Human Services Advancing the Effectiveness and Resilience of Direct-Service Organizations


Our goal is to help high-performing human-services organizations demonstrate the ways different resources and promising approaches can add capacity, enhance performance and increase resilience.

We support multiservice organizations with investments that add to their effectiveness and allow them to expand their reach or to innovate.

We believe investments that strengthen programming, external relations, human resources, information systems, financial management or performance assessments lead to higher-quality services for clients and can contribute to systems change. We look for opportunities to demonstrate that investments in organizational effectiveness yield meaningful improvement in quality of life and economic opportunity for low-income individuals and families. As with all of our human-services work, these investments are focused on organizations that help people move out of poverty. We fund direct-service organizations because they provide critically needed assistance to individuals and families and anchor us in the reality, challenges and promising practices of day-to-day human-services work.


U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations with audited financial statements that are not classified as private foundations. Audits must be independently prepared following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or Government Auditing Standards (GAS). Financial statements prepared on a cash, modified cash, compilation, or review basis do not qualify.

Government entities.


We award grants and make program-related investments. Some grants are awarded for a single year, others are for multiple years. Taken together, our grantmaking and investing methods constitute our funding toolbox.

Our funding toolbox consists of:

  • Operating support grants
  • Project support grants
  • Program-related investments

Our funding goal - through grants and investments - is to help organizations that are advancing our programmatic priorities fulfill their missions and become sustainable over time, often growing or developing in the process.



The Kresge Foundation

3215 W. Big Beaver Road

Troy, Mich. 48084

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