The Story of why KSE

Kindred Spirits Foundation (KSF) was established in 2008 by Rhonda Renwick with Ann Shanley and Kathy Havers as a Private Ancillary Fund (PAF)  to make grants to organisations that deliver community health and wellbeing programs. From the start, KSF focused on including and supporting programs championed by family and friends.

In 2018 KSF is celebrating 10 years of grant making along with collaborating stakeholders and community partners.

In recent years, the directors of KSF have seen opportunities to create social change that requires a different type of organisation.  This led to the establishment of Kindred Spirits Enterprises in 2017, a public charity with a broader mandate to incubate and accelerate new social ventures and initiatives that improve health, well-being and education in Australia.

To do this, KSE brings its expertise, leadership and resources in innovative and transformative ventures from start up and early stage development through to scale of impact. 

KSE’s role can include: leadership and strategy, partnerships and relationship building, funding and fundraising, knowledge sharing and networks, advocacy and mentoring. In some cases, KSE may also provide targeted implementation assistance until capability is developed within the new venture team.  

KSE’s current focus is supporting the development of the native botanicals industry across Northern Australia, and school ready programs in the Latrobe Valley.

Kindred Spirts Enterprises is the community development arm of Kindred Spirits Foundation.

Our Mission

Driving ongoing partnerships with rising communities

Our Vision

For communities to achieve their identified social change

Our Purpose

To support community based activities that have a positive impact on social determinants of health and wellbeing.

Our Values

Kindness – Creating opportunities for local communities to choose and dream

Action –     Building upon local community experience to connect and grow

Respect -   Listening, embracing and learning from the diversity of local communities

Initiative - Taking small steps to create positive change in local communities

Our Goals

  • To provide for the long term financial stability and human resources of Kindred Spirits Enterprises
  • To broaden and strengthen our visibility and increase awareness of our focus.
  • To enhance, expand and continually improve our projects through research and education
  • To develop opportunities for partnerships with visionary organisations