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In Speech to the Nation’s YMCAs, Rip Rapson Outlines Kresge’s Grantmaking Response Given the Economic Crisis

April 29, 2009

Kresge’s president says all foundations face a difficult choice between responding to immediate charitable needs and pursuing long-term philanthropic goals. TROY, MICHIGAN – As the economic crisis batters the nonprofit sector, The Kresge Foundation and other philanthropic organizations face a difficult choice between responding to here-and-now charitable needs and pursuing…

Philanthropy in times of economic turmoil: One foundation’s response

April 9, 2009

In the face of profound structural shifts brought by the economic crisis, philanthropy must respond, most crucially, with multiple serious-minded, creative efforts to recalibrate and reboot different dimensions of the nonprofit environment.  (Address to YMCA officials, in Dallas.) DALLAS – Thank you for that kind introduction. It is a pleasure…

Philanthropy’s opportunities and responsibilities in times of civic redirection

February 23, 2009

For philanthropy to be relevant amid the economic maelstrom we are experiencing, it must move beyond its charitable impulses and toward a more strategic orientation. (Address to civic leaders in Columbus, Ohio.) COLUMBUS, Ohio – What a pleasure it is to be here. In my previous life, our law firm…

2008 Kresge Annual Report

January 1, 2009

By The Kresge Foundation, annual report on the foundation and its grantmaking.

Marcus Belgrave: 2009 Kresge Eminent Artist

January 1, 2009

By The Kresge Foundation, a monograph on the life, art and community contributions of the master trumpet player and 2009 recipient of the Kresge Eminent Artist Award. (2009). The Kresge Foundation.

Detroiter Charles McGee named first-ever Kresge Eminent Artist

December 8, 2008

Hailed as a “father figure to generations of artists,” McGee has devoted much of his life to teaching and mentoring. TROY, Mich. – As Detroiter Charles McGee reflects on the legacy he would like to leave to the world at the denouement of his remarkable 75-year career in the visual…

Kresge President Urges Private Philanthropy to Take a Bolder Role in Revitalizing American Cities

November 12, 2008

Speaking to CEOs for Cities, Rapson outlines long-term foundation strategies to address underlying urban problems. TROY, MICHIGAN – Private philanthropy must work at the heart, rather than at the margins, of the complex economic, social, political and environmental problems plaguing American cities in order to contribute meaningfully to their revitalization…

Philanthropy’s role in urban revitalization

November 6, 2008

The future of philanthropy rides on our willingness to overcome obstacles to strategic action and aspire to a bolder role in our communities. (Address to the CEOs for Cities national meeting, in Chicago.)