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Shift in strategy leads to new focus on community investment for health equity for Health Program

March 18, 2021

In cities around the country, institutions like health systems, health plans and universities have substantial resources, including purchasing power, employment opportunities, land and treasuries that they can bring to bear in helping to solve local challenges. Since 2017, The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program has been working to encourage these institutions…

Advancing Racial Justice: 5 Practices to Adopt from Arts and Culture Organizations

March 17, 2021

Editor’s note: This op-ed was originally published by Next City.  In the wake of a tumultuous year, many are newly aware of the structural racism at the root of American society. Across the nation, businesses, nonprofits and other institutions are seeking to identify and dismantle racist structures and practices. It’s…

This illustration was developed by Brandon Black of Drawnversation during Kresge’s Racial Equity Exploration and Discovery (REED) convening. All illustrations used in this article depict the conversations held by grantee partners during the event.

Southeast Michigan to benefit from $1.6 million in conservation grants that will improve community & habitat resilience

March 16, 2021

Kresge joins partners to fund seven projects that will reduce stormwater impact, improve water quality, enhance habitat and increase accessibility and usability of public green space DETROIT (March 16, 2021) – Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund partners today announced seven projects selected to receive $1.6 million in grant funding to benefit communities and wildlife…

Kresge Social Investment Practice adds Chris Cox as portfolio manager

March 11, 2021

The Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Practice welcomed Chris Cox to its team this week as its portfolio manager. Cox comes to Kresge after a career in community development finance. He most recently served as chief financial officer at the Lansing-based Cinnaire Corporation, where he spent 25 years. He brings to…

With $2.4M, Kresge backs NCAN efforts to reverse COVID’s effect on postsecondary enrollment

March 8, 2021

The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) announced today two new grant programs funded by Kresge’s Education Program designed to help mitigate the pandemic-related slide in college enrollment. Studies show the number of new high school graduates applying for financial aid and enrolling directly into postsecondary education has dropped precipitously. Disaggregated…

A student stands in front of a wall with two posters. One says that say: 'We Filed our FAFSA' with a picture of a gauge that registers at 32%. The other says 'FAFSA Hall of Fame' and has stickers that say I filed

River Network launches new toolkit to help cities combat climate change

March 4, 2021

Communities across the U.S. are increasingly experiencing property damage, health challenges and safety hazards due to flooding and extreme heat. To help combat the effects of climate change, Kresge’s partner River Network has developed a new step-by-step guide titled Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience: Fostering Community-Led Research and Knowledge. This report outlines…

Reckoning with a Reckoning: How Cultural Institutions Can Advance Equity

March 3, 2021

Museums, theaters and other cultural institutions face growing criticism from the communities they aim to serve and calls to be more active, visible players in community life. To advance justice, they must learn to align mission and operations to meet community needs. In a recent Nonprofit Quarterly article, Dr. Kim Zeuli of the Feeding Cities…

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