The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced the establishment of a certification program in racial healing that will offer training and development for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders.
The program will be supported by a three-year, $900,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battle Creek, Mich.
“In the wake of this social justice movement, there is an outcry for racial healing across this country,” said Dr. Charlotte L. Williams, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “The Center on Community Philanthropy is honored to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish a racial healing credentials program within the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.”
The program’s efforts will focus on building capacity for leaders by providing specialized training, education, and unique experiences that provide skills development and competencies in the very targeted area of racial healing. The funding from WKKF will allow The Center to work with other national organizations and their networks of healing practitioners.
"We are grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for the confidence shown in the Clinton School's Center on Community Philanthropy and its commitment to racial equity and justice,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “The Kellogg Foundation represents the gold standard and we are honored to collaborate on this important initiative."
Since its inception in 2006, The Center has been committed to promoting community philanthropy as a social change strategy and a powerful influence toward racial healing and advancing racial equity. The Center’s impressive body of work around racial healing includes peer reviewed research, public education, course content development, and multiple experiences as participants in national racial healing trainings.
About the Center on Community Philanthropy
The Clinton School of Public Service 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. For further information, visit the Center’s website.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur 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 attention 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.
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