The KIND Foundation
In 2004, KIND was founded with the following mission: do the KIND thing for your body, your taste buds and your worldTM. To deepen this mission, we’ve created The KIND Foundation to foster communities that are healthier, more empathetic and embrace our shared humanity. Through the Foundation, we will strive to improve the way we live, eat and relate to one another. We will continue to place a particular emphasis on celebrating and inspiring kindness. We’re just getting started. Stay tuned for programming updates and additional grant opportunities. Please note at this time we are not accepting unsolicited grant proposals. To learn more, check out our FAQ here.
The KIND Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
This program celebrates people who have gone out of their way to help others in need. A KIND Person is someone who has performed an extraordinary act of kindness or demonstrated a selfless commitment to others. Through this program, we look to recognize individuals who have acted with humanity to impact another person’s life or an entire community—making our world a better place. To celebrate the most exemplary nominees and help them on their journey, we awarded over $1 million to 7 KIND People award recipients. Check out their incredible stories in the video below and learn more here.
Thank you to our phenomenal judges who helped us to select the 2016 KIND People award recipients. The judges were: – Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global – Jack Dorsey, Entrepreneur and Founder of Twitter and Square – Jason Alexander, star of television, stage and screen – Lauren Paul, Co-founder of Kind Campaign, a nonprofit that brings awareness and healing to the negative effects of girl-against-girl bullying through a global movement, documentary film, in-school assemblies and educational curriculums – Rick Weissbourd, co-leader of Harvard GSE’s Making Caring Common– a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising and to provide strategies to schools and parents for promoting caring and tolerance in children
The KIND Foundation is proud to be the home of the KIND Causes program. KIND Causes started in 2013 under KIND® Snacks to provide a platform for socially impactful ideas to come to life. As of October 2016, The KIND Foundation started running this program as a grant giving vehicle to further the work of incredible people and organizations who are dedicated to improving their communities. Each month, the KIND Causes program supports individuals and organizations working to make the world a little kinder with $10,000. What is unique about this program is that we leave the power to decide with you – our community – on what cause we should fund each month. All the community needs to do is commit to a kind act in their own life to vote. To learn more about KIND Causes, see here.
On November 17th, 2016, The KIND Foundation hosted an educational Entrepreneurship Summit for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs focused on building businesses that will have a positive social impact. As a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Summit focused on propelling the next generation of successful and responsible businesses through a day of learning, conversation, and connection. Nearly 300 entrepreneurs participated in the Summit, both in-person and online, through a range of educational workshops, lectures, and one-one-one sessions.
To bring this experience to life, The KIND Foundation partnered with Venture for America, a nonprofit Fellowship program that empowers young people to revitalize American communities through entrepreneurship. Noteworthy business and thought leaders joined to speak with Summit participants. Featured speakers included Daniel Lubetzky, President, The KIND Foundation and Founder & CEO, KIND; Jeff Raider, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Harry’s; Rhys Powell, President & Founder, Red Rabbit; and Arianna Huffington, Founder, Thrive Global. KIND also provided support for the Summit by shutting its doors and mobilizing team members across every department – from marketing and communications to operations and customer service – as part of the company’s day of service.
We encourage you to learn more about the Summit by checking out last year’s agenda here.
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