Nonprofits in 28 states, the District of Columbia and South Africa are recipients.
TROY, Mich., April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Signaling the importance of affirming and strengthening philanthropic support for nonprofits in times of crisis, the trustees of The Kresge Foundation awarded nearly $73 million in grants in the first quarter of 2009. The awards represent the largest quarterly commitment in the 85-year-old foundation's history. It also reflects the foundation's continuing effort to build-out its longer-term strategies to fortify the essential components of healthy, vibrant communities while identifying ways to help improve the life circumstances of low-income citizens in the here-and-now.
"As a large, private foundation, our time to lead is now," says Elaine D. Rosen, chair of the board of trustees. "It is tempting to look at a reduction in our assets and fall back into a cautious, defensive posture. But we have decided that we must instead step forward, investing where we can to strengthen the social safety net without sacrificing our long-term objectives."
The metropolitan Detroit-based foundation focuses its grantmaking in six fields of interest: health, the environment, community development, arts and culture, education and human services. Seventy-five awards were made in 28 states and the District of Columbia; two grants were awarded to higher education institutions in South Africa.
A complete list of the first quarter grant awards is provided below.
Human Services: Nimbleness at a time of great need
Kresge awarded $10.6 million in grants to 19 human service organizations around the country that provide food service and distribution, shelter to homeless individuals and families, affordable housing for the poor, and legal aid to residents of North Carolina's Appalachian Region.
The largest single human service award - $1.45 million - went to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. As the state's largest food bank, it distributes more than 29 million pounds of food to 20 counties through a network of 530 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, homeless shelters and after-school programs.
Another food provider, Open Arms of Minnesota, received an $800,000 award. Located in Minneapolis, it is the state's only agency that prepares and delivers free meals to low-income individuals living with chronic and progressive diseases, including HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.
The Salvation Army USA, provides food, shelter, clothing, utility assistance, after-school programs and other neighborhood-related needs. To coordinate these efforts, it has divided the nation into four territories: East, West, South and Central. Kresge has awarded the Central Territory (headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois) and the Southern Territory (headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia) each a $1 million grant for construction of needed facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Memphis, Tennessee.
A $500,000 award went to Pisgah Legal Services of Ashville, North Carolina. The office has been coordinating a network of 300 volunteer attorneys who provide free civil legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable people for 30 years, including disadvantaged children, seniors on fixed incomes, the abused, homeless and disabled.
"We are trying to help strong organizations do more of what they do best - work on the front lines of human suffering to meet the basic human needs of adults and children," says Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation. "For these organizations and so many others, the economic crisis means that their clientele is increasing while their charitable support is decreasing. Philanthropy can't provide any silver bullets, but we can try to provide some ballast where it is most needed and can best be used."
Health: Cleaner air, better outcomes
Approximately $6.7 million was awarded to organizations that advance Kresge's twin health priorities: fostering good health by addressing harmful environmental and social factors and increasing access to high-quality health care for low-income adults and children.
Improving air quality was the focus of two grants: a $950,000 award to the
"There is an intimate link between human health and the quality of one's environment," Rapson explains. "Air quality is, for example, an environmental health issue. The number-one predictor of high school drop-out rates is a child's attendance. Children with asthma miss a great deal of school. Improving air quality reduces the incidents of asthma, which can, in turn, be a factor in increasing graduation rates."
Detroit: A catalytic investment for today and tomorrow
The over-arching purpose of Kresge's community development work in its hometown is strengthening the City of Detroit's economic, social and cultural fabric. The trustees broke new ground by approving a $35 million investment in the Lower Woodward Light Rail Project (M-1 RAIL), a $120-million transit line that will run along Woodward Avenue from the Detroit River to the New Center area.
"There is no more important investment this region can make in its future health and vitality than a regional mass transit system," says Rapson. "The Woodward line will signal metropolitan Detroit's willingness to jump-start our region's aspiration to create such a system. It will connect inner-city residents with job opportunities. It will give rise to more intensive, sensible land-use, tying neighborhood residents to new community development opportunities. It will draw together a variety of private, philanthropic, public, and nonprofit activities now in place to promote the retention and attraction of talent in the heart of the city."
The light rail investment advances multiple strategic objectives on the part of Kresge. Its 13 planned stations will spur commercial and residential revitalization while linking the city's major arts and cultural institutions and athletic arenas. Because light rail is a clean transportation source and should reduce the number of cars on area roads, the system is expected to reduce carbon emissions, helping to protect the region's air quality and its substantial natural resources.
As with past grants of similar magnitude, the trustees conditioned payments - which will be made over four years - on meeting a series of project benchmarks. "We have every expectation that these benchmarks will be met in a timely way, leading to the beginning of construction this year and the line's completion in late-2010," adds Rapson.
The trustees approved ten other grants and one program-related investment to Detroit-area nonprofit organizations. The total, including the light rail investment, was $40.1 million.
In other fields of interest, awards were made to community colleges and early childhood education organizations, arts and culture organizations, and environmental organizations working to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy.
"No community is immune to the effects of the economic maelstrom we are experiencing," concludes Rapson. "Our hope is that we can help improve the day-to-day quality of life of our most disadvantaged citizens while increasing their long-term prospects for opportunity and self-sufficiency."
Here is a list of grants approved in the first quarter 2009:
(The list includes current and future planned grants.)
ARIZONA Arizona Bridge to Independent Living Phoenix $500,000 ARKANSAS Hendrix College Conway $750,000 CALIFORNIA Downtown Women's Center Los Angeles $1,000,000 Exloco Sausalito $100,000 Oakland Museum of California Foundation Oakland $1,000,000 ODC Dance - San Francisco San Francisco $750,000 TechSoup Global San Francisco $90,000 The Arc of San Diego San Diego $350,000 The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Oakland $450,000 Environment University of Southern California Los Angeles $950,000 CONNECTICUT St. Vincent's Medical Center Bridgeport $1,000,000 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA National Association for the Education of Washington $700,000 Young Children Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington $300,000 Washington, D.C. Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future Washington $600,000 FLORIDA Central Florida Community College Ocala $450,000 In the Pines Inc. Delray Beach $195,000 NANAY Inc. (National Alliance to Nurture the Miami $125,000 Aged and the Youth) GEORGIA Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens Athens $370,000 The Salvation Army, USA Southern Territory Atlanta $1,000,000 IDAHO Treasure Valley Family YMCA Boise $500,000 ILLINOIS The Salvation Army, USA Central Territory Des Plaines $1,000,000 INDIANA Boys & Girls Club of Evansville Inc. Evansville $250,000 IOWA Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque $1,000,000 KENTUCKY Women's Crisis Center Inc. Covington $260,000 LOUISIANA Local Initiatives Support Corporation Baton Rouge $700,000 Market Umbrella New Orleans $250,000 MASSACHUSETTS Veteran Homestead Inc. Fitchburg $800,000 MICHIGAN Belle Isle Women's Committee Birmingham $100,000 City Year Detroit Detroit $400,000 Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Detroit $500,000 Community Health and Social Services Center Detroit $1,000,000 Council of Michigan Foundations Grand Haven $250,000 Council of Michigan Foundations Grand Haven $150,000 Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation Detroit $250,000 Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation Detroit $75,000 Henry Ford Health System Detroit $2,500,000 Legal Services of South Central Michigan Ann Arbor $442,500 M-1 RAIL (Regional Area Initial Link) Detroit $34,600,000 Michigan Primary Care Association Lansing $200,000 Neighborhood Centers Inc. Detroit $60,000 Southwest Detroit Business Association Detroit $70,000 University of Michigan Ann Arbor $25,000 University of Michigan - Flint Flint $50,000 Wayne State University Detroit $600,000 MINNESOTA Fresh Energy St. Paul $350,000 Highpoint Center for Printmaking Minneapolis $250,000 Open Arms of Minnesota Inc. Minneapolis $800,000 MISSOURI Places for People Inc. St. Louis $20,000 NEW HAMPSHIRE Boys & Girls Club of Manchester Manchester $500,000 NEW JERSEY Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Camden $100,000 NEW YORK Environmental Grantmakers Association New York $20,000 New World Foundation New York $32,000 Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc New York $440,000 NORTH CAROLINA Pisgah Legal Services Asheville $500,000 OHIO Clark State Community College Springfield $850,000 Mid-Ohio Foodbank Columbus $1,450,000 The Toledo Zoo Toledo $600,000 OREGON Clackamas County Children's Commission Marylhurst $200,000 Lane Community College Eugene $800,000 National Center for Conservation Science and Ashland $750,000 Policy Oregon College of Art and Craft Portland $900,000 Resource Innovation Group Inc. Eugene $750,000 PENNSYLVANIA YMCA of Reading and Berks County Reading $200,000 RHODE ISLAND Providence Children's Museum Providence $150,000 TEXAS El Centro del Barrio - CentroMed San Antonio $400,000 Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Fort Worth $1,500,000 UTAH YWCA of Salt Lake City Salt Lake City $500,000 WASHINGTON CASA Latina Seattle $300,000 Community Health Care Tacoma $550,000 Northwest Maritime Center Port Townsend $600,000 Prosser Memorial Hospital Prosser $550,000 Puget Sound Educational Service District Renton $600,000 WISCONSIN Clean Wisconsin Inc. Madison $230,633 SOUTH AFRICA International Association for Digital Braamfontein $400,000 Publications Rhodes University Grahamstown $900,000 For more information, contact Cynthia Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 248-643-9630.
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