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We are thankful for our sponsors!

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

The Krista Foundation would like to extend gratitude to the amazing sponsors of our October 18th Spokane Breakfast Fundraiser. Without the generosity, support, and commitment to young adults practicing a life of service leadership this event would not be possible! 

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Joy Dance

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Service Ethics

If I cannot prolong your dance, I will

Proclaim it. I will proclaim your dance to God and to the world.


Jeremy Funk wrote those words after learning of Krista Hunt Ausland’s death. In his poem “Joy Dance”, the Mennonite Central Committee volunteer celebrated and grieved for the woman who invited him to dance for the first time in his life at a quinceñera.

"Joy Dance” is our shorthand term for recognizing hope in the midst of struggle and suffering, expecting that new life, joy and resilience grow from life’s most difficult challenges. While we can’t know when difficult challenges will arise, we can equip one another to engage them. As new Krista Colleagues and service volunteers settle into service placements across the country and globe, we are equipping them for the journey, walking alongside them on their first few steps, and nurturing a community for extended reflection. Inspired by Krista herself, in the midst of tough questions, the Krista community stays focused on hope and resilience. “I almost hear you singing hallelujah,” says Jeremy in the last line of his poem. Read Jeremy's Joy Dance poem here.


Growing and Feeding Others

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Environmental Projects

Growing up in Tijuana, Daniela could see many women who lacked opportunities. A class on the food system at the University of San Diego opened a way to unite her love for inventing dishes to feed others with her long-time commitment to empowering women. "Yes,And is what I've done all my life," she says. Yes, she served for a year as a Garden Educator for the Learning Gardens Laboratory in Portland, where she taught 6th graders science and sustainability in the garden-And she is now enrolled in Portland State's Leadership for Sustainability Education program and helping low-income Portland residents grow their own food.

Daniela used her Service Leadership Grant to attend Oregon State University's urban farming apprenticeship program is the next Yes she is working towards. "I want to help people grow food, get access to healthy food, and feel the empowerment that comes from making healthy decisions," she says. "My dream is to go back to Tijuana and start doing this work there."



Annual Spokane Fundraising Breakfast

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Join us for a celebration of twenty-somethings whose service leadership is shaping our communities and the world. Hear their inspiring stories of "Facing into the Wind."
2016 Spokane Fundraising Breakfast

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

DoubleTree Hotel
322 W Spokane Falls Boulevard

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship
Equipping young adults with skills to transform service experiences into lives of service leadership. A service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership.

RSVP by October 7th to 



Relationships that Matter

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Urban America, Preparing To Serve, Community

On his way to becoming an architect, University of Tennessee graduate Richard Murray is learning more about the people he hopes to serve. As Community Engagement Coordinator for Friends of the Children – Seattle through the Quaker service program QuEST, he arranges training and workshops that equip mentors to be a caring, consistent, long-term adult presence for vulnerable children.

Witnessing the impact of these sustained relationships has increased Richard’s regard for mentors and the Krista Foundation program’s multi-year peer mentoring program. “I am excited that there is another organization wanting to make a long-term commitment to help young adults. I really appreciate how faith is integrated into the [Krista Colleague] program itself. I’m in that process now, trying to understand how faith plays a role in my life.”  As he journeys with the Krista Foundation, Richard will be discerning how his architecture practice can serve low-income communities, perhaps by building spaces using a collaborative, community-based approach.


A Decade Later: Avoiding Cynicism

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life


Stephen Allen, 2005 Krista Colleague

A service year in Cairo, Egypt working with international students led Stephen Allen '05 to a career with humanitarian aid agencies. A decade later, he coordinates UNICEF's activities in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. Humanitarian work has its dark side, with cynicism and despair close at hand, especially when administrative demands mean little time with Syrians. "It's easy to come to [the refugee] camp, spend a few hours huddled with other humanitarians over cups of strong coffee talking...and then climb back in our SUVs and drive away," he says. 


Stephen's antidote: the ethic of service he gained from the Krista Foundation. Instead of working on refugee issues, Stephen seeks to work with refugees to resolve issues: "Spending time with those you are serving and respecting them enough to listen, argue, disagree, and work together. And you can still do it over a strong cup of coffee."








Nominate a Krista Colleague

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Law, Microenterprise, Poverty: Urban US & International, Preparing To Serve, Arts & Culture, Business, Community, Economic Justice, Education, Environment, Faith/Theological Exploration, Global Citizenship, Healthcare, Homelessness, Intercultural Development, Peace & Reconciliation, Poverty: Urban US & International, Preparing To Serve

The Krista Colleague Cohort Program is the heart of the Krista Foundation. Nominated by community leaders, 17 young adult Krista Colleagues are selected each year. Colleagues are committed to a sustained period of voluntary or vocational service of at least nine months and motivated to serve by their Christian faith. The Foundation community journeys alongside Colleagues before, during and after service, empowering them to transform service experience into lives of service leadership.

Acceptance as a Colleague includes a $1,000 Service & Leadership Grant to be used at the intersection of vocational interests and commitment to serve. The Foundation pays for four years of the Krista Foundation annual Service Leadership conference and debriefing retreat. Additionally, each Colleague commits to serving as a peer mentor with future Krista Colleagues, developing global citizenship through leadership in retreats and conferences. 

Nominations are due by March 20th, so nominate today!

Click here for nomination criteria or to complete the online nomination forms!

Questions? Please contact Program Director, Stacy Kitahata

Please LIKE, POST, and SHARE this link with any potential nominators.

-The Krista Foundation


A Note from Board President Aaron Ausland

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

As someone involved with the Foundation since its inception, I have always loved to hear stories of Krista Colleagues five or ten years out. Each new story is a great reminder of how your investment in our Colleagues multiplies as the years pass and they bring their deepest gifts to some of the world's thorniest problems.

Christina Li '04 is a good example. After a service year in the Philippines and graduate studies in international development, she joined the U.S. State Department. Today designs programs that promote human rights and democratic principles in Asia.

Whether in Geneva at the International Human Rights commission or working with partners on the ground, Christina is adamant that Krista Foundation service-leadership programs equipped her to implement her work in one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse regions on the planet. Through the Krista Foundation, she was challenged to nurture "an ethos of hospitality through the way that we approach conversations, keeping our hearts open and receptive to the gifts and potential that others have to contribute."

In my new role as board president, I'm committed to developing more young leaders like Christina, whose service leadership skills bridge religious, cultural, and ideological differences.

In the fourth quarter of our fiscal year, the board, staff, and the Krista Colleague Leadership Council will put the finishing touches on a 5-year strategic plan that promises to amplify our voice in shaping the volunteer service conversation.

The timing could not be better. The movement around a national civilian volunteer service program is picking up speed, with a goal to increase the number of volunteers from 80,000 to 1 million placements a year over the next decade.

However, the discussion is focused on short-term good service intentions rather than developing critical 21st-century leadership skills. With no organizations taking the lead on the ethical and best practice implications of implementing this plan, plenty of opportunities lie ahead for the Krista Foundation.  

Your role in this initiative is critical. By renewing or increasing your previous gift so we can meet our 2014 budget goal, you'll be helping to lay the groundwork necessary for our proven programs to impact many, many more young adults.  Joining our "Circle of Investors," who pledge monthly or give $1000 or more, is an effective way to help us expand our scope.

I'm grateful that the Krista Foundation has helped mentor many thoughtful young leaders like Christina.  Thanks to your partnership, we can look forward to multiplying our impact in the years to come.  

In gratitude,

Aaron Ausland

Board President, Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship

Youth Viability and Livelihood Senior Specialist, World Vision International

 p.s. Please renew your gift by last day of our fiscal year, September 30th.


Save the Date - Spokane Breakfast

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Save the date for a celebration of twenty-somethings whose service leadership is shaping our communities and the world. Hear their inspiring stories and invest in "homegrown leadership."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DoubleTree Hotel
322 W Spokane Falls Boulevard

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship
Equipping young adults with skills to transform service experiences into lives of service leadership. A service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership.

RSVP by September 18th to 
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Heavy Heart

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

 It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end of my tenure at the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. In mid-June I took a position with SEIU Healthcare NW. This new position will be challenging and rewarding in many ways.

Honestly, I would be remiss if I did not speak truth to the incredible experience working for the Krista Foundation has been. In January of 2013 I was blessed with the Communications Coordinator position here. I cannot describe enough how immensely the Krista Foundation has fostered my personal and professional growth.

While I am sad to leave the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. I am committed to being involved in a new and different capacity of support. Plus, I am confident I will continue to keep in touch with all of the Krista Colleagues (I will stay in the Krista Colleague FB group :)

PLEASE JOIN ME and other Krista Foundation staff, Colleagues, friends, and more on Saturday, July 12 at 5:30pm in Greenlake park (in the grassy area north of the paddle boat rental office) I will be there to celebrate, picnic, and bid farewell (for now).

You have all been such wonderful additions to my life, and I try to practice gratitude relentlessly because the power of thanks is immense. So, THANK YOU all for adding value, beauty, and magic to my life for the last two years. You are all in great hands and I am eager to watch you all help the Krista Foundation grow to its fullest potential.

In humble gratitude,

Zachary Pullin

P.S. You can still find me on facebook and my personal email is: