Our goal: to create a resilient and healthy food system in New England that increases the production and consumption of local, sustainably produced food.
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.
Andrew W. Kendall, Executive Director
On April 1, 2012, Andy began as 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 just completed 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.
In 1993, he left the New Hampshire Audubon to work on global conservation issues in Costa Rica. There he worked to start a business using local labor to harvest the valuable hardwoods that routinely fall in the region due to rainfall without degrading the land for local artisans and the timber trade.
He returned to the US where he worked for the Massachusetts Audubon on a $10 Million effort to redevelop a portion of an abandoned state hospital site in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan. He also oversaw the development of a seventy-acre nature education facility for low income youth.
Andy grew up in Sharon, MA and developed a natural affinity for the outdoors from family trips to the beach and from hiking, snowshoeing, and camping in New England's mountains and forests. Andy is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School. He worked at Lincoln Electric after his MBA where he realized that he needed to devote more time for his interests and commitment to the environment. In 2011, Andy received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College for his commitment to the environment.
Courtney Bourns, Senior Program Officer
Courtney Bourns is a senior program officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. In this role, she collaborates with her colleagues on the staff and board of the Foundation to determine strategic and grantmaking priorities. She is currently helping to roll out the Foundation’s new grantmaking program focused on building a resilient food system across the six New England states.
Courtney joined the foundation in 2011 after three years as Vice President of Programs with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations in Washington, DC. There, she directed efforts to advance the field of philanthropy by supporting grantmakers to partner with their grantees in ways that make the biggest difference to grantee effectiveness and ultimately lead to impact. Courtney brought to GEO her expertise in facilitation, organizational development and multi-stakeholder change initiatives. She was the author of GEO’s 2010 publication entitled, “Do Nothing About Me Without Me: An Action Guide for Engaging Stakeholders.”
Previously, Courtney served as director of organizational development at Conservation International and senior associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Today, she is a board member at the Center for Courage and Renewal. Courtney received her BA from Brown University and her MA from Union Theological Seminary.
Thai Ha-Ngoc, Program Associate
As the Program Associate at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, Thai manages the grants process, conducts research on key issues and trends, and identifies opportunities in specific programmatic areas relating to the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in strengthening the New England food system. Prior to joining the Foundation, Thai worked at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships as part of the Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V) team. He provided project management support for the development and use of consistent protocols to measure the impacts of regional energy efficiency programs.
Thai has also served as an AmeriCorps member in the Massachusetts Land Initiative For Tomorrow (MassLIFT) program at the Sudbury Valley Trustees, based in Sudbury, MA. There, he monitored and developed baseline reports for conservation and agricultural land owned or managed by the regional land trust. Thai graduated with a B.A in Environmental Studies and Economics from Bowdoin College where he spent his senior year on a student grantmaking committee for the Greater Brunswick area.
Board of Trustees
Andrew W. Kendall
John P. Kendall
Kenneth F. Meyers
Phoebe S. Winder
Henry P. Kendall Foundation
176 Federal Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110