Grants are made in the four areas of: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. All programming in these four interest areas is tailored to meet the needs of each geographic region. Following is a brief description of the Foundation's interests in each region.

United States

As it has since 1930, the Kellogg Foundation's domestic programming centers on health, education, and agriculture. These primary interests continue, although others have been added or continue to emerge. The goals set by each program area help guide the Foundation's Board and staff as they make decisions about grantmaking. Goals may be adjusted occasionally, based on the changing needs of society. In the United States, the current programming goals are as follows:

Learning Opportunities - To increase the effectiveness of the Kellogg Foundation’s work, it seeks to learn from the knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned by all of its projects as they apply to Leadership, Information and Communication Technology, Capitalizing on Diversity, and Social and Economic Community Development. All prospective grantees are encouraged to consider these elements when designing a proposal to fit the programming interests previously described.

Youth and Education - Using a holistic, child-centered approach, Youth and Education programs address the preschool through college continuum – ages 0 to 24. The overall goal is to support healthy infant, child, and youth development by mobilizing, strengthening, and aligning systems that affect children’s learning. The strategies are: 1) mobilize youth, families, and communities to inform policies that affect learning and achievement for vulnerable children and youth; and 2) forge partnerships between education institutions and communities to promote learning, academic performance, and workforce preparation among vulnerable young people.

Philanthropy and Volunteerism - The Kellogg Foundation has long been committed to enhancing and promoting philanthropy and volunteerism. Current programming is focused on building a mutually responsible and just society in which all have the ability and means to contribute to the common good. We believe that everyone gives in various ways – time, money, and experience. Therefore, our programming activities seek to unleash resources by supporting the emergence of new leaders and donors, creating and sharing knowledge, and building tools that advance the effectiveness and innovation of the philanthropic sector. Key target populations include youth, women, and communities of color.

Health - Health programming at the Kellogg Foundation focuses explicitly on improving individual and community health, and improving access to and the quality of health care. Our current goal is to promote health among vulnerable individuals and communities through programming that empowers individuals, mobilizes communities, engages institutions, improves health care quality and access, and informs public and marketplace policy. Grantmaking takes into account the social and economic determinants of health within a person’s community, the quality of health institutions within that community, and the policies that determine how health services are organized, provided, and financed. Grantmaking also targets communities, health care systems, and public health as centers of change.

Food Systems and Rural Development - Food Systems and Rural Development at the Kellogg Foundation fills a programming niche W.K. Kellogg Foundation 2005 Annual Report 25 undertaken by few other major foundations. The food systems grantmaking focuses on catalyzing efforts that lead to a safe, wholesome food supply for this and future generations while ensuring that food production and food-related business systems are economically viable, environmentally sensitive, sustainable long-term, and socially responsible. The rural development work supports comprehensive, collaborative, and integrative efforts of people, organizations, and institutions. Together, they create social and economic opportunities that lead to healthy rural communities and improvement in the lives of rural residents.

Greater Battle Creek - The Kellogg Foundation maintains strong ties to Battle Creek, Michigan, which was W.K. Kellogg’s hometown. We do this by partnering with the community to help people reach their full educational and economic potential. The ultimate goal is to create a more just, healthy, and sustainable community. Grantmaking is focused largely on 1) creating brighter futures through improved education for youth; and 2) increasing self-sufficiency by promoting economic growth for families and neighborhoods.

Southern Africa

In Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe, an integrated approach is taken to addressing the Foundation’s key programming interests. Following are the strategies that detail these interests:

Strengthen Leadership Capacity - This strategy serves as the primary integrator of all three strategies for work in the region. Current programming seeks to build the capacity of leaders at the local, provincial, national, regional, and global levels. It also is concerned with increasing community voices in the policy development process to strengthen young leaders for the 21st century.

Strengthen the Capacity of Communities - This programming strategy targets district-level sites to increase cooperation among local government, business, community-based organizations, education institutions and agencies, and to enhance participation of rural youth in social and economic development.

Organizational and Institutional Development and Transformation - Attention is focused on improving the southern African social infrastructure through institutions of higher education, organizations that create employment and productivity, and information systems that support social development.

Latin America and the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Foundation takes an integrated approach in addressing its key programming interests. Following are the strategies that detail these interests:

Regional Development - Attention is given to supporting groups of projects that demonstrate ways to break the local cycle of poverty in selected micro-regions. Strategies to promote the development, participation, and leadership of local youth are central to this effort. Priority geographic areas targeted by this work include southern Mexico and Central America (including parts of the Caribbean), northeast Brazil, and the Andean zones of Bolivia, Peru, and southern Ecuador.

Application of Knowledge and Best Practices (Programmatic Approaches) - The Foundation supports projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that offer innovative approaches in leadership development, citizenship and social responsibility, institution building and strategic alliances, and the access to information technology. The aim of this approach is to build the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to put regional development projects into action.

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