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Life is always changing. Flow is its nature, our nature. In this age of the human, the Anthropocene, we are out of balance with the flow of nature. We are in the midst of one of the most rapid changes that has ever happened on our planet, the 6th great extinction... As humans we are powerful. We have the ability to determine the world we want to live in. We can shape the natural world to our detriment and to our benefit. We can dominate, enslave, and control or we can learn from, nurture, and support the creation of life. The Jena & Michael King Foundation and King Family Fund are dedicated to the latter relationship: to the exploration, stewardship, and support of that which is good for all the children.

In 2018, the primary focus of our giving will be the Environment, for all life depends on its health, which is in crisis. As only 3% of philanthropic giving goes to the environment and other species, we're engaging in creative collaboration with other funders in this space to increase our impact.

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Earth


The single greatest leverage point for a sustainable and healthy future for the seven billion people on the planet is arguably immediately underfoot: the living soil, where we grow our food.

 The Atlantic ― 

Earth


The single greatest leverage point for a sustainable and healthy future for the seven billion people on the planet is arguably immediately underfoot: the living soil, where we grow our food.

 The Atlantic ― 

The earth is the foundation upon which we live.  It is the keeper of the wisdom of all life that has come before.

Soils are the body of the earth. Like our bodies they are made healthy by a good supply of energy in the form of carbohydrates, physical carbon, a good structure, and a diverse community of microorganisms. In fact, the most diverse and abundant ecosystem on earth is  in the soil; a single teaspoon of healthy carbon rich soil holds up to one billion bacteria, yards of fungal filaments and thousands of tiny protozoa and nematodes. As soils are healthy so are all the things that come from them, plants, animals and humans.

We are dedicated to supporting those people and practices that support healthy soils, that build economies which circle from the soil and back again. To restore the soils and rebalance the global carbon cycle we must return the energy we take, to give back what is no longer of use to us. Compost is a powerful way of returning dead and wasted living materials back to the soil in the form of carbon and nitrogen, the fuel for new life.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS:

Healthy Soils, Healthy People     |     The Soil Story


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Water


Water carries us. Water rocks us. Water puts us to sleep. Water gives us back our mother.

Gaston Bachelard ― 

Water


Water carries us. Water rocks us. Water puts us to sleep. Water gives us back our mother.

Gaston Bachelard ― 

Seventy percent of the earth's surface is water, our bodies are fifty to seventy percent water. Water is the birthplace of life on our planet. When we look for life on other planets we look first for water, because without water there is no life as we know it.  Over 5 million species live in the oceans: corals, fishes, whales, jellyfish, squids, octopus, creatures with shells, fins, gills all are animals with feelings, families, intelligence and great migratory and localized societies.

When it is alive and healthy water is never stagnant, it is always moving.  Attracted by trees, plants and mountains, it changes form with changes in temperature: evaporates from sea to the sky, condenses from cloud into rain, freezes into ice from liquid. Water has a special relationship to carbon, water follows carbon as it cycles throughout the planet.  More carbon in the air means more water in the air, more carbon in soil means more water in the soil.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS

Listen to the grandmother of ocean protection Silvia Earle’s inspiring TED Talk


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Plants


WE’VE SPENT THE LAST 100 YEARS TREATING THE BODY LIKE IT’S A MACHINE WHEN IT IS ACTUALLY SO MUCH MORE LIKE A FLOWER

―  Jena King ― 

Plants


WE’VE SPENT THE LAST 100 YEARS TREATING THE BODY LIKE IT’S A MACHINE WHEN IT IS ACTUALLY SO MUCH MORE LIKE A FLOWER

―  Jena King ― 

There are over one million known species of plants on land and even more in the oceans.  The interconnection between the kingdoms and elements of our planet is incredibly sophisticated and is based in an exchange of energy and special function that plants provide. They are the source of abundance and are generous in their capacity to give.

Plants play a fundamental role in making life possible by fixing the energy of the sun into a form that other lifeforms can eat and creating the balance of oxygen in the atmosphere that allows us all to breath. Performing photosynthesis plants transform sunlight, carbon from the air and water from the soil into carbohydrates (sugars) and oxygen.  Mixed with minerals from the earth and brought to life with water, when we eat carbohydrates made from plants we all are eating the sweetness of the sun


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Animals


The good man is the friend of all living things

―  Gandhi ― 

Animals


The good man is the friend of all living things

―  Gandhi ― 

The flyers, the crawlers, jumpers, those that slither, swim and those with four legs. Animals inhabit our earth, bringing richness, companionship, balance and nourishment. In our lifetime almost half the animals species alive today are threatened with extinction. The people native to the American continent speak of a time when the two legged and four legged lived together like relatives. We believe that the recognition of this kinship, and the active participation by humans to help animals survive and thrive, is essential to the restoration of ecological and emotional balance on our planet.

In addition to being involved in protecting habitat, we further believe in E.O. Wilson's "Half Earth" call-to-action to commit half of the planet's surface, land and sea, to nature. Our doing so will save 85% of all species from extinction, a tragedy that would imperil humans, as well.


We are currently looking for projects that seek to help the inland ungulates of the northern tundra including caribou and musk oxen. Please click here to submit ideas.


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People


EACH OF US EMBODIES, IN A PARTICULAR TALE AND CLOTHED IN THE GARMENTS OF TIME AND PLACE, UNIVERSAL TRUTH AND EVERLASTING LIFE.
 ―  JRR Tolkien ―  

 

People


EACH OF US EMBODIES, IN A PARTICULAR TALE AND CLOTHED IN THE GARMENTS OF TIME AND PLACE, UNIVERSAL TRUTH AND EVERLASTING LIFE.
 ―  JRR Tolkien ―  

 

We believe that land and people can not be treated separately, and that the healing and health of each is deeply connected. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1999, giving has focused on projects that nurture positive relationships among people and the spaces and environments within which we live and thrive. Historical giving supported international organizations which defended against bigotry, exploitation and violations of civil rights, and others that provided direct support for at-risk or troubled kids, teenagers and young adults in living healthy, vibrant and connected lives.


Fundamental to our work is communication because how we communicate with each other plays a central role in the decision we make individually and as a society. From you-tube shorts to full length films, from in person conversations and hosted salons, to formal science and policy briefs, the Foundation actively supports media that informs and transforms our perspectives.


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