A behind-the-scenes look into the unlikely partnerships, unique collaborations, variety of financial tools and bold bets led by The Kresge Foundation during a 13 year period in Detroit to catalyze a sustainable and equitable recovery for the city and all of its residents.

Book 1

Available December 2018

  • “…the story of one major American foundation finding its way in the modern landscape of foundations and of how, with many partners, it could 'promote human progress' in its home of Detroit.”

    Lee Bollinger, Columbia University President & Former Kresge Foundation Trustee
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Chapter 1

A shared community vision

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.”

— Daniel H. Burnham, 1907

For close to 50 years, Detroit has held a peculiar fascination for American philanthropy. The prospect of reversing a steep and accelerating decline, a cause at once tantalizing and forbidding, has drawn a number of foundations into repeated, often unsatisfying, efforts at novel civicphilanthropic initiatives there. Like Kafka’s castle, the city’s unique history of triumphs and crises has loomed on the philanthropic horizon as alluring yet stubbornly impenetrable.

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