For me, this piece of art also reflects how children are at the core of our bold and transformative initiative aimed at creating equitable outcomes for children and families around the globe: Racial Equity 2030. In Sept. 2021, we announced ten finalists that each received a $1 million planning grant, with nine months of capacity-building support to further build out and explore their projects to build racial equity locally. In October 2022, we were excited to announce the five awardees who were named to receive a combined $80 million over the next eight years, concluding in 2030, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 100th anniversary.
One of the most powerful aspects of Eldred’s picture is the dream that’s visualized at its very center: People of all different backgrounds, coming together to tackle a towering mountain. Changing the systems that define our lives — education, housing, health care, transportation, justice and the economy – so that they work for all children, all families and all communities, will require precisely that kind of bold, hand-in-hand, collective action.