Regeneration Report Highlights Eight Stories of Community-Led Equitable Renewal


Kresge’s 2021 Annual Report Highlights How Its Nonprofit Partners Are Best Positioned to Ensure the Recovery Center Needs Communities

The Kresge Foundation’s recently released annual report, “Regeneration: Repair and Restoration in America’s Cities,” highlights how 2021 has been a pivotal year for repair and renewal and how its partners have paved the way for an equitable recovery. in cities across the country. It was then that Kresge’s longstanding practice of investing in community-led civic renewal in cities was met with a one-time injection of cash from the federal government, creating the conditions for a community-based recovery. equity take root.

The digital report, available at Regeneration.Kresge.org now, is illustrated with artwork by Favianna Rodriguez, who also directs the Center for Cultural Power, a Kresge partner. Rodriguez’s art draws from his social justice background with imagery of migration, gender justice, climate change and racial equity – themes intertwined throughout the report.

Through eight video stories, the report showcases the many ways Kresge grantees and grantees are bouncing back and rebuilding their communities with equity at the center – demonstrating why they are well positioned to help ensure recovery efforts center needs. and the real desires of people where they live and work. Organizations featured include the AmbitioUS Initiative, St. Paul’s People’s Prosperity Pilot, Yuma County Public Health Team, Water Wise Gulf South, Greenprint Partners, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, California State Long Beach, and St. Rest Food to Share Hub. The stories will take viewers to eight locations, including the landmark cities of Kresge, Detroit, Memphis and New Orleans, as well as Fresno, St. Louis and more.

Complementing these video stories, the report includes a message from Kresge Board Chair Cecilia Muñoz, who in March 2022 became the 10th person in Kresge’s 98-year history to take on the role. Muñoz reflects on what it means to lead an organization to meet a moment for which it was created. She is convinced that the foundation and its partners on the ground are well placed to help ensure that public funds reach where they are most needed.

For communities to bounce back with fairness, Kresge Chairman and CEO Rip Rapson argues in his letter for the need to rethink the way decisions are made about how public funds are used and spent. work. Kresge’s experience in fostering multi-sectoral partnerships and improving people-centered solutions among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) provides hope on how to bring about equitable civic renewal – just like the stories in this report.

Follow the conversation about how cities are bouncing back with fairness at the center using #Regeneration on social media. And to see Regeneration, go to: https://regeneration.kresge.org/.

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