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US foundation gives development support to Jamaican counterpart
Published on August 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Executive director of the ScotiaFoundation in Jamaica, Joylene Griffiths Irving, visited the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) last month to gain insights to further strengthen the ScotiaFoundation as the leading corporate foundation in Jamaica.

Kellogg Foundation arranged meetings with key divisional leaders in its Latin America and Caribbean office located in Mexico City to share understanding and best practices around areas such as programme sustainability, talent development and training, building partnerships and funding foundations.

The Kellogg Foundation 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. 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. The Kellogg Foundation is the fifth largest in asset size and the 20th largest in total giving in the United States.

Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs at Kellogg Rui Mesquita Cordeiro, said, “The Kellogg Foundation views the opportunity to contribute to the expansion of philanthropy by developing leaders within and outside of its organization. We are excited to share knowledge and expertise with ScotiaFoundation as it also provides sharing of information from another region in the Caribbean.”

Irving, who has been executive director of the ScotiaFoundation since 2006, commented, “This is an invaluable opportunity and we are extremely grateful to Kellogg for being so receptive and accommodating.

“It is an opportunity that paves the way for sharing of knowledge that will enhance our philanthropic agenda in Jamaica and the wider Scotiabank operation,” she explained.

Dr Geneive Brown Metzger, trade and investment analyst in New York, who was key in making this opportunity possible for ScotiaFoundation, added, “We in the Diaspora see ourselves as partners of development in Jamaica, so I was pleased to be involved and applaud the ScotiaFoundation for its leadership.”

The ScotiaFoundation was established by Scotiabank in Jamaica in 1997 and has since donated J$600 million (US$5.33 million) to projects in the areas of education and health. Its programmes are mainly focused on creating a bright future for children through education.
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