ANNOUNCING: The KEEN Effect's 25 Inaugural Grantees!

Wow!  The KEEN Effect’s inaugural grant application period introduced us to tons of amazing organizations, stellar projects, and passionate folks from around the world who are dedicated to inspiring responsible outdoor participation and building strong communities!  We received and reviewed over 600 applications from non-profits in 14 countries and were continually inspired and humbled as we read pages filled with passion and dedication.

This world is full of folks eager to make a difference.  If we had our way, we would fund all of the applicants!  In the KEEN Effect’s first year, 25 organizations will receive funding totaling $100,000 to bring their innovative projects to life.

Here they are… The KEEN Effect’s 25 inaugural grantees:

(5) $10k Grantees:

Environmental Traveling Companions – San Francisco, CA, USA

Living Lands and Waters – East Moline, IL, USA

Paddle Canada – Kingston, ON, Canada

The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust – Auckland, New Zealand

Wilderness Volunteers – Salt Lake City, UT, USA

(20) $2.5k Grantees:

Adirondack Mountain Club – Lake Placid, NY, USA

ENVIRA, o.p.s – Prague, Czech Republic

Friends of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary – Annapolis, MD, USA

Friends of Nature – Beijing, China

Friends of the Forest – Sedona, AZ, USA

Groundwork New Orleans – New Orleans, LA, USA

Mountain Studies Institute – Silverton, CO, USA

NW Outward Bound School – Troutdale, OR, USA

Open Space Alliance – Albuquerque, NM, USA

Oregon Natural Desert Association – Bend, OR, USA

Outfit Moray – Lossiemouth Moray, Great Britain

Outside Las Vegas Foundation – Las Vegas, NV, USA

Palmetto Conservation Foundation – Columbia, SC, USA

Rabbit Island Foundation – New York, NY, USA

Raccoon Creek Partnership – Athens, OH, USA

The Elizabeth River Project – Portsmouth, VA, USA

Tonu Jurgensoni Matkaklubi – Tartu, Estonia

Urban Ecology Center – Milwaukee, WI, USA

Vermont Works for Women – Winooski, VT, USA

Whitefish Legacy Partners – Whitefish, MT, USA

Distributed amongst six countries, these organizations are already doing great things!  We are thrilled to see the effects of the KEEN Effect in the months and years to come.  Below is just a sampling of the wonderful groups we are excited to be apart of:


From left to right: The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust (New Zealand), Oregon Natural Desert Association (OR, USA), Wilderness Volunteers (UT, USA), Outfit Moray (Great Britain), and Living Lands and Waters (IL, USA)!  Cover Photo: Outside Las Vegas Foundation (NV, USA).

A huge thanks to the entire KEEN Effect community!  All of the applicants blew us away!  We encourage all of you to check back in at in the fall of 2014 for another round of KEEN Effect fun!