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Hechinger Report, Soledad O’Brien Productions examine effects of the Supreme Court affirmative action decision

January 11, 2024

Education Program grantees Soledad O’Brien Productions, in collaboration with The Hechinger Report, an independent nonprofit news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, recently published a series of articles and a short documentary highlighting the impact of the Supreme Court ruling on race-based affirmative action in college admissions. The…

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Rapson: Adding one word to our tagline as we begin a celebratory 2024

January 10, 2024

As we turn the calendar into 2024, I wish you a happy new year. For Kresge, an organization founded in 1924, turning that page marks not only a new year but also the beginning of a new century. We intend for our centennial year of 2024 to be a celebration…

How to have a successful introductory meeting with a funder

December 14, 2023

I have spent two decades as a program officer (PO) working at two different private foundations. In that time, I have had thousands of introductory conversations with nonprofit grantseekers to learn about their work and hear their pitches for support. It is a privilege to have the chance to meet…

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Case study highlights El Departamento de la Comida’s work to reshape food systems

December 13, 2023

Through innovative, community-responsive, market-focused strategies, El Departamento de la Comida (El Depa) works to build food sovereignty, local resilience, and to improve nutrition and food access in Puerto Rico. El Depa: Connects communities with smallholder farmers to strengthen local food systems Creatively supports farmers and communities after natural disasters by…

Detroit Future City: Economic Equity Indicators Update 2023

December 6, 2023

In 2021, Detroit Future City released the ‘State of Economic Equity in Detroit,’ which identified 22 indicators across six focus areas to illustrate inequities throughout the city and the broader metro Detroit region. The report serves as a compass toward a shared vision for economic equity, with the accompanying dashboard…

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Q&A: What would it take for funders to advance reparative philanthropy and share power? 

November 30, 2023

The Convergence Partnership, a national funder collaborative working to advance racial justice and health equity, is partnering with the Decolonizing Wealth Project to interrogate and disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital. The goal behind this partnership is to persuade philanthropy to share power and resources more authentically…

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2023 Inyathelo Annual Report: A Year in Review

November 29, 2023

For more than a decade, The Kresge Foundation has partnered with Inyathelo, the South African Institute of Advancement, to help develop and bolster the private fundraising efforts of South African universities. Over the duration of this partnership a number of higher education institutions have successfully forged relationships with major donors,…

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