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 is the co-founder and Director of Kindle Project, which came to life in 2008. She also co-created the Indie Philanthropy Initiative in 2013, which was incubated at Kindle Project and eventually spun off into an independent organization in 2016. The Indie Philanthropy Initiative is a creative disruption to the status quo of funding. It gives a common name to decentralized, daring funding alternatives that together are poised to reshape the field of philanthropy.
Sadaf received her Masters degree in Peace Education from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and her BFA in Photography from the College of Santa Fe. Currently, Sadaf is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. She’s sat on the Advisory Committee of the Yes Lab, 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. Sadaf is a graduate of the Rockwood Art of Leadership and Advanced Art of Leadership cohorts.
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 and is largely influenced by the confluence of cultural contradictions that exist within her as a first-generation Afghan American woman.
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.
Nellika Little grew up in Afghanistan, playing games in the corridors when not wrapping gauze and disinfecting surgical instruments in the hospitals her father worked in. After boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas she returned to the states for college and then moved up to Alaska for a brief stint before heading back overseas.
She has spent the last 18 years working internationally – including in Afghanistan, Mongolia, South Sudan, and on Syria programming based in Turkey – supporting independent local media, promoting democratic electoral processes, civil society activism, and providing emergency humanitarian assistance.
Nellika is a wandering obsessive nester who becomes easily fixated with turning patches of dirt into gardens or random attempts to create things, anything. Silence, textiles, color, and roasting spices are all regular requirements for sanity. A life spent largely in warzones with a hankering to organize, tidy, and create calm.
Nellika began working with Kindle Project in early 2016 as Project Manager. She lives in New Mexico while continuing to provide short-term consultancies on Syria-related assistance.
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.
Marisa manages the International Community Foundation’s Environment Program, which emphasizes working with local communities to advance marine and terrestrial conservation in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, the coastal communities of the Gulf of California, and the border region of San Diego-Tijuana. Prior to ICF, she worked at The San Diego Foundation where she created the Opening the Outdoors Initiative. As the Director of this program, she worked with donors, volunteers and nonprofits to advance regional conservation efforts that ensure that all communities have access to clean air, water, and nature, and to promote collaborative action on climate change.
Marisa is a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute, and co-founded the Latina Giving Circle – a regional group of woman engaged in culturally relevant philanthropy. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Environmental
Marisa holds Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Mills College. In her spare time, Marisa is a doula and bodyworker, providing love and support to parents and their newborns during birth.
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.
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.
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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