The Short Story of Kindred Spirits Enterprises

Kindred Spirits Enterprises is a social impact organisation, inspired by the work of Kindred Spirits Foundation. This is our story.

Kindred Spirits Foundation was established in 2008 by Rhonda Renwick. It is a Private Ancillary Fund (PAF), led by family and friends. The Foundation grants to organisations that deliver community health and well-being programs. In 2018, Kindred Spirits Foundation celebrated its 10 years anniversary with partners, collaborators and community.

In recent years, the directors of the Foundation saw opportunities for creating social change through a different type of organisation - one that incubates and accelerates social ventures. This led to the establishment of Kindred Spirits Enterprises in 2017.

Kindred Spirits Enterprises is a public charity. It incubates early-stage social ventures and initiatives that improve health, well-being and education in Australia. Its involvement can include: strategic guidance, partnerships, fundraising and impact investment, knowledge sharing, advocacy and mentoring.

The current focus of Kindred Spirits Enterprises is working with Aboriginal enterprises and communities to support the development of the native botanicals industry across Northern Australia. It is also supporting community collaboration and early learning in the Latrobe Valley.

Kindred Spirits Foundation and Kindred Spirits Enterprises share the same values of respect, initiative, kindness and care. They also have some common partnerships and collaborators. From time to time, the Foundation and Kindred Spirits Enterprises work together to fund, support and celebrate initiatives and their teams. They draw on their respective strengths and networks to progress a shared vision - that Australian communities can fulfill their aspirations for good health, well-being and resilience.

Our Vision

Communities thrive through good health and well-being, accessible education and employment opportunities.

Our Mission

Kindred Spirits Enterprises incubates, accelerates and supports social ventures that create significant positive social impact.

Our Approach  

We invest our resources and experiences in place-based, transformative ventures addressing community health, well-being, education and employment.

Beneficiaries

We focus our work on supporting the most marginalised, isolated and disadvantaged communities in Australia. This includes Aboriginal people, remote and disadvantaged communities, people with disability, newly settled people, and refugees.

Our Values

  • Kindness – Creating opportunities for local communities
  • Action – Building upon local community experience to connect and grow
  • Respect - Listening, embracing and learning from the diversity of local communities
  • Initiative - Supporting fresh approaches - finding place-based solutions.