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Lighting Up the Future for Children: Balancing urgent needs and future opportunities

April 1, 2024

"Lighting Up the Future for Children" is a collaborative, strategic planning tool designed to help communities, leaders, nonprofits and funders envision and create a bright, child-centric future together. This resource serves as a map for the next decade for children, considering existing social, technological and natural forces already shaping our reality and likely to grow in influence between now and 2035, and shares what the future could look like, depending on current decisions and level of community involvement. These forecasts represent the possible result of different strategic choices and actions taken to improve conditions for children, families and communities. A resource for child-centered organizations, funders, nonprofits and communities can use this map as a foresight tool to look at a longer-term view of the issues impacting children, to better navigate rapidly evolving landscapes. It can be used to spark collaborative visioning, planning, action and reflection. The map was created by the Institute for the Future using findings from their extensive research and insights collected from more than 2,000 community partners who participated in WKKF's year of listening in 2023. 

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Companion Guide: Lighting Up the Future for Children

April 1, 2024

Every map needs a legend, so this two-page traveler's guide helps users navigate collaborative discussions around "Lighting Up the Future for Children: Balancing Urgent Needs and Future Opportunities." This resource supports ways to engage in the map of the next decade for children and was developed in partnership with the Institute for the Future and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This companion piece offers questions for individual or group consideration while studying the larger resource: "Lighting Up the Future for Children: Balancing Urgent Needs and Future Opportunities."

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Klere Lavni Timoun Yo Ekilibre Bezwen Ijan yo ak Opòtinite Fiti yo

April 1, 2024

Mete Limyè pou Avni Timoun yo" reprezante 10 lavni potansyèl ki ta ka transfòme lavi timounyo, ki se rezilta de kijan noumenm ki nan filantwopi, nan sektè san bi likratif la ak kominote a entèaji ak fòs sosyal, teknolojik ak natirèl k ap fòme kounye a e ki gen chans pou ogmante enfliyans yo nan pwochen deseni an.

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Iluminando el futuro para los niños: Equilibrando las necesidades urgentes y las oportunidades futuras

April 1, 2024

"Iluminando el futuro para los niños" es una herramienta de planificación estratégica colaborativa diseñada para ayudar a las comunidades, líderes, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y financiadores a visualizar y crear juntos un futuro brillante y centrado en los niños. Este recurso sirve como un mapa para la próxima década para los niños, considerando las fuerzas sociales, tecnológicas y naturales existentes que ya están dando forma a nuestra realidad y cuya influencia probablemente aumentará de aquí a 2035, y comparte cómo podría ser el futuro, dependiendo de las decisiones actuales y nivel de participación de la comunidad. Estas previsiones representan el posible resultado de diferentes opciones estratégicas y acciones adoptadas para mejorar las condiciones de los niños, las familias y las comunidades. Un recurso para organizaciones centradas en la infancia, financiadores, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y comunidades puede utilizar este mapa como herramienta de previsión para tener una visión a más largo plazo de los problemas que afectan a los niños, para navegar mejor en paisajes en rápida evolución. Puede utilizarse para generar visión, planificación, acción y reflexión colaborativas. El mapa fue creado por el Instituto para el Futuro utilizando los resultados de su extensa investigación y los conocimientos recopilados de más de 2000 socios comunitarios que participaron en el año de escucha de la WKKF en 2023.

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U.S. Based Workforce and Board Composition Report by Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Job Category 2023

December 1, 2023

W.K. Kellogg Foundation's workforce composition and how it has changed over time.

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Learnings from Organizational Journeys in Centering Racial Equity, part 3: An Anthology of Paper

October 2, 2023

The following anthology of three papers is the third in a series of publications intended to lift up the journeys of nonprofit organizations across the country that are focusing on centering racial equity within their internal programming and operations. Earlier in 2023, two sets of spotlights profiled 10 diverse organizations and their internal racial equity journeys, delving into the unique approach each is taking, the challenges they are facing and the ways that each has grown and learned from their experience. Rather than telling an organization-specific story, as was the case in the spotlight series, this final publication endeavors to surface learning from a cross-section of 31 organizations.

Racial Equity and Healing
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Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Efforts: Key Learning and Insights from Communities and Partners — 2023

September 1, 2023

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation ™ (TRHT) is a comprehensive, multi-year national and community-based process to bring about transformational and sustainable change. Through TRHT, the Foundation (WKKF) partners with and supports local efforts to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism in communities and institutions. They work to replace the deeply held belief system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people. TRHT communities engage in narrative change, racial healing and relationship building as part of an approach that undergirds efforts to transform society through the dismantling of institutional racism by specifically addressing separation, law, and the economy. WKKF engaged over 170 national partners in 2015 and 2016 and, with them, developed and piloted the TRHT framework and process. The following year WKKF provided grants to plan and implement TRHT to fourteen communities across the country. Each community determined its priorities and course of action in implementing the TRHT framework. This resource shares key insights and learnings from the experiences and ongoing work of those communities.

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Strategic Communication Planning Hub

July 13, 2023

The Strategic Communication Planning Hub by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a free online resource that provides valuable tools and insights for strategic communication planning. It includes guidance on content writing, digital strategies and tactics, message development, communication strategies for change and more. It also features an interactive tool where you can build your own communication plan.

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Diversifying Suppliers, Vendors and Business Partners as Part of DEI Strategy: Beacon Capital Partners Case Study

June 28, 2023

This case study is part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, which helps workplaces become more racially equitable places of opportunity. The program supports and inspires companies to take action using four pillars: Attract, Belong, Promote and Influence. Each pillar offers unique opportunities for advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in companies. This case study lifts up actions from the Influence pillar, which focuses on advancing racial equity through a company's products, services or relationships externally.At Beacon Capital Partners, having a workplace that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) means being intentional with choosing external business partners who share those same values. The firm recognized that United States' real estate industry as a whole is an overwhelmingly White, male-dominated business. They initially looked at its recruitment practices to expand their DEI efforts. In doing so, they learned that creating a space of inclusion and belonging went beyond recruiting practices and should also include all the firm's functional engagements. The firm works with numerous vendors and suppliers in its work and saw an opportunity to expand business partner diversity by working with firms holding Minority Women Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWDBE) certification and increasing its total spend on diverse vendors and suppliers at its properties. This led Beacon Capital to pilot its business partner diversity initiative, which lead to an increase in their total property spend on diverse vendors and suppliers from about 4% of controllable operating expense spending with diverse business partners in the pilot properties in 2017 to around 27% of controllable operating expense spending in 2022.

Employment Equity; Racial Equity and Healing
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Organizational Journeys in Centering Racial Equity - Part One

June 1, 2023

Five WKKF grantees share insights about centering racial equity in their organizational structures, practices and operations. Part one takes a look at internal racial equity journeys in a variety of organizations, from a local organization serving an Arab immigrant community in Michigan, a Washington D.C. based policy organization focused on juvenile justice reform, a community foundation in greater Buffalo, New York, a nationwide network of service organizations, and a global faith-based organization. 

Racial Equity and Healing
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Organizational Journeys in Centering Racial Equity - Part Two

June 1, 2023

Five WKKF grantees share insights about centering racial equity in their organizational structures, practices and operations. Part two takes a look at internal racial equity journeys in a variety of organizations, from a community foundation in Kalamazoo, to a Detroit-based grassroots policy organization focused on maternal health, a national nonprofit focused on professional development for educators, a health service provider in Grand Rapids and a national coalition of breastfeeding-focused organizations.

Racial Equity and Healing
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HR Toolkit for Racial Equity

May 22, 2023

HR Toolkit for Racial EquityThe W.K. Kellogg Foundation's (WKKF) organizational commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion has been a multi-decade journey. One area of significant progress is in our human resources (HR) policies and practices. Over the years, leaders and organizations have sought out our HR team to ask about our internal strategies – what we've tried, what we've learned and what actions we are taking as a result of our commitments. WKKF created this toolkit to share our experiences, lessons and recommended tools and resources for implementing racial equity strategies as part of a human resources function. The toolkit complements the foundation's "ONE Journey" publication, which shares the foundation's larger racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI) efforts more fully.

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