Does your grassroots grantmaking program often hear from community groups that want to build a playground or create more fun activities for neighborhood children? If so, you need to know about KaBoom!
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Celebrating ten years of service in 2006, KaBOOM! rallies communities to achieve better public policy, funding and public awareness for increased play opportunities nationwide; provides resources, including trainings, challenge grants, and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own; and brings together children, business and community interests for a select number of community playspace builds each year.
Over the past decade, KaBOOM! has used their innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including a Web Portal and online community, regional and national trainings, grants and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own.
KaBoom! is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, Calif.