W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Mexico Office)
Monte Antuco #145
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
Del. Miguel Hidalgo
11000 Mexico, D.F.,
After consultations with communities, experts, civil society organizations, authorities and other funders, the Kellogg Foundation began working in the Highlands of Chiapas and the inner lands of the Yucatan Peninsula. Most people in these micro-regions are of indigenous origin, primarily Tzeltal and Tzotzil in Chiapas, and Mayan in the Peninsula. Both areas have a strong social fabric and committed local leaders. They have rich natural and cultural assets and are priority areas for governments and other funders.
The Kellogg Foundation is awarding the first grants to trigger the participatory planning processes and to begin the work which focuses on the foundations priorities in Mexico. Operating partners so far include UNETE, Semillas, Ashoka, Fundemex, Proempleo, New Ventures Mexico, FUNDES and the Patronato Proeducacion Mexicana. Funding partners include the Inter-American Foundation, Porticus Foundation, Monte de Piedad, Fundacion Andar, Ayuda en Accion, the state governments and individual donors.
The Kellogg Foundation is also engaged in a systematic dialogue with ten foundations through a Chiapas Collaborative Group to improve communication and find collaboration and coordination opportunities. Later in 2011, the foundation will launch the Chiapas and Yucatan monitoring systems and the leadership program for Southern Mexico.