Catch up on IFF news, read stories about community development projects across the Midwest, and gain insight from our team.

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May 09, 2019
The Appraisal Bias: How more equitable underwriting can increase capital in communities of color
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March 12, 2019
Exploring the continuum: Why community development projects need so much more than capital
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July 08, 2024
Outlier Media: Hope Starts Here – Detroit’s Children Enriched by Network of Resource Groups Addressing Community-Identified Goals
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June 25, 2024
Second Wave Michigan: Repurposing Community Assets Strengthens Communities in Pontiac and Detroit
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May 28, 2024
Caring for Our Future: State Initiative Boosts and Supports Child Care Providers and Creates Quality Learning Spaces for More Children
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May 13, 2024
JPMorgan Chase: Quality Child Care Anchors Detroit Community
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May 09, 2024
Michigan Chronicle: Michigan’s $59 Million Investment Paid for Expansions, Upgrades, and Renovations at 1,100 Childcare Facilities
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May 08, 2024
Michigan Department of Lifelong Learning, Achievement, and Potential Press Release: MiLEAP Announces $59 Million Investment to Expand and Improve 1,100+ Child Care Facilities Across Michigan
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May 07, 2024
IFF’s 2023 Annual Report: A Historic Investment in Local Changemakers
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May 02, 2024
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: IFF Research Study Highlights Uneven Access to Affordable Child Care in Kent County, Michigan
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April 25, 2024
Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave: Battle Creek’s Early Childhood Education Poised to Flourish — And Save a Church at the Same Time
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March 07, 2024
WGHN-AM: Rep. Scholten Secures $11.5M for Community Projects Across West Michigan
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February 21, 2024
Crain’s Grand Rapids Business: Kent County Must Continue Early Childhood Funding
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February 20, 2024
The Kresge Foundation: How IFF Navigated Layering Partners, Capital to Build a New Early Childhood Center
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January 01, 2024
December 2023 Loan Round-up
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December 19, 2023
Second Wave Michigan: Report Highlights Need for More Equitable Early Childhood Care and Education
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October 25, 2023
Michigan Initiative Helping to Build More Quality, Inspiring Child Care Spaces
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October 16, 2023
Commentary: Hope Starts Here Marks Progress in Detroit, Kellogg and Kresge recommit their support
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October 13, 2023
WGVU: New Study Finds Demand for Early Childcare Slots in Kent County Falls Thousands Short
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August 10, 2023
Fox 2 Detroit: Gov. Whitmer’s new state budget includes $254M expanding free pre-K for up to 5,600 children
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June 21, 2023
Honoring Culture’s Influence on Early Childhood Education and Spaces 
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June 07, 2023
Stronger Nonprofits Initiative: Five Years of Investment and Impact
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March 23, 2023
Commentary: State initiative is a leap forward for early childhood facilities and those they serve
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Children playing at an ECE center in Detroit. One child never the center is balancing, with arms outstretched, on a board curved like the foot of a rocking horse.
November 03, 2022
Press Release: Gov. Whitmer Announces Application is Now Live for $50M in Grants to Open and Grow Child Care Facilities in Michigan
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June 20, 2022
Recorrido de Fotos: Proveedores de educación infantil en Grand Rapids mejoran sus edificios a través del programa Learning Spaces
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June 20, 2022
Photo Tour: Grand Rapids Early Childhood Education Providers Enhance Facilities Through Learning Spaces Program
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May 18, 2022
IFF’s 2021 Annual Report | Meeting the Moment: Change, Equity, Impact
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Architect's rendering of Galleria 89 in South Chicago
May 01, 2022
April 2022 Loan Round-up
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A photo of the St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center in Detroit
February 16, 2022
Facility Turnaround in Detroit Helps Nonprofit Focus on “The Right Work at the Right Time in the Right Place”
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January 18, 2022
Photo Tour: The Marygrove Early Education Center Puts Young Learners at the Center of Community Revitalization
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November 16, 2021
Home-based early childhood education providers deserve to be included in funding, supports
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November 04, 2021
ENR Midwest: ENR Midwest Names 2021 Best Projects
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September 17, 2021
The Kresge Foundation: New, state-of-the art Marygrove Early Education Center celebrates grand opening
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September 15, 2021
Trailblazing Early Learning Center Opens Doors on Marygrove Campus in Detroit
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August 18, 2021
MLive: Transforming learning spaces: Program aims to improve access to early childhood education
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June 28, 2021
2020 Annual Report
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May 05, 2021
How Learning Spaces Expansion to Grand Rapids Addresses Inequity and Shapes Children’s Futures
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March 31, 2021
March 2021 Loan Round-up
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February 25, 2021
Model D: This faith-based nonprofit helped spark a revival in Detroit’s Regent Park
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February 01, 2021
Bridge Detroit: Cradle-to-career program at Marygrove campus serves Detroit’s littlest people
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January 26, 2021
WILX Lansing: Children’s Book Provides Practical Tips for Returning to In-Person Learning
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January 05, 2021
“How My School Fights a Virus:” IFF publishes children’s book with practical tips on returning to school
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October 26, 2020
Matrix Human Services: L.A.C.C. Child Care Academy Transforms After Renovations
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October 12, 2020
Partnerships, Equity & the CDFI Way: How 159 Midwest nonprofits received PPP loans through IFF
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October 12, 2020
Press Release: $22 million financing package closes to support cutting edge early childhood center on Marygrove campus
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October 08, 2020
Interested in Racial Justice? Invest in Early Childhood Education.
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September 01, 2020
Racial Equity in Times of Crisis: Let’s Interrupt History (Part 2)
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May 27, 2020
2019 Annual Report
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April 15, 2020
Racial Equity in Times of Crisis: Let’s Interrupt History
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March 06, 2020
Architectural Digest: Inside a Historic Detroit Charter School That Takes Cues From Wes Anderson
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March 02, 2020
Profile: Denise Smith, Hope Starts Here Implementation Director
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Image of groundbreaking ceremony at Marygrove College
March 02, 2020
Detroit breaks ground on $15 million early education center that will serve as national model
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