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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Featured items: $2.1 million in COVID vaccination efforts grants; a look at where Opportunity Zones stand; Education partner spotlight: University Innovation Alliance; justice system reform grants; Kresge Artists Fellows film premiere.
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Featured items: Navigate the Flood guide for managing flooding; commentary on the Tulsa Race Massacre centennial; evaluation of the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative; education funder’s collaborative to help students achieve 4-year degrees; Kresge job openings.
Featured items: Commentary on the one-year remembrance of George Floyd’s murder; artist-led healing projects in Minneapolis; Health Program Officer Q&A; Marygrove Conservancy Impact Report; Kresge in the News.
Featured items: A reflection on Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Kresge President Rip Rapson on cities & revitalization; Climate Change, Health & Equity grantee videos; partner spotlight: Bottom Line; Detroit Future City report.
Featured items: NCRC report on cultural identity and small businesses of historically Black neighborhoods; small business network fund in Detroit; equity in energy benchmarking policies to address climate change; resources for population health networks; women in investment management; groundbreaking signifies next phase of the Detroit Riverwalk.
Featured items: Kresge signs Disability Inclusion Pledge; CIO Power 100 list includes Kresge CIO; how artists can contribute to equity-driven transportation projects; commentary on free community college; infrastructure, social justice and redevelopment.
Featured items: Public health COVID-19 vaccination success; designing pathways for economic mobility; KIP:D evaluation; College Signing Day social media takeover; health insurers need to step up and invest in affordable housing.
Featured items: Celebrating Earth Day 2021: Call for more funding of BIPOC-led environmental justice groups, social media takeover by Climate Justice Alliance, building a clean energy future, 22- song Earth Day playlist; commentary on former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial; new fund for Detroit CDOs; grant to help Detroit’s NPR station buy a new transmitter.
Featured items: Climate Change, Health & Equity initiative grants; vaccine support effort grants in Detroit; report on how arts and cultures can foster social cohesion; new Program staff; college access grants; philanthropy’s role in the future of cities.
Featured items: Kresge President Rip Rapson urges business sector to invest in racial equity to combat climate change; Rapson joins call for an inclusive economic growth proposal; Climate Funders Justice Pledge; future of public health; historical roots of structural racism explored.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Featured items: A message on the 2020 Presidential Election from Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson.
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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.
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.
Featured items: Relaunched Kresge.org 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.’
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A message from President & CEO Rip Rapson on Kresge’s commitment to grantees, partners during COVID-19 and resources for nonprofits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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New Year’s edition of our newsletter offers recommendations from our staff on what books to read about cities, opportunity and equity in 2020.