Outdoor apparel and footwear brand Keen has announced the final seven grantees for its fall 2015 Keen Effect grant, who will each receive $10,000.
Positioned under the brands Keen Effect giving program – which has donated more than $8 million in cash and resources to non-profits around the world since 2004 – the Keen Effect encourages Keen fans and the general public to nominate non-profit organizations that align with the company’s outdoor-focused, core values.
“Our entire Keen Community plays a part of the Keen Effect,” said Kirsten Blackburn, Keen brand and community specialist. “From our Keen Effect Committee members actively engaged in the decision making process, to our fans who refer applicants, to our wonderful grantees around the globe, we’re all on paralleled paths. We’re all dedicated to preserving places to play outside, and to tread lightly on those special places. Most importantly, we’re proud to welcome these seven worthy organizations into the Keen Effect family, and look forward to seeing the great positive impact continue to have in their communities.”
Since January, the Keen Effect grant program received more than 1,600 applications from around the world, including all 50 states and 32 countries. The new grantees are: Alaska Geographic, Boone Area Cyclists, Bush Heritage Australia, Sociedad para la Proteccion de Ecosistemas Costeros, Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, The Mountaineers, and Project Canoe.