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Kresge Weekly Newsletter: 2020-2021

Issues of the weekly newsletter News From The Kresge Foundation, containing information about funding initiatives, events, research and our work to expand opportunity in America’s cities.

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April 1, 2021

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Featured items: A public health department model for dismantling racist systems; President Biden’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council; federal actions to promote inclusive recovery; USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy series; using art to advance health equity, social justice.

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March 25, 2021

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Featured items: ‘Grist 50’ list of emerging leaders working to achieve climate justice; report on food insecurity at urban universities; support resources for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders; Cesar Chavez Day; Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan president retires; music program and healing collective trauma.

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March 18, 2021

Screenshot of the March 18, 2021 weekly newsletter with a blue banner that says The Kresge Foundation Weekly News: Expanding opportunities in America's cities

Featured items: New Health Program strategy on community investment for health equity; higher education fund launches; Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund invests $1.6M in new projects; five practices to advance racial justice; Investment Office joins two organizations committed to DEI; higher education rapid response toolkit.

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March 11, 2021

Photo of the 3/11/2021 Kresge Foundation weekly newsletter with a graphic of a quote from Education Program Deputy Director Caroline Altman Smith: "COVID-19 has derailed many students’ dreams of entering college, and the time to address this is now, before another cohort graduates this spring,.

Featured items: $2.4M grant targets college enrollment slide; redesigning former Confederate monument spaces; new portfolio manager; COVID vaccine campaigns for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and vaccine communication messaging tools.

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March 4, 2021

Photo of the 3/4/2021 Kresge Foundation weekly newsletter with a graphic of a quote from Detroit Program Managing Director Wendy Lewis Jackson: "We hope this guarantee signals to all Michigan leaders that organizations are ready on the ground to respond. ... If we move together quickly, we can thwart a housing crisis in Detroit and across Michigan that would take years to repair.”

Featured items: $4.5M guarantee backs loan to ensure Detroit renters access federal help, avoid eviction; article on cultural institutions and advancing justice; climate resilience toolkit; Detroit riverfront wins award; rooftop solar investment case study.

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February 25, 2021

The Kresge Foundation weekly newsletter for 2-25-2021

Featured items: Eight ways to advance racial justice; Black Climate Week and other Black History Month events; CCHE grantee videos on new opportunities in 2021; Poverty Solutions Summit panel on investing in Black futures; artist-led creative healing project in wake of George Floyd’s death.

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February 18, 2021

Kresge Foundation weekly newsletter for 2-18-2021

Featured items: Neighborhood Investment Trusts as wealth-building models; Education Program priorities in 2021; National Black Justice Coalition highlights Black LGBTQ+/SGL women; director of the executive office hired; Social Investment  Officer Q&A; current job openings.

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February 11, 2021

Newsletter 2-11-2021

Featured items: Hattiloo Theatre’s Black History speech series; Senior Fellow Phyllis Meadows joins Mich. Council on Climate Solutions; 2008 Kresge Eminent Artist Charles McGee appreciation; Q&A with College Beyond’s Erin Wheeler; Q&A  with Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice leaders; latest Kresge, partner news.

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February 4, 2021

Newsletter 2-4-21

Featured items: Message from Kresge President Rip Rapson on Black History Month; Donors of Color Network Climate Funders Justice Pledge; National Council of Urban Indian Health video; environmental sector leaders appointed to Biden-Harris Administration; disrupting inequitable education systems.

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January 28, 2021

Newsletter 1-28-2021

Featured items: Kresge 2021 Eminent Artist announced; Community Investment Guarantee Pool lessons; Green 2.0 diversity report card; David Fukuzawa retires; staff changes; discussion on expanding opportunities for financial returns.

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January 21, 2021

Newsletter 1-21-2021

Featured items: Kresge President Rip Rapson commentary on the inauguration; Social Investment Practice staff changes; forum on inclusive economic development; advancing water equity; BOOST virtual convening on dismantling structural racism.

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January 14, 2021

Newsletter 1-14-2021

Featured items: Kresge President Rip Rapson commentary on the Capitol siege; staff promotions; lessons learned from the Healthy Futures Fund; ArtPlace report on building community wealth; Investing in Community Health toolkit

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January 7, 2021

Newsletter 1-7-2021

New Year’s edition of our newsletter offers a message from Kresge President Rip Rapson and our 2021 podcast list on equity, politics, climate, cities and more.

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December 17, 2020

Newsletter 12-17-20

Featured items: Our end of the year holiday message from President and CEO Rip Rapson on how courage, resilience and creativity defined 2020.

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December 10, 2020

Newsletter 12-10-2021

Featured items: $2.7 million in COVID-19 grants awarded; Equitable Food Oriented Development grants; new white paper on how cities can recover from COVID-19; artist-led community healing projects; public housing and Creative Placemaking.

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December 3, 2020

Newsletter 12-03-2021

Featured items: Public health leaders confront racism; community strategies to survive wildfires; conference on upgrading water infrastructure; podcast on supporting student success; Kresge Artist Fellowships available; latest Kresge and partner news.

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November 24, 2020

Featured items: Audience survey opens; five artists help solve COVID-19 transportation challenges; commentary on Fresno DRIVE and prioritizing racial equity; webinar on public health communication; reducing health inequities in housing; job openings.

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November 19, 2020

Featured items: In a sweeping pledge to advance its long-term commitment to equity and opportunity, Kresge announced a $30 million grant commitment to nearly 60 organizations to support racial justice organizations working in cities across the United States.

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November 12, 2020

Featured items: New partnership champions more diverse, inclusive investment industry; ArtPlace America’s 10 years of Creative Placemaking; what an equitable pandemic recovery looks like; higher education relief needed; Kresge Eminent Artist Naomi Long Madgett tribute; 101 Ways To Save The Planet podcast.

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November 5, 2020

Featured items: A message on the 2020 Presidential Election from Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson.

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October 29, 2020

Newsletter 10-29-2020

Featured items: Efforts to fight voter suppression; pledge to safeguard the election and uphold the rule of law; Campus Vote Project works to reduce barriers to student voting; the impact of the Build Health Challenge; webinar on reversing place-based disparities; grantee stories on equity.

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October 22, 2020

Newsletter 10-22-2020

Featured items: New COVID-19 grants awarded to public health departments; transit solutions for students; commentary on historic preservation and community development; i.Detroit book and website launched; equity maps for building equitable climate solutions; grantee stories on equity.

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October 15, 2020

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Featured items: Relaunched offers new content, design and functionality; grantees address climate, health & equity; Eminent Artist Marie Woo celebration; Indigenous Peoples’ Day; new financing for early childhood center; grantee stories on equity from the Kresge 2019 Annual Report ‘Inside Out & Outside In.’

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October 8, 2020

Newsletter 10-08-2020

Featured items: Kresge joins cross-sector effort to decrease racial gaps in higher education; commentary on COVID-19 messaging; Health Voices for Climate Change video series; letters on equity from our leaders featured in the Kresge 2019 Annual Report ‘Inside Out & Outside In.’

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October 1, 2020

Newsletter 10-1-2020

Kresge 2019 Annual Report ‘Inside Out & Outside In.’ This year’s report, ‘Equity: Organic to Our Mission,’ shares stories of 13 Kresge partners that center equity in their work and letters from our leadership that shed light on how we incorporate equity into every facet of the foundation’s work and operations.

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September 24, 2020

Newsletter 9-24-2020

Featured items: Two new leaders join Kresge’s Board of Trustees; $2.5M in COVID-19 grants awarded; COVID-19 response by Social Investment Practice grantee Inclusiv; commentary on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; BASED virtual convening.

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September 17, 2020

Newsletter 9-17-2020

Featured items: New Health Program Managing Director named; commentary on climate change & wildfires; COVID-19 response by Health grantee Right to the City Alliance and Human services grantee Springboard to Opportunities; investing for equity in philanthropy; equity report on heat, health & public parks.

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September 10, 2020

Newsletter 9-10-2020

Featured items: COVID-19 response by Education grantee Excelencia in Education and Environment grantee PolicyLink; ‘Opportunity for All’ essay series; Equitable Relief & Recovery webinar series; commentary on investing in leadership; CARES Act changes to charitable contribution deductions.

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September 3, 2020

Newsletter 9-3-2020

Featured items: COVID-19 response by Arts & Culture grantee Project Row Houses and Detroit grantee Detroit Future City; staff announcements; President Rip Rapson’s commentary on Jacob Blake; Campus Vote Project’s state voting guides; links between redlining and extreme heat, flooding.

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August 27, 2020

Newsletter 8-27-2020

Featured items: COVID-19 response by American Cities grantee Center for Economic Inclusion; commentary on 19th Amendment centennial; new approach to civic asset investments; equitable COVID-19 recoveries; two new case studies on investing in solar + storage.

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August 20, 2020

Newsletter 8-20-2020

Featured items: $5 million investment in solar solutions with equity; AXD series launches art event, catalog and podcast; Next Generation initiative cohort offers insights and action steps; Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership virtual convening; Georgetown Climate Center launches Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit.

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August 13, 2020

Newsletter 8-13-2020

Featured items: $1.4M in COVID-19 grants awarded; staff promotions; COVID-19 response in Memphis; Shamar Bibbins commentary on trusting BIPOC leaders; CatchLight Local fellow documents how Salinas farmworkers survive; free online early childhood education workshops.

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August 6, 2020

Featured items: Sixth round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grantees; commentary thanking public health workers; funders denounce move to shorten Census window; “101 Ways to Save the Planet” Podcast; Arts & Culture report “Freedom Maps ” launches; water systems and equity article.

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July 30, 2020

Featured items: BASED inititative adds six new grantees; article on the BUILD Health funding collaborative; why investing in public space is critical to the future of cities; Build UP’s green summer work program; Kresge Artist Fellows and Gila Awards virtual celebration.

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July 23, 2020

Featured items: How city leaders of the Shared Prosperity Partnership are shaping inclusive growth strategies; US Water Alliance urban flooding report; tribute to John Lewis and C.T. Vivian; new opportunity for cities addressing students’ basic needs; digital keynote conversation on the future of public spaces.

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July 16, 2020

Featured items: Q&A with Detroit Artists Market leader on PPP funding impact; reaching and supporting immigrants in COVID-19 relief efforts; reimagining criminal justice spaces; 2020Kresge Artist Fellows and Gilda Award recipients celebration; Kresge in the news.

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July 9, 2020

Featured items: $1.1M in COVID grants awarded; Kresge Community Support: Fresno inititative grants; partner spotlight: FreshLo’s Sankofa Community Development Corporation; COVID guide for artists and activists; two upcoming webinars on Census outreach operations and COVID-19, racism and colleges.

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July 2, 2020

Featured items: 2020 Kresge Artist Fellows & Gilda Award winners; Student success initiative in South Africa receives $3.6 million in grants; Strong Start to Finish education reforms commentary; President Rip Rapson’s commentary; racial equity within philanthropy and grants management.

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June 25, 2020

Featured items: Celebrating Pride Month; artist relief funds providing support amid COVID-19 pandemic;  FRESHLO report on the benefits of hyper-local investment; town hall discussion on COVID-19, racism & HBCUs; peer learnings series for Climate Change, Health & Equity grantees; Fulcrum Fellows.

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June 18, 2020

Featured items: Juneteenth designated as official Kresge holiday; Supreme Court strikes down effort to dismantle DACA; webinar on COVID-19, climate change and communitites; The Merit Myth book; crisis-oriented communications webinar; $1.45 million in community and habitat resilience grants.

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June 11, 2020

Featured items: $2.4 million in new COVID-related grants awarded; rethinking the health system to focus on population health; strategies for a robust medical response to climate change; report on how public sector and real estate industry can reduce building pollution; mental health awareness webinar.

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June 4, 2020

Featured items: Commentary on the killing of George Floyd and racial justice; COVID-19 grants for 50 arts & culture groups; tribute to retiring Kresge Trustees Phillip L. Clay and Steven K. Hamp; artists spread public health messages through Fill the Walls with Hope project; Q&A on important role of HBCUs.

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May 28, 2020

Featured items: Initiative to reimagine public spaces expands to five more cities; webinars address COVID-19 impact on higher education, climate change; the ins and outs of in-lieu fees for inclusionary zoning and affordable housing; two Kresge Artist Fellows added to Everybody VS COVID-19 Unity Festival.

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May 21, 2020

Featured items: The Arts & Transportation Rapid Response initiative is accepting applications; new website launches to provide news for Detroiters, by Detroiters; Everybody VS COVID Unity Festival; low-cost alternatives for hard-to-find disinfectants; two new Kresge newsletters launching soon.

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May 14, 2020

Featured items: $4.4 million in new COVID-related grants awarded; Detroit nonprofit leader shares COVID-19 challenges; Community Investment Guarantee Pool hits $38 million; reliable energy sources for vulnerable families; new economic inclusion initiative.

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May 7, 2020

Featured items: COVID-19 and mission investing to be discussed at MIE 2020 national conference; CARES Act relief for students and loan borrowers; funds for childcare providers  in Detroit serving essential workers; drone footage of Marygrove’s Early Childhood Education Center; Kresge in the News.

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April 30, 2020

Featured items: College Signing Day 2020 goes virtual; webinar on higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic;  new research pape on remaking federalism amid COVID-19; national effort to highlight ‘Why Public Health Matters’; Creative Placemaking e-book.

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April 23, 2020

Featured items: Earth Day 2020 reflections by Environment Managing Director Lois DeBacker, Senior Program Officer Jalonne White-Newsome and Kresge staff; COVID-19 stimulus funding for nonprofits; cross-team grantmaking evaluation; Eminent Artist virtual film screening.

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April 16, 2020

Featured items: Kresge awards $2.6 million in new grants in response to COVID-19 pandemic, starting with place-based grants in Detroit, Memphis and New Orleans; $1M in interest waived on active program-related investments; virtual Earth Day 2020 programs by our Environment Program partners;  role of health care in multi-sector networks for population health.

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April 9, 2020

Featured items: Salute to public health workers during National Public Health Week; remembrance of longtime Kresge board member Irene Hirano Inouye; virtual series on colleges and COVID-19; shows go on despite COVID-19; one-year anniversary of 25% by ’25 initiative; Health Affairs covers health and human services integration.

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April 2, 2020

Featured items: Nonprofit guide to the 2020 CARES Act loan programs; Census outreach amid COVID-19 pandemic; new book celebrating women of color launches wiht virtual event; higher education grantmaking and COVID-19; free climate resilence e-book.

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March 26, 2020

Featured items: Kresge signs Council on Foundations’ COVID-19 pledge; ELPH leaders on front lines battle coronavirus; state policies promote shared prosperity in cities; World Water Day commentary; Mission, Money & Markets blog post on banking law changes; Kresge opposes changes to 2015 fair housing rule.

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March 19, 2020

A message from President & CEO Rip Rapson on Kresge’s commitment to grantees, partners during COVID-19 and resources for nonprofits.

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March 12, 2020

Featured items: Grantee Perception Report and 10 resolutions to strengthen grantee relations; resources for reaching hard-to-count Census populations; new program aims to support the engagement of fathers and family prosperity; addressing adverse childhood experiences; ‘Unlikely’ now streaming.

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March 5, 2020

Featured items: Census Counts campaign for fair and accurate count; Creating Healthy Communities webinar available on health risks of racism; new report on home rule reforms; a partner spotlight on the Asian Economic Development Association; International Women’s Day.

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February 27, 2020

Featured items: Black History Month partner spotlight: Inclusiv and  African-American Credit Union Coalition; unique partnership seeks to create greener, healthier cities;  Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership (FUEL) program case study; Kresge’s Anna Cruz named a 2020 PLACES Fellow; Kresge grantee designer spotlighted for justice work.

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February 20, 2020

Featured items: Black History Month partner spotlight: Motown Museum; inaugural peer-learning event of the Climate Change, Health & Equity convening; insights on the work of the Water Equity Task Force; essay on Opportunity Zone investments; Kresge in the news.

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February 13, 2020

Featured items: Black History Month partner spotlight: A visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice; Climate Change, Health & Equity Initiative convening and opening remarks by President Rip Rapson; Urban America Forward report on advancing equity; e-learning philanthropy platform from Johnson Center; current job openings.

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February 6, 2020

Featured items include: Partner spotlight honoring Black History Month; Environment Program hosts Racial Equity Learning Program convening; Mission, Money & Markets blog post on new approach to financing community energy resilience; Creating Healthy Communities webinar on racism; and Marygrove campus transformation cited as positive example of community engagement.

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January 30, 2020

Featured items include: Community Investment Guarantee Pool introduced; new Eminent Artist named for 2020; New Orleans Next Gen funding opportunity announced; Kresge VP, CFO and chief administrative officer Amy Robinson delivers Walsh College commencement address; and private foundation excise tax change.

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January 23, 2020

Featured items include: Place-based Practice leadership updates; Detroit Future City opens a center focused on economic equity; MLK Day lecture on climate change and racial equity; upcoming clean energy investment webinar; and Kresge in the field.

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January 16, 2020

Featured items include: New BOOST (Boosting Opportunities for Social and Economic Mobility for Families) grants awarded; upcoming MLK Day lecture on climate change and racial equity; request for information issued by Human Services Program and Social Investment Practice; Fulcrum Fellowship applications now open.

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January 9, 2020

New  Year’s edition of our newsletter offers recommendations from our staff on what books to read about cities, opportunity and equity in 2020.

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August 13

Kresge staff is working remotely, and our offices are closed until further notice.  See our promise to partners during COVID-19.