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Laura Kind McKenna - Trustee Emeritus

After almost 25 years of leadership in the day-to-day management of The Patricia Kind Family Foundation, Laura Kind McKenna has resigned from being an active board member effective June 3, 2022.  She is now serving as Trustee Emeritus.

Laura was our first Managing Trustee, running the Foundation for the first years of its existence from 1998-2016. From 2016 to 2022 she served as Treasurer and Head of our finance committee.  Laura is well known as a strong consistent voice urging all foundations to use their endowment assets to support mission along with grants. Under her leadership PKFF became one of the earliest adopters of mission aligned investing, eventually steering PKFF’s endowment to over 95% mission alignment.

Laura and her husband Marc have four grown children and nine grandchildren living all over the country and she's looking forward to having time for more travel.  Laura has been trying to "get bored and eat bonbons" for several years, although we all doubt she will.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to financially support organizations that help those struggling daily with the effects of poverty.

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2021

Grant Awards

188

Region Served

Dollars Given

$3,678,000

Patricia & Philip Kind, Jr.

Patricia van Ameringen Kind, born in 1924, was the middle child of Arnold and Hedwig van Ameringen. She was raised in South Orange, N.J. with her two siblings, Henry van Ameringen and Lily Auchincloss. She attended Kent Place School, where she was a star athlete and was voted “best personality” by her classmates. She went on to become a registered nurse at the Monmouth Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, foreshadowing a lifetime devoted to caring for others. Her first nursing job was in Philadelphia where she met the love of her life, Philip Kind, Jr.