At Kenny & Company, we believe it is our business and personal responsibility to support the communities in which we live and work. We dedicate a portion of our firm’s resources to these endeavors.

Through direct financial contributions, volunteering consultant time, and matching donations, we connect with organizations that positively impact those in need.

Our annual Philanthropy executive identifies worthy organizations and/or causes and works with other Kenny & Company Partners to set and allocate our donation amount each year. Our consultants volunteer their time to Kenny & Company selected organizations or self-selected causes.

 

We are off to a great start in 2015.  Last week, we visited our friends at RAFT again for a repeat performance. This time, we built educational kits that will help students understand biodiversity.

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Our second event in 2015 was working with Junior Achievement (JA) at South San Francisco High School. JA partners with the business community, educators and volunteers to help children dream big and reach their potential. JA's hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to students around the world. Kenny & Company spent a day leading high school juniors and seniors in a 'Reverse Job Shadow' day. We taught lessons on how to create a great resume, important job interview skills, and discussed our career paths, all while encouraging the students to follow their passions. We taught five sessions over the course of the day, to over 150 students.
 

RAFT, a non-profit organization was founded in 1994 in California, USA. RAFT’s main focus is to inspire, engage and educate children through the power of hands-on teaching. Learning by doing. This simple yet powerful concept has been RAFT’s objective since its inception. Hands-on education translates abstract and complex subjects by incorporating activities that help children learn by doing. This ignites their interest, nurtures their natural curiosity, and also helps maintain a lifelong love of learning.

Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our more than 213,000 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

 

In 2014, we took the team to the City and helped to build affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity  and built learning tools with volunteers from the 10 Books a Home  program located in East Palo Alto:

10 Books a Home

10 Books A Home (10BH) is a non-profit organization that serves families whose children are tracked to attend kindergarten in a school district where only 25% of students read at grade level. 10BH created the Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program in 2012 to offer under-served families in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park resources that are generally accessible to more advantaged families: 1-on-1 home tutoring and high quality children’s books. The program is designed to give children and families a head start before they begin kindergarten in high-poverty school districts.

The goal of the 10BH program is to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten and their families have developed practices known to encourage further educational success. Once enrolled, their 3-year old child receives 1-on-1 tutoring for two years until they begin kindergarten. The child is also given educational resources, such as donated books and a bookcase, so that the family can continue to read together and practice what they learn in tutoring sessions.

10BH just had its first “class” of students enter kindergarten and found that 100% of its participants are at/above grade level. In 2013, they served 70 families and had 180 more families apply for the program. Additionally, they provided 1,800 books to the participants. In the two years that the program has operated, they have found that as a result of participating in the program, parents read 4.5 times more with their children than before, and children develop a stronger motivation to learn and spend more free time practicing what they learn during lessons, rather than playing with toys or watching television.

Kenny & Company spent a day creating felt storyboards for 10BH tutors (Role Models) to use during their sessions with their Learners. Storyboards are great tools for young learners, especially those whose primary language is not English. Learners can interact with the storyboard as the story is being read or the Learner can re-enact the story using the storyboard. Other activities, such as counting, sequencing the story events, etc. can also be done with the storyboard. We created one storyboard for each of the 100 families that 10BH serves.

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Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

The mission of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is to provide local families with a springboard to secure, stable futures through affordable home-ownership, financial literacy and neighborhood revitalization. Habitat Greater San Francisco uses the unique Habitat model, in which skilled staff work alongside volunteers and future homeowners to construct safe and affordable homes in the community. Kenny & Company helped with the construction of Habitat Terrace, a new development of 28 single-family homes in San Francisco’s Oceanview neighborhood. With the assistance of volunteers, Habitat Terrace is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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In 2013, we had the privilege to work with these great organizations here in the Bay Area:

Ravenswood Family Health Clinic

Ravenswood Family Health Center’s mission is to improve the health status of the community it serves by providing high quality, culturally competent primary and preventive health care to people of all ages regardless of insurance, immigration status or ability to pay. In 2013, Kenny & Company helped to sponsor the Annual Ride for Ravenswood event that welcomes all cyclists, walkers, and volunteers to join and support the critical services that the health center provides for thousands of individuals and families each year.

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Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT)

RAFT, a non-profit organization was founded in 1994 in California, USA. RAFT’s main focus is to inspire, engage and educate children through the power of hands-on teaching. Learning by doing. This simple yet powerful concept has been RAFT’s objective since its inception. Hands-on education translates abstract and complex subjects by incorporating activities that help children learn by doing. This ignites their interest, nurtures their natural curiosity, and also helps maintain a lifelong love of learning. In 2013, Kenny & Company helped to build and assemble teaching activity kits at the Sunnyvale RAFT center.

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To further engage with our community, we actively seek opportunities to provide our unique consulting services to philanthropic organizations.

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