2016 Philanthropist of the Year Award
We honor the Native tradition of giving each year by recognizing outstanding philanthropists within Indian Country.
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 so all children can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The foundation supports the Native community and has about $62 million in active grants in Indian country. Our support is focused on revitalizing Native language and culture, including the full integration into Head Start; engaging and empowering families in their children’s education and development; and increasing the economic security of Native parents and communities through financial education programs and the creation of healthy food enterprises.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.