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The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance (KFLA) Humanitarian Action Fund is based on the principles of concern for human welfare and the alleviation of suffering. Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone. Grants will be awarded based on the recognized values of humanity, responsiveness, feasibility and interdependence.

The Current Issue:

In our increasingly globalized world, the politics of borders and migration frequently eclipse humanitarian concerns. Often children and vulnerable communities are the most impacted.

For Instance: the Fund was conceived in 2014, when the number of unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest U.S. border surged to over 50,000. For these children—most of whom come from Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador—the primary reasons for migration are refuge from poverty, gang or cartel violence, or to seek family reunification.

The KFLA Humanitarian Action Fund is in place to assist Kellogg Fellows who are working on these issues in numerous ways across the globe. Fellows whose work addresses the humanitarian concerns of migration, immigration, and borders can apply to the Fund for small grants to support their efforts.

Initial funding was received from an anonymous donor’s $5,000 match grant. KFLA raised additional funds for a total of $20,000. The Fund will continue to be sustained through private donations.


  1. Grantee must be a grassroots 501(c)3 public charity working on humanitarian issues, as identified in the Fund description
  2. The recommending Kellogg Fellow or KFLA Executive Director MUST be involved in the organization, and take on a fiduciary responsibility for the grant in that they will submit a final report on behalf of the grantee.
  3. Grant requests may be submitted year-round.
  4. Grants may only be used for the organization’s programming needs, and may not be used for operating expenses.
  5. The grant total may be up to, but no more than, $1,000 per request.


  1. The submitting public charity must complete a brief application, and provide documentation of its 501(c)3 Public Charity status.
  2. The Kellogg Fellow or KFLA Executive Director must submit the application and documentation along with a written recommendation as to why the nonprofit should be awarded a grant. The nonprofit cannot submit their own application.
  3. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and on a rolling basis.
  4. All requests will be reviewed by a committee comprised of one KFLA staff member, and two current or former KFLA board members.
  5. Submitted applications will be reviewed within 14 days of receipt.
  6. The KFLA staff member will notify the Kellogg Fellow and grantee, once a decision has been made.