The Kendeda Fund: Southeast Grants

OVERVIEW: In Kendeda Fund’s grants benefiting the American southeast focus on equity issues in Atlanta and environmental sustainability. It also funds projects related to girls, gun-violence prevention, veterans, and the climate.

FUNDING AREAS: Education opportunity, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability.

IP TAKE: Unfortunately, grants are made by invitation only. However, the foundation plans to spend down its assets by 2024.

PROFILE: Established in 1993, the Kendeda Fund is a private grantmaking foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia. The fund is “dedicated to exploring how human beings can build a more just and equitable world, one in which we use resources wisely and relate to one another more mindfully.” Kendeda has two programs which directly supports the Southeast region, Atlanta Equity and Southeast Sustainability; however, it funds grants benefitting the Southeastern United States across some grantmaking areas, such as Veterans and Gun Violence.

Kendeda predominately awards grants benefiting the Southeast through its Atlanta Equity and Southeast Sustainability programs. The Atlanta Equity program supports equitable access to high-quality education and economic opportunity for marginalized communities of color in the Greater Atlanta area. Past grantees here include redefinED Atlanta and the Center for Civic Innovation.

Kendeda's Southeast Sustainability program promotes health, wellbeing, and equitable economic justice for people in the Southeast region. Kendeda is particularly interested in transforming ecological design, as well as issues like climate change and water resources. Past Southeast sustainability grantees include the Georgia Institute of Technology and Grants to Green.

Since it was establishment, Kendeda has given out over $500 million. Southeast grants range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. However, the foundation plans to spend down its assets by 2024.

Kendeda's phone is 404-602-9182, but it considers calls for media inquiries only. It does not provide an email or mailing address, but sustains a staff of about eight, led by Dena Kimball. Grants are made by invitation only.

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