Filling Critical Gaps, a Foundation Looks to Realize the Promise of Opportunity Zones

Filling Critical Gaps, a Foundation Looks to Realize the Promise of Opportunity Zones

The 2017 tax law included the most important new program to spur urban revitalization in decades. But it’s lacking in transparency and accountability. Kresge has been working to fix that and ensure the law achieves real impact.

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Displacement Fears: Arts Funders and the Dilemma of Urban Gentrification

Displacement Fears: Arts Funders and the Dilemma of Urban Gentrification

With housing costs rising, long-term urban residents often perceive artists as the first wave of gentrification that will eventually displace them. How are arts funders and nonprofits trying to navigate this highly charged environment?

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Work in Progress: A Funder Looks at Key Challenges Around Creative Placemaking

Work in Progress: A Funder Looks at Key Challenges Around Creative Placemaking

Using the arts to drive equitable community development has been both a promising and frustrating proposition ever since it started gaining traction among funders roughly a decade ago. We check in on how a key leader in this space, the Kresge Foundation, sees the field evolving.

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A Foundation Looks to Human Service Organizations to Boost Social and Economic Mobility

A Foundation Looks to Human Service Organizations to Boost Social and Economic Mobility

Human service organizations don’t just apply Band-Aids to social problems. They also can drive larger change and help struggling Americans climb up the economic ladder. Or at least that’s the idea behind a Kresge Foundation initiative now in its second year.

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Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

A couple of years ago, Detroit's Marygrove College was running out of cash. Now, it's the fulcrum of a big push by the Kresge Foundation to use a higher ed institution to drive place-based development.

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Philanthropy’s Fixing Up Parks and Public Spaces. How Do We Know It's Helping Communities?  

Philanthropy’s Fixing Up Parks and Public Spaces. How Do We Know It's Helping Communities?  

Cities nationwide are mixing public and private funds to upgrade shared spaces. But what are the social, economic and civic effects? A funder-backed initiative is developing the metrics and data to find out.

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How a Foundation's Focus on Cities Made it a Leader in a Changing Environmental Movement

How a Foundation's Focus on Cities Made it a Leader in a Changing Environmental Movement

Kresge’s green giving is not quite like any other large foundation’s, entirely supporting climate resilience in cities, and with a unique focus on equity. We take a deep dive into its environmental program.

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The Latest Push for Cities That Are Both More Sustainable and Equitable

The Latest Push for Cities That Are Both More Sustainable and Equitable

Community engagement is the name of the game for the latest round of matching grants from a group of funders who want to see more voices at the table in conversations about urban sustainability.

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Think Systemically, Act Locally: Who's Backing This Push to Build Community Wealth?

Think Systemically, Act Locally: Who's Backing This Push to Build Community Wealth?

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) believes that supporting fair local economies means questioning the larger status quo. Which funders are behind its approach? 

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Waterworld: Who’s Funding the Latest Effort to Withstand Sea-Level Rise?

Waterworld: Who’s Funding the Latest Effort to Withstand Sea-Level Rise?

Resilience is a big topic in philanthropy, targeting areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A few foundations are backing a new design competition to protect Florida from sea-level rise.

 

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Water Systems Are In Crisis. How Can Funders Help?

Water Systems Are In Crisis. How Can Funders Help?

Whether they are knee-deep in floodwaters or their tap water is unsafe to drink, millions of Americans face serious water challenges. A new analysis looks at ways philanthropy can address these challenges. 

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