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Building A High-Quality Early Childhood System of Leadership and Teaching Practice

January 12, 2022

This document serves as the Year 5 Annual report for the Building a High-Quality Early Childhood System of Leadership and Teaching Practice initiative ("the initiative"). Data summary reports with feedback on individual trainings throughout the year (e.g., Kindergarten Academy, trainings geared toward childcare providers and trainings related to COVID and better utilization ofthe OWL curriculum) are available in Appendix 1.The University of Mississippi's Center for Research Evaluation (CERE) serves as the external evaluator for the initiative. CERE evaluated the first three-year cycle of the initiative (December 2016-November 2019) and is now evaluating the three-year continuation (December 2020- November 2023; thus, we are referring to this second year of the second three-year cycle as "Year 5"). The initiative aims to change the landscape of early childhood education across the state of Mississippi by training educators across all levels and roles about evidence-based teaching for early childhood. The initiative's focus is not only on educators gaining knowledge, but also on their implementation of what they have learned in their districts, schools, and classrooms. Thus, the evaluation aims to determine the extent to which (1) participants learned from the initiative's trainings and other activities, (2) participants implemented what they learned and (3) students' literacy increased. At a higher level, the evaluation considers what training or participant characteristics impact these outcomes.

Early Childhood Education

Honoring Indigenous Knowledge: First Nations Annual Report 2020

December 22, 2021

First Nations recognizes that accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. Without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet and good health are outof reach. To increase access to healthy food, we support tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and economies, increase control over Native agriculture and food systems, and promote Native food sovereignty.

Food Systems

First Nations Annual Report 2020

December 22, 2021

The year 2020 is not one that will be forgotten.On the 40th Anniversary year of First NationsDevelopment Institute, the world experienceda deadly pandemic and the aftershocks thatcontinue to plague communities locally andglobally.

Racial Equity and Healing

Equitable Path Forward 2021 Annual Impact Report

November 22, 2021

EPF is a nationwide initiative Enterprise Community Partners launched in December 2020 to help dismantle the legacy of racism in housing – from the types of homes that are built, where they get built, who builds them, and the wealth that is generated from them. This vision can only be achieved when capital accessibility is race blind. EPF is targeted to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led housing providers by providing 1) critical capital through our Growth Fund in the form of debt, equity, grants and innovative credit enhancement, and 2) developer advisory services to help cultivate the capacity of local development organizations.

Employment Equity

Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund 2021 Annual Report

November 9, 2021

This report summarizes Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund's ("BCF" or the "Fund") activities during its sixth year of operations, from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021 (FY21). During this fiscal year, the BCF Team fully committed the Fund as of March 31, 2021 reaching 26 investments totaling $33.5MM. The latter half of the BCF investments have been aligned with the iterated investment thesis we articulated in 2018, which was to focus on closing racial wealth gaps, and specifically to lend to organizations and intermediaries that are: (1) Managed and/or owned by people of color. (2) Finding alternative ways of creating income and wealth-building opportunities for people of color, primarily by providing increased access to capital. This includes entities that have created alternative underwriting methodologies to create a more inclusive credit box; that are providing more flexible capital, with different types of terms and through alternative fund structures; and that are providing advisory services, technical assistance, and other types of support to entrepreneurs of color. (3) Building the ecosystem for entrepreneurs and managers of color. We thank you for your support and are excited to begin to explore and share lessons learned as our portfolio continues to mature. Additionally, the Living Cities Catalyst Funds were named to the ImpactAssets 50 (IA50), an impact investing showcase featuring fund managers that deliver social, environmental, and financial returns, for the tenth consecutive year in February 2021. The IA50 is the first open-source, publicly published database of exceptional impact investing fund managers. Living Cities has been included in the IA50 every year since IA50's inception.

Big Cities Health Coalition Annual Report 2020

April 2, 2021

Big city health departments made a huge impact in 2020. Faced with a once-in-a-century pandemic, funding shortages, and political pressures, public health leaders worked tirelessly to protect the health of their jurisdictions. In our 2020 Annual Report, we highlight just a few of the countless ways that we worked with members to advance equity and health in our cities.

For 90 Years...for Children, 2020 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Annual Report

February 17, 2021

In the nine decades since Will Keith Kellogg established the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, our dedication to his vision for children has only deepened. In a 90th year of challenges and crises, Mr. Kellogg's bold action so that "children can face the future with confidence" is more compelling and vital than ever.

Seeing with Fresh Eyes: Our DNA in Action, 2019 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Annual Report (En Español)

February 1, 2020

More than a dozen stories illustrate how grantees are advancing racial equity and racial healing, building trust through community engagement and demonstrating courageous leadership to widen equitable opportunities for children and their families. 

Seeing with Fresh Eyes: Our DNA in Action, 2019 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Annual Report (An Kreyòl)

February 1, 2020

More than a dozen stories illustrate how grantees are advancing racial equity and racial healing, building trust through community engagement and demonstrating courageous leadership to widen equitable opportunities for children and their families.  

Community Engagement; Early Childhood Education; Employment Equity; Food Systems; Health Equity; Impact Investing; Leadership; Maternal and Child Health; Racial Equity and Healing

Seeing With Fresh Eyes: Our DNA in Action, 2019 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Annual Report

February 1, 2020

More than a dozen stories illustrate how grantees are advancing racial equity and racial healing, building trust through community engagement and demonstrating courageous leadership to widen equitable opportunities for children and their families.

2019 Social Impact Annual Report: Chocolate Milk: The Documentary

January 1, 2020

Chocolate Milk is a graybayne film/media production, directed and produced by Elizabeth Gray Bayne. The project began in 2014 as a digital storytelling project in which the personal breastfeeding stories of African American mothers were collected and hosted on a YouTube channel called Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Series. Over the course of three seasons, the series became a tool for health centers and physicians' offices across the United States. After working closely with community stakeholders to better understand the racial breastfeeding disparities affecting black mothers in the U.S., the team set about producing Chocolate Milk: The Documentary, a 90-minute film with a primary target audience of African American women ages 18 through 34 and a secondary audience of family members, health providers and the general public. An early cut of the film, which follows three African American women, a new mother, a homebirth midwife and WIC lactation expert, was previewed in 200 communities nationwide during National Breastfeeding Month and Black Breastfeeding Week in August 2019.These community screenings demonstrated the effectiveness of Chocolate Milk: The Documentary in increasing community support for black breastfeeding mothers by galvanizing organizations, the public, and policymakers. In this report, the results of an audience survey and the overall findings from the national social impact campaign for the film will be presented, demonstrating the value of narrative in raising awareness and community support for breastfeeding.

Health Equity; Maternal and Child Health

Interconnections: What Children Need to Thrive, 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Annual Report

February 20, 2019

Explore seven grantee stories, letters from our leaders and a look at our Year in Review – each reaffirming WKKF priorities of thriving children, working families and equitable communities, while highlighting the many levels of dynamic interconnections, essential to lasting change.

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