About Us

The TKF Foundation has sparked a national movement with local roots. It is our firm belief that nature helps communities heal, thrive and unite in profound ways.

For the past 25 years, we’ve worked alongside over 130 urban communities to create publicly accessible open, green spaces—spaces engineered to help individuals find solace, respite and renewal. The benefits here extend to the entire community—a ripple effect that’s impact can hardly be overstated.

What we do.
We support the creation of public green spaces that offer a temporary place of sanctuary, encourage reflection, provide solace, and engender peace and well-being.

We advocate for a certain kind of open, sacred space that is accessible, meaningful and customized to bring impact to its unique community. These can take many shapes—from small and modest, tucked in existing city landscapes; to more expansive parks—all sharing the same 4 design principles proven to help foster growth, healing and unity.

Who we do it for.

  • Communities hard-hit by modern life: stress, poverty, dissent.
  • Urban neighborhoods often overlooked—where hope is scarce.
  • Hospitals or healthcare facilities needing respite for patients and staff to help them cope, process, grieve and heal.
  • Places where unity is needed—a means to restore community pride and improve health and wellbeing.

How we do it.

  • Collaboratively. We have designed a process that enables the community to engineer a public green space to align with its individual needs and challenges—organically. Effectively.
  • Methodically. Over the years, we honed a 4-pronged process with an eye on design and science—and proven to bring results.
  • Strategically. A community transformation takes a longer-term vision—a strategy steeped in feasibility and sustainability. Our work with over 130 communities over the years has taught us a thing or two about the entire lifecycle—from securing funding, advocacy, to implementation and beyond.

Read on to learn our story, or contact us  to be connected with a TKF advisor to get started in your neighborhood.


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    We are a private nonprofit that supports, informs, and inspires the creation of publicly accessible urban green spaces. We believe that every city resident needs nearby green space to provide opportunities for mindfulness, respite, and renewal. The Foundation has issued its final grants to build five Open Spaces Sacred Places and research the impacts on a variety of users with the hope that the powerful connection between nature, spirit and human wellbeing will be scientifically proven.

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