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Kindness Factory

Kindness Factory

“Kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change”- Bob Kerry.

The Kindness Factory™ started from one person’s incredible story of courage, hope and adversity and has now become a global kindness movement, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life.

The Kindness Factory™ is a Not For Profit organisation based in Australia and the USA. The funds we raise, go towards educational programs in schools and universities, ensuring the next generation grows up with a foundation of kindness.

We hope to inspire all humans to play kind, have fun, stay connected with others, know when to reach out for help, exercise resilience and treat themselves, and the planet with dignity and respect.

 

DONATIONS

Kindness Factory is a registered 501(c)(3) of Inc Number N000709962 of the United States of America and a registered charity of the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission of ABN: 78633835284

Where Does My Donation Go?
Kindness Factory uses donations to fund various community and school kindness programs as well as the development of valuable kindness and wellbeing research.

Who Can I Contact With a Question About Donations?
Please email admin@kindnessfactory.com

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?
Donations are tax deductible to USA residents and anyone obtaining income from USA entities for tax purposes. For more information about your tax, you should seek financial advice from your accountant or visit the IRS website. 

 

KINDNESS FACTORY FOCUS AREAS

Kindness Factory focus areas are Schools, Community and Research.

 

SCHOOLS

Kindness Factory delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, providing practical, evidence-based, positive mental health and kindness strategies to build resilience and happiness. Through presentations and school curriculum, we seek to help all school aged children become mentally healthy through embracing kindness and gratitude.
We have delivered programs to over 200 government, independent and private schools and we are regarded as one of the most engaging programs against bullying in Australia.
Our approach is to work with the whole school community including teachers, students and parents, helping them understand the importance and strength of kindness to drive sustainable change.

 

COMMUNITY

Kindness Factory is an organisation for the people. By providing the Kindness Factory platform, we are well on our way to reaching 1 million acts of kindness via many different small and large communities around the world. This service is free to the user and provides a safe space for civilians to engage in kindness and improve themselves and their wellbeing in the process.

 

RESEARCH

Our research aim is to further understand the benefits of kindness from a neurological, psychological, physical, spiritual, cultural and social perspective and to transform findings into tangible initiatives that overall, make the world a kinder place.

Via kindnessfactory.com over 190,000 people from around the world have logged an act of kindness. We know via feedback from these people that each of these acts has fundamentally changed their mind set from the moment that they engage in the act and then also when they took the time to ‘log’ the act on the website.

Scientific research demonstrates that kindness boosts the immune system, allowing us to live longer and live a more enriched life. Kindness is the opposite to stress. Stress creates tension in the nervous system, pushing our bodies into flight or fight mode. Kindness on the other hand, relaxes the nervous system, guiding it into rest. Stress is linked to mental illness, kindness is protective towards mental illness.

About Us

OUR MISSION

Kindness Factory is on a mission to make the world a kinder place. We focus in communities and schools, along with funding valuable research and insights into kindness, collaborating with like-minded people and organisations who share our passion for kindness.

KINDNESS FACTORY VALUES

Authenticity

Our individual thoughts, words and behaviours are a true reflection of who we are, and are
consistent with our beliefs

Collaboration

Have respectful partnerships between people who understand and appreciate their own skill
sets and whom understand that others have complementary skill sets

Respect

A sense of understanding that becomes the underlying foundation of productive and
sustainable partnerships, creating a positive mindset that allows a person to appreciate
differences without fearing or rejecting them

Trust

Reciprocal understanding that the relationships established are a true reflection of the
connectedness that we are aiming to promote in the community

 

OUR PEOPLE

 

 

KATH KOSCHEL

Kath Koschel is the founder of Kindness Factory Global. A former professional cricketer and Iron Man competitor, Kath has defied all medical prognoses by teaching herself to walk on three separate occasions. Despite facing other serious personal, mental and physical setbacks, her resilience allowed her not only to overcome these challenges, but also see the good in the world when most others couldn’t.

In November 2015, she founded Kindness Factory, with a goal of encouraging and inspiring 1 million acts of kindness. To date, she has raised close to half- a- million dollars for various charity organisations and was the recipient of the 2016 Pride of Australia Medal for showing courage in the face of extreme adversity. In January 2017, Kath was awarded the Young Australian Medal and the people’s choice of Australia award. Kath focusses her day to day energy on building the global brand of Kindness Factory™ while inspiring the next generation through kindness, education and learning.

 

 

GREG HEALY

Greg Healy has in excess of 30 years experience in the Financial Services Industry, working in Australia and Asia, specialising in Pension Services, Investment Management Services, Product and Asset Management Development and Design and Financial Planning Management. Greg established AusAsia Business solutions in 2014, a project based consultancy, providing organisational in-sights into selected Asian Markets.

Greg is a JP, a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, Fellow and Life Member of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia. Greg is also currently a Director of Stature Wealth Management; a government appointed Director of NSW Central Coast Local Health District; Director and Chair of Australian Cricketers Retirement Account; Chair SCG Women’s Cricket.

Greg is Chair of Kindness Factory Advisory Board and has been invested in Kindness Factory for the past 2 years.

 

 

COURTNEY KEITH

Courtney Keith serves as board member for Kindness Factory USA. Upon receiving her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she moved to Sydney and worked in Sales & Marketing executive recruitment within the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry.

In 2017, Courtney partnered with Kindness Factory Australia to implement kindness practices in the workplace for her team and clients. Today, Courtney resides in Southern California as a CPG field marketing professional. Her background in Sociology drives her interest in organisational and social change. Driven to build connections through kindness, Courtney supports Kindness Factory USA with strategic projects focusing on schools, business, and community.

 

 

TAHNEE SCHULZ

Tahnee is a passionate psychologist with an extensive background in mental health, substance use, trauma, high performance, executive coaching and organisational psychology. Tahnee has strong business experience and a lengthy management history.

Tahnee has built ground up mental health businesses and world class wellbeing technology. Tahnee has also managed a 24/7 trauma-response team responding to critical incidents on a global scale including terrorism and natural disasters. Tahnee has worked with many large national and international organisations and has experience working in a wide range of settings including educational, forensic, correctional, community, mining and corporate. Her work includes providing leadership and resilience workshops, risk mitigation, change management and workplace culture.

Tahnee see’s psychology as an extension of who she is and hopes to leave this world a little bit kinder than when she entered it.

 

LEAH HITCHINGS

Leah Hitchings has almost 20 years experience in Marketing, Brand Management, Customer Experience & Business Strategy. Leah has gained her valuable expertise across of a number of businesses in the Travel, Property, Telecommunications, Education, Financial Services and Not for Profit sectors.

Leah is a creative and passionate innovator that has taken products and brands from inception into award winning, industry leading initiatives. She has been a change agent for any organisation looking to transform into a truly customer centric organisation.

Leah was recently one of the leads on a large scale transformation project for one of Australia’s largest Financial Services companies, leading Customer, Digital, Environment and Brand streams for their Advice division. Leah now leads a consultancy company helping organisations like the Kindness Factory, develop a solid vision and bring it to life on a global scale.

 

Elissa Ryan

ELISSA RYAN

Elissa Ryan is a strategic and globally experienced digital product leader, with a focus on Digital Strategy, Product Development & User Experience. She has extensive experience across digital, ecommerce and telecommunications with a range of companies, from one of Australia’s first internet startups OzEmail in the 90s to the world’s largest online marketplace at eBay.

Elissa has worked with companies based in Australia, UK, China and the USA, leading a diverse range of cross functional teams. A hands on innovator, having been involved with various startups for a number of years, executing on strategies from Day 1 and connecting all facets of a business.

Elissa supports the Kindness Factory to create and implement products and programs that connect both digitally and emotionally to our audiences through a global seamless experience.

Founding Story

Kindness Factory was created by Kath Koschel, a former elite cricketer whose life spiralled into despair and darkness without warning. She fought through the horrible ordeal however, and emerged with a renewed passion for life and a complete understanding of just how powerful kindness can be.

In 2011 Kath made her debut for NSW against South Australia on the famous Adelaide Oval, but no sooner had her career started it came to an abrupt halt. Kath sustained a back injury and just a few months later developed complications from surgery that saw her go within 24 hours having her leg amputated.

It was only Kath’s sheer stubbornness that had prevented surgeons from removing the dying limb sooner. At the eleventh hour, her persistence was rewarded when professionals discovered a small bleed in her abdomen that was limiting the blood flow to her leg. Emergency surgery fixed the bleed – her leg was saved.

It was during this period whilst attending rehabilitation that Kath met Jim. There was an instant connection. Jim had a smile that could make all of the worries of the world disappear. He was the type of man that made everyone feel welcome. They fell in love and planned a future together. Jim was Kath’s light in this otherwise dark journey.

With a heavy blow, tragedy struck again for Kath in 2012 when Jim passed away; taking his own life. Kath’s new light was snuffed out and her journey plunged into darkness once again.
Kath’s recovery from the mental and physical trauma was a tough one. But throughout it all one thing shone out – the kindness of others who simply wanted to help.
They were small gestures, like offering to help her with a door, but they all helped Kath feel a little bit better. Little things were adding up to make a really big difference.

While on the journey to recovery, Kath Koschel has raised over $300k for various charity organisations which saw her recognised for multiple national medals and it seemed to most that her life was back on track.

Kath’s physical injuries had come along and in September 2015, she was the first person with prosthetic discs in her back to complete an Iron Man Triathlon with only feeling in one of her legs. With a new found passion for competitive endurance sport, Kath signed up for another Iron Man Triathlon in 2016. While on a training bike ride for the event, Kath was hit from behind by a 4WD truck, breaking her back again and sustaining life threatening and altering injuries.
Kath genuinely believes that her life was saved in this instance by the kindness of other people. There was a flooding of acts of kindness on her website and social media feeds were inundated with kindness, leading her to believe that we all have the capacity for kindness.
With a new understanding of just how powerful kindness can be, Kath launched Kindness Factory on 13th November 2015 to encourage people to show kindness to themselves and others in an attempt to reach 1 million acts of kindness.

The movement has now grown into a registered Not For Profit organisation operating across Australia and the USA as she continues to strive from kindness everywhere she goes.