Programs

We build solid grantmaking programs that push the boundaries of what philanthropy can do.

Our community of donors are redefining what is possible in philanthropy. Donate to our Pooled Funds and amplify your impact in community. Support Kindle Project with a grant to continue our groundbreaking offerings. Roll up your sleeves and start a Partnership Fund with our team of experts.

OPEN CALL

Crossing Divides returns for a second cycle. Nonprofit or fiscally sponsored groups in AZ, MS, and NE are invited to apply before March 25.

Crossing Divides

OPEN CALL: FEBRUARY 7 – MARCH 25

Kindle Project and Cotyledon Fund created this program to support grassroots groups in Arizona, Mississippi, and Nebraska who are resolving conflict in their communities, across aisles and despite differences. Apply now!

DONATE TO OUR POOLED FUNDS

Amplify your impact by supporting these groundbreaking funds.

Kishti – Afghanistan Fund

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Join us to make the third year of Kishti possible! This program resources organizations engaged with support to women and with freedom-of-expression initiatives with artists, musicians, activists, and journalists who are at risk inside Afghanistan or have managed to relocate outside of the country. Learn more here.

Indigenous Women’s Flow Fund

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The Indigenous Women’s Flow Fund (IWFF) is an Indigenous-led grantmaking program that nourishes community-sourced initiatives that are actively transforming systems. Grounded in trust-based philanthropic approaches, IWFF brings together five Indigenous women from across the United States to be decision-makers over grantmaking dollars and shape a program according to their vision. Kindle Project is currently seeking additional donors that are excited about shifting the power of grantmaking into the hands of Indigenous women to join this collaborative fund. To learn more, click here. To learn about the relationship-centered processes and the outcomes of our first and second years together, please read our Year One, Year Two, and Year Four Storytelling Reports.

ReSeed

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ReSeed is a Flow Fund that shifts power and resources to Black and Indigenous farmers and land stewards. ReSeed seeks to support communities that have historically lost land, had land stolen, been denied access to land, or have been systematically disadvantaged. 

Makers Muse Artist Awards

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Over a decade of supporting the vibrant and uplifting work of makers, creative disruptors, culture-jammers, and beautiful weirdos around the world.

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Unrestricted donations enable us to continue creating innovative, community-sourced programs like these.

Indie Philanthropy Initiative

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Indie Philanthropy 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. Some Indie Philanthropy practices have been around for decades while others are emerging in real time. Indie Philanthropy approaches are bringing radical ideas into the mainstream, changing the face of philanthropy, and adding much needed diversity and creativity to the field. Join us in activating the next wave of thoughtful, proactive giving.

Community Powered Philanthropy Toolbox

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Kindle Project is a hub for thought leadership and skill development for community-powered philanthropy. We’re building tools and educational materials for donors and community-based decision-makers who participate in our programs. Our Indie Philanthropy Initiative toolbox celebrates methods, resources, case studies, and best practices for radical giving, and helps promote these path-breaking approaches to the public. We welcome your help in sharing them more broadly.

Start a partnership fund

Get inspired by these funds, built in partnership with our donors, which use creative approaches to shifting power to community and represent a spectrum of community-sourced solutions.

Stars and Seeds Fund

A participatory program to support women responding to the needs of the land, water, and more-than-human community of New Mexico. In 2023, the Stars and Seeds Fund will include five women community-based decision-makers, aka Flow Funders. Created in partnership with Kalliopeia Foundation.

SpiderWeave Flow Fund

A web of multiracial women and gender non-conforming community activists bring joy, magic, curiosity, and deep grassroots knowledge to make uniquely informed grantmaking decisions. To learn more, click here.

Slow Fuse Flow Fund

A cohort of New Mexico-based women make grantmaking decisions that ignite their communities, with a focus on gender justice.

Commonplace

Combining both individual Flow Funds and a Collective Fund during a cohort co-learning experience, this collaborative initiative in giving brings together a cohort of women that reinforces the wisdom, intuition and community knowledge outside traditional circles of philanthropy.

Past programs

Carousel

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we held our first open call. Each month for ten months, prospective recipients responded to questions posed by our partners, and a motley crew of decision-makers from our community selected winners for $1K awards.

Boomerang

What if artists could help shape the distribution of philanthropic dollars? Boomerang creatively catalyzed unseen opportunities by widening who influences philanthropic resources. We welcomed our courageous Makers Muse Artist Award recipients to recommend an organization or project of their choice to receive a grant from Kindle Project.

Mozaik Philanthropy

Next-gen donors join forces with grassroots Los Angeles-culture makers to flow money to a colorful mosaic of vibrant local artists and activists.

Social Impact Film Fund

Seeding vital social-impact documentaries.

Solutions Laboratory

An intensive aimed at sourcing and nurturing ideas for creative solutions and alternatives to complex problems. We invited our community in Northern New Mexico, across all sectors, generations, and fields, to share ideas to empower collective narrative-shifting in the face of a changing climate. Seven cohort members were selected, reflecting early-stage, place-based ideas, and the program culminated with a public storytelling event in Santa Fe.

We appreciate your donations to these programs. Reach out and let’s talk about creating a fund!

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We also collaborate with organizations like these to co-create participatory grantmaking funds: