Koinonia Foundation is a public charitable organization that works to promote projects that are consistent with its values which include:
A belief in the oneness of life.
A belief in the spiritual nature of the human individual, with respect for the integrity and wholeness of the person and the human race.
A belief in the existence of a spiritual order designed by God, with a recognition of the wholeness of creation.
“When the Koinonia Board receives grants that suggest a sense of the sacred, the interplay of caring hearts, an urgency for change, the redemptive potentialities of life, and a sound conceptual base and likelihood of successful implementation, we get excited.
Our belief and faith in the ability of individuals to grow, love, care and act from deep wells of inner resources both personal and universal in nature, has led us to prefer funding programs that teach fishing rather than offer fish.
As a small funding organization we are often willing to fund programs that may not necessarily fit into mainstream ideas of how to foster “good works”.
We rarely consider funding projects requesting more than $2,000.00 from us, for our part of the overall project.
Koinonia is a Greek word suggesting sacred fellowship and communion. Koinonia includes a deep recognition of the permeating mystery upon which all life is founded, a profound reverence for creation, a sense of a God force at work within each of us, and a commonality deeper than our differences.
Koinonia is the wordless greeting that happens between people, the peace of love within a group, an intuition of who we are that lies deeper than thought, and, ultimately, the courage to live out of that and discover who we really are. Actions arising out of koinonia are almost universally kind, reverential, and in focus.
When Koinonia was first established, it was to address the significant attrition of Christian missionaries who often succumbed to loneliness and isolation once they went abroad, and returned home before their work was done.
Koinonia taught people to keep the warmth of fellowship alive in their hearts, and to feel that the fellowship offered them as something that would go with them wherever they went. Missionaries attending Koinonia programs invariably could accept and follow through on their work overseas.
Although Koinonia is no longer landed, nor exclusively Christian, its principles are the same. We believe that people must belong to one another and to love and deem sacred something that is greater than themselves.