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 and Haiti.

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.

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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, 2016

2016 Financial Statements (PDF, 343 KB, 25 pages)
2015 W.K. Kellogg Foundation 990-PF (PDF, 8.8 MB, 315 pages)
2015 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust 990-PF (available May 15, 2017)

Fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2015

2015 Financial Statements (PDF, 364 KB, 26 pages)
2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation 990-PF (PDF, 1.3 MB, 556 pages)
2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust 990-PF (PDF, 5.1 MB, 40 pages)

Fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014

2014 Financial Statements (PDF, 238 KB, 24 pages)
2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation 990-PF (PDF, 1.3 MB, 513 pages)
2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust 990-PF (PDF, 1.4 MB, 54 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 many others and that I may be found a faithful steward.”

Our People

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Board of Trustees | W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Hanmin Liu *

     

  • Celeste A. Clark

    Battle Creek, Michigan

  • Richard M. Tsoumas

    Battle Creek, Michigan

  • Ramón Murguía

    Kansas City, Kansas

  • Cynthia H. Milligan

    Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Fred P. Keller *

     

  • Roderick D. Gillum

    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

  • Khan Nedd

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Cathann Kress

    Ames, Iowa

  • La June Montgomery Tabron

    Battle Creek, Michigan

  • (Pictured left to right and listed in order.
    *Retired
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Cindy Smith

    vice president for integrated services

  • Gail C. Christopher

    senior advisor and vice president for TRHT

  • Joseph Scantlebury

    vice president for program strategy

  • Dianna Langenburg

    vice president for talent and human resources

  • Ross Comstock

    vice president for information systems and technology

  • AJ Jones II

    chief policy and communications officer

  • La June Montgomery Tabron

    president and CEO

  • Joel R. Wittenberg

    vice president and chief investment officer

  • Linh C. Nguyen

    chief operating officer

  • Alandra Washington

    vice president for quality and organizational effectiveness

  • Donald G. Williamson

    vice president for finance and treasurer

  • Carla D. Thompson

    vice president for program strategy

  • Kathryn A. Krecke

    general counsel and corporate secretary

  • Ackley, Keona

    executive assistant

  • Altes, Sally

    program operations training and support analyst

  • Andrews, Tyler

    program specialist

  • Asifa, Phoenix

    executive assistant

  • Babcock, Michele

    accounting and budget analyst

  • Barr, Cheryl

    program specialist

  • Bates, Denice

    executive assistant

  • Beacham, Lea Ann

    program budget analyst

  • Beecham, Annette

    program operations manager

  • Bell, Regina

    program officer

  • Benitez Delgado, Luz

    program officer

  • Bernard, Karen

    grant specialist

  • Bianchi, Jon-Paul

    program officer

  • Blahuta, Renee

    program officer

  • Bolhuis, Jody

    quality and organizational effectiveness manager

  • Bradshaw, Donna

    program budget analyst

  • Braff-Guajardo, Ellen

    program officer

  • Brecheisen, Emma

    executive assistant

  • Brigham, Nadia

    program officer

  • Bringas Acevedo, Rocío

    executive assistant

  • Brower, Andrew

    PRI officer

  • Burel, Deirdre Johnson

    program officer

  • Burkett, Jacqueline

    executive assistant

  • Burr, Laura

    associate director of internal audit

  • Cantave, Alix

    program officer - Haiti

  • Carlin, Katherine

    program specialist

  • Caulk, Dessie

    program manager

  • Cherry, Erica

    investment accounting analyst

  • Christopher, Gail

    senior advisor and vice president for TRHT

  • Church, Renee

    special dining chef

  • Clark, Theresa

    program manager

  • Clements, Cherie

    grant administrator

  • Coffman, Tracie

    program officer

  • Coleman, Ciara

    program manager

  • Coleman, Michelle

    senior executive 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 operations supervisor for approaches and learning and impact

  • Das, Lara

    human resources manager

  • DeHaney, Felicia

    director of education and learning

  • DeHart, Brad

    organizational services manager

  • Diaz, Arelis

    program officer

  • Dobbs, Javon

    communications analyst

  • Doctor, Linda Jo

    program officer

  • Duffy, Kristin

    contract services manager

  • Dungey, Jonathon

    human resources specialist

  • Easlick, Lori

    senior executive assistant to the president and CEO-board relations

  • Egnatios, Edward

    program officer

  • Eisner, Brett

    program specialist

  • English, Shanelle

    executive assistant

  • Enriquez, Xiomara

    administrative assistant

  • Fernandez de Castro Robles, Veronica

    program officer - Chiapas

  • Fitch, Barbara

    program specialist

  • Fletcher, Aisha

    program manager

  • Fontaine, Joelle-Jude

    program officer

  • Francois, Dana

    program manager

  • Frias Becerra, Sebastian

    program manager

  • Garduno Martinez, Alejandra

    program officer - Yucatán

  • Gaston, Khalilah Burt

    program officer

  • Geiger, Lori

    executive assistant

  • Gesmundo, Judah

    senior 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

    executive assistant

  • Green, Tara

    program specialist

  • Grimes, Patti

    executive assistant

  • Guananja, Marissa

    program officer

  • Harrison, Kinah

    program officer

  • Hernandez Calleros, Magda

    executive assistant for international programs

  • Heredia-Lopez, Carmen

    director of W.K. Kellogg investments

  • Herring, Alvin

    director of racial equity and community engagement

  • Hess, Anita

    executive assistant and concierge

  • Hogan, Vijaya

    planning, evaluation and research officer

  • Holso, Yvonne

    program specialist

  • Holling, Brenda

    program specialist

  • Huntington, Deidre

    communications manager

  • Hurley, Pamela

    assistant to the vice president for program strategy

  • Huynh, Lynn

    planning, evaluation and research manager

  • Jimenez, Lourdes

    program specialist

  • Johnson, Gregory

    program manager

  • Johnson, Megan Russell

    program officer

  • Johnson, Yolanda Lyles

    program manager

  • Jones II, AJ

    chief policy and communications officer

  • Keller, Robyn

    program specialist

  • King, Jacquelyn

    executive assistant

  • Klunk, Todd

    program officer

  • Knoop, Lisa

    grant and contract specialist

  • Krecke, Kathryn

    general counsel and corporate secretary

  • Krenn, Huilan

    director of evaluation

  • Ladley, Karin

    executive assistant

  • LaGrand, Reginald

    program officer

  • Langenburg, Dianna

    vice president for talent and human resources

  • Leuthauser, Elizabeth

    program specialist

  • Linnane, Dana

    communications officer

  • Lowe, Kelly

    meeting planner

  • Lutjens, Karla

    meeting planner

  • Mackaluso, Jann

    executive assistant

  • Manning, Anitra

    human resources manager

  • McKinley, Iris

    meeting assistant

  • Merwin, Allyssa

    program specialist

  • Mesquita Cordeiro, Rui

    director of Latin America and Caribbean programs

  • Miller, Anna

    meeting assistant

  • Miller, Oronde

    program officer

  • Miller, Wendy

    program specialist

  • Mohanty, Saroj

    SAP project manager

  • Monaweck, Cindy

    executive assistant

  • Moore, Ciciley

    program manager

  • Moore II, Jay

    executive assistant

  • Moore III, Ralph

    program specialist

  • Moore, Yazeed

    program officer

  • Muller, Cynthia

    program and portfolio officer

  • Nelson, Takia

    program specialist

  • Newton, Virlean

    employee dining chef

  • Nguyen, Linh

    chief operating officer

  • Nieves, Esther

    director of leadership

  • Njus, Jonathan

    director of Family Economic Security

  • Nobel, David

    maintenance technician/project lead

  • Noricks, Rebecca

    communications officer

  • Nunez, Elizabeth

    program specialist

  • O'Dell, Jenefer

    program officer

  • Olney, Paxton

    program specialist

  • Oppenheim, Jed

    program officer

  • Otis, Jessica

    desktop publishing specialist

  • Parker-Meyer, Kristyn

    program specialist

  • Parsons, Jill

    program manager

  • Patel, Mitesh

    accounting specialist

  • Pawlak, Janet

    program specialist

  • Payton, Carla Thompson

    vice president for program strategy

  • Pearsall, Deborah

    executive assistant

  • Perazza, Simón

    program manager

  • Perez, Lori

    program specialist

  • Pino, Rochelle

    senior executive assistant to the general counsel and corporate secretary-board relations

  • Poyer, Denise

    facilities and telecommunications technician

  • Rangel, Carlos

    director of investments

  • Reincke, Kathleen

    director of internal policy and communications

  • Rey, Deborah

    program operations manager

  • Roberts, Kimberly

    grant services manager

  • Robinson, Kimberly

    program and evaluation officer

  • Robinson II, Scott

    digital communications officer

  • Rodriguez, Cuco

    program officer

  • Rodriguez, Robby

    program officer

  • Rosenthal, Robyn

    communications manager

  • Rushing, Yumeka

    program officer

  • Ryan, Daniel

    information technology manager

  • Sammons, Paula

    program officer

  • Sanders, Reginald

    director of investments

  • Santiago-Gancer, Alicia

    assistant to the director of Michigan programming

  • Scamihorn, Philip

    senior database architect

  • Scantlebury, Joseph

    vice president for program strategy

  • Schneider, Brian

    associate director of internal audit

  • Seales, Naima

    digital production analyst

  • Seng, Tish

    program manager

  • Shaver, Alicia

    records management analyst

  • Shellenberger, Matthew

    senior portfolio manager

  • Sherzer, Annie

    grants and contracts senior manager/staff attorney

  • Simpson, Patrick

    director of food, health & well-being

  • Slater, Christy

    program officer

  • Slone, Natalie

    executive assistant

  • Smith, Cindy

    vice president for integrated services

  • Smith, Diane

    program officer

  • Smith, Sarah

    human resources generalist

  • Stiles, Cindy

    accounting and payroll specialist

  • Stott, Victoria

    program officer

  • Syed, Muneeb

    investment analyst

  • Tabron, La June Montgomery

    president and CEO

  • Tellez-Humble, Antionette

    program officer

  • Thomas, Nicole

    program specialist

  • Thomson, Jennifer

    THR analyst

  • Trahan, Dion

    director of advance and external policy and communications officer

  • Urayeneza, Marcel

    accounting analyst

  • Velez, Luis

    program and evaluation officer

  • Vernola, Joseph

    maintenance technician/project lead

  • Vikis, Erika

    program specialist

  • Viswanathan, Uma

    program officer

  • Viveros Lopez, Astrid Georgina

    program officer - Latin America and Caribbean

  • Walters, Howard

    program and evaluation officer

  • Ward, Timothy

    senior business analyst

  • Wardford, Jeanne

    program officer

  • Warren, Alvin

    program officer

  • Washington, Alandra

    vice president for quality and organizational effectiveness

  • Webb, Aileen

    director of Michigan programs

  • White, Alana

    program officer

  • White, Ebony

    program manager

  • Willbur, April

    program manager

  • Willburn, Ray

    internal auditor

  • Williams, Teresa

    program specialist

  • Williams, Tonya

    vice president for external policy and communications

  • Williams-Bishop, Rhea

    director of Mississippi and New Orleans programs

  • Williamson, Donald

    vice president for finance and treasurer

  • Wilson, Lynn Dacotah-Scherer

    program manager

  • Wilson, Patricia

    executive assistant

  • Winstone, Dawn

    program operations supervisor and budget analyst

  • Withers, Stephanie

    financial services manager

  • Wittenberg, Joel

    vice president and chief investment officer

  • Woods, Wendee

    coordinator of enterprise integration

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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