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Volume 2, Issue 49 – December 14, 2017


Featured items: $16M to support community development work; Kresge joins entrepreneurs fund; Health challenge grantees share insights, highlights; The case for food-oriented development; Social Investment director outlines four ways
tax reform could harm low-income communities; Building climate resiliency in cities. 

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Volume 2, Issue 48 – December 7, 2017


Featured items: Evaluation highlights benefits, best practices of energy-efficiency initiative; New tools evaluate health outcomes; Index shows overall gain in opportunity in 2017; Inyathelo story: Dr. Peter Thuynsma; A fresh approach to food access

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Volume 2, Issue 47 – November 30, 2017


Featured items: Fresh, local, equitable. That’s FreshLo; Health, equity and the narrative of place; Webinar looks at working in an outcomes-based world; KEYS initiative issues RFP for coordinating office; Inyathelo stories: Nazli Abrahams; Doing what it takes to build student success

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Volume 2, Issue 46 - November 22, 2017

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Featured items: $90M SPARCC initiative funds projects with equity focus; Eight cities share awards in FAFSA challenge; Health officials selected for second cohort of Emerging Leaders in Public Health; ArtPlace names 70 finalists for 2017 Creative Placemaking Fund  projects; Report highlights green-infrastructure job opportunities; Kresge awards leading human services organizations for innovative approaches; Kresge president and CEO offers valuable perspectives; New round of grants announced in Memphis funding initiative; KIP:D awarded nearly $2M to neighborhood projects; Mission Money & Markets: The power of the guarantee to imapct investing.  

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Volume 2, Issue 45 – November 16, 2017

This week's news in philanthropy from The Kresge Foundation - November 16, 2017

Featured items: Kresge commits new $25M to early childhood initiative in Detroit; FreshLo grantees, partners launch project phase; Mission, Money and Markets: Bringing solar energy, water, new capital to post-Maria Puerto Rico; Great Public Spaces – Creating Paths to Long Term Stability; Podcast focuses on key civic space in L.A.; What does it take to build strong relationships with grantees?; Inyathelo story: Gillian Mitchell.

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Volume 2, Issue 44 – November 9, 2017


Featured items: Public health conference focuses on preventing harmful health effects of climate change; Oxford program studies Kresge's social investing; Early childhood partnership unveiling its approach; Book offers new “O/S” for cities; Inyathelo story: Brian O’Connell; Taking legal services to the people. 

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Volume 2, Issue 43 – November 2, 2017


Featured items: Kresge awards leading human services organizations for innovative approaches; Arts grantmakers’ conference showcases Detroit; Independent Sector annual conference emphasizes ‘Our Common Future’; Inyathelo stories: Loyiso Nongxa; Health, Environment teams heading to APHA; Innovation in neighborhood revitalization

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Volume 2, Issue 42 – October 26, 2017


Featured items: InterFaith Leadership Council honors president; Health and Environment teams head to APHA; Inyathelo story: Shelagh Gastrow; First class of Fulcrum Fellows named; Families gain control taking pathways out of poverty. 

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Volume 2, Issue 41 – October 19, 2017


Featured items: Groundbreakings mark major milestone in efforts to revive Detroit neighborhood; Kresge grants $450,000 to improve college readiness, access and success; Education initiative helps South African universities build sustainable futures; Partners, Kresge SIP team offer insights on investing in results; Focusing on families in Flint's water crisis. 

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Volume 2, Issue 40 – October 12, 2017


Featured items: Environment Program officers receive honors; Kresge CIO a judge in Rise of the Rest Road Trip; USC center's "Grand Bargain" study focuses on philanthropy; It's FAFSA season for high school seniors; Taking Aim at College Completion in Newark; Housing America's Families Forum coming to Detroit. 

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Volume 2, Issue 39 – October 5, 2017


Featured items: The power of the guarantee to impact investing; Arts & Culture grantees gather to move Creative Placemaking forward; President joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences; CFO receives award for professional leadership; Education deputy named a Detroit “Top 40”; Connecting the dots to promote well-being.

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Volume 2, Issue 38 – September 28, 2017


Featured items: Nearly $6 million in grants will fund efforts to build talent through education; Study underway to find best interventions for community college students in need; Common challenges, shared solutions; Reimagining Akron's civic commons; SPARCC partners share insight on fostering equitable infrastructure development; Detroit Program names new associate program officer. 

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Volume 2, Issue 37 – September 21, 2017


Featured items: FreshLo grants catalyze innovative food-oriented development projects in 23 communities; Report offers roadmap for channeling capital into climate-resilient water systems; Leveraging dollars to get results; Raquel Hatter of Human Services joins FFI board; Kresge presidents discusses Detroit's comeback and its challenges with Columbia's Jeffrey Sachs; New senior program officer joins Human Services team. 

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Volume 2, Issue 36 – September 14, 2017


Featured items: Three cities top winners in FAFSA challenge; BUILD Health Challenge to support new round of community collaborations; Twenty-one Detroit community development organizations share $3.3 million in grants; Shaping the future of public health; Vote for Carol Coletta in ‘most influential urbanists’ survey; Kresge managing director contributes to book about pay-for-performance investing. 

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Volume 2, Issue 35 – September 7, 2017


Featured items: Kresge stands with DREAMers; Investment meets innovation; A ‘voice from the field’ talks about early-childhood work; Investment supports redevelopment in Cincinnati; Health deputy director selected for fellowship program; Housing forum set for Detroit.

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Volume 2, Issue 34 – August 31, 2017

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Featured items: Creative Placemaking boosts quality of life in Minnesota's Twin Cities; Kresge becomes MIE sustaining member; Thank you to our grantees for taking over Kresge!; Harpist, educator Patricia Terry-Ross' life and work celebrated in new Kresge-published book. In the News: One Trick for Keeping Kids in College: Forgive Tiny Debts That Force Them to Leave (Fast Company); Housing for Health (Stanford Social Innovation Review); Four Cities Learn How to Create Inclusive Communities (Huffington Post); Binghapton and Broad Avenue Reach Their Tiffing Point (Smart City Memphis); QLINE free rides to end Sept. 5 (Detroit News); Audacious Philanthropy (Harvard Business Review).

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Volume 2, Issue 33 – August 24, 2017

News From The Kresge Foundation

Featured items: Transforming lives and communities in Greater Boston through capital access and deployment; Adolph Falcón of National Alliance for Hispanic Health to take over Kresge Twitter account; Housing America's Families Forum coming to Detroit this fall; Kresge CFO Amy Robinson featured in Dbusiness Powered by Women issue; Sean Feng named "rising star" in foundation investing; Kresge Eminent Artist Patricia Terry-Ross monograph available next week; Vote for BUILD Health Challenge at SXSW.

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Volume 2, Issue 32 – August 17, 2017

News From The Kresge Foundation

Featured items: Philanthropy must respond forcefully to Charlottesville; Kresge and partners launch $13M initiative to imporve college success rates; Kresge honors Eminent Artist Patricia Terry-Ross at community celebration on August 28; The University Innovation Alliance's Bridget Burns to take over Kresge's Twitter; Kresge 2016 Annual Report now available. Health Reform Roundtable issues bipartisan statement on Health Reform; Fellow brings experience in community development and education to Detroit Program; Vote for FreshLo to be included at SXSW.

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Volume 2, Issue 31 – August 10, 2017

News From Kresge 8-10-17

Featured items: Annual report focuses on InterCHANGE of philanthropic methods, tools; Memphis Gallery Owner Pat Brown to take over Kresge’s Twitter feed; Kresge convening supports action to create a more diverse and inclusive environmental movement; Net Impact features blog; New report available on innovative solutions to bridge quality housing and better health; Graduate fellow brings passion from neighborhoods work to Kresge. 

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Volume 2, Issue 30 – August 3, 2017


Featured items: Environment senior officer honored by policy group; ArtPlace America next to take over Kresge’s Twitter feed; Problems like generational poverty need new approaches; Journalist with passion for social policy dives into strategic communications as graduate fellow; Newest podcast looks at Civic Commons work in Chicago; Legal Impact Network convening at Kresge focuses on immigration, Medicaid, housing; Sidewalk festival returns to celebrate Detroit. 

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Volume 2, Issue 29 – July 27, 2017


Featured items: Kresge partners to take over foundation's main Twitter feed each Tuesday in August; Rapson says Detroit ’67 observances a time to recommit – with humility; Georgia HFA Healthy Families receives support from Kresge's Health Program; U.S. Impact Investing Alliance expands scope; In-class visit leads to Investments internship; Engineer takes fellowship to find equitable solutions. 

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Volume 2, Issue 28 – July 20, 2017


Featured items include: Airport-walking study finds that making a small change can have a big health impact; Cutting-edge art festival returns to Detroit; Education team renews support for Inyathelo; Interest in Creative Placemaking draws Wayne State grad to Kresge internship; New paper offers blueprint for equitable water systems. 

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Volume 2, Issue 27 – July 13, 2017


Featured items: Reports show Creative Placemaking can drive equitable community development; Grantees share insights on health collaborations; Arts Fellows reflect Detroit's cultural wealth; Passion, advocacy drive graduate student to fellowship with Kresge Education team; Justice for All to provide technical assistance for civil justice community. 

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Volume 2, Issue 26 – July 6, 2017


Featured item: Help Kresge get to know you through our audience survey.

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Volume 2, Issue 25 – June 29, 2017


Featured items include: Grant supports work to improve child health; Capital for communities and opportunities for investors; Support for higher education in South Africa rests on shared qualities, challenges; Education deputy offers tips on strong grantee relationships. 

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Volume 2, Issue 24 – June 22, 2017


Featured items: Kresge invests in Pay for Success initiative; Kresge Arts in Detroit names 2017 fellows; Climate resilience work accelerating; QLINE free rides continue through summer; Podcast, purpose bring University of Chicago student to Kresge for investments internship.

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Volume 2, Issue 23 – June 15, 2017


Featured items: New round of grants announced in Memphis funding initiative; ArtPlace names 70 finalists  for 2017 Creative Placemaking Fund projects; Initiative seeks to increase impact of data sharing in health and human services; New book compiles lessons in pay-for-performance investing; 2017 Eminent Artist subject of new video.

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Volume 2, Issue 22 – June 8, 2017


Featured items: Kresge welcomes new trustees Ko Chin, Muñoz; salutes departing Hirano Inouye, Bollinger; Kresge president among Crain’s “Change Makers”; Kresge remains committed to climate-resilience efforts; How today's 'traditional' students see higher education opportunities; Report outlines equitable, inclusive water management.

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Volume 2, Issue 21 – June 1, 2017


Featured items: Webcast  focuses on early childhood work; New education study identifies impact-investing opportunities; Bike-sharing program launches with Kresge support; Detroit leaders bet big on small business. 

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Volume 2, Issue 20 – May 25, 2017


Featured items include: Detroit salutes retiring opera impresario; Grantees begin work to transform public health; Conference to highlight early childhood work; Reinvestment index shows business leaders, entrepreneurs optimistic about Detroit

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Volume 2, Issue 19 – May 18, 2017


Featured items: Kresge releases 2017 Detroit Reinvestment Index; New streetcar in Detroit only the beginning; Podcasts look at human services, link between poverty and unwanted pregnancies. 

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Volume 2, Issue 18 – May 11, 2017


Featured items: M-1 Rail line to open to the public; Water-systems initiative to fund work based in equity; New report highlights voices for change in the South;  Updated "Guide to Impact Investing" released; Podcast looks at a champion of livable cities; Human rights champion discusses life, work.

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Volume 2, Issue 17 – May 4, 2017


Featured items: Environment team adjusts strategy to stress equity in climate resilience; Detroit light-rail system to open to the public; Caregivers, parents share ideas during Detroit Day of the Young Child; Grantee shares research on housing, health services; Updated “Guide to Impact Investing” released. 

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Volume 2, Issue 16 – April 27, 2017


Featured items: Detroit day of the Young Child; Kresge among winners of HUD, Council of Foundations award; Report highlights the power of guarantees in impact investing;  New online hub provides resources for Community Health Workers; Arts & Culture team welcomes new program officer.

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Volume 2, Issue 15 – April 20, 2017


Featured items: $2 million awarded to neighborhood projects; Join the conversation on Day of the Young Child; Data-based work to help students gets big boost; Center helping Kresge, others look inward to fully achieve diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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Volume 2, Issue 14 – April 13, 2017


Featured items include: Kresge pilots grantee leadership development program with racial equity lens; Missed the SPARCC launch? Watch the Webcast; Kresge teams to discuss work at one of philanthropy’s biggest conferences. 

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Volume 2, Issue 13 – April 6, 2017


Featured items: 40 health officials selected for second cohort of Emerging Leaders in Public Health; Study finds link between access to arts, higher quality of life in low-income neighborhoods; Kresge partner works to provide early childhood professionals with dashboard of data; New IT leader joins Kresge.

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Volume 2, Issue 12 – March 30, 2017


Featured items: Report highlights green- infrastructure job opportunities; new national poll shows strong support for investments that increase access to opportunity; Community development finance – a glass half full; Kresge partners to explore role of Creative Placemaking in transportation. 

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Volume 2, Issue 11 – March 23, 2017


Featured items: New book explores impact of for-profit colleges on low-income students; Kresge trustees, staff explore climate change in South Florida; Webcast explores building equity, prosperity and sustainability for all; FreshLo Team to present at Council of Foundations annual meeting; Center to release database to promote equity in climate efforts. 

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Volume 2, Issue 10 – March 16, 2017

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Featured items: New study surveys hunger, homelessness among community college students; Detroit's QLINE to begin service on May 12; Lake Area Technical Institute Awarded Top Aspen Prize; New complex helps seniors stay in Detroit; Health Entreprenuers tackle social determinants of health through innovation.

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Volume 2, Issue 9 – March 9, 2017


Featured items: Former Philadelphia mayor offers lessons for Detroit; Report offers colleges a guide for ethical use of data analytics; President recounts evolution of Kresge’s approach; Former Kresge fellow to lead new center.

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Volume 2, Issue 8 – March 2, 2017


Featured items: Kresge and partners work to improve diversity, equity in environmental grantmaking; President outlines goals of early childhood work; Municipal bonds and the trend toward social justice; Education team hosting panel at SXWedu; Social Investing: Putting People to Work.

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Volume 2, Issue 7 – February 23, 2017


Featured items: Two colleges honored for improving graduation rates; 'SIF Week' spotlights social innovation work; New episodes of Talking About Cities podcast are available; Boston nonprofit crafts new way to reduce poverty. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6 – February 16, 2017

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Featured items include: $90M initiative to fund projects with focus on equity; Human Services Program welcomes Raquel Hatter; Only a few days left for Emerging Leaders applications; Kresge president stresses need to support low-income students; Kresge grantee highlights agencies helping families

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Volume 2, Issue 5 – February 9, 2017


Featured items include: Kresge president shares Detroit lessons, outlines ‘Philanthropy’s Role in a New Era'; Kresge joins foundation immigration statement; Health initiative application deadline draws near; Kresge granteebrings fresh, local foods to underserved urban areas. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4 – February 2, 2017

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Featured items include: Kresge partner to invest in digital startups addressing social determinants of health; New social investing series, Mission, Money and Market; Solar-power storage technologies hitting stride; Kresge staffers selected for leadership program; Education deputy discusses how to grow college-access programs.

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Volume 2, Issue 3 – January 26, 2017


Featured items: Musician/educator named 2017 Eminent Artist; Conference explores links between health, environment; ELPH informational webinar available online; Kresge president looks ahead on impact investing; Climate-resilience efforts lead to job opportunities.

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Volume 2, Issue 2 – January 19, 2017


Featured items include: Kresge awards $400,000 to San Antonio's SA2020; BUILD Health Challenge accepting applications
for new round of funding; Health association declares 2017 'Year of Climate Change and Health'; Kresge executive selected
for leadership program

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Volume 2, Issue 1 – January 12, 2017

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Featured items include: Vice President, CFO takes on additional responsibilities; Social Investment Practice commits $14 million; Early childhood grants hit $4.5 million in 2016; Health-leadership initiative still accepting applications; President discusses philanthropy working in the real world.

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Volume 1, Issue 20 – December 29, 2016

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Featured items: Holiday message from Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson; video of Kresge Foundation highlights 2016.

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Volume 1, Issue 19 – December 15, 2016


Featured items include: Health initiative seeking new cohort of local leaders; $2 million goes to Flint lead-poisoning recovery; Detroit M-1 RAIL street car makes inaugural test trip; Kresge president discusses creative placemaking as part of NEA anniversary; Kresge, partners say thank you as Laura Trudeau retires. 

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Volume 1, Issue 18 – December 1, 2016


Featured items include: Kresge launches Memphis Funding Opportunity; $10M investment will support affordable housing; President discusses Kresge's evolving approach; BUILD Health Challenge calling for applications. 

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Volume 1, Issue 17 – November 17, 2016


Featured items include: How can communities better protect themselves from climate risks; statement from Kresge President Rip Rapson about philanthropy's role after the election; Arts & Culture grantees connect, reflect at convening; Healthy Futures Fund awards planning grants. 

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Volume 1, Issue 16 – November 3, 2016

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Featured items include: Kresge a funder of climate-resilience collaboration; FreshLo initiative highlighted at national conference; Environment officer urges water planners to consider equity; Metro Detroit artists invited to apply for fellowships; Detroit offers lessons for New Urban Agenda work. 

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Volume 1, Issue 15 – October 20, 2016

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Featured items include: Eminent Artist  celebrated with release of monograph; Detroit nonprofits encouraged to apply for new round of neighborhood-improvement project grants; Articles, panel take up inequality in cities; Report highlights crises and calls for new approach to health care.

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Volume 1, Issue 14 – October 6, 2016

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Featured items include: NEA, Kresge launch creative placemaking program; Nonprofit Finance Fund launches health initiative; NPR talks to Education director about transferring challenges; Inequality in America's Cities: A Panel Discussion; 2016 Kresge Eminent Artist Celebration; TV interview, podcasts focus on civic commons work; Learning and evaluation director offers advice on building a practice. 

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Volume 1, Issue 13 – September 22, 2016

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Featured items include: Kresge commits $7M to supportive housing plan; Kresge awards $5.1M to Detroit arts groups; KEYS: Detroit page debuts on Kresge website; Career center opens in Detroit’s North End. 

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Volume 1, Issue 12 – September 8, 2016

News From The Kresge Foundation Volume 1, Issue 12 (September 8, 2016)

Featured items include: Capital Absorption work featured in Fed paper and in lecture at Lincoln Institute; Kresge helps fund "Civic Commons" initiative; Investing in communities for living, working, creating; Kresge Eminent Artist discusses her life, work; Kresge partners named to list of higher education innovators; New newsletter to cover initiative for early childhood education.

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Volume 1, Issue 11 – August 25, 2016

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Featured items include: Student investment fund leads to Kresge position; foundation deepens ties with Memphis community; putting the pieces together with Creative Placemaking; Awards honor efforts to “bank” disinvested communities; EPA blog hosts Kresge appeal to address equity, justice in climate change planning.

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Volume 1, Issue 10 – August 11, 2016

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Featured items include: Foundation implements new procedures to improve responsiveness to grantees; Kresge president named chairman of Living Cities; FreshLo grantees discuss ways to make food, arts and culture part of neighborhood revitalization; Opening the door to social change; Health grantee wins award for transforming services

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Volume 1, Issue 9 – July 28, 2016

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Featured items include: Many tools to achieve one goal; Business has a stake in early childhood education; learning from urban environment work; getting the lead out of homes, schools; Kresge staffers spend a day in the community.

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Volume 1, Issue 8 – July 14, 2016


Featured items include: Annual report highlights new social investment approaches; foundation president calls for greater urgency in creating inclusiveness and opportunity; study uncovers unseen obstacles to college success; national experts join FreshLo advisory committee.

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Volume 1, Issue 7 – June 30, 2016


Featured items include: New health venture enlists tech entrepreneurs; Reception, tributes mark Rapson anniversary; Detroit artists receive Kresge fellowships; Troy campus adds solar power to energy mix.

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Volume 1, Issue 6 – June 16, 2016


Featured items include: Detroit Home Mortgage program highlighted at the Clinton Global Initiative America annual conference;  BUILD Health Challenge marks first anniversary; grants available for early care providers in Detroit; Kresge Community Finance initiative draws nearly 150 grant applications.

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Volume 1, Issue 5 – June 2, 2016


Featured items include: Release of the Regional Transmit Authority's master plan and panel discussion of transit at The Mackinac Conference; panel discussion of early childhood development at The Mackinac Conference; Human Services Program unveils revised strategy; a Kresge-funded report on the challenges facing seniors who want to "age in place" in their homes; 22 cities win FAFSA challenge grants.

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Volume 1, Issue 4 – May 19, 2016


Featured items include: announcement of grant recipients in the "Fresh, Local & Equitable" initiative; President Rip Rapson describes the foundation's approach to impact investing; video recaps of the Drawing on Detroit conference at the University of Southern California; and Kresge's commitment of $2.5 million to assistance for Flint residents affected by the lead-poisoning crisis.

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Volume 1, Issue 3 – May 5, 2016


Featured items include Kresge's participation in a forum about Detroit's revitalization, a survey of business leaders' perceptions of Detroit, Health Program initiatives and reports on community health and higher education.

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Volume 1, Issue 2 – April 21, 2016


Featured items include unveiling of the Detroit Reinvestment Index, a grant initiative aimed at Detroit-area arts and culture organizations and Kresge's participation in the ArtPlace annual summit. 

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Volume 1, Issue 1 – April 7, 2016


Featured items include: the second round of grants through Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit; a new $30 million social investment initiative; the retirement announcement of Laura Trudeau, managing director of the foundation's Detroit Program; the naming of Regina Smith as managing director of the foundation's Arts & Culture Program.

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