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W. K. Kellogg Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-09-14

At A Glance

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

1 Michigan Ave. E.

Battle Creek, MI United States 49017-4005

Telephone: (269) 968-1611


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-08-31)

Assets: $8,621,183,526

Total giving: $294,891,874





Additional Contact Information

Fellowship application URL:


Incorporated in 1930 in MI - Founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) 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 conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis 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. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.

Purpose and Activities

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. The foundation's work is carried out by partners and programs that help it achieve its three organizational goals and embody its commitments to community and civic engagement, and to racial equity. The three goals are: 1) Educated kids: Success by third grade. Increase the number of children who are reading-and-math proficient by third grade; 2) Healthy Kids: Healthy birth weight and optimal development. Increase the number of children born at a healthy birth weight and who receive the care and healthy food they need for optimal development; and 3) Secure Families: Children and families at 200 percent above poverty. Increase the number of children and families living at least 200 percent above the poverty level.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Community and Civic Engagement

The foundation believes that people have an inherent capacity to solve their own problems and that social transformation is within reach for all communities. The foundation partners with those committed to increasing public and community participation in improving the lives of vulnerable children, families and communities. The foundation amplifies voices by supporting dialogue, leadership development and new models of organizing. It seeks to accelerate philanthropy that grows giving and promotes community-led innovation. And, WKKF is committed to help build a stronger, more effective and responsive nonprofit sector.

Community Leadership Network Fellowship

The fellowship targets individuals who can be transformative social change agents in their communities so that vulnerable children and their families can achieve optimal health and well-being, academic achievement and financial security. Embedded in this effort are the foundation’s two approaches to all its work: community and civic engagement and racial equity and healing. Selected fellow will spend three years honing leadership skills and sharing their experiences with a cohort of developing leaders. A total of 100 fellows will be equitably selected from the foundation’s U.S. priority places – Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans – and will do their work from there. Another 20 fellows will be selected to function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity.

Education and Learning

All children need the support of parents, caretakers and the community to ensure their optimal development for success in school, work and life. WKKF partners with organizations focused on early childhood education to ensure that children arrive prepared and ready to learn in kindergarten and to achieve early success by the third grade. This work is accomplished through parental and family engagement; effective teaching; comprehensive bundled services where programs, practices, policies, partners, networks and systems are aligned to ensure effectiveness; and efforts to achieve racial equity in education and learning.

Employee Matching Gifts

The foundation matches gifts of all full-time employees, officers, trustees, and retired employees to eligible organizations having status as a public institution under Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and foreign charitable organizations determined equivalent to a U.S. Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) organization. This includes schools, government units, hospital or medical research facilities, religious organizations, and public-supported charities. Only direct gifts of cash or marketable securities to the charity by an eligible donor will be matched. The minimum gift is $25 and the maximum is $100,000 per eligible donor per calendar year. The maximum total corporate payout per employee, per year is $200,000. Gifts are matched on a two-to-one ratio. Contributions by the foundation may not be used to provide personal benefits to, or to discharge a pledge or other legal obligation of, the donor. Similarly, contributions by a donor that provide personal benefits to the donor or other person such as payments of tuition, membership dues, subscriptions, and other similar fees, are not eligible for matching grants by the foundation.

Family Economic Security

The foundation works to ensure that all families have opportunities to achieve economic security and provide stable environments for their children's optimal development. The foundation supports organizations and programs that: increase families' capability to accumulate and more effectively manage financial resources; align and strengthen industry employer training partnerships to create more quality jobs; and strengthen and integrate whole child and family support systems. The foundation recognizes that a family's primary needs must be addressed to create pathways out of poverty for children and support efforts that reduce inequities based on class, gender and race.

Food, Health and Well-Being

All children deserve good food, stimulation, nurturing and safe living environments and access to quality health care. The foundation helps children get a healthy start by supporting partners that: work to support mothers' and families' health throughout their lives; improve access to perinatal care systems and increase breastfeeding rates; and transform food systems so children and families gain more access to healthy foods in child care settings, schools and in their communities. Through grantmaking, policy and advocacy efforts, the foundation's focus is on the interrelated social determinants of health, especially for those disadvantaged by multiple societal factors, a disproportionate percentage of whom are children of color.

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships to merging and established leaders for leadership development with a focus on improving conditions for vulnerable children.


The foundation remains focused on supporting organizations and programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, northeastern Brazil and southern Africa that work to boost education and nutrition; reduce domestic violence and child abuse; increase community engagement and action; and build meaningful partnerships to propel vulnerable children and their families to success.

Priority Places

As a general guideline, the foundation allocates more than 90 percent of its funding each year to the United States. The foundation targets just over half of their budgeted domestic dollars to the following priority places: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. The remaining domestic funds are spread across the U.S. in urban, suburban and rural communities.

Program-Related Investment

PRIs are typically below market rate investments to organizations that align with the foundation’s mission to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families. The Kellogg Foundation defines PRIs separately from its mission-driven investment (MDI) program.

Racial Equity

The foundation envisions a nation where Americans embrace our common humanity and children of every race and ethnicity have equal opportunities to thrive. The foundation seeks to remove structural barriers and to overcome unconscious bias to create equitable opportunities for all children. It supports community-based and national organizations whose innovative and effective programs foster racial healing, and through action-oriented research and public policy work, translate insights into new strategies and sustainable solutions.

Fields of Interest

  • Agriculture
  • Community and economic development
  • Community improvement
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Immigrant services
  • Leadership development
  • Rural development
  • Secondary education
  • Sustainable development
  • Voluntarism
  • Youth organizing
  • Youth services
International Interests
  • Brazil
  • Haiti
  • Mexico
  • Southern Africa
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • American Indians
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of South American descent
  • People of African descent
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of Caribbean descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • Single parents
  • Students
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-08-31

Assets: $8,621,183,526 (market value)

Expenditures: $387,923,060

Total giving: $294,891,874

Qualifying distributions: $376,575,309

Giving activities include:

$291,083,954 for 1318 grants (high: $8,000,000; low: $600)

$3,807,920 for 705 employee matching gifts

$10,181,645 for 4 foundation-administered programs

$1,000,000 for 1 loan/program-related investment