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KeelWorks Foundation

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy


2398 WEST BEACH RDOAK HARBOR, WA 98277 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To support a better world with better citizens by fostering learning competence, emotional intelligence, and networked intelligence. KeelWorks especially wishes to bring greater participation to the economically disadvantaged across the globe. We are building a system to support upward mobility.


We are a charitable non-profit virtual foundation. Founded in 2009, we've worked with over 300 graduate students and past students helping them bridge the gap from education to gainful employment while helping KeelWorks build a structure for people needing change. Our goal is to be the equalizer, bringing those on the outside looking in to the inside. Our goal is to end poverty across the world, changing one life at a time. Our special approach involves grouping people for mutual support, teaching core competencies, and supporting goals with objective progress metrics and team accountability, We hope to build a structure for change that can be replicated hundreds and thousands of times. We don't give participants fish, but hope to teach them to fish for themselves.


Would you recommend KeelWorks Foundation?
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by G P. (September 6, 2022)
Pros: I learned some principles of ID through reading case studies, participating in discussions, and the detailed feedback the director consistently gave to interns. Cons: - Despite the org. being active for over a decade, the structure and aesthetics of the program looks like the first iteration of a university LMS. It doesn't inspire confidence in the value of the program. - Interns are coming and going, which makes collaboration difficult, esp. as the director inflexibly insists on webcam conferencing and not Google Doc, emails, or chat. - The director is knowledgeable, but also very rude, condescending, and talks negatively about interns who decide to leave. He does not understand that his program does not have the value he thinks it does, esp. being unpaid. Plenty of dedicated and smart interns will be labeled as "unmotivated" by him. I can't learn from someone who is not reflective and thinks interns should swoon that he is sharing his knowledge. I did not feel valued.
by C. D. (December 5, 2021)
I was initially very excited to work with this organization as a virtual e-learning design intern. However, on the day I was to Google Meet with the executive director, Thomas, he did not show up at our scheduled time (which I was not upset about because I realize things can come up). Understanding this, I waited about 5 minutes for entry into the meeting and then e-mailed him to make sure he was still available to meet. I waited another 5 minutes for either an e-mail response or entry into the Google Meet (a total wait time of 10 minutes) before I left the Google Meet. When I checked my e-mail later, I received messages from Thomas in which he called me "unmotivated" (without us having a single conversation) and, in so many words, he had a "you need us more than we need you" attitude. Not once did he apologize for being late to our meeting. I found these actions to be extremely unprofessional and, unfortunately, he left a bad taste in my mouth about interning here.
by Jing M. (September 2, 2021)
I joined the KeelWorks internship program and became an Instructional Designer. I really appreciate the support from the peers, mentors, and the organization. I hope more people could join us to support the people in need.

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