The Kresge Foundation Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative: Evaluation Report

The Kresge Foundation Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative: Evaluation Report

The Kresge Foundation's Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity (CRUO) Initiative — a five-year, $29 million effort launched in 2014 to build the capacity of community-based organizations to shape climate-resilience activities in ways that better reflect the priorities and needs of low-income urban communities — helped clarify the concept of climate resilience, who is affected by a warming climate, and how climate resilience solutions can help advance and support social equity, an evaluation by Spark Policy Institute and Ross Strategic finds. According to The Kresge Foundation Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative: Evaluation Report (121 pages, PDF), the foundation's support for fifteen nonprofits in nine states demonstrated the value of intentionally integrating the needs, experiences, and skills of low-income urban communities in climate-resilience planning and implementation. By integrating technical knowledge, data capabilities, community voice, and linked investments, CRUO enabled the fifteen communities to advance meaningful systems and policy change and helped build capacity across an ecosystem of organizations with aligned strategies and action plans. The report outlines key insights and lessons learned from the initiative in five areas: the value and impact of funding community-based organizations, adaptive management, the importance of staff and advisory competence in bridging fields, managing (and embracing) risk, and ensuring the sustainability of impacts.