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Kindred World (Multiple Initiatives)

One Family, One World.

aka Book Fairy Pantry Project, Kindred Media, Evolved Nest, Kindred Fellowship Program, Kindred World Publishing House   |   Williamsburg, VA   |  http://www.kindredworld.org

Mission

Kindred World began as a grassroots, consciousness-raising organization of parents and professionals in 1996, twenty-five years into America’s decline to the bottom of all international indicators for family, maternal, and child health. After a total fifty-year race to last place of every family wellness indicator, today, Kindred World’s mission and vision are more relevant and important than ever. During the current climate crisis, pandemic, and political upheaval, our quarter century of investigating and sharing a New Story of Our Human Family is a blazed path to wholeness and wellness ready for others to follow. For a quarter century, we have explored the path toward a Wisdom-based, Wellness-informed Society.

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Kindred World began as a grassroots, consciousness-raising organization of parents and professionals in 1996, twenty-five years into America’s decline to the bottom of all international indicators for family, maternal, and child health. After a total fifty-year race to last place of every family wellness indicator, today, Kindred World’s mission and vision are more relevant and important than ever. During the current climate crisis, pandemic, and political upheaval, our quarter century of investigating and sharing a New Story of Our Human Family is a blazed path to wholeness and wellness ready for others to follow. For a quarter century, we have explored the interconnectedness of all of the “categories” you will find on this website. This holistic approach – looking for the connections between all of life’s interdependent and diverse forms – has allowed us to discover integrated insights into creating lifelong wellness. https://www.kindredmedia.org/about/nonprofit-work/

Ruling year info

1999

Director

Ms. Lisa Reagan

Director

Dr. Darcia Narvaez

Main address

PO Box 3653

Williamsburg, VA 23187 USA

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Formerly known as

Families for Natural Living

Families for Conscious Living

Kindred World

EIN

54-1839659

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Kindred Media

Kindred offers an alternative media outlet for thought leaders, scientists, researchers, activists and organizations to publish their frontier insights into creating a sustainable world through conscious living.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PLA is an evolving, cross-cultural program that provides parents with the science behind child brain development along with insights and tools for reflecting upon cultural norms as a conscious move toward building the emotionally intelligent families and compassionate communities needed for peaceful social change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A Parenting As A Hero’s Journey Virtual Retreat takes you slowly and gently through an empowering process designed to help draw forth your inner, authentic super-hero potential, discover your capacity for joyful parenting and create a dependable skill set for your parenthood journey. Your retreat includes two audio podcasts, inspirational guidance and “love notes” delivered three times a week for the three week duration and a Deep Dive webinar into your guide’s area of expertise and wisdom. All are yours to keep!

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Book Fairy Pantry Project is a grassroots family literacy movement. This project will be implemented by the people, for the people. Volunteer book fairy helpers will collect new and gently used, quality children’s books from donation boxes and book drives and deliver them to participating food pantries and WIC offices to be given out to parents.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Evolved Nest is a breakthrough concept that integrates findings across fields that bear on child development, child raising and adult behavior. The Evolved Nest promotes optimal health and wellbeing, cooperation, and receptive and sociomoral intelligences. Societal moves away from providing the Evolved Nest have contributed to the ill being and dysregulation we see in one another and society. Learn how to nest your children and re-nest yourself.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Nonprofits Award 2020

Great Nonprofits

Top-Rated Nonprofits Award 2019

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Top-Rated Nonprofits Award 2018

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Top-Rated Nonprofits Award 2017

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Top-Rated Nonprofits Award 2016

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Top-Rated Nonprofits Award 2015

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Top-Rated Nonprofits Award 2014

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Top Six American Nonprofits "Making A Difference" 2004

Delicious Living Magazine

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Continue to grow and build the Kindred Magazine website and readership outreach. To continue to partner with like-minded organizations to create dynamic gathering and learning events. To continue to produce quality and unique media, through film and teleconferencing. To bring forth our Parenting as a Hero's Journey webinar series and book. To return Kindred to a print and digital magazine format. To launch our local community group project in 2014.

Continue to work with our grant providers, donors and nonprofit partners to find ingenious ways to produce unique journalism features, film interviews, profitable documentaries, webinar series and a selective advertising program for Kindred Magazine.

Kindred Magazine occupies a unique position in the conscious parenting movement as a thought leader with a 17 year history of supporting parents and families while working with a variety of sister nonprofits to educate professionals who work with families. The exponential impact as a seasoned networker and respected nonprofit allows FCL and Kindred to create many "firsts" including the first Mindful Mothering conference at the Museum of Motherhood in New York City and the first Parenting for a Peaceful USA Tour.

Nonprofit history:
1996 - Families meet in parks and homes in Virginia to share scarce resources and support for holistic and conscious parenting choices. Read the grassroots history here.

2003 - Delicious Living Magazine votes FCL one of Top Six National Nonprofits who are "Making A Difference"

2005 - FCL sponsors the first theatrical production of the now internationally renown play, Birth, by Karen Brody in celebration of the legalization of midwifery in Virginia. In 2011, FCL co-sponsored the production of Birth at the new Museum of Motherhood in NYC in celebration of our 15th anniversary. See story and photos here.

2009 - In a nonprofit collaboration, FCL launched the Pathways Connect community-building program and founded 300 international groups. Listen to the story in a teleconference here.

2010 - FCL's history and impact was documented by social anthropologist, Crista Craven, in Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement.

2011 - FCL sponsored the first ever Mindful Mothering Conference at the new Museum of Motherhood in New York City in collaboration with the Institute of Noetic Science, IONS.

2012 - FCL launches the Kindred Magazine website with a generous grant from a philanthropist.

2013 - FCL and Kindred bring the social evolution story of parenting to seven US cities on a Parenting for a Peaceful World Tour with Australian psychotherapist and author, Robin Grille.

2014 - FCL launches the Kindred Communities program and directory, and the Parenting As A Hero's Journey webinar series. The Touch the Future Learning Center launches as well!

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the public. You can read 89 five-star reviews on our Great Nonprofits page. https://greatnonprofits.org/org/kindred-world-multiple-initiatives

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Various educational materials for starting a local Book Fairy Pantry Project are being updated to allow people to have easier guidelines for creating their own groups.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Kindred was founded as a grassroots, community-based organization. Our values reflect the respect for relational activism and its capacity for refining our vision and mission.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Kindred World (Multiple Initiatives)

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Darcia Narvaez

Kindred World

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Ms. Teresa Brett

Parent Liberation Alliance

Term: 2021 - 2024

Lisa Reagan

Kindred Media

Liberty Liscomb

Director-at-Large

Kelly Wendorf

Institute of the Southwest

Pam Leo

Book Fairy Pantry Project

Darcia Narveaz

Evolved Nest

Laurel Wilson

Mother Journeys

Mary Tarsha

Evolved Nest

Jamie Grumet

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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