Expanding opportunities in America’s cities
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Cleveland
  • Detroit
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Houston
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Oakland
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • St Louis
  • Washington DC

Why Cities?

More than 80 percent of our nation’s population lives in and around cities. We want to improve the quality of city life, particularly for the less fortunate.

How is Kresge Expanding Opportunities in America’s Cities?

Fast Facts

$3.6 billion endowment
$125.2 million in grants approved in 2015
$91.3 million in active social investments
founded by sebastian spering kresge in 1924
Troy and Detroit - Kresge's headquarters and satellite office
90+ employees; 12 trustees

Prison University Project, Inc.

  • Education and Human Services
  • San Rafael, California
  • $200,000
  • Awarded: 2015

Our Education and Human Services teams are supporting the Prison University Project, located at San Quentin State Prison in California, as they implement and expand a comprehensive higher education program. With the Prison University Project’s guidance, California officials will create four new prison education programs that include an array of human services—housing, employment, and mental health assistance, among others—that foster re-entry. This grant is expected to yield three outcomes: help establish the new programs; continue to meet the educational needs of men at San Quentin; and collect two years of education and recidivism data for learning and evaluation.

Valedictorian of the class of 2014, Aly Tamboura, hugs his daughter Samantha. Photo: Phil Carter

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  • Arts & Culture, Community Development, Environment and Health
  • Portland, Oregon
  • $600,000
  • Awarded: 2015

Our Arts & Culture, Environment and Health teams are funding Living Cully, a collaboration of Habitat for Humanity, Hacienda CDC, Native American Youth & Family Center, and Verde. Led by Verde, a nonprofit that serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy, this project reinterprets sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. It integrates environmental investments with community development resources to address multiple disparities in Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. We believe Living Cully has the potential to become a national model of healthy, resilient, sustainable community development and creative placemaking.

Youth from Hacienda CDC’s Expresiones program install bioswale at Villa de Claravista Townhomes. Photo: Alan Hipólito

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Our Work

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