WKKF Food and Community Grantmaking

The Brief:

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) works with communities in targeted locations to

improve conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life. WKKF’s Food and Community (FAC) program invests $60 million annually to improve opportunities for children’s health and academic success by working with peers and grantees to elevate access to healthy food in school and out and to promote community-driven solutions for good food and active lifestyles. Seven years ago, FAC sought out a partner to help guide learning and evaluation for its funding, programs, and engagement with peers.


The Solution:

pfc (working with the University of Michigan) provides ongoing strategic learning and evaluation to FAC staff, serving as a trusted partner to both the Foundation and grantees

through an iterative process of partnering and planning, acting and assessing, and reflecting and recalibrating. pfc has applied developmental and cluster evaluation techniques, storytelling, facilitation of learning opportunities, partnership building across funder collaboratives, timely analysis of field trends, network mapping, Deliberate Leadership analysis, and context assessment of systemic issues influencing FAC’s efforts. These strategies have allowed for the development of new tools and resources to support FAC’s ongoing evolution in service of children and communities.