Thank you, Kendeda Fund!

October 30, 2023

As the Kendeda Fund wraps up decades of grantmaking, we want to recognize and celebrate the transformational impact Kendeda has had on GVLT and organizations across our community.

Founded by philanthropist Diana Blank, Kendeda was named for her three children, Kenny, Dena, and Danielle. For nearly 20 years, Kendeda has contributed to every major initiative at GVLT, often jumping in as the lead donor to create the momentum necessary for long-term success.

“Kendeda is a partner that truly believes in our mission and, in a very big way, has embraced our efforts to grow and mature as an organization,” explains GVLT Executive Director Chet Work.

Throughout our partnership, Kendeda has provided critical core mission support, helping build operational capacity and sustainability. For example, in 2013, Kendeda provided funding that enabled GVLT to hire a new Communications and Operations Manager and improve our operational systems, including our donor database and financial management software, facilities, and Lands and Trails databases and GIS. Understanding that operating support sustains our mission, Kendeda also created our operating reserve.

Kendeda has also enhanced GVLT’s ability to be agile and responsive to trail and land conservation opportunities. Kendeda provided seed money to create GVLT’s Opportunity Fund, a board-designated quick strike fund that increases our ability to act on time-sensitive land transactions. Kendeda has also provided significant funding for specific land conservation projects across our focus areas, including Paradise Valley, as well as trail development and stewardship projects. Kendeda was a lead donor in the recent Peets Hill expansion campaign.

“Kendeda’s support has touched every part of this organization,” said Chet.

GVLT sends a heartfelt thank you to the Kendeda Fund, Diana Blank, and Tim Stevens, Kendeda’s Montana fund advisor! Your trust and incredibly generous support have enabled significant land conservation and trail development work that will impact generations to come.

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