Kellogg Foundation Latest Donor to Support National Paid Family Leave Campaign

The Nonprofit Paid Leave for the United States Is Leading Public and Private Sector Momentum to Win National Legislation by 2022

Press Release – San Francisco, CA: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan announced a $500,000 grant to Paid Leave for the United States (PL+US) bolstering momentum for paid family leave across the public and private sectors.

“Without a national paid family leave policy, 1 in 4 new mothers are forced to return to work within two weeks of giving birth,” said Katie Bethell, Founder and Executive Director of PL+US. “Caregivers shouldn’t be more likely to slip into poverty because they’re supporting a sick family member. This is a crisis. With the support of the Kellogg Foundation, PL+US is changing that and fighting for a future where we can put our families first.”

PL+US in partnership with investors, employers, consumers, and employees has already changed paid leave policies at 55 companies impacting nearly 6 million people in two short years. For her strategic leadership expanding policies at titans including Walmart, Starbucks, and CVS, Fortune Magazine named founder Katie Bethell one of the world’s greatest leaders. In 2018, the tipping point the organization built into the private sector spilled into the public sector where an unprecedented number of paid leave champions are headed to the 116th Congress where they are committed to fighting for legislation.

In 2019, the Kellogg Foundation investment marks the rise of paid family leave as an issue of national prominence. The grant will amplify PL+US’ bold advocacy both on the ground and online, including engaging another 500,000 advocates with a focus on communities of color and low-wage working people who are most impacted by the lack of paid family leave. This investment will seize the political moment by mobilizing a network of paid leave advocates and sparking a national conversation on the value of care and caregiving for business leaders and political decision makers.

“Our programs will bring the personal experience of millions of caregivers who struggle everyday to balance their families and their jobs into the public discourse,” said Bethell. “We are building the political power to make sure that the U.S. is no longer the only industrial nation without a paid family leave policy.”

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