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

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

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

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