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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Latinx affinity group, RAÍCES, is proud to celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by honoring the culture, pride and contributions of Latinx peoples – past, present and future – in the U.S. and throughout the diaspora. Staff across the foundation share their stories of pride in heritage, philanthropy rooted in history and family tradition, and how their identity strengthens their work with communities.
“roots” – origin or cause
WKKF staff are invited to voluntarily participate in affinity groups, which are a big part of the foundation’s racial equity journey. The goal of these affinity groups is to promote and honor the wisdom, experience and histories of people of color, foster intercultural knowledge and offer opportunities for advancement through peer mentoring. Affinity groups play a critical role in the talent development of people of employees of color and helps the foundation grow in its commitment to racial equity – from the inside out.
Why We Give – Por Qué Damos
For Latinx communities, giving is a cultural value that often goes without saying or naming. Philanthropy may not be the commonly used term for something that happens every day – at dinner tables, workplaces, in school hallways, places of worship, community centers and beyond. It’s the seen and felt reality of ‘mi casa, es su casa,’ in other words, ‘what I have, I also give to you.’
Listen to members of RAÍCES as they share their inspiration for giving, shaped by family and community love and generosity. It’s this cultural upbringing that fuels and informs their passion for driving philanthropic investments to Latinx and other communities of color.