Community Engagement

What mattered most to you in 2022

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A young Black boy watering flowers outside in the school garden in New Orleans.

Children are at the heart of all we do at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our goal is to support lasting, transformational change so every child can thrive, but we recognize that children live in families and families live in communities. That’s why Every Child Thrives shares the real-life experiences and knowledge of communities mobilizing for a brighter future. We produced 183 stories; here’s what caught your attention in 2022. 

  1. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation annual snapshot contains stories of grantees doing the on-the-ground, intentional work to ensure kids are thriving. You, our Every Child Thrives audience, engaged with many of these stories, and three in particular took the top spots for our most read stories of 2022:
  • It’s no secret that we love our hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan, and are committed to the children and families that live here. That’s why it should come as no surprise that our top read piece of 2022 highlighted the innovation and transformation taking place in Battle Creek Public Schools.
  • Our friends and partners in Haiti have continued to face challenging and heartbreaking situations, yet the people of Haiti continue to show up with grace and grit. We’re committed to the people of Haiti and ensuring their stories are told.
  •  In 2020, we launched Expanding Equity, a transformational program for advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in companies. In 2022, the program grew to serve nearly 100 companies from at least 10 industries. Sharing the research, case studies and resources emerging from this work and the why behind it was of interest to you and we invite you to follow along in 2023. 
  1. The second most read topic was all about the WKKF Racial Equity 2030 awardees. Announcing these five organizations who would collectively receive $80 million dollars piqued interest, and you all wanted to learn more about them. Action Aid is building an antiracist education model in Brazil; Communities United focuses on youth in Chicago; The Indian Law Resource Center works to secure Indigenous land ownership; Partners in Development aims to end youth incarceration in Hawaii; and Namati shapes the law in Kenya, Sierra Leone and the U.S. to overcome environmental racism.
  1. In 2021, the Kellogg Foundation released a three-part series of practice guides that show how to incorporate racial equity as a core value into evaluation. A few months later, in March 2022, a coinciding webinar series was released, with a diverse cadre of distinguished evaluators and social justice advocates offering practical ways to embrace racial equity principles in your everyday evaluation. These guides and webinars came in at number three on our list of most read pieces for 2022.

As we begin a new year, fresh with opportunity, we invite you to subscribe to Every Child Thrives, where you can continue to read and learn more about the work of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the grantees and partners who stand with us in creating a better world for children and families.

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