Leadership and Infrastructure Funding Team
The Kresge Foundation’s Leadership and Infrastructure Funding Team (LIFT) is a 13-person, cross-departmental committee comprising members from every program and practice team and operational staff. It has a $2 million annual budget to do three things:
- Provide high-quality opportunities for Kresge grantees to benefit from equity-minded leadership development programs and services;
- Support the field of nonprofit and philanthropic leadership development; and
- Strengthen relationships with membership associations, philanthropic affinity groups and critical nonprofit infrastructure organizations.
Talent and Leadership Development
One of the many ways that Kresge seeks to expand opportunity in America’s cities for people with low-incomes is by offering training and other operational and management assistance to a number of current grantees. The goal is to enhance the effectiveness of individual leaders and grantee organizations to better solve local problems and challenges in the cities where they work. LIFT offers two signature programs to grantees:
- Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership (FUEL) program. Kresge launched FUEL in 2016 in partnership with Community Wealth Partners to help address grantees’ talent and leadership development needs through a racial equity lens, specifically by supporting the development of stronger senior teams, stronger midlevel talent and more diverse talent. Learn more about the program and its service providers.
- ProInspire Leadership Institute. ProInspire, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing social-sector leaders at all levels, runs the institute, providing leadership development training for a diverse group of rising leaders in Kresge partner organizations in cities around the country. Learn more about the training in a ProInspire blog.
Both programs represent Kresge’s commitment to support pivotal organizations working to strengthen the sector to effect lasting change in America’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. Examples of our grantees include Fund the People, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and Public Allies.
The team provides support to and strengthens engagement with membership associations such as the Council on Foundations, Council of Michigan Foundations and Independent Sector, as well as philanthropic affinity groups like 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 like 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 LIFT@kresge.org.
Leadership and Infrastructure Funding Team
Full NameNeesha ModiSenior Program OfficerPlace-Based Practice
Full NameKatie W. ByerlyProgram OfficerHealth
Full NameAnna CruzStrategic Learning and Evaluation OfficerStrategic Learning, Research and EvaluationExecutive Office
Full NameStephanie DavisonProgram OfficerHuman Services
Full NameOlivia L. EwingProgram Team AssistantArts & Culture
Full NameJoyce M. HollimanAssociateProgram Operations and Information Management
Full NameJennifer JaramilloChief Talent OfficerTalent & Human Resources
Full NameChris M. KabelSenior FellowExecutive OfficeOpportunity Fund
Full NameChae KimFellowAmerican Cities
Full NameCaroline Altman SmithDeputy DirectorEducation
Full NameKaniqua WelchCommunications OfficerExternal Affairs and CommunicationsLeadership and Infrastructure Funding Team
Full NameSharon ZimmermanAssistant to the President and Director of the Executive OfficeExecutive Office
The Kresge Foundation’s Leadership and Infrastructure Funding Team (LIFT) hosted a Talent Funder Convening in December 2019. A total of 21 funders met to share peer learnings in their efforts to support nonprofit leaders’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) capacity building. Community Wealth Partners developed this evaluation report to summarize the key takeaways from the convening. It includes recommendations and examples from a variety of approaches, as well as challenges and ongoing questions the field is grappling with. Download the full report.
This report from Grantcraft examines key aspects of Kresge's Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership program (FUEL), including reasons for creating the program, services offered, a recap of the program's first year and goals for its second year.
This brochure describes goals and service providers for The Kresge Foundation's talent and leadership development program for grantees, launched in 2016 to support development of stronger senior teams, stronger mid-level talent and more diverse talent.