The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create the conditions in which vulnerable children can realize their full potential in school, future careers and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.
WKKF’s commitment to racial equity began in the 1940s, with early investments in integrating healthcare professions and supporting Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Tribal Colleges. In 2007, WKKF’s board of trustees intentionally declared the foundation’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. Racial equity and racial healing are now embedded in everything at WKKF, including our approach to grantmaking and the workplace culture we create.
WKKF sees racial healing as a viable pathway to achieving and sustaining racial equity. Racial healing helps individuals, communities organizations, and decisionmakers build trustful relationships, examine the ongoing impacts of interpersonal and systemic racism in all societal contexts and chart the course toward a better, more equitable future.
To learn more, visit www.wkkf.org or follow WKKF on Twitter at @wk_kellogg_fdn.
In 2022, NBC News produced a 14-part digital series sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, on the subject of advancing racial equity through the experience of racial healing. The series explored the central themes of racial healing, including the progress individuals and communities can make by sharing stories and recognizing past and present-day racism, acknowledging everyday biases, and repairing our society by building inclusive relationships and transforming systems and structures. The work culminated on the National Day of Racial Healing with a primetime town hall produced by MSNBC and Spanish language town hall produced by Telemundo.