How to Unite Communities, Impact Systematic Change, and Execute Nonprofit Programs – Ep. 53 with Edward Egnatios

How to Unite Communities, Impact Systematic Change, and Execute Nonprofit Programs – Ep. 53 with Edward Egnatios

Edward Egnatios is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

As part of the Detroit team, he identifies and nurtures opportunities for positive systemic change within communities and executes programming efforts aligned with the foundation’s organizational direction. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight for programming and works closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

Before joining Kellogg in 2013, Ed served as a consultant for the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation in Detroit. Earlier, he was program officer, senior program officer and program director at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit where he conceived, coordinated or managed a wide range of neighborhood and youth-focused programs, including: the Good Neighborhoods program, the Detroit Youth Employment Consortium and the Detroit Youth Development Alliance. In other professional experience, Ed was president/CEO of EK & Associates in Grosse Pointe, Mich., national executive director of the UAW-Ford Family Service & Learning Centers for O/E Learning, Inc. in Troy, Michigan and vice president of United Way Community Services in Detroit.

Ed received a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio and a Master of Social Work in administration and community practice from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and was named a PLACES Fellow by the Funders’ Network for Living and Sustainable Communities in 2012. Ed was elected to the board of Neighborhood Funders Group in 2010 and is a past co-chair of that group. Ed also is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and served on several community boards and committees including Detroit PAL, Global Detroit and the Detroit Neighborhood Investment Forum.

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.

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