Building a Democratic, Equitable and Sustainable Economy

What They Do The Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative is working to end generational poverty in the Bronx through shared wealth and democratic ownership. The Initiative has launched a Community Enterprise Network that serves as a transformative model for urban economic development.  Programs include a Learning Center, a Policy and Planning Lab, an Innovation Factory, and … Continued

Story Leads to Action

What They Do Working Films builds partnerships between documentary filmmakers and advocates to advance social justice and environmental sustainability. Since 1999 Working Films has explored ways for advocacy organizations to use the power of documentary storytelling to engage people in active pursuit of justice. The group has issued a statement of principles for filmmakers, highlighting … Continued

Improving Human Health By Using Less Toxic Building Materials

What They Do The Healthy Building Network launched Home Free to provide training and education for affordable housing developers in different regions of the US, in order to scale-up the selection of building materials that would decrease toxic exposures to residents, construction workers, and workers on the factory floors. What We Love Home Free is … Continued

What will each of us do differently, starting right here, right now?

The following remarks were delivered by Kendeda’s executive director Dena Kimball at the dedication of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design on October 24, 2019. Thank you. My name is Dena Kimball and I am the executive director of the Kendeda Fund.  On behalf of my mother, Diana Blank, I want to start by … Continued

Building Community Wealth That Lasts

Last spring I had a chance to visit two of the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation businesses in Cleveland, Ohio – Green City Growers and Evergreen Cooperative Laundry. This was not my first time visiting these operations, or even my second. Over the years I have returned time and again to watch these companies make headway in … Continued

Sex and Power: How Foundations Can Attack the Roots of Child Marriage

While the harmful practice of child marriage has endured for millennia, action by philanthropy, nonprofits, and others to confront this complex human-rights problem have gained significant traction during the past decade. In some parts of the world, child marriage rates are declining. But not by nearly enough. Continued work on this problem is essential since, … Continued

Assessing Impact While Spending Out: Six Lessons

In 2013, the Kendeda Fund initiated a focused 10-year spend out strategy across all of our core programs, with the goal of dispersing all remaining assets and wrapping up our grantmaking by the end of 2023. While our grantees and partners are aware of this plan, we are only now starting to share the news … Continued

Who Tells Their Story?

In the Broadway musical Hamilton, writer Lin Manuel Miranda asks us to consider “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” This question of “authentic voice” has long been one of interest to The Kendeda Fund, across many of our program areas. And ultimately, we come down on the side of favoring stories being told by those who are most intimately connected to a situation.

Building Resilience and Reconnecting Military Families

What They Do Project Sanctuary helps military families thrive with six-day, therapeutic retreats and an additional two years of family support services. What We Love Project Sanctuary not only provides military families a critical opportunity to reconnect through time and activities in nature, but they also provide military service members and their families with long-term … Continued

Reclaiming Native Language and Culture

What They Do The Cuts Wood School in Browning, Montana provides a high-quality, language-immersion education to students from kindergarten through eighth grade. What We Love Not only does Cuts Wood School anchor the effort to preserve the Blackfeet language, but along the way students learn about Blackfeet traditions and culture through stories that have been … Continued