60 years ago, two brothers with adventuresome spirits and a willingness to take risks began a philanthropic endeavor. It took several years and numerous conversations with trusted friends and advisors to find their own way of doing things, but once they did, they committed to "underwrite worthy, imaginative projects" that would have a real impact on the issues they cared about.1 They determined that they were interested in action more than research and sought to "nourish talent rather than to select projects and pay for the solutions."2 While some aspects of today's grantmaking have changed, their priorities live on in the style and values of the foundation to this day.
The Henry P. Kendall Foundation is a legacy of its namesake, an early twentieth-century New England entrepreneur and industrialist (1878-1959) from Walpole, Massachusetts. Kendall's wide-ranging, venturesome business instincts led to acquisitions of factories and other companies through the company that bore his name, The Kendall Company.
Henry W. and John P. Kendall established the Norfolk Charitable Trust in 1957. Following the death of their father in 1959, they changed the name to the Henry P. Kendall Foundation in his honor. The Kendall Foundation began an emphasis on environmental concerns in the early 1970s by supporting land, water and wildlife conservation. A decade later, as the threat of nuclear war persisted into the 1980s, the Foundation focused on nuclear non-proliferation and arms-control activities. One of its grantees, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1999 the Foundation initiated a climate change program when it created a new organization, Clean Air-Cool Planet, to focus specifically on steps to address accelerating greenhouse gas emissions. The Foundation began to expand its climate change program to support a wide-range of organizations, predominantly those with directed efforts in the Northeast region, and in 2006, re-oriented its focus to strategies for reducing greenhouse gases and developing early steps for adapting to the impacts of global warming on the landscape.
In 2009, the Trustees decided to take time to reflect on the Foundation’s history and determine a new direction for its grantmaking and associated activities. After a period of reflection, planning, and outreach, the Foundation began launching its new program in 2011 focused on creating a sustainable and resilient food system in New England.
Our goal: to create a resilient and healthy food system in New England that increases the production and consumption of local, sustainably produced food.
"Looking backwards, breaking into new territory is not something that comes as a surprise nor is it unwelcome for the Henry. P. Kendall Foundation. Witness the founding of the Union of Concerned Scientists or the huge cooperative effort known as From Yellowstone to Yukon. We have a long history of identifying a need and organizing ourselves around it to effect substantial, lasting change. Building a resilient and healthy food system in New England will not come easily, but it is a worthwhile cause and I hope we can do more."
—John P. Kendall, 2016
Andrew W. Kendall, Executive Director
Andy is the Executive Director of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and together with his colleagues is helping to launch its new program focused on helping build a stronger local food system in New England.
Andy joined the foundation in 2012 after spending 12 years as President of The Trustees of Reservations, a revered, Massachusetts institution founded in 1891 dedicated to protecting properties of exceptional ecological, historic, or scenic value. Amongst his accomplishments, Andy led the development of a network of community farms and gardens across Massachusetts that engaged thousands of people in the sustainable production of local food. Prior to his time at TTOR, Andy worked at both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Audubon as well as in Costa Rica where he worked on global conservation issues.
Andy is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School. In 2011, Andy received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College for his commitment to the environment.
Kalila Booker-Cassano, Program Associate
As the Program Associate at the Kendall Foundation, Kalila supports the work of the program team, manages the grants process and conducts research on key issues and trends. Before joining the Kendall Foundation, Kalila worked as a food educator at Allergic to Salad, a nutrition education nonprofit based in New York City, where she taught after school cooking classes with a focus on seasonal, vegetarian, and culturally diverse food to students of all ages. Kalila previously worked as a research assistant in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she provided support on a project that centered on SNAP benefits and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, as well as a study comparing CSA produce prices to various local supermarkets in the area.
Kalila graduated with a B.A. in History and German from Williams College, where she was a member of the Williams Environmental Coalition, and served as a student representative to the Dining Committee.
Board of Trustees
Andrew W. Kendall
John P. Kendall
Kenneth F. Meyers
Phoebe S. Winder
Henry P. Kendall Foundation
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Boston, Massachusetts 02110
1 Quote pulled from A Quiet Partner, by Philip Cantelon, 1999
2 From a letter by JPK to HWK, 1959