We believe that people have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems and that social transformation is within the reach of all communities. We act on this belief by partnering with diverse communities, amplifying their voices and helping them to create conditions in which their children can thrive.
Why This Work Matters
Communities – in our priority places, nationally and often globally – are growing and becoming increasingly diverse ethnically and by other demographic measures. That very diversity makes communities and their residents both the best source of wisdom and solutions and rich veins of knowledge, experience and potential solutions for other communities.
Whether it’s improving education and food systems in urban Detroit or dental health care options for indigenous communities in Alaska, we believe it’s vital to bring everyone to the table to collectively identify and solve the challenges facing their communities.
What We Support
We partner with those who are committed to inclusion, innovation and results in finding community solutions. The society we champion, in which all children thrive and are equipped to succeed, requires the engagement of all its members. So we work with and across multiple groups – civic, community, business and faith-based – to create lasting, systemic change.
We invest to increase the effectiveness, capacity, collaboration and community responsiveness of philanthropic and nonprofit institutions aligned with our beliefs, goals and mission.
We also invest to help build new pipelines of community and field leaders. And we work with current community leaders to foster collaboration, networking, mentoring, coaching and collective impact.
“...it is only through cooperative planning, intelligent study and group action – activities on the part of the entire community – that lasting results can be achieved.”
- W.K. Kellogg