Our History

Ken Birdwell, KBF's founder, has been a nonprofit volunteer, employee, board member, and donor. Through his 20+ years of nonprofit experience, he has seen firsthand how well-intentioned programmatic grants can stunt a nonprofit's success. Dissatisfied with the status quo, Ken began testing an alternative approach. After ten years of experimentation with three Seattle area nonprofits, he has landed on a grant-making model that funds long-term, capacity building grants, with community support built-in.

Learn more about the Seattle area nonprofits Ken has been working with for the past ten years.