Featured Partner: Kettering Foundation

Through over a decade of collaboration, the work of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good has been deeply influenced by the mission, goals and especially the insights that we have received from the Kettering Foundation.  Through our work together we have improved our shared understanding of how community organizations, universities, and local leaders come together to solve regional challenges.  We are proud to say that, in addition to what we have learned, our partnership has contributed to efforts that have the potential to make significant strides in improving college access across the state of Michigan and specifically in the northwest Detroit community of Brightmoor.  It is also important to note how we have grown in our knowledge of the power of the democratic process in community development.

The Forum is proud to call Kettering one of our most faithful partners.

From Kettering’s website:

The Kettering Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan research organization rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research.  Everything Kettering researches relates to one central question: what does it take for democracy to work as it should?  Or put another way: What does it take for citizens to shape their collective future?

The foundation explores ways that key political practices can be strengthened through innovations that emphasize active roles for citizens.  Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people collectively can do to address problems affecting their lives, their community, and their nation.

The foundation seeks to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work as it should through interrelated program areas that focus on citizens, communities, and institutions.  But Kettering doesn’t study communities, schools, professions, or institutions like governments or colleges and universities.  Instead, we study how all of these relate to citizens trying to make a difference in shaping their common future. 

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