KEEN Announces 2019 Critical Coastlines Grantees

Newly launched KEEN Effect Grant Program focuses on coastal conservation, economic sustainability and environmental stewardship

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 3, 2019 – KEEN, Inc. (KEEN), a values-led, independently owned outdoor and lifestyle footwear brand, today announced winners of its 2019 Critical Coastlines award, a new initiative of the KEEN Effect Grant Program.

Now in its sixth year, the KEEN Effect Grant Program awards a cumulative $100K to a varying number of non-profits across the world to help further their organization’s mission, which directly aligns with KEEN’s commitment to responsible outdoor participation and corporate social responsibility.

New this year, the Critical Coastlines Grant Program is funding community-based organizations working to improve the resilience of coastal areas in the face of ecosystems collapse, climate change, rising sea levels, ocean pollution, and natural disasters.

“This year, KEEN is funding five amazing non-profit groups, each working on a different coastline with their own solutions to a local problem,” said Mark Steinbuck, KEEN Effect Grants and Community Specialist.” “With KEEN’s support, this new group of dedicated, grassroots partners can continue to focus their efforts on coastal conservation, economic sustainability, pollution cleanups, scientific research, and direct community involvement.”

The 2019 KEEN Critical Coastlines grant recipients include:

·      Indian Ocean Coastline: ActionAid India

·      Western Pacific Coastline: Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) International

·      Western Atlantic Coastline: Galveston Bay Foundation

·      Eastern Pacific Coastline: Cedar Coast Field Station

·      Eastern Atlantic Coastline: The Final Straw Solent

To apply or learn more about the KEEN Effect Grant Programs, visit:

About KEEN: Driven by a passion for life outside, KEEN is a values-led, independently owned brand from Portland, Oregon, that’s on a mission to create original and versatile products, improve lives, and inspire adventures outside. Founded in 2003, it launched a revolution in the footwear industry with the introduction of the Newport adventure sandal and has continued to launch disruptive products and establish new standards for performance, comfort, and design. As a family-owned company, KEEN has made doing good part of doing business since day one. By working with non-profit partners, consciously constructing its products, providing grant funding to grassroots organizations, and activating communities and individuals to protect the places where we work and play, KEEN puts its values in motion to leave the world a better place. Learn more at




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