In 2010, we launched the America Healing initiative, to support programs that promote racial healing and address racial inequity, with the goal to ensure that all children in America have an equitable and promising future.
Why is this critical to improving the health, well-being, education and financial security of vulnerable children and families? Children of color are over-represented among the 29 million low-income children and families in this country, particularly among families living in areas of concentrated poverty. They are less likely to attend high-quality schools, live healthy lives, and eat nutritious food. This five-year, $75 million initiative called America Healing is focused on bringing healing to divided communities and bridging racial gaps in the areas of education, health, juvenile justice, economic success, the media, and other areas. This work focuses on issues at the core of structural racism—those policies and practices that continue to create barriers for children of color—while at the same time is aligned with the foundation's primary program areas of Education and Learning; Food, Health and Well-being; and Family Economic Security.
"Our goal is to breathe life back into the effort to abolish structural racism, and to help America achieve strength and prosperity through racial equity."
Sterling K. Speirn President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
In 2010, 119 organizations were funded through grants totaling more than $14.6 million to support community-based healing efforts among racial and ethnic groups. The grantees represent 29 states and the District of Columbia and all racial and ethnic population groups. Be sure to read conference highlights, stories and spotlights from some of our America Healing grantees.