Kresge Foundation Awards $1.25 Million to 'NextGen' Memphis

Kresge Foundation Awards $1.25 Million to 'NextGen' Memphis

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced grants totaling $1.25 million to organizations in Memphis as part of a place-based initiative dedicated to boosting the social and economic mobility of low-income families.

Following the selection of Detroit in February, Memphis is the second city chosen to participate in the foundation's Next Generation Initiative. Through the initiative, grants of $250,000 will be awarded to five partner organizations committed to person-centered, outcomes-based work that advances racial equity using a two-generation, whole family approach.

Grantees in Memphis include The Collective, which invests in the dreams of young adults; Dorothy Day House, which provides supportive transitional housing assistance; Knowledge Quest, which equips young people to maximize their potential through intellectual and character development; Urban Strategies Memphis Hope, which specializes in human services development, planning, and strategy implementation as part of broader neighborhood revitalization efforts; and World Relief Memphis, which works to accelerate the social and economic mobility of low-income immigrant and refugee families.

"This initiative is an integral part of the Human Services Program’s commitment to investing in America’s cities," said Joelle Jude-Fontaine, human services senior program officer at the foundation. "Memphis is our second NextGen city, and we look forward to learning from and sharing lessons with our Next Gen cohort in Detroit in order to accelerate social and economic mobility for families with low incomes."

(Photo credit: World Relief Memphis)