The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support its work of leading philanthropic and nonprofit infrastructure organizations to advance racial equity and sector effectiveness. The grant’s resources will help expand the reach of the Center within its core areas of research, convening, and leadership development.
“We are excited to deepen our efforts for racial equity and inclusion,” said Dr. Charlotte L. Williams, associate professor and director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “We are committed to work alongside our partners to improve nonprofit practice within communities and across the sector”
The Center plans to promote community philanthropy by forming new models, innovations, and collaborations that focus on making incremental, measurable, and visible progress for racial equity. Plans include hosting research scholars from around the country to learn from their expertise to develop leadership capacity and best practices within the sector.
“We very much appreciate the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s continued support for our Center on Community Philanthropy,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “Regardless of income, everyone can give in a way that helps transform communities. The work of our Center educates and inspires individuals on how to do that. This grant will enhance that ideal.”
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
Launched in 2007, the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy was created to focus its teaching, research and policy-making exclusively on the emerging field of community philanthropy, the idea of giving and sharing time, talent, and treasure from within one’s own community.