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“This is a gift of faith in
The foundation’s primary grantmaking tool is its Challenge Grant Program. It is designed to assist nonprofit organizations as they work to strengthen leadership and financial support through challenge grants for capital projects. The challenge grant supports the construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of property and the purchase of equipment. The grant to
Kresge’s support represents the college’s most ambitious project of all time. Cutting-edge for the Rust College campus, the three-story, 18,000 square feet science center will feature a greenhouse, animal research rooms and additional research laboratories for math, computer science, chemistry, physics and biology. The building will open in spring 2008 after 18 months of construction.
“We applaud Rust’s commitment to providing a quality education to a diverse and underserved population,” says Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation. “We hope this gift offers access and opportunity to disadvantaged college-age students; to serve as a safety net and aid in the revitalization of distressed communities. We are proud to help advance this very important work at
In 2006, the foundation approved 230 grants throughout the
Kresge Green Building Initiative works to advance environmental conservation – sustainable building practices, environmental stewardship and sound land-use planning – by awarding planning grants to support the integrated design process for green renovation, historic preservation and new construction.
The Kresge Foundation has supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities since 1966. A five-year, $18 million HBCU Initiative that began in 1999 worked to strengthen the advancement capabilities of five institutions. The Kresge Foundation has also supported nonprofit organizations in 29 States and the
The Kresge Foundation is a private foundation that supports communities by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development. Sebastian S. Kresge established the foundation; it is not associated with any corporation or organization.
Nine values serve as the centerpiece of the foundation’s grantmaking: creating opportunity, community impact, institutional transformation, risk, environmental conservation, innovation, collaboration, underserved geography and diversity. Through the application of these values, Kresge gains a holistic understanding of the nature and impact of an organization’s work.
Rust is a 142-year-old liberal arts, private, United Methodist Church-supported institution serving more than 1,000 students coming from throughout the