Welcome to Kindle Project
Kindle Project is an outside-the-box grantmaking organization supporting wild solutions, by unusual suspects, in the attempt to move mountains.
We are an agile philanthropic organization invested in democratized, collaborative, and strategic grantmaking that aligns donors and projects for meaningful impact.
What we do
- We serve as a bridge between inspired donors and visionary projects.
- We run an experimental philanthropic organization, innovating creative and participatory grantmaking methods and programs.
- We give grants and awards to leading-edge projects and people.
- We cultivate unique and meaningful relationships with our donors, community partners, and grantees.
- We act as an intermediary, developing and managing unique funding programs in collaboration with our donors.
- We facilitate the flow of capital and collaborative practices that move from the transactional into the relational.
Who we are
We believe that impact and cultural shifts come from diversity of perspective and skill. With unique expertise and creative interests, our virtual office is a place of wild and inspired exchanges on a daily basis. To learn about each member of our dynamic team click below.
Sadaf is the co-founder and Director of Kindle Project and co-creator of the Indie Philanthropy Initiative. She’s an activist and photographer who’s committed her work to environmental and social justice. She’s served on several boards, including serving as President to Skateistan. Sadaf received her MA in Peace Education from the United Nations University for Peace and her BFA in Photography from the College of Santa Fe. A photographer and multimedia artist, Sadaf’s work has included documenting Afghan refugee camps and the survivors of the 1947 partition in both India and Pakistan. Her work has received international recognition.
Arianne began her work with Kindle Project in 2010 as the Communications Director. During that time she co-founded the Indie Philanthropy Initiative (IPI) which was created right here at Kindle Project! In 2016, IPI spun off to become its own independent organization working to support a radical shift in the status-quo of philanthropy. Since 2016, Arianne has been the Director of IPI while also working with Kindle Project as Program Facilitator. In the fall of 2019, Arianne also took on the position of Co-Executive Director of EDGE Funders Alliance. Kindle Project clearly created a passionate funder organizer in Arianne, and in all of her work she continues to keep the Kindle fire lit with a practice of curiosity, deep relationship building, humour, and joy. Arianne received her MA in Peace Education from the United Nations University for Peace, and completed an honours degree in Religious Studies at Concordia University. She lives and works in Toronto, and loves RuPaul’s Drag Race, storytelling, cooking complicated dishes with pomegranate molasses from her Egyptian roots, and the art of flȃneuring.
Nellika has over 20 years of experience in international program management and implementation, primarily in conflict and post-conflict contexts. This has included Afghanistan, Syria (Turkey), South Sudan, Kosovo, Malaysia, and Mongolia with a variety of NGOs, USG agencies, and the UN. Her work has focused on fostering independent local media development, civic engagement, fair electoral processes (including investigation into allegations of electoral fraud), grassroots activism, and open and accountable political transitions. Much of her work has involved provision of tangible assistance during times of crisis. Nellika’s move to New Mexico, her experience in grants management, and her interest in local activism efforts here in the U.S. brought her into the Kindle Project fold in 2016. She continues to manage Kindle’s grant and financial gift processes while managing implementation of some of our programs. She also continues to take on short-term assignments with international assistance efforts.
Pearl Lujan is an Advisor to the Indigenous Women’s Flow Fund. She has been a passionate activist and front lines funder for over 20 years, working in the areas of international development, philanthropy and grassroots native organizing. She worked as the Charitable Giving Manager at Lush Cosmetics, the Refugee/Immigrant Funder for the Province of Manitoba and as an Advisor to the Indigenous led Mino Niibi Fund at the Cultural Conservancy. She holds a Masters in International Dispute Resolution and a Bachelors in International Development, and has traveled to 53 countries. She currently lives, works and plays on the ancestral homelands of the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation in Penticton, BC. She enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and leading wilderness and international service trips.
Keil is a writer and filmmaker. Since 2011, he has worked with creative-activist group the Yes Men, writing and producing culture-jamming media actions that raise awareness of vital political issues. As a screenwriter, Keil won a 2019 NYFA Artist Fellowship. He has worked for over a decade as a story analyst, screenplay editor, and ghostwriter. He wrote and directed the award-winning films Human Resources (2015, feature) and Mono Generation (2017, short).
Celia Alario is a communications strategist, public speaking coach, facilitator and budding social entrepreneur. She cavorts with grassroots change agents, academics and donors who share her love for social justice, planetary healing and culture shaping. Celia also teaches undergraduate and graduate level Environmental Communications courses at UC Santa Barbara. She’s a proud board member of the Center for Story-Based Strategy and an Advisory Board member of IWAV (Iraq Veterans Against War). Celia sustains her activism through an alchemic mix of yoga, hula hooping, and practicing the art of non-attachment. Bred by New Yorkers and raised in Los Angeles, she alternatively chases her poodle across the majestic redrock landscapes of Southeastern Utah and the effervescent coastlines of Central California.
Sofia Arroyo is the Executive Director at Sacred Fire Foundation, where she previously served as Director of Communications and Director of Grants and Partnerships. She lives in Mexico City with her husband and two daughters. Sofia has a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana and worked in the film and advertising industry for many years before getting involved in the philanthropic world. While living in Geneva, Switzerland she attended several UN meetings regarding indigenous issues and became interested indigenous philanthropy. Sofia has been a passionate and strong advocate for Indigenous Peoples worldwide and hopes to continue this work for many years to come. Filmmaker, actress, mother of two and bacon lover, Sofia hopes to help effect social change through the continuance and promotion of the perspective and values of indigenous traditional knowledge.
Kimi Green’s professional career includes 23 years of philanthropic and community development leadership and management. Her commitment to effective, creative community solutions addressing systems-change for social and environmental benefit has resulted in groundbreaking advancements in the quality of life for local and global communities.
Kimi’s management expertise spans the full range of operational functions critical to advancing social change including program development, management and evaluation, advancement of both permanent and non-permanent financial resources, effective leveraging of funds for increased resources, marketing, campaign management and advocacy. She has served as Program Director for New Cycle Foundation (22 years), Director, Development and Community Sustainability for New Mexico Community Foundation, Development consultant and Board Director for numerous social and environmental justice non-profit organizations, foundations and funder associations, and is a partner with ReGenStem, LLC.
Adam has spent the last decade working in the philanthropic and social profit fields. His efforts are inspired by a desire to bring forward the simplicity inherent in natural wisdom to better align complex systems to be in harmony with a natural order. After graduating from Rutgers College with a degree in economics and philosophy, Adam co-founded Saq’ Be’, an organization working with Indigenous groups in the Americas around issues of cultural and spiritual preservation and appropriate sharing. There he harnessed the power of online communications in helping Native communities to get their stories out to the world.
Adam served as development coordinator for the National Network of Grantmakers – a network of social change funders, and as grants manager the Wyss Foundation – a funder committed to open lands preservation in the Intermountain West. In 2004, he co-founded the Institute for Collaborative Change (ICChange), a nonprofit committed to helping organizations become more effective in creating positive change in the world. As an independent consultant, Adam has worked with dozens of organizations to grow their capacities, become more strategic and leverage the power of online communications to maximize their impact. He has helped groups to anchor their relevance and grow outside of the box to maximize their long and short term impact. Adam currently serves as Executive Director for a family Foundation deploying innovative funding and investment approaches to impact positive change in several key areas, including New Economies and Human Development.
Michael Johnson, Director of Advancement with the NDN Collective, is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota and a relative of the White Earth Nation where his grandfather is a citizen. Michael graduated with distinction from The School of Liberal Arts at The University of Colorado Denver, majoring in Political Science and earning magna cum laude honors. Michael’s work over the last decade has engaged key stakeholders in Indian Country and beyond to create lasting relationships built on respect, reciprocity, impact, and success. A champion of Tribal self-determination, Michael has supported positive educational, health related, economic, as well as policy and litigation outcomes for Native communities around the country. Born and raised in Colorado, Michael currently resides in Littleton with his wife and two children.
Cate Coslor embodies imagination, insight, vision, and spirit. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico to a country western singing cowboy father and an artistic mother of four, Cate has years of experience working and learning within the non-profit and funding world. Cate values creativity, collaboration, and is skillful at unraveling the multiplicity of viewpoints and dynamics around class and power inherent in the funding sector.
In 2003, Cate co-founded Seeds of Justice, a funding collaborative that supports individuals and organizations striving for internal, interpersonal and systemic transformation. In 2008, she co-founded Kindle Project. She has been trained as a facilitator by Be Present, a community-based organization focused on building sustainable leadership for social justice, and has served on the organization’s Capacity Building Team for the last four years. In addition, from 2009-2010 she served as a board member for YES!. Cate is a talented musician, earning her degree in Music Production and Sound Engineering from Expressions: Center for New Media in 2001. She is a trained vocalist, composer, guitar and piano playing fool. Her compositions are whimsical and warm. Cate currently lives part time in Switzerland with her Swiss husband and devotes much of her energy to LapCat, a music collective that released its first album in 2011.
Elisa Keir is a multi-media artist, business manager and bookkeeper who has worked with non-profit arts and peace organizations for over ten years. She is also the assistant to the executive director at Creativity for Peace, an international organization that cultivates understanding and leadership in Palestinian and Israeli adolescent girls and women.
Elisa studied fine arts at the Chicago Art Institute, owned and managed a music store in Chicago and has been in an array of exhibitions. Residing in New Mexico since 2001, she continues to embark on the ventures of following her heart, art and ethics.
Laura Loescher is a leadership coach, philanthropic advisor and a guide to individuals and organizations who are devoting their resources to inner and outer healing and transformation. Laura previously co-founded and directed Aepoch Fund, a foundation supporting artists, healers, activists and movements engaged in transforming ecological, cultural, economic, and social conditions so that all people and the planet can thrive. Prior to that, she co-founded and directed Changemakers, a foundation practicing and promoting community-based philanthropy.
Indie Philanthropy Initiative
From 2014-2016 we launched and incubated the Indie Philanthropy Initiative to allow for a creative disruption to the status quo of funding. We created the Indie Philanthropy Initiative to help break open and widen the funding space to give power and voice to a broader, more diverse array of innovators. In 2016 the Initiative spun off from Kindle Project and became its own independent project. We are proud to continue to support the Initiative as a key ally and Core Partner. www.indiephilanthropy.org