“There is a responsibility with leadership that is so important in community. It takes real courage to break through the old guard.”
– Richard M. Tsoumas, Board Chair
Our DNA In Action
2019 Annual Report
Our grantees recognize that children are at the heart of everything we do at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). But they also know that children live in families and families live in communities. As a result, WKKF’s three program priorities — Thriving Children, Working Families, Equitable Communities — are intricately connected. We know that lasting, transformational change for children happens when we link their well-being to the stability of their families and the broader opportunities available across communities.
Every year, grantee experiences deepen our understanding of how to create conditions where children can thrive. When they do, they add to lessons accumulated across decades of Kellogg Foundation efforts — some of which are so consistent and profound they are embedded in all of our work. We call these fundamentals our DNA because they characterize WKKF’s commitment and codify what we understand to be necessary for creating transformational change on behalf of children.
WKKF works throughout the United States and with sovereign tribes, concentrating up to two-thirds of our grantmaking in the priority places of Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. Internationally, the foundation’s priority places are in Chiapas Highlands and the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, and in the Central and South regions of Haiti.
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Board of Trustees: Celeste A. Clark (Battle Creek, Michigan), Milton Chen (San Francisco, California), Richard M. Tsoumas (Battle Creek, Michigan), Khan Nedd (Grand Rapids, Michigan), La June Montgomery Tabron (Battle Creek, Michigan), Ramón Murguía (Kansas City, Kansas), Cathann Kress (Columbus, Ohio), Roderick D. Gillum (Detroit, Michigan)