OVERVIEW: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation prioritizes vulnerable children in the United States, Haiti and Mexico, investing in thriving children, working families and equitable communities. This funder has supported many organizations that aim to involve parents and caregivers more actively in children's education.
IP TAKE: Investing in vulnerable populations in the United States, Haiti and Mexico, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation prioritizes thriving children, working families and equitable communities. Many of its K-12 recipients are programs that aim to increase the involvement of parents and caregivers in children's education. This funder runs an open application process through its online portal.
PROFILE: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 by "breakfast cereal pioneer" Will Keith Kellogg. Based in East Battle Creek, Michigan, this foundation "works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life." Its stated priorities are thriving children, working families and equitable communities, and it supports these causes through five funding areas: educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity and civic engagement.
Kellogg investment in K-12 education stems mainly from its educated kids funding area. In addition to prioritizing vulnerable children, this funder invests significantly in early childhood education, education systems and parent involvement in education. One past grantee, Our House Inc., works nationally with homeless and near homeless families to support children's primary education. Another grant recipient, Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., used funding to improve educational outcomes from kindergarten through third grade for Native American students at Bureau of Indian Education Schools in New Mexico. And in Michigan, the Detroit Public Schools Foundation used funding to support a program that fosters parents' and caregivers' active engagement in school readiness and success at the elementary level.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation operates in the United States, Haiti and Mexico. Organizations from all 50 states are eligible for funding, but the foundation has selected Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and greater New Orleans as areas of priority. In Haiti, funding has focused on the central and southern corridors, and in Mexico, the foundation has been active mainly in the highlands of Chiapas. The foundation supports organizations of all sizes, with grant amounts ranging from $10,000 to $3 million. A complete database of past grants is available on the foundation's website.
The Kellogg Foundation runs on open application process. Its application portal is available through its grants page, and the foundation generally completes initial screenings in seven to ten days.
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