A Long Story: What a Big Kellogg Grant Tells Us About the Foundation's Work in Haiti

A W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant of $2,000 to Heifer International back in 1995 is miles away from its recent $900,000 grant to Heifer, its largest grant to the organization to date. Kellogg’s big give will go toward supporting Heifer’s efforts to reduce smallholder farm vulnerability and increase family security in Maniche and St. Louis du Sud in Haiti.

In case you don't know Heifer, it implements a "teach a man to fish" ethos in its work through the teaching and promotion of sustainable farming methods, clean water initiatives, and its Passing on the Gift program. Passing on the Gift requires all the families that have received support from Heifer to pass on their "gifts" whether they be livestock, seeds or training, to other families in the area. Cool, right? 

Kellogg has supported Heifer’s work in various parts of the world, including the U.S., with over $2 million in grants since 1995. A little over half of that total grant amount has gone toward Heifer’s efforts in Haiti, which is a place of special interest for Kellogg.

The Kellogg Foundation began funding work in Haiti decades ago, in the 1950s. Initially, the work focused on fellowships and scholarships, but eventually grew into a full-scale grantmaking program. Kellogg ended that program in 2006, but Haiti continued to remain an area of interest and the foundation quietly funded a limited number of projects taking place on the island nation.

After the 2010 earthquake, Kellogg reengaged its funding efforts in Haiti, focusing its attentions on the Southwest Corridor and the Central Area. Instead of focusing on supporting fellows and scholars, the foundation decided that it would change its grantmaking game plan to include awarding grants in Haiti that involved any one of the Kellogg focus areas, which include healthy and educated kids, civic engagement, racial equality, and secure families.

On the healthy and educated kids front, Kellogg supports efforts in Haiti that improve nutrition in children from birth to age five, increase hospital delivery rates, increase school enrollment, improve academic proficiency in reading, writing, and math, and work that promotes racial equality through education.

On the secure families front, Kellogg looks to fund organizations that help improve adequate housing, help Haitians with income generation activities including improving agricultural production, access to financial services, and microlending.