Who We Are

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, 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.

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Overview

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 by breakfast cereal pioneer W.K. Kellogg, who defined its purpose as “…administering funds for the promotion of the welfare, comfort, health, education, feeding, clothing, sheltering and safeguarding of children and youth, directly or indirectly, without regard to sex, race, creed or nationality.…” To guide current and future trustees and staff, he said, “Use the money as you please so long as it promotes the health, happiness and well-being of children.”

The foundation receives its income primarily from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust, which was set up by Mr. Kellogg. In addition to its diversified portfolio, the trust continues to own substantial equity in the Kellogg Company. While the company and the foundation have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, the foundation is governed by its own independent board of trustees. The foundation receives its income primarily from the trust’s investments.

Over the years, the Kellogg Foundation’s programming has continued to evolve, striving to remain innovative and responsive to the ever-changing needs of society. Today, the organization ranks among the world’s largest private foundations, awarding grants in the United States, Mexico, Haiti, northeastern Brazil and southern Africa.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Mission

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.


Vision

We envision a nation that marshals its resources to assure that all children have an equitable and promising future – a nation in which all children thrive.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Values

The work of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is imbued with these values:

  • We believe in helping people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations. 
  • We believe all people have the inherent capacity to effect change in their lives, in their organizations, and in their communities. We respect individuals and value their collective interests, strengths and cultures. 
  • We believe stewardship requires fidelity to the spirit and to the intent of the founder, and the wise use of resources. We believe in being responsible, prudent, selfless and exercising good judgment. 
  • We believe innovation of thought and action leads to enduring and positive change in both formal and informal systems. 
  • We value integrity of purpose and action, and believe it is essential to all of our affairs.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

History & Legacy

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s mission, work and values are rooted in the experience and perspective of our founder, Will Keith Kellogg. To understand the former, it is helpful to know something of the latter.

Early Life

W.K. Kellogg was born April 7, 1860, to Michigan pioneer parents, Seventh Day Adventists who valued modesty, healthy living and hard work. Those attributes also describe much of Mr. Kellogg's life and interests.

Mr. Kellogg went to work in the family broom business at age 14, quitting school after teachers mistook his then-undiagnosed vision problems (which ultimately left him nearly blind) for lack of intellect. At age 20, he joined his brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, at the Battle Creek Sanitarium (the “San”), then a leading health spa. Often working as many as 120 hours a week, he filled positions from errand boy to business manager.

In one such role, working one night in the San's kitchen to find a digestible substitute for bread, Mr. Kellogg accidentally let stand a batch of boiled wheat. By morning, the wheat had turned to flakes, which became the basis for Corn Flakes and, in 1906, the Kellogg Company.

While Mr. Kellogg became one of the world's wealthiest men, he was never quite comfortable in that role (on being told he'd become a millionaire, he responded, "I am no such thing!") and felt obligated to use his fortune to benefit others. As early as 1909, he wrote, "If I am successful in getting out of debt, and become prosperous, I expect to make good use of any wealth that may come to me.”

With the foundation he established in 1930 – originally named the W.K. Kellogg Child Welfare Foundation – he proved true to his word, instructing the staff to, “Use the money as you please so long as it promotes the health, happiness and well-being of children.”

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Financials

WKKF and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust are committed to managing financial resources efficiently and effectively.

Annually, independent auditors are engaged to audit our financial statements and review the effectiveness of our internal controls. Results of our audits are typically released in December.

The foundation and trust also each complete Form 990-PFs, an informational return for U.S. private foundations filed with the IRS reporting assets, investments, expenses and grant activity. The 990-PF is due in January, but an extension maybe requested to provide time to gather investment portfolio documentation.

WKKF Financials

Fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013

2013 Financial Statements (PDF, 231 KB, 24 pages)
2012 W.K. Kellogg Foundation 990-PF (PDF, 1.7 MB, 613 pages)
2012 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust 990-PF (PDF, 3.1 MB, 62 pages)

Fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012

2012 Financial Statements (PDF, 133 KB, 28 pages)
2011 W.K. Kellogg Foundation 990-PF (PDF, 1.1 MB, 335 pages)
2011 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust 990-PF (PDF, 788 KB, 69 pages)

Fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011

2011 Financial Statements (PDF, 153 KB, 34 pages)
2010 W.K. Kellogg Foundation 990-PF (PDF, 808 KB, 325 pages)
2010 WK Kellogg Foundation Trust 990PF amended (PDF, 1.9 MB, 73 pages)

Stewardship

The Kellogg Foundation shares our founder’s commitment to stewardship.

We are stewards of both W.K. Kellogg’s legacy and of the public’s trust. (Happily, the two are highly compatible.) To retain that trust, we are obligated to manage our assets efficiently and effectively. And we seek to be as transparent as possible about what we support and how we account for our expenditures.

The foundation’s vision, mission and values guide our strategic planning and our everyday decision-making. There are also clear directives to help our trustees, officers and staff members uphold the legal and ethical standards essential to our work. Please consult the topics and policies listed to learn more about how the Kellogg Foundation governs itself as it works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

“It is my hope that the property that kind Providence has brought me may be helpful to others, and that I may be found a faithful steward.”

Our People

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Trustees - W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Joseph M. Stewart

    Battle Creek, Mich

  • La June Montgomery Tabron

    Battle Creek, Mich.

  • Cynthia H. Milligan

    Lincoln, Neb.

  • Roderick D. Gillum

    Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

  • Fred P. Keller

    Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • Richard M. Tsoumas

    Battle Creek, Mich.

  • Celeste A. Clark

    Battle Creek, Mich

  • Ramón Murguía

    Kansas City, Kan.

  • Bobby D. Moser

    Columbus, Ohio

  • Hanmin Liu

    San Francisco

  • (Pictured left to right and listed in order.)
Officers - W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Kathryn A. Krecke

    general counsel and corporate secretary

  • James E. McHale

     

  • Joanne K. Krell

    vice president for communications

  • Gail C. Christopher

    vice president for program strategy

  • Carla D. Thompson

    vice president for program strategy

  • La June Montgomery Tabron

    president and CEO

  • Linh C. Nguyen

    vice president for learning and impact

  • Joel R. Wittenberg

    vice president and chief investment officer

  • Donald G. Williamson

    vice president for finance and treasurer

  • Ross Comstock*

    vice president for technology and information systems

  • (Pictured clockwise and listed in order.
    *Not pictured)
  • Aikens, Keith

    communications officer

  • Altes, Sally

    program operations training and support analyst

  • Andrews, Tyler

    program specialist

  • Asifa, Phoenix

    program specialist

  • Babcock, Michele

    senior accountant

  • Bates, Denice

    assistant to the general counsel and corporate secretary/board relations

  • Beacham, Lea Ann

    assistant to the vice president for program strategy

  • Beard, Crystal

    program specialist

  • Beecham, Annette

    program operations manager

  • Benitez Delgado, Luz

    program officer

  • Berkley, Anthony

    program, evaluation and research officer

  • Bernard, Karen

    grant specialist

  • Bianchi, Jon-Paul

    program officer

  • Bolhuis, Jody

    central proposal processing and budget specialist

  • Bradshaw, Donna

    assistant to the coordinator of place-based programs

  • Braff-Guajardo, Ellen

    program officer

  • Brecheisen, Emma

    program specialist, international programs

  • Brigham, Nadia

    program officer

  • Brower, Andrew

    program officer

  • Burkett, Jacqueline

    program specialist, international programs

  • Burr, Laura

    associate director of internal audit

  • Buster, William

    director of Mississippi and New Orleans programs

  • Calleros, Magdalena Hernandez

    assistant to international programs

  • Cantave, Alix

    program officer - Haiti

  • Carlisle, Kara

    director of New Mexico programs

  • Caulk, Dessie

    program manager

  • Chisolm-Noel, Anadri

    human resources manager

  • Christopher, Gail

    vice president for program strategy

  • Church, Renee

    special dining chef

  • Clements, Cherie

    grant administrator

  • Coleman, Ciara

    program specialist

  • Coleman, Michelle

    assistant to the president and CEO

  • Coloma, Jessica

    program officer

  • Comstock, Ross

    vice president for information systems and technology

  • Craft, James

    records technician

  • Crail, Kevin

    investment analyst

  • Creed, Erin

    program specialist

  • Culp, Jayme

    program specialist

  • Das, Lara

    human resources manager

  • DeHaney, Felicia

    director of education and learning

  • DeHart, Brad

    organizational services manager

  • Derige, Diana

    program officer

  • Diaz, Arelis

    program officer

  • Doctor, Linda Jo

    program officer

  • Doornweerd, Robyn

    communications analyst

  • Dungey, Jonathon

    human resources specialist

  • Duong, John

    program and portfolio officer

  • Easlick, Lori

    assistant to the president and CEO - board relations

  • Egnatios, Edward

    program officer

  • English, Shanelle

    administrative assistant

  • Enriquez, Xiomara

    administrative assistant

  • Fernandez de Castro Robles, Veronica

    program officer - Chiapas

  • Fitch, Barbara

    program specialist

  • Flees, Robin

    meeting planner

  • Fontaine, Joelle-Jude

    program officer

  • Francois, Dana

    program manager

  • Franklin-Parsons, Jill

    program specialist

  • Frias Becerra, Sebastian

    program manager

  • Garduno Martinez, Alejandra

    program officer - Yucatán

  • Geiger, Lori

    assistant to the vice president for program strategy

  • Gentry, Brenda

    mail/copy services technician

  • Georgina Viveros Lopez, Astrid

    program officer - Latin America and Caribbean

  • Gesmundo, Judah

    business systems analyst

  • Gettridge, Frank

    program officer

  • Glass, Margarietta Annesia

    program specialist

  • Glover, Jody

    program manager

  • Goldstein, Michael

    senior attorney

  • Graziano, Neal

    director of investments

  • Green, Deborah

    human resources manager

  • Green, Deborah

    investment assistant

  • Green, Tara

    program specialist

  • Grimes, Patti

    budget specialist

  • Hanumanthu, Rajendra

    SharePoint developer

  • Harlow, James

    accounting analyst, financial services

  • Harris, Loren

    directer of family economic security

  • Hatmaker, Clair

    maintenance technician/project lead

  • Hernandez Calleros, Magda

    aassistant to international programs

  • Hess, Anita

    assistant to the vice president for program strategy

  • Hess, Cheryl

    program specialist

  • Holling, Brenda

    program specialist

  • Hurley, Pamela

    assistant to the vice president for program strategy

  • Hussain, Omar

    communications analyst

  • James, Kimberly

    evaluation officer

  • Johnson, Sharnita

    program officer

  • Johnson, Valorie

    program officer

  • Keller, Robyn

    program specialist

  • Klunk, Todd

    program officer

  • Knoop, Lisa

    grant and contract specialist

  • Krecke, Kathryn

    general counsel and corporate secretary

  • Krell, Joanne

    vice president for communications

  • Krenn, Huilan

    program officer

  • Kuester, Cindy

    accounting and payroll specialist

  • Ladley, Karin

    assistant to the vice president for learning and impact

  • LaGrand, Reginald

    program officer

  • Langenburg, Dianna

    director of human resources and organizational services

  • Linnane, Dana

    communications officer

  • Lutjens, Karla

    meeting planner

  • Mackaluso, Jann

    program specialist

  • Marqués, Livia

    program officer

  • Mayes, Katina

    human resources specialist

  • McKinley, Iris

    meeting assistant

  • Merwin, Allyssa

    program specialist

  • Mesquita Cordeiro, Rui

    director of Latin America and Caribbean programs

  • Miller, Wendy

    program specialist

  • Miller, Anna

    meeting assistant

  • Mohanty, Saroj

    SAP project manager

  • Monaweck, Cindy

    assistant to the director of Mississippi and New Orleans programs

  • Montgomery Tabron, La June

    president and CEO

  • Moore II, Jay

    budget and business systems specialist

  • Moore III, Ralph

    investment assistant

  • Myers, Maureen

    manager of technology

  • Nelson, Takia

    program specialist

  • Newton-Shelby, Virlean

    employee dining chef

  • Nguyen, Linh

    vice president for learning and impact

  • Nieves, Esther

    director of community engagement & leadership

  • Njus, Jonathan

    program officer

  • Nobel, David

    maintenance technician/project lead

  • Noricks, Rebecca

    communications manager

  • O'Dell, Jenefer

    program officer

  • Olney, Paxton

    program specialist

  • Otis, Jessica

    desktop publishing specialist

  • Parker-Meyer, Kristyn

    program specialist

  • Patel, Mitesh

    accounting specialist

  • Pawlak, Janet

    program specialist

  • Pearsall, Deborah

    budget specialist

  • Perazza, Simón

    program manager

  • Perez, Lori

    program specialist

  • Pham, Lan

    program manager

  • Pino, Rochelle

    assistant to the general counsel and corporate secretary

  • Poyer, Denise

    facilities and telecommunications technician

  • Rangel, Carlos

    director of investments and risk management

  • Reincke, Kathleen

    communications officer

  • Rey, Deborah

    program operations manager - international programs

  • Roberts, Kimberly

    grant financial analyst

  • Robinson II, Scott

    digital communications officer

  • Rodriguez, Robby

    program officer

  • Rushing, Yumeka

    program officer

  • Russell, Britni

    program specialist

  • Russell Johnson, Megan

    program officer

  • Sammons, Paula

    program officer

  • Sanders, Reginald

    director of investments

  • Santiago-Gancer, Alicia

    assistant to the director of Michigan programming

  • Sargent, Jocelyn

    program officer

  • Scamihorn, Philip

    senior database architect

  • Scherer, Lynn

    program manager

  • Schneider, Brian

    associate director of internal audit

  • Seng, Letitia

    meetings and travel manager

  • Shannon, Morgan J.

    program manager

  • Shaver, Alicia

    archives specialist

  • Shellenberger, Matthew

    investment operations manager

  • Sherzer, Ann

    grants and contracts manager/staff attorney

  • Simpson, Patrick

    program officer

  • Slater, Christy

    program officer

  • Slone, Natalie

    administrative assistant

  • Smith, Cindy

    director of program services

  • Smith, Diane

    program manager

  • Smith, Sarah

    human resources generalist

  • Spengler-Young, Shannon

    accounting specialist

  • Springer, Thomas

    internal project manager

  • Stout, Stacy

    program manager

  • Tapia, Jeannine

    program specialist - Latin America and Caribbean

  • Tellez-Humble, Antionette

    program manager

  • Thomas, Joyce

    meeting planner

  • Thomas, Nicole

    program specialist

  • Thompson, Carla

    vice president for program strategy

  • Tyler, John

    program manager

  • Wahls, James

    impact investing professional

  • Ward, Timothy

    senior business analyst

  • Warner-Mehlhorn, Alice

    program officer

  • Warren, Alvin

    program officer

  • Washington, Alandra

    director of quality and organizational effectiveness

  • Webb, Aileen

    director of Michigan programs

  • Welton, Carrie

    program specialist

  • White, Alana

    program manager

  • White, Ebony

    program manager

  • Willbur, April

    program manager

  • Willburn, Ray

    internal auditor

  • Williams, Jeffrey

    contracts analyst

  • Williams, Teresa

    program specialist

  • Williamson, Donald

    vice president for finance and treasurer

  • Wilson, Patricia

    assistant to the director of New Mexico programs

  • Winstone, Dawn

    assistant to the vice president for communications

  • Withers, Stephanie

    investment accounting manager

  • Wittenberg, Joel

    vice president and chief investment officer

  • Woods, Wendee

    coordinator of placed-based programs

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“Empleen el dinero del modo en que crean conveniente, siempre y cuando promueva la salud, la felicidad y el bienestar de los niños.” - Will Keith Kellogg

“Sèvi ak lajan an jan w vle depi se sante timoun, byennèt timoun ak kè kontan pou timoun w ap ankouraje.” - W.K. Kelòg