Expanding opportunities in America’s cities
January 9, 2012
For Minnesotan Neal Von Ohlen, it was obvious. If the strong wind that blows across his family’s farm could be harnessed to generate power, it would mean new income. So while he, his father and brother continue to farm, they’re also part of a group that negotiated the construction of a...
December 26, 2011
When Tim Johnston took over as director of plant services at Northeast Texas Community College in 2008, his challenge was to bring the 25-year-old campus infrastructure into the 21 st century. “I was lucky in that I gave the board of trustees a five-year plan, and they decided they wanted me to do...
December 16, 2011
Rip Rapson, the president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, today issued a statement formally responding to this week’s announcement that a long-planned light rail project in Detroit would be abandoned in favor of a regional bus rapid transit system. The foundation is part of the private...
December 12, 2011
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation will provide $10 million to a loan fund that makes financing available to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in low- and moderate-income communities. The largest in Kresge’s history, the loan represents a milestone in the foundation’s...
December 1, 2011
Ashley Hernandez remembers the day a drilling rig was erected in the field near her family’s home in Wilmington, Calif., 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. “We saw a big skyscraper-like structure going up, and then the company started drilling for oil,” she recalls. Before long,...
November 22, 2011
A scarcity of fresh, clean water is recognized as one of this century’s biggest challenges – with increasing temperatures, droughts and extreme storms linked to climate change expected to make the problem even worse. Many Americans are responding by installing low-flow showers and...
November 2, 2011
TROY, Mich. – In an open letter, Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, discusses ways philanthropy can respond to the volatile and persistently harsh economic climate. The state of things is precarious and perilous, he writes. And the cumulative impact of high unemployment, the...
November 7, 2011
The Institute for Higher Education Policy recently completed work on a new approach for funders interested in promoting access and success in postsecondary education. Using national data about degree-completion rates over the past decade, Institute for Higher Education Policy researchers mapped the...
October 28, 2011
TROY, Mich. – An ambitious public health awareness campaign, Life’s Sweeter with Fewer Sugary Drinks, is gaining momentum as it seeks to persuade Americans to cut back on sweetened beverages, a change organizers predict will reduce rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other...
October 20, 2011
America’s homes, businesses, transportation systems and public spaces are contributing to increases in obesity, chronic disease, loneliness and even depression, warns internationally recognized public health expert Richard Jackson . “We tend to take our surroundings for granted,”...