From 2013 to 2017, KIND Causes served as a grant giving vehicle to further the work of those making the world a little kinder. First through KIND, and later through The KIND Foundation, KIND Causes donated $10,000 grants to 48 organizations. Each grant recipient was selected by the KIND community (aka you!). When you voted for a favorite cause, you also pledged to do a kind act in your own life.
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Need a dose of inspiration now? Check out some of our past KIND Causes winners below.
August 2017 Winner
CameroonONE is a Boston nonprofit that ensures the well-being of orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa. With the grant, the organization will pay for a year of schooling and healthcare for 35 children and also expand their sustainable bee farm, which generates revenue for caretakers and community members.
When asked what kindness means to them, they said, “Kindness is turning empathy into action.”
September 2016 Winner
The Freeman Foundation, based in Helena, Arkansas, used their KIND Causes grant to build the Freeman Playground for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. A priority when building this new play space was ensuring it was up to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This meant including ramps, elliptical equipment, and a rubber surface. Before building the Freeman Playground, the closest ADA approved playground was nearly 90 miles away!
Within the first five days of opening the park, over 700 children and families enjoyed this safe, accessible playground. Over the years, the Freeman Foundation hopes this playground will be a source of fun, hope, and health for the whole neighborhood.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
December 2014 & March 2016 Winner
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) is a two-time KIND Causes winner.* RLC used the KIND Causes funding to advance its work – saving leftover food and donating it to homeless shelters. As a child, RLC’s co-founder, Robert Lee, suffered food insecurity firsthand. From a young age, Robert knew he wanted to prevent other families from also experiencing hunger and launched RLC after graduating from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Today, RLC rescues food and combats hunger in 12 cities and has served over 1 million meals to those in need.
*Rescuing Leftover Cuisine received both its grants when KIND Causes was funded by KIND Healthy Snacks.