W. K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was founded in June 1930 as the W.K. Kellogg Child Welfare Foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg. The private foundation continues to hold substantial equity in and enjoy a strong relationship with the Kellogg Company, both of which are based in Battle Creek, Michigan. The mission of the foundation is to support 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 allocates 80 percent of Funding/in-kind resources each year to the United States. Half of those domestic grants fund organizations based in Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico. 20 percent of the foundation's grants are directed to promote leadership development and scholarship in Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean, northeastern Brazil and southern Africa. The foundation has five program areas for its grantmaking: Educated Kids, Healthy Kids, Secure Family, Racial Equity and Civic Engagement.
The focus of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's Educated Kids program is to ensure that young children ages 0-8 receive the education and development they need in order to succeed in school and gain meaningful employment. Many of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's education grants seek to advance STEM education. A recent $50,000 grant to Wayne State University's Educated Kids program will enable Detroit students, grades 7-12, to develop mathematical skills that will encourage future success by supporting the Math Corps camp initiative. Grants to the Sanilac Intermediate School District in Peck, Michigan will support the continuation of the Math and Science Center to inspire and challenge academically-able high school students. A $750,000 grant to the World Hope Foundation made in 2010 seeks to improve Native American K-12 student performance in science, math, technology, engineering, and other related areas through a partnership with U.S. Native American communities, instructional leaders, organizations, and space centers. The Kellogg Foundation also granted the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, Inc. $150,000 to improve academic outcomes for vulnerable children in Detroit, Michigan, by supporting capacity building to more effectively convey the organization's science, technology, engineering and math educational resources and opportunities. Additional grants have been made to improve STEM education in schools in Washington, DC, West Virginia, New York, Mississippi, throughout Michigan, and Brazil.
GR8by8 is a Facebook community where WKKF's Education & Learning grantees and early learning stakeholders can go to access the latest early childhood news, share ideas, collaborate and inspire others to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families. WKKF is committed to creating pathways to success for vulnerable children and making sure that all children — especially those most vulnerable — are ready to learn when they start school and have the tools they need to become proficient in reading and math. GR8by8 supports the advancement of early learning by connecting stakeholders who work on behalf of children during the most critical years of development and facilitating a forward-thinking discussion about the importance of a good start and success by age 8, a key goal for the foundation. GR8by8 is also a place to showcase what’s working in communities to support early learning. WKKF has also developed a social media guide to facilitate engagement and a meaningful dialogue about early childhood education on GR8by8.
Educated Kids Program