Kendeda Fund: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Kendeda Fund dedicates its grants to girls and women to ending child marriage in South Asia.

IP TAKE: While this funder concentrates its grantmaking on ending child marriage; it also gives support to groups fighting for gender equality around the world.

PROFILE: Philanthropist Diana Blank founded the Kendeda Fund in 1993. Named after her three children, Kendeda is “[d]edicated to exploring how human beings can build a more just and equitable world, one which we use resources more wisely and relate to one another more mindfully.” The fund’s grantmaking programs consist of Atlanta Equity, Girls’ Rights, Gun Violence Prevention, Montana, People, Place, and Planet, Southeast Sustainability, and Veterans.

Kendeda’s Girls’ Rights program focuses on combatting child marriage in South Asia, a region of the world in which the practice is “particularly common,” according to the fund. Through its grantmaking, Kendeda supports community level organizations to influence “[a]ttitudinal and behavioral change” in the communities in which the fund serves. Kendeda also works to raise global awareness of child marriage by changing how culture views girls, emphasizing the many negative impacts of child marriage, and engaging policymakers to advocate for more effective advocacy.

Kendeda Fund grants typically range from $50,000 to $200,000. Past grantees include the Global Fund for Women, which received support for its Girls’ Rights Roundtable planning project and Human Rights Watch, which received funding for its project to end child marriage in South Asia. To learn more about various Kendeda grantees, explore its Grantees in Grantees in Focus page.

The Kendeda Fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.