The TKF Foundation was founded by Tom and Kitty Stoner in 1996, after being inspired by an urban park tucked in a busy London neighborhood that was used as a place of refuge during World War II. The Stoners believed that if an urban green space could provide such a place of sanctuary at such a difficult time in history, perhaps places conceived and created by urban communities in our time could also provide opportunities for reflection and rejuvenation. It was from this idea – and with this desire – that the TKF Foundation was formed.
As a result, our mission has been to provide the opportunity for a deeper human experience by inspiring and supporting the creation of specially designed, urban green spaces, which we call “Open Spaces Sacred Places.” These tucked-in spaces offer a temporary place of sanctuary, encourage reflection, provide solace, and engender peace and well-being. It is our hope that by drawing inspiration from our work, city leaders across the country will be encouraged to create more of such spaces for the benefit of their citizens, now and in the future.
Read more about our Vision and Beliefs.
We have first-hand experience of specially created, small urban green spaces – “Open Spaces Sacred Places” – and a deep understanding of the mind and body benefits of spending time in these places. For information about TKF Foundation or to schedule an interview with one of our subject-matter experts, please contact: Jayne M. Trentanove, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (410) 268-1376.
Tom Stoner, TKF Co-Founder
Kathy Wolf, TKF Foundation Research Advisor
Mary Wyatt, TKF Foundation Executive Director
Jay Graham, TFK Foundation Design Advisor
As the capstone of our work, TKF Foundation is providing $4.5 million in funding to six groundbreaking research projects designed to scientifically prove the inherent value and need for open access to nearby urban green spaces. It is our hope that these studies will demonstrate how nature in the city can provide sacred, spiritual and healing experiences for individuals and communities. Read more here.
Bios and photos of project team members can be found on their project page.
The Green Road, Bethesda, MD
Naval Cemetery Landscape, Brooklyn, NY
A Nature Place, Portland, OR
The TKF Foundation is proud to partner with these prestigious individuals and organizations in the creation of Open Spaces Sacred Places.