The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, in the suburb community of Troy. The Foundation partners with those committed to the needs of poor individuals and communities, including small, mid-size and large nonprofit organizations, intermediaries, and the public and private sectors. Kresge has seven programs -- Arts and Culture, Community Development, Detroit, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services -- each with long-term goals and strategies to guide grantmaking and investing.
Kresge's Environment program is focused on adaptation to climate change, with the goal "to help develop new knowledge and practices that will enable and encourage society to prepare for the impacts of climate change on people and nature." Three strategies are implemented for this focus area including:
- Building the field of climate change adaptation;
- Fostering the development of place-based adaptation strategies; and
- Informing and promoting climate-wise policies and practices.
To build the field of adaptation, Kresge supports leaders and practitioners who are establishing intellectual frameworks for the field, identifying research needs, and building a common lexicon - while investing in the development of informational resources, networks and communication tools that promote learning about climate-change adaptation.
To support place-based initiatives, the Foundation initiates, funds, and propagates model processes that engage local stakeholders in shaping strategies that will contribute to more resilient human and natural systems. Strategic issues that have implications for both people and nature are targeted, including water-resource management, the protection of biodiversity-rich and emblematic ecosystems, and urban adaptation planning and implementation. Most of the investments in this area are focused on processes that engage local communities in responding collectively, across sectors, to their vulnerabilities.
Kresge currently supports select policy initiatives at the national level. Future investments in climate-wise policy will be developed through the place-based work that constitutes the bulk of their adaptation investments to date - anticipating that learning will, in turn, influence the approach to policy at all levels of government.
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- Mapping Our Future: A Work Plan for Public Engagement and Equity in Climate Adaptation Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C)
- Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan
- Bounce Forward – Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change
- Building a Community of Practice at the Intersection of Water, Climate Resilience and Equity
- Pathways to Resilience: Transforming Cities in a Changing Climate
- Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities
- Professional Societies and Climate Change
- Rising to the Challenge Together
- The Kresge Foundation Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative
- Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment