OVERVIEW: The Patricia Kind Family Foundation awards grants three times a year to basic needs and direct service nonprofits in the Philadelphia region. Most grants are between $5,000 and $25,000, and around 200 grants are awarded each year.
FUNDING AREAS: Poverty, basic human needs, housing, education, physical and mental care
IP TAKE: Although Patricia Kind’s father’s foundation is squarely focused on mental health, her family foundation has a broader agenda to tackle poverty in the five counties in and around Philadelphia. This is a great foundation for small nonprofits with operating budgets under $1 million because The Patricia Kind Family Foundation doesn’t shy away from giving general operating support.
PROFILE: Patricia Kind was an heiress to the International Flavors & Fragrances fortune, a company co-founded and once chaired by her father Arnold Louis van Ameringen. Arnold and his wife, Hedwig, established their own family foundation, the van Ameringen Foundation, in 1950 to support mental health programs. But Arnold passed away in 1966 and Hedwig passed away in 1996. During her last 30 years, Hedwig was active in arts philanthropy, giving $5 million to establish the Hedwig van Ameringen Guest Artist Endowment Fund in 1991.
Patricia Kind continued the family tradition of philanthropy after the passing of her parents, using her inheritance to establish the Patricia Kind Family Foundation in 1996. The foundation supports nonprofits that help children, adults, and senior citizens obtain food, shelter, clothing, education, and physical and mental health care. Geographically, the foundation’s focus is on the five-county Philadelphia region. Patricia Kind died January 10, 2016 of dementia at Brandywine Dresher Estates.
Unlike some other grantmakers in the city, PKFF prefers to give to practical direct service programs and preventive solutions to community problems. Between 2001 to 2016, the Patricia Kind Family Foundation made 470 grants totaling $37,214,749.00 to organizations providing services to those in need in the Delaware Valley. A majority of these grants were made for human services programs, followed by education and physical and mental health. On average, the foundation award has been awarding between 180 and 220 grants per year, and the average grant is between $5,000 and 25,000.
The Patricia Kind Family Foundation gives almost exclusively to Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. Recent Philadelphia grantees include After School Activities Partnerships to support chess clubs, Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates for a new initiative, Friends of Farmworkers to support a project for immigrant women, and Supportive Older Women’s Network for a resource center. Grants are frequently awarded for one, two, and three-year support for both program funding and general operating support. A list of past grants can be viewed on the Grants page of the funder's website.
Patricia Kind’s daughter, Laura Kind McKenna, used to serve as managing trustee of PKFF. Laura was also a long-time investor and spokeswoman for The Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution that provide loans to projects and business ventures based in low-income or disadvantaged communities. Today Christina Kinda serves as the managing trustee and Regina Bosca as the grants manager.
The foundation's board meets in January, April, and August to make funding decisions each year, and application deadlines are January 15, May 1, and September 15.
To apply for a PKFF grant, your nonprofit will need to demonstrate that it has practical and caring solutions to community problems in the Philadelphia region. Priority is given to nonprofits with budgets under $1 million, and general operating support is typically awarded to lower budget organizations. The entire application process is conducted online, and grantees must wait at least one year after completion of a grant before applying for a new one. Whether you’re chosen as a grantee or not, you’ll hear back from PKFF within 2-5 weeks after the deadline.
You can reach out to the foundation staff with general inquiries by phone at 215-836-9535 or by email at PKFFoundation@comcast.net.
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