In 2014, Kresge launched the CRUO initiative, a five-year, $29 million effort designed to strengthen the capacity of community-based non-profit organizations to influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development, and implementation to better reflect the priorities and needs of low-income urban communities in U.S. cities. The initiative also sought to strengthen the field by supporting new equity-centered methodologies and approaches to climate-resilience policy and planning.
CRUO supported a cohort of 15 nonprofit organizations from across the U.S. in nine states.
This report outlines the key insights and lessons from the outcome evaluation phase of the CRUO initiative. The evaluation explored the local and field-level impact of the strategy, as well as how the decisions made by Kresge about the initiative contributed to the broader impact of CRUO.