This week, Dr. Carla Thompson Payton, WKKF Vice President for Program Strategy, joined Concordia for its annual summit alongside T.H. Henrietta Fore, Chairman & CEO at Holsman International, and Dr. Cecilia Conrad from Lever for Change, to talk about the Racial Equity 2030 global challenge and how innovative funding models to grassroots organizations and private-public partnerships can make the world a more equitable place.
The panelists aimed to share how donors can connect with problem solvers to find and fund bold, effective solutions to accelerate social change, and what tools exist for donors, corporations and organizations to achieve social impact.
In 2020, we marked the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 90th anniversary, in the middle of a global pandemic, by launching the Racial Equity 2030 Global Challenge, awarding $90 million U.S. dollars to fuel innovative and actionable solutions to build a more racially equitable future. The pandemic exposed disparities in healthcare, wealth and access to opportunities. The movement for racial justice sparked an international outpouring of support. The time was right.
Centered around our founder’s belief that people have the inherent capacity to find the solutions to their own difficulties, this project was able to open doors, offer partnerships and give applicants and participants the benefit of working alongside others within their ecosystem and built a community of game-changers who are aspiring to create sustainable solutions to our most intractable issues.