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Expanding Equity Inclusion & Belonging Guidebook

May 1, 2022

As many corporate leaders know, inclusion and belonging are vital to company health and success. Creating workplaces where every employee can bring their whole selves to work leads to deeper levels of commitment and higher levels of innovation. A key question is: how can leaders and companies create a culture that embodies a feeling of inclusion and a sense of belonging for all employees? This guidebook, created as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, will support you on that journey through the following sections: 1. What is racial equity? 2. Putting the "I" in DE&I 3. Talking About Race (and Racism) in the Workplace 4. Moving Beyond Allyship to Sponsorship 5. Developing Champions for Racial Equity

Mobility Matters Employment and Advancement for Working Parents

December 6, 2021

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) supported two innovative initiatives over a three year period that yielded some impressive results for single mothers and working families. The STEPS (Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents) program served to help working parents enter the labor market, while the MOVE UP (Mobility and Opportunity for Valuable Employment by Upskilling Parents) program focused on providing low-income workers opportunities to move up within the labor market, thereby increasing income and job stability. Between 2015 and 2018, WKKF invested $11 million to support 13 different organizations to implement these two pilot programs. This report overviews findings from those investments.

Mobility Matters Employment and Advancement for Working Parents-Executive Summary

December 6, 2021

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) supported two innovative initiatives over a three year period that yielded some impressive results for single mothers and working families. The STEPS (Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents) program served to help working parents enter the labor market, while the MOVE UP (Mobility and Opportunity for Valuable Employment by Upskilling Parents) program focused on providing low-income workers opportunities to move up within the labor market, thereby increasing income and job stability. Between 2015 and 2018, WKKF invested $11 million to support 13 different organizations to implement these two pilot programs. This summary overviews findings from those investments.

Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity: Diagnose Biases and Systems

November 3, 2021

Why focus on biases and systems? Everyone has racial biases, whether they like to admit it or not. They can have a stereotype positive or negative about a racial or ethnic group and when they meet someone from that group, they often treat that person differently without even realizing it. It is important to recognize that implicit biases are deeply rooted and that even individuals with the best intentions can have them. Good intention or not, racial biases can cause harm. And it is up to the individual feeling the bias to decide if it is harmful saying "that wasn't my intention" does not change the outcome for the person or community on the receiving end. This is why it is so important for us, as evaluators, to put in the time and work to uncover and address our implicit biases so we can better understand ourselves so can make better decisions and bring attention to others in our circles. 

Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity: Deepen Community Engagement

November 3, 2021

Why focus on engagement? The term community engagement is so easy to say. The term connects people with each other, and it seems so simple, so natural and so human. We place the term community engagement before a convening, meeting or act as a symbol of our good intentions (Chavis & Lee, 2015). It conjures images of neighbors making and delivering food to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color advocating for equitable treatment of young Black men and residents at a county council meeting expressing their concerns about the lack of healthy and fresh food in the community. It is so common a term that we almost never define it or explain what we mean by it. 

Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity: Debunk Myths

November 3, 2021

Why focus on myths? Myths are popular beliefs or traditions that are not true, but because these beliefs or traditions are passed along unchallenged, people start to believe they are true. Myths about key concepts in evaluation such as rigor and objectivity are shaped by our mental models' frames of how something works that guide our perceptions, behaviors and how we approach and relate to both other people and our surroundings. These mental models tint and narrow our view of the world we encounter. 

For Want of a Dentist: The Rise of the Dental Therapy Movement in Tribal Nations and the U.S., Lessons from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

November 1, 2021

Dental therapy is a proven community-based solution that ensures all children and families in America have access to oral health care, parents have access to professional wage jobs and communities improve population health. Since 2006, WKKF has supported Tribal and non-Native communities coming together to highlight the need for dental therapists.As a new type of mid-level dental provider, dental therapists are delivering care to communities where dental care was not accessible for everyone. Dental therapists increase access to oral health care, expand the dental team and promote economic development. Moving forward it will take coalitions of civic, nonprofit, philanthropic and public and private sector leaders to continue engaging with communities. For this vision to become real, communities must acknowledge oral health disparities and racial inequities, heal those wounds and move forward to implement strategies that can allow dental therapists to provide much-needed care to patients. 

Investing in Farm to Early Care and Education A Funder's Guide to Nourishing Children, Families and Communities

October 1, 2021

This guide is for funders and all who seek to support farm to early care and education programs that nourish children, familiesand communities. It overviews farm to early care and education and its benefits, describes challenges within our food and learning systems that farm to early care and education seeks to solve, spotlights community-based initiatives, and outlines how funders can play a role in supporting communities by expanding farm to early care and education.

The Promise of Farm to Early Care and Education: Policy Brief #1 of 4

September 29, 2021

The first in a four-part series of policy briefs that overviews farm to early care and education, and describes opportunities in coalition building, procurement and resourcing to expand farm to early care and education—benefiting children, providers, local farmers and communities. Learn how policymakers can play a role.

Farm to Early Care and Education Means a Community Working Together: Policy Brief #2 of 4

September 29, 2021

The second in a four-part series of policy briefs that overviews farm to early care and education, and describes opportunities in coalition building, procurement and resourcing to expand farm to early care and education—benefiting children, providers, local farmers and communities. Learn how policymakers can play a role.

Resources to Grow the Farm to Early Care and Education Movement Policy Brief #4 of 4

September 23, 2021

The last in a four-part series of policy briefs that overviews farm to early care and education, and describes opportunities in coalition building, procurement and resourcing to expand farm to early care and education—benefiting children, providers, local farmers and communities. Learn how policymakers can play a role.

Opportunities to Improve Farm to Early Care and Education Procurement: Policy Brief #3 of 4

September 22, 2021

The third in a four-part series of policy briefs that overviews farm to early care and education, and describes opportunities in coalition building, procurement and resourcing to expand farm to early care and education—benefiting children, providers, local farmers and communities. Learn how policymakers can play a role.