Kindle Project is an outside-the-box grantmaking organization supporting wild solutions, by unusual suspects, in the attempt to move mountains.
We believe in a creative cross-pollination of ideas in a plurality of disciplines. Driven by our belief in unconventional alliances, we often experiment and partner with the strange, the bizarre, and the unpolished. We support underdogs and those that go against the grain working towards vibrant solutions and alternatives—recognizing that systems in crisis need brave ideas.
What we do
- We are an experimental philanthropy lab, innovating new kinds of creative grantmaking.
- We are a matchmaking bridge between inspired donors and visionary projects.
- We give grants and awards to leading-edge projects and people.
- We offer support beyond the money.
- We are cultural curators, sharing stories from our partners that inspire, provoke and motivate.
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 spent her childhood and adolescence playing her hand at international spy training; scaling walls and jumping off buildings barefoot in valiant attempts to fly, rolling out of moving objects to perfect the art of fleeing without breaking bones, being invisible in daylight without an invisibility cloak, ambushing trespassers by sword and pick pocketing suburbanites by sleight of hand, bending spoons, and becoming well-versed in morse code and speaking in tongues.
Sadaf co-founded Kindle Project in 2008. She brings her espionage skills to her art, photography and leadership at Kindle Project.
Currently, Sadaf is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and is a member of the Yes Lab Advisory Committee. Sadaf has served as President to the Board of Directors for Skateistan, Environmental Justice Manager for Tewa Women United, and Public Education and Outreach Director at Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety.
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. Sadaf’s work has been shown at Evo Gallery, The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, The Mannheim Fotofestival in Berlin, and is a part of the permanent collection at Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts.
Sadaf received her MA in Peace Education from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and her BFA in Photography from the College of Santa Fe.
Arianne spends much of her time in worlds of raconteurs story-spinners. She tells stories on stages, in bars, to artists and business people. She has had the good fortune weaving her creative inclinations into a fascinating career with the help of a microphone and many an empathic audience. In 2013 she received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to write an evening-length storytelling show.
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 has organized, facilitated and produced peace building workshops and dialogues in Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, Poland, Turkey, Israel and Palestine. Her background in interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding has led her to work as a chaplain in a Montreal hospital and as an interfaith educator at Concordia University.
Arianne’s varied passions have also led her to produce independent documentaries, co-found a production company, organize grassroots youth conferences, and work as a mentor for teenage girls through YWCA Montreal.
Arianne came to Kindle Project as an advisor in 2009. In the summer of 2010 she was brought on board as Kindle Project’s Media and Project Coordinator. She is now Kindle’s Communication Director and lives and works from Toronto.
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.
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.
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.
Starting in advocacy with Greenpeace as a crewman on the Rainbow Warrior, Branden has been in service to our planet’s ecosystems and environmental justice for over 25 years. (Of course there was that little bout with civil disobedience with the nuclear missile trigger manufacturer…) A 10-year diversion saw him at dotcom startups, high-end design agencies and in the leadership of eServices companies in the US and Australia before downshifting into rural life where he lived off the grid in country Australia, fighting fires as a volunteer brigade lieutenant and running his design studio. He was teleported back to the US to join the leadership at Rainforest Action Network (challenge corporate power!) and was a board member at Amazon Watch and the International Accountability Project. Currently he’s rocking it as the Director of Engagement at Amazon Watch, protecting the Amazon and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. He’s committed to the protection of Nature and has a great yen for indigenous cultures, trees and fighting the good fight. He likes to leverage the relationship between gravity and mass on mountain bikes, coaching little league, annoying corporate bad actors, pitching and he digs Kindle.
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.
Webmaster, coder, fixer of anything with wires or blinking lights.
Geet is a master of functionality-based web development and technology integration. With years of experience and an eye towards emerging best-fit applications, Geet brings a comprehensive approach to all aspects of web presence and technology interface to his international base of clients.
Born in the UK and incubated in India and reared in the good ol’ US of A, Geet brings the best of American grit, Indian spice and British refinement to all that he does. In his spare time he can be found sipping mezcal in some of Central America’s seediest bars….
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.
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