Kitame is a non-profit organization that works with communities to fund, realize, and maintain solutions to their most significant needs.
Our core value is that the community understands its own needs and capabilities best.
We connect community-level implementers, whether organizations or individual local leaders, to corporate, foundation, and individual funders.
Kitame’s approach ensures that funded projects are valued and prioritized by the community, avoiding a common trap where outsiders’ choices lead to neglected programs and infrastructure.
Instead of offering funding to a predetermined geography, theme, or project, we ask the community what its greatest needs are, and work, through our fundraising and project management advice, toward accomplishing that project. We have a strong focus on funding for ongoing maintenance, so that the impact is lasting for the benefit of both the community and the funders.
Because we require a substantial community contribution to the project, projects that aren't key priorities for the community do not make it into the Kitame funding pipeline. In effect, we are leveraging the community’s investment with funds we raise.
As such, funders can know that the projects they're enabling are wanted and appreciated by the community, and will have lasting impact and visibility.
In turn, communities can know that we value their skills, assets, and knowledge, and are here to help in the ways they need. By giving communities a greater voice in the first stage of project determination, we fix a key disconnect in most domestic and international philanthropic funding.
If interested in hearing about and funding our projects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org