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

Community Revitalization Through Outdoor Art

What They Do Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Park is a community generated and sustained outdoor sculpture park in rural Lincoln, Montana. The sculpture park celebrates the rich environmental, industrial and cultural heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. Sculptors have been invited to create significant site-specific works of art using the materials, both … Continued

Reflections on the State of the Early and Child Marriage Movement

The issue of early and child marriage has evolved tremendously in recent years as global awareness has been raised and community solutions have been developed. Nowhere was this more evident than in the recent Girls Not Brides (GNB) global meeting in Kuala Lumpur in June. After reflecting on all I heard, learned and saw during … Continued

Charting a New Path for Georgia’s Energy Future

What They Do The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. Their team of more than 70 dedicated attorneys stands up for all the things we love about this special region—clean water, healthy air, mountains and forests, the coast. By working at the national, … Continued

Building Capacity to Advance Sustainability in the Southeast

What They Do The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) is a professional network of local government sustainability officials in the Southeastern United States. A partner network of the national Urban Sustainable Directors Network, SSDN started in 2012 with the purpose of building capacity for community sustainability throughout the Southeast. SSDN recognizes that successes in sustainability … Continued

A Ten Station National Reporting Collaborative

What They Do Led by WAMU-88.5 in Washington, DC, Guns & America will report for two years on the many ways that firearms are intertwined in American life, from the cultural significance of hunting and sport shooting, to the role guns play in suicide, homicides, mass shootings and beyond. The ten station collabortion will provide … Continued

Building a Regenerative Economy and Social Equity

What They Do Southface works to build a regenerative economy, responsible resource use and social equity through a healthy built environment for all. Southface programs, like Grants to Green and the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, illustrate practical ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy and water efficiency upgrades. Southface’s work in low income energy issues, … Continued