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.

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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, 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 (posted by June 30, 2016)

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)

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)

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

Our People

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustees 2015
  • Ramón Murguía

    Kansas City, Kansas

  • Cynthia H. Milligan

    Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Richard M. Tsoumas

    Battle Creek, Michigan

  • Fred P. Keller

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Celeste A. Clark

    Battle Creek, Michigan

  • Roderick D. Gillum

    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

  • Hanmin Liu

    San Francisco

  • La June Montgomery Tabron

    Battle Creek, Michigan

  • Bobby D. Moser*

    Columbus, Ohio

  • Cathann Kress**

    Ames, Iowa

  • (Pictured left to right and listed in order.
    *Retired
    **Not pictured)
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Officers 2015
  • Barbara Ferrer

    chief strategy officer

  • Carla D. Thompson

    vice president for program strategy

  • Cindy Smith

    vice president for integrated services

  • Joanne K. Krell*

  • Kathryn A. Krecke

    general counsel and corporate secretary

  • Ross Comstock

    vice president for information systems and technology

  • La June Montgomery Tabron

    president and CEO

  • Donald G. Williamson

    vice president for finance and treasurer

  • Dianna Langenburg

    vice president for talent and human resources

  • Joel R. Wittenberg

    vice president and chief investment officer

  • Joseph Scantlebury

    vice president for program strategy

  • Linh C. Nguyen

    chief operating officer

  • Gail C. Christopher

    senior advisor and vice president for TRHT

  • Alandra Washington

    vice president for quality and organizational effectiveness

  • AJ Jones II**

    chief policy and communications officer

  • (Pictured left to right and listed in order.
    *No longer at the foundation
    **Not pictured)
  • Altes, Sally

    program operations training and support analyst

  • Andrews, Tyler

    program specialist

  • Asifa, Phoenix

    assistant to the elements

  • Babcock, Michele

    senior accountant

  • Barr, Cheryl

    program specialist

  • Bates, Denice

    assistant to the general counsel and corporate secretary/board relations

  • Beacham, Lea Ann

    assistant to the vice president for program strategy

  • Beecham, Annette

    program operations manager

  • Bell, Regina

    program officer

  • Benitez Delgado, Luz

    program officer

  • Bernard, Karen

    grant specialist

  • Bianchi, Jon-Paul

    program officer

  • Bolhuis, Jody

    quality and organizational effectiveness manager

  • Bradshaw, Donna

    assistant to the coordinator of place-based programs

  • Braff-Guajardo, Ellen

    program officer

  • Brecheisen, Emma

    assistant to the approaches and learning and impact

  • Brigham, Nadia

    program officer

  • Brower, Andrew

    program officer

  • Burkett, Jacqueline

    assistant to the elements

  • Burr, Laura

    associate director of internal audit

  • Cantave, Alix

    program officer - Haiti

  • Carlin, Katherine

    program specialist

  • Carlisle, Kara

    director of New Mexico programs

  • Caulk, Dessie

    program manager

  • Christopher, Gail

    senior advisor and vice president for TRHT

  • Church, Renee

    special dining chef

  • Clements, Cherie

    grant administrator

  • Coleman, Ciara

    program manager

  • 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 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

  • Derige, Diana

    program officer

  • Diaz, Arelis

    program officer

  • Doctor, Linda Jo

    program officer

  • Doornweerd, Robyn

    communications analyst

  • Duffy, Kristin

    contracts analyst

  • Dungey, Jonathon

    human resources specialist

  • Easlick, Lori

    assistant to the president and CEO - board relations

  • Egnatios, Edward

    program officer

  • Eisner, Brett

    program specialist

  • English, Shanelle

    administrative assistant

  • Enriquez, Xiomara

    administrative assistant

  • Fernandez de Castro Robles, Veronica

    program officer - Chiapas

  • Ferrer, Barbara

    chief strategy officer

  • Fitch, Barbara

    program specialist

  • Flees, Robin

    meeting planner

  • 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

    assistant to the vice president for program strategy

  • Gentry, Brenda

    mail/copy services technician

  • 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

  • Guananja, Marissa

    program officer

  • Harris, Loren

    director of family economic security

  • Hatmaker, Clair

    maintenance technician/project lead

  • Hernandez Calleros, Magda

    assistant to international programs

  • Heredia-Lopez, Carmen

    director of W.K. Kellogg investments

  • Hess, Anita

    assistant to the chief strategy officer

  • 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

  • Hussain, Omar

    communications manager

  • Huynh, Lynn

    planning, evaluation and research manager

  • Johnson, Megan Russell

    program officer

  • Johnson, Valorie

    program officer

  • Jones II, AJ

    chief policy and communications officer

  • Keller, Robyn

    program specialist

  • King, Jacquelyn

    program and administrative specialist

  • Klunk, Todd

    program officer

  • Knoop, Lisa

    grant and contract specialist

  • Krecke, Kathryn

    general counsel and corporate secretary

  • Krenn, Huilan

    director of evaluation

  • Ladley, Karin

    assistant to chief operating officer

  • 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

    assistant to the approaches and learning and impact

  • Manning, Anitra

    human resources manager

  • 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, Anna

    meeting assistant

  • Miller, Oronde

    program officer

  • Miller, Wendy

    program specialist

  • Mohanty, Saroj

    SAP project manager

  • Monaweck, Cindy

    assistant to the director of Mississippi and New Orleans programs

  • Moore II, Jay

    budget and business systems specialist

  • Moore III, Ralph

    program specialist

  • Moore, Yazeed

    program officer

  • Myers, Maureen

    manager of technology

  • Nelson, Takia

    program specialist

  • Newton, Virlean

    employee dining chef

  • Nguyen, Linh

    chief operating officer

  • Nieves, Esther

    director of community engagement & leadership

  • Njus, Jonathan

    program officer

  • Nobel, David

    maintenance technician/project lead

  • Noricks, Rebecca

    communications officer

  • O'Dell, Jenefer

    program officer

  • Olney, Paxton

    program specialist

  • Otis, Jessica

    desktop publishing specialist

  • Parker-Meyer, Kristyn

    program specialist

  • Parsons, Jill

    program manager

  • 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, Kimberly

    planning, evaluation and research officer

  • Robinson II, Scott

    digital communications officer

  • Rodriguez, Robby

    program officer

  • Rushing, Yumeka

    program officer

  • Russell, Britni

    program specialist

  • 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

  • Seng, Letitia

    meetings and travel manager

  • Servia, John

    investment analyst

  • Shaver, Alicia

    archives specialist

  • Shellenberger, Matthew

    investment operations manager

  • Sherzer, Ann

    grants and contracts manager/staff attorney

  • Simpson, Patrick

    director of food, health & well-being

  • Slater, Christy

    program officer

  • Slone, Natalie

    administrative assistant

  • Smith, Cindy

    vice president for integrated services

  • Smith, Diane

    program officer

  • Smith, Sarah

    human resources generalist

  • Spengler-Young, Shannon

    accounting specialist

  • Springer, Thomas

    communications manager

  • Stiles, Cindy

    accounting and payroll specialist

  • Stout, Stacy

    program manager

  • Tabron, La June Montgomery

    president and CEO

  • Tellez-Humble, Antionette

    program manager

  • Thomas, Nicole

    program specialist

  • Thompson, Carla

    vice president for program strategy

  • VandenHeede, Elizabeth

    communications analyst

  • Velez, Luis

    planning, evaluation and research officer

  • Vikis, Erika

    program specialist

  • Viswanathan, Uma

    program officer

  • Viveros Lopez, Astrid Georgina

    program officer - Latin America and Caribbean

  • Walters, Howard

    planning, evaluation and research officer

  • Ward, Timothy

    senior business analyst

  • Wardford, Jeanne

    program officer

  • Warner-Mehlhorn, Alice

    director of policy

  • 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-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

    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 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