The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation today announced it will move its Detroit regional office to the third floor of the Fisher Building, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., this fall. The larger space will offer more meeting rooms and greater opportunities for collaboration for staff as well as colleagues, grantees, funders, and other partners throughout the state.
“Our commitment to Detroit is very important to the Kellogg Foundation,” says Faye Nelson, director for Michigan programs. “We are pleased to expand our presence, allowing us to be more responsive to the community and bring people together across sectors to understand the critical connections needed for our children to thrive. We look forward to a grand opening celebration later this year when our move is complete.”
Detroit is in one of the foundation’s priority locations in the U.S., as is Mississippi, New Mexico, New Orleans, and Michigan. The foundation has had an office in Detroit since the early 1990s, most recently at Grand Park Centre in the downtown district. Since 2013, the foundation has made more than $154 million in commitments in Detroit, representing about 40 percent of the foundation’s commitments in Michigan.
“We are very happy that the Kellogg Foundation chose the Fisher Building as the location for their new regional office,” says Dietrich Knoer, president and CEO of The Platform, which co-owns the building. “New Center is quickly becoming a place where philanthropic institutions and for-impact investment companies choose to locate. The Fisher Building offers the perfect space and parking solution, and we are proud to welcome the Kellogg Foundation to this group of new tenants in Detroit’s most beautiful building and beacon for the city.”
The foundation’s Detroit team is working in a temporary office space at WeWork Detroit on Woodward Avenue. Since 2017, the Ford Foundation has had a program officer working in Detroit, who will continue to share the Kellogg Foundation’s office space as part of the move to the Fisher Building.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by Will Keith Kellogg, breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur. It works to offer all children an equal opportunity to thrive, providing services throughout the U.S. and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty. Its international priority areas are in Mexico and Haiti.