The trusted partner for impact investing

Connecting Capital to Impact

Access to quality education…

Provides the greatest potential for success and social mobility

Climate change is real…

We must address it now, before the opportunity to prevent it floats away.

She needs a job and access to good healthcare…

But cannot afford health insurance.

We must invest in and support innovative ventures…

That build scalable, impactful solutions profitably and drive economic growth

Let’s give the children of today…

A better future in healthy, thriving communities of tomorrow

Society needs you!

Together we can make the world KINDer.

Let's make the world KINDer

About Us

Kind Capital’s mission is to drive positive impact on a billion vulnerable lives…prudently, conscientiously, sustainably and profitably. We envision a world where all individuals have equitable access to opportunities to reach their full potential in healthy, thriving communities. To deliver on that mission, we leverage the full spectrum of impact investing tools in collaboration with leading stakeholder partners across the ecosystem to drive scalable, sustainable impact. Philanthropy alone cannot solve the biggest challenges and existential threats faced by society today; there must be systematic, integrated solutions across multiple stakeholders: public, private and philanthropic.

Mission-Driven Executive Team

Diverse in experience, united in mission. The Kind Capital team brings 100+ years of combined experience across industries and leadership roles, authentically mission-driven to leverage our skills to catalyze positive sustainable impact while driving financial returns for our partners & investors. We have experience working with early stage companies through large Fortune 500 conglomerates across the full spectrum of asset classes, including structuring program-related investments (PRI), mission-related investments (MRI), social impact bonds (SIB) and income share agreements (ISA).

John Duong

Founder & CEO

Dr Jason Buchanan

Venture Partner and SWOT Team

Debbie McKeon

Partner and Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Kimberly M. James

Director, Head of Metrics & Evaluation

Thomas Hornbeck

CTO and Venture Partner

Lori M. Ruffin

VP of Entrepreneur Services

Ash Sharma

Director ESG and Corporate Sustainability

Advisory Council

Andre Bennin

Jennifer Oertel

Melanie Audette

Joe Fuller

Rich Krygiel

Thomas Terdjman

Ted Mitchell

Sonal Shah

Karen Tay

Meredith Finn

Senior Workers of Talent (SWOT)

Joy Profet

Superpower: COO & Comms

Ray Wilburn

Superpower: Finance & Compliance

Keith Aikens

Superpower: Comms, Racial Equity

Marissa Lowman

Superpower: Product & Innovation

Isaac Segal

Superpower: EdTech, Entrepreneurship, Management

Lucia Weathers

Superpower: Strategic Comms

Maria Del Toro

Superpower: Philanthropic Fundraising, Strategy, & Management

Jocelyn Sargent

Superpower: Philanthropy, Racial Equity/EDI, Leadership

Our Work

Sampling of Current and Prior Experience

Experience matters, below are just some examples of the work that we have led, been actively engaged in, or currently involved in.

Global Education Company

Advising on the $30 million carved out for impact investing

Mobile Learning Platform

Led company's Series Seed round, their first institutional round of financing (while at Lumina Foundation) and currently serving as strategic advisor to the highly scalable mobile learning platform.

Lumina Foundation

Launched $50M venture portfolio for Lumina Foundation focused on edtech in post-high school learning and workforce .

Leading Tech Training Company

Invested in their Series A round, helping founders catalyze other investors in the round (while at Lumina Impact Ventures)

Leading Digital Credentials Platform

Invested in the Series A round of a leading digital credentials platform that provides individuals with transparent, portable competency-based credentials.

Online Healthcare Training and Certification

Early investor in women of color founded/led healthcare education company’s Seed Round.

Fintech/Edtech Solution for Emergency Aid

Led Series Seed Round, company’s first institutional round. (while at Lumina Impact Ventures)

Leading Organic Baby Food Company

Early investor in the debt and equity tranches of a leading organic baby food company (while at Kellogg Foundation)

Leading Healthy School Food Distributor

Early investor in a leading school food distributor serving schools in low-income communities and public school districts (while at Kellogg Foundation)

Michigan Good Food Fund

Structured the multi-stakeholder loan fund that provided healthy food access to Michiganders. (while at W.K. Kellogg Foundation)

Data Tech Company

Led company’s Seed Round that was over-subscribed (while at Lumina Impact Ventures)

Education Predictive Analytics Company

Participated in Series D round (while at Lumina Impact Ventures)

Invest Newark

Advising on $100M fund initiative of Newark Mayor’s Office to reduce the wealth, health and social disparities that exist in Black and LatinX communities.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Strategic and fundraising advisor to a nonprofit technical college that provides an affordable, high-quality education particularly serving low-income minorities to prepare them for the future of work.

Career matching platform for underserved students

Led a Series A investment round that rationalized the board and better aligned the strategy of the compay

Platform connecting industry speakers to classrooms

Led a Series A investment round comprised of a consortium of for-profit, non-profit and family office investors

Leading nonprofit focused on promoting entrepreneurship in community colleges

Advising NACCE on various fundraising intiatives including those focused on female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color

What We Do

Kind Capitalism

Strategic Advisory

We bring extensive strategic, operating and impact investing experience across nonprofit and traditional corporations.

Kind Capitalism Impact Deals Community

Where capitalism meets kindness, we provide strategic M&A advisory and fundraising support. Join our Kind Capital market that connects investors with social ventures & entrepreneurs.


We are experienced investors with a track record in both traditional and impact investing across all asset classes, spanning both direct investments and as limited partners into other funds.

Accelerator & Studio

Partners to promising entrepreneurs, we nurture early stage social ventures for success and growth.  Leverage our deep expertise and broad network.

Optimized Management Solutions/Shared Services

Outsourced interim executive leadership (CFO, COO, CTO) and operational capabilities (managed IT services, tech/software development, etc.) to improve efficiency, reduce costs, accelerate growth and drive success.

Kind Capital serves a broad set of stakeholders

Traditional and Mission-Related Investments (MRI)

Traditional and MRI investors equally interested in financial return and impact

Investors seeking market rate returns

Financial returns are equally weighted to social impact

ESG screening

Prudent Investor Rule applies

Program-Related Investments (PRI)

Foundations and impact investors seeking to prioritize impact

Catalytic capital providers

Investors prioritizing impact over financial return

Private foundations using PRI structures to drive outcome

Donor advised funds

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives

Kind Capital Holdings

Kind Capital Platform managing various businesses and investment vehicles

Investment management function

Studio/incubator for early stage companies

Consulting & strategic advisory services

Shared services for portfolio companies

Impact deals market place matching investors to entrepreneurs

Grant Funders

Funders seeking to support ecosystem

Technical assistance/coaching for entrepreneurs

Strategic advice to support grantees

Market research

Donor advised funds

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives

Sample of Our Network

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