Kellogg Foundation Funds Core Progressive Infrastructure

The Kellogg Foundation, the nation’s fifth largest philanthropic organization, took a turn to the far left when it scrubbed its longstanding mission statement in 2007. Soon afterwards, it established the Racial Equality Program and began funneling tens of millions of dollars to progressive organizations.

Kellogg’s original mission statement applauded individual responsibility. The foundation funds were directed

“To help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.”

In 2007, Kellogg “reviewed, revised, and refocused” the foundation’s mission.  It developed a new mission statement that emphasizes contributions to the larger community and society, rather than to individuals helping themselves. The new mission statement reads:

“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.”

The change may appear insignificant. Kellogg defines “contributors to the larger community and society” as strengthening and creating conditions for people to achieve success by making “significant changes in institutional policies and practices” in order to “dismantle structural racism and foster enduring racial healing.” In other words, impose a progressive ideology on America.

The head of Kellogg’s Racial Equality Program is Dr. Gail C. Christopher, a progressive. She claims Americans have an “unconscious bias” against people of color” and believes it’s necessary to address “structural inequalities” in society and “past injustices and their causative wounds.”

Additional details on the progressive agenda are found in the “Racial Equity Resources Guide,” published by the Kellogg Foundation in 2014.

Racial Equity Resource Guide

The Racial Equity Resource Guide contains an essay – The Journey to Racial Healing and Racial Equity, by progressive Michael R. Wenger – that underpins Kellogg’s rationale for moving to the far left and its funding of progressive organizations.

Wenger’s essay describes America as an “explicitly racist and oppressive society,” and asserts governmental efforts are necessary to “address persistent inequalities and other racial and ethnically discriminatory events.”

To support this view, Wenger paints an unbalanced, inaccurate picture of historical events in America. He claims, for example, that “US actions” were responsible for “killing and enslaving…most of the Native people in America,” which he estimates totaled 7-18 million people. In Wenger’s view, all Indians are noble primitives and white European settlers are violent, materialistic imperialists.

While it’s true many Native Americans died at the hands of European settlers, they were not all killed and enslaved by “US actions,” as Wenger contends. Most died of diseases, such as typhus, cholera, scarlet fever, and tuberculosis, which were introduced into the Americas by the European settlers. Native Americans had not been exposed previously to the diseases and their immune systems were inadequate to protect them. (Conversely, syphilis was unknown in Europe until introduced by Europeans who had traveled to the Americas.)

As further evidence of America’s racist past, Wenger highlights the lynching of Mexicans by Americans in territories the US purchased following the Mexican-American War. The incidents are atrocious, but Mexico is not also without blame.  Wenger conveniently neglects to mention comparable crimes by Mexicans against Americans. For example, in 1916, 17 Americans in Columbus, New Mexico, were murdered by Mexicans.

Wenger asserts there have been “centuries of atrocities against humanity” in the United States as a result of racism. To ameliorate these past wrongs, Wegner and the Kellogg Foundation state it’s necessary to uproot “the belief system of racism,” and to “confront the racially oppressive history of [American] communities as a means to promote racial healing.” Only by “healing wounds that have been festering for centuries” can racial and ethnic equality be achieved.

Financing Progressive Infrastructure

The Kellogg Foundation donates millions of dollars annually to progressive organizations to further the progressive agenda.  This includes nine grants totaling $8.9 million to Race Forward, an organization that described the election of Donald Trump as “a stunning victory for racism, misogyny, homophobia, and vengeful authoritarianism.”1

Kellogg has provided $2.65 million in grants to Color of Change, a group that suppresses free speech and blackmails US companies. The organization was co-founded by Van Jones, who announced in 1992 he was a communist.2 Van Jones established Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), which “held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin and dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia.”3

Kellogg allocates funds to radical progressive groups, such as Black Lives Matter. To date, it’s provided two grants to BLM, worth $930,000. BLM advocates the removal of police from schools, cuts in military spending, reparations for black Americans, the redistribution of wealth, an end to the privatization of education, and the release of terrorists who are on the International Terrorist List.

1.  “Race Forward Statement on the 2016 National Election,” RaceForward.org
2)  “The New Face of Environmentalism,” East Bay Express, November 2, 2005.
3)  Ibid.

Key Progressive Infrastructure Funded by Kellogg Foundation

Below are progressive organizations funded by Kellogg that are part of the core progressive infrastructure in America.

  • Advancement Project
  • Alliance for Justice
  • America Votes
  • Bend the Arc
  • Center for Responsible Lending
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Center for Social Inclusion
  • Color of Change
  • Economic Policy Institute
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights Under Law
  • NAACP
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • National Employment Law Project
  • New American Leaders Project
  • Opportunity Agenda
  • PICO
  • Race Forward
  • Safe Places for Advancing Community and Equity
  • Tides Center
  • Tides Foundation