Operating as an experimental philanthropy lab we play with programming and let it evolve over time. Some programs are part of our annual work like our Makers Muse Awards and our Grants to Organizations and some are pilots and experiments like the Solutions Lab. Through grantmaking, innovative programming an dynamic collaboration, Kindle Project fosters a nexus of extraordinary creative ideas and cultivators to imagine and inspire change.
For us it’s always been important to support those people and projects that are making beautiful and even controversial dents in public conversation and policy. Documentary makers of all kinds have a specific insight into the stories that need telling. In 2015 we were thrilled to continue our legacy of funding films to focus our entire grantmaking dockets on documentary film.
What would it look like if artists could help shape the distribution of philanthropic dollars? Boomerang seeks to shed light upon and creatively catalyze unseen opportunities by widening who influences philanthropic resources.
Makers Muse Awards
Kindle Project's Makers Muse Award honors artists working in all mediums and forms: traditional and experimental, classic and contemporary. The award supports artists with a gift to uplift their work in the various stages of process.
Grants to Organizations
We fund people and projects at critical moments of impact and transformation—locally, nationally, and internationally.
Flow Funding democratizes philanthropy by empowering grantees to select new and unexpected recipients for funding within their communities.
Awards to Individuals
Kindle Project gives awards to passionate and committed individuals leading great projects.
Indie Philanthropy Initiative
A Kindle Project initiated program! We have learned a lot about how to do philanthropy “outside the box” and support others to find their own way to engage creatively, without having to start from scratch or learn through lots of mistakes.
An intensive and experimental program aimed at proactively sourcing and nurturing ideas for creative solutions and alternatives to complex problems that was piloted in 2014.
KP Photography Awards
International, theme-based photography awards are intended provoke awareness and change through photography. Created in partnership with Capricious Magazine.