We Invest in Cities Through Eight Programs and Practices
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.
We promote effective, inclusive community development practices in U.S. cities, especially New Orleans and Memphis.
Through Creating Placemaking, we position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities.
We collaborate with multisector partners to promote and expand long-term, equitable opportunity in our hometown.
We work to increase postsecondary attainment while eliminating equity gaps in the U.S. and South Africa.
We help cities implement comprehensive climate resilience strategies grounded in equity.
We help build equity-focused systems of health that create opportunities for all people to achieve well-being.
We accelerate social and economic mobility for people with low incomes.
We work across the seven program areas to expand opportunity in U.S. cities by providing access to capital.
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.
Grants or investments are awarded in a cohort model, often with common activities, a shared learning goal and/or convening opportunities.
This foundation-wide funding team supports investments that promote fairness and equity, justice and opportunity.
LIFT uses an equity lens to strengthen our partners’ leadership and the nonprofit sector through capacity-building grants.
We are committed to strategic learning and knowledge sharing that advance our mission and the fields in which we work.
This year, the foundation pivoted to help stabilize our partners and respond to the global pandemic, mitigating its impact in cities.
Kresge works nationally and with a special focus in certain cities.
Kresge’s hometown has always been central to our work. Our current efforts center on equity and neighborhood revitalization.
Since 2015, we have worked with local leaders to translate lessons from Detroit to Memphis and advance equity.
In New Orleans, we seek to expand urban opportunity and address challenges in a great city that is kindred to our hometown of Detroit.