The W.K. Kellogg Foundation believes:
- in helping people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.
- all people have the inherent capacity to effect change in their lives, in their organizations, and in their communities.
- stewardship requires fidelity to the spirit and to the intent of the founder, and the wise use of resources.
- innovation of thought and action leads to enduring and positive change in both formal and informal systems.
They value integrity of purpose and action, and believe it is essential to all of our affairs.
Founder W.K. Kellogg defined the foundation's purpose as "... administering funds for the promotion of the welfare, comfort, health, education, feeding, clothing, sheltering and safeguarding of children and youth, directly or indirectly without regard to sex, race, creed, or nationality..." To guide current and future trustees and staff, he said "use the money as you please so long as it promotes the health, happiness, and well-being of children."
What They Support/ Programs:
- Educated Kids: ensures that all children get the development and education they need as a foundation for independence and success; the foundation seeks opportunities to invest in early child development, leading to reading proficiency by third grade, high school graduation, and pathways to meaningful employment.
- Healthy Kids: seeks funding opportunities that allow the foundation to make progress in ensuring all children grow and reach optimal well-being by living in secure families, having access to fresh, local, healthy food, physical activity, and access to quality healthcare.
- Secure Families: goal is to build economic security for vulnerable children and their families through sustained income and asset accumulation.
- Racial Equity: directs grants and resources to support racial healing and to remove systematic barriers that hold some children back. The foundation invests in community and national organizations whose innovative and effective programs foster racial healing through action-oriented research and public policy work, they are helping translate insights into new strategies and sustainable solutions.
- Civic Engagement: partners with those committed to inclusion, impact and innovation in solving public problems. The foundation seeks engagement through dialogue, leadership development, collaboration, and new models of organizing.
To learn more, including information on the foundation's mission-driven investments please visit the website.