-19.