Keen has announced that the KEEN Effect will be returning in 2015 to award 10 grants to non-profits around the world. KEEN is dedicated to building stronger communities and a healthier planet, and through the KEEN Effect II fan-activated grants program, KEEN will fulfill that promise by supporting organizations that are getting people outside to responsibly enjoy the outdoors.
“The KEEN Effect offers us an exciting opportunity to engage with our fans, learn about organizations and projects they are passionate about, and then support some of the groups in their backyards,” said Kirsten Blackburn, KEEN Brand and Community Coordinator. “Through the KEEN Effect, our eyes are opened to hundreds of incredible organizations around the world who are inspiring responsible outdoor participation and we are thrilled at the opportunity to help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.”
The Ken Effect awarded $100,000 in grants to 25 non-profits in 16 states in the U.S., and seven countries around the world last year! Applications received by March 1 will be considered for the first round of grantee winners announced on Earth Day, April 22. Applications filed between March 1 and Aug. 1 will be considered for the final round of winners to be announced on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26. Applications are accepted year-round.
Update: November 24th, 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 winners from all over the world who include...
- First Descents
- Muddy Sneakers
- Open Meadows
- Green Thumbs/Growing Kids
- Sustainable Coastlines
- Alaska Geographic
- Boone Area Cyclists
- Bush Heritage Australia
- Sociedad para la Proteccion de Ecosistemas Costeros
- Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
- The Mountaineers
- Project Canoe
“Our entire KEEN Community plays a part of the KEEN Effect,” said Kirsten Blackburn, KEEN Brand and Community Specialist. "From our KEEN Effect Committee members actively engaged in the decision making process, to our fans who refer applicants, to our wonderful grantees around the globe, we’re all on paralleled paths. We’re all dedicated to preserving places to play outside, and to tread lightly on those special places. sMost importantly, we’re proud to welcome these seven worthy organizations into the KEEN Effect family, and look forward to seeing the great positive impact continue to have in their communities."
Since January, the KEEN Effect grant program received more than 1,600 applications from around the world