As a general guideline, we allocate 80 percent of our funding each year to the United States. We target just over half of our budgeted domestic dollars to the following three priority states: Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico. These states were identified as having a high percentage of children in poverty where we had opportunities to leverage and build upon our past grantmaking and established partnerships to make the greatest impact. We distribute the remaining domestic funds on a national basis, spread across urban, suburban and rural communities.
We invest the remaining 20 percent between two geographic areas of Latin America and the Caribbean and southern Africa to promote leadership, social, and economic development in those regions. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the primary focus will be on southern Mexico and Central America. In Northeastern Brazil, we are providing funding for an endowment to address racial equity and social inclusion.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has undertaken a significant review of its program implementation model and remains committed to the southern Africa region, however we no longer accept unsolicited proposals. We will be contacting organizations that have a strong local presence and proven track record and whose mission and values are in alignment with our own to continue work in the southern Africa region.