W. K. Kellogg Foundation

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W. K. Kellogg Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation logo.png
Founded June 1930; 86 years ago (1930-06)
Founder Will Keith Kellogg
Focus A number of topics
Area served
Method Grants and programs
Endowment $7.3 billion
Website www.wkkf.org
Formerly called
W.K. Kellogg Child Welfare Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was founded in June 1930 as the W.K. Kellogg Child Welfare Foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg. In 1934, Kellogg donated more than $66 million in Kellogg Company stock and other investments to the W.K. Kellogg Trust ($1.2 billion in 2016 dollars). As with other endowments, the yearly income from this trust funds the foundation.

The private foundation continues to hold substantial equity in and enjoy a strong relationship with the Kellogg Company, both of which are based in Battle Creek, Michigan. It is governed by an independent board of trustees.

The foundation is now the seventh largest philanthropic foundation in the U.S. In 2005, the foundation reported that the total assets of the foundation and its trust were US$7.3 billion; about US$5.5 billion of this was in Kellogg Company stock. The foundation funded US$243 million in grants and programs in its 2005 fiscal year. 82% of this was spent in the United States; 9% in southern Africa; and 9% in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1996, it supplied a multi-year grant worth $750,000 ($1.13 million in 2016 dollars) to start mass salt fluoridation programs which were then carried out by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), covering 350 million people in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela. The project was part of a multi-year plan launched by PAHO in 1994 to “fluoridate the entire Region of the Americas”. More recently, they have provided funding for HealthCorps to prevent childhood obesity by encouraging students to take personal responsibility for their health and wellness.[1]


The foundation provides a number of grants to organizations across the United States and other countries on a number of topics.

Early childhood[edit]

One grantee is the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, with the stated purpose of the grant being, to increase public and private support so young children, particularly those facing the most challenges, get the high quality services they need to be successful.[2]


Prominent educational institutions that have received significant grants from the foundation are:


The foundation supports multiple programs for optimal child development.[6]

One way it does this is by supporting oral hygiene In 2010, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation started a a dental therapy program in five states to educate children and their families about the importance of healthy teeth. Mobile dental vans travel to rural areas to give families access to dental care. Additionally, the foundation gives grants to help minorities attend school for dentistry. [7]


The philanthropy expert Waldemar A. Nielsen said that the Kellogg Foundation "is substantially better than it is generally seen to be".[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What We Support". W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ "What We Do: Secure Families". W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Kellogg West & Cal Poly Pomona History". Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Michigan State University receives $5.9 million Kellogg Foundation grant" (Press release). Michigan State University. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Kellogg heritage forever preserved" (Press release). Michigan State University. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Oral Health Resources". W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "2010 Dental Therapy". Almanac of American Philanthropy. Philanthropy Roundtable. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Goodman, David (6 June 1998). "Kellogg Foundation Keeps a Low Philanthropic Profile". Los Angeles Times. 

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