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Our Work

We Invest in Cities Through Eight Programs and Practices

Our Approach

Today, Kresge works strategically to find the intersections between eight programs and practices to expand opportunity in America’s cities. We work deeply in places like Detroit, New Orleans and Memphis.

We also fund work nationally, to improve systems and advance equitable policies nationwide. We use an array of flexible grantmaking and social investment tools, including general operating support, project grants, planning grants and impact investments.

How We Approach Opportunity

How We Apply the Work

While each program or practice funds work individually, we also work frequently through cross-team collaborations, by funding initiatives (cohorts of partners working on a common work plan), and through internal, cross-department funding teams.

Initiatives

Grants or investments are awarded in a cohort model, often with common activities, a shared learning goal and/or convening opportunities.

Opportunity Fund

This foundation-wide funding team supports investments that promote fairness and equity, justice and opportunity.



Leadership Infrastructure and Funding Team (LIFT)

LIFT uses an equity lens to strengthen our partners’ leadership and the nonprofit sector through capacity-building grants.

Learning & Evaluation

We are committed to strategic learning and knowledge sharing that advance our mission and the fields in which we work.


COVID-19 Response

This year, the foundation pivoted to help stabilize our partners and respond to the global pandemic, mitigating its impact in cities.

Focus Cities

Kresge works nationally and with a special focus in certain cities.

Detroit

Programs: Detroit, Education, American Cities, Health, Human Services, Social Investment Practice

Kresge’s hometown has always been central to our work. Our current efforts center on equity and neighborhood revitalization.

Memphis

Programs: Detroit, American Cities, Health, Arts & Culture, Social Investment Practice

Since 2015, we have worked with local leaders to translate lessons from Detroit to Memphis and advance equity.

New Orleans

Programs: Detroit, Education, American Cities, Health

In New Orleans, we seek to expand urban opportunity and address challenges in a great city that is kindred to our hometown of Detroit.

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