KIND to Close Its Doors for a Day, Empowering Hundreds of Team Members to Donate Time & Skills to Early-Stage Entrepreneurs
The KIND Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) organization established by KIND® – a “not-only-for-profit”® company – announces it will host an educational Summit for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs focused on building businesses that will positively impact their communities. The charitable effort is part of the Foundation’s mission to advance healthier and more connected communities. Entrepreneurs interested in attending are invited to visit kinded.com/ent to learn more.
Together with Venture for America, a nonprofit fellowship program that empowers young people to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship, the Foundation will host the Summit in November during National Entrepreneurship Month. KIND will provide support for the Summit, shutting its doors and mobilizing team members across every department – from marketing and communications to operations and customer service – as part of the company’s day of service. Throughout the day, Daniel Lubetzky, the Foundation’s President and KIND’s Founder & CEO – along with the KIND team – will lead educational sessions covering KIND’s early mistakes and lessons learned, along with other topics relevant to those starting out in business.
“Since KIND launched, we’ve challenged ourselves to think with AND to build a business that is economically sustainable AND socially impactful. Over the past 12 years, we’ve learned a lot about the opportunities and challenges that come when you try to balance commercial success with social purpose,” said Lubetzky. “With help from the enterprising team at Venture for America, we’re eager to impart these lessons and hopefully equip attendees with the skills and motivation to build businesses that will create long-term societal value.”
Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO of Venture for America (VFA) said “VFA Fellows help companies and communities flourish and create new opportunities for themselves and others. We can’t imagine a better partner than The KIND Foundation to widen, train and support our network of builders who want to learn more about launching and growing a business with positive social impact.”
The partnership between the Foundation and Venture for America is inspired by the Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative – a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the White House, the Department of Commerce and American entrepreneurs. As PAGE members, both Lubetzky and Yang are dedicated to passing on their experiences to future leaders and utilizing entrepreneurship to build communities. Lubetzky and Yang announced the partnership at this week’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) – an annual event hosted by President Obama and attended by 700 entrepreneurs representing 170 countries and territories.