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Kendal Charitable Funds

Kendal Charitable Funds was incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) to support the charitable goals and aspirations of the Kendal Corporation, its system of affiliates and the wider world of aging services.

A Culture of Generosity

Those involved in the beginning set the tone of generosity. The Kendal System and Kendal Charitable Funds (KCF) has always kept Kendal’s mission uppermost in our minds: together transforming the experience of aging.” At the heart of that work, you’ll find KCF providing funding for meaningful initiatives both within the Kendal System and beyond.

Kendal Charitable Funds is led through outstanding service by uncompensated Board of Directors.

Impacting Lives

Engaging Communities Initiative

We aspire to reframe society’s understanding of what is POSSIBLE as  we age. This bold initiative has granted in excess of $500,000 and impacted the lives of more than 17,000 older adults.

Your Donations at Work

Your gift to KCF provides valuable resources to support Promising Innovations and Kendal Affiliate Grants – as well as support for our Kendal People Development programs.

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Number of People Supported by over $500K in Grants

Our History

The Seed

Kendal began in the late 1960s with a gift and a charge. The gift was a $300,000 grant provided by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends to a group of retirees living in Southeast Pennsylvania. The charge was to “find a better way in retirement.” The result was the founding of Kendal at Longwood, a Continuing Care Retirement Community.

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The Kendal Fund (now Kendal Charitable Funds) was incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) to support the charitable goals and aspirations of the Kendal Corporation, its system of affiliates and the wider world of aging services.

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Kendal Charitable Funds approved the creation of the Lloyd Lewis – Promising Innovation Fund to support advances in serving older adults.

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Kendal Charitable Funds launched its first campaign in support of the Lloyd Lewis – Promising Innovations fund.



The first Kendal Charitable Funds – Promising Innovations Grant awarded to the University of South Florida in support of the development of an Alzheimer’s screening tool for low-income communities.

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Kendal Charitable Funds approved the creation of the People Development Fund in recognition of the retiring CEO/President John Diffey. The program has gone on to support numerous training programs as well as the Leadership Fellows Program that provides professional and personal development training to staff within the Kendal system since 2013.



Kendal Charitable Funds launches Impacting Lives…Engaging Communities.

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Innovation and Grant Updates

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Promising Innovations Releases RFP for 2022

Kendal Charitable Funds released it’s 2022 Promising Innovations Request for Proposals. Letters of Intent will be accepted between May 2nd and June 10th, 2022. The process is open to any 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and/or those with a federally recognized 7871 Tribal government status.

Improve Living Conditions for Native American Older Adults

A grant was awarded to the Red Feather Development Group for a yearlong pilot project to make the homes of older Hopi Tribe adults safer and healthier.

Rebuild Together Philadelphia

Home Repairs for Older Philadelphians

Kendal Charitable Funds has awarded a $50,000 Promising Innovations grant to Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP) to fund a two-year initiative to help low-income older adults age in place. The grant will support RTP’s efforts to repair and improve the residences of an estimated 30 homeowners in 2020 and 2021 to make them safer, healthier and more energy- and cost-efficient.

KCF Annual Corporate Partners

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