Our Mission

Founded in 2011, our mission is to empower native american children with the means and support to pursue their dreams, a life free of poverty, and the advancement of their peoples
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An Integrative Approach

The centerpiece of the approach is a geodesic greenhouse which houses many edible fruits and
vegetables, as well as native plants. This greenhouse promotes healthier eating by providing a
source of nutritional plant-products as well as proving a first-hand account of where food comes
from - a practice known to promote healthier lifestyles and diets.

The greenhouse also provides the opportunity for a living laboratory for S.T.E.M.
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classes. With technology such as remote
sensors, iPads, and field equipment, students can conduct experiments in biology, physics, and
chemistry, providing a hands on link to many in-demand fields of today and the future -
exposure that has long been absent on the reservation.

At The Woape Foundation, we understand that reclamation of culture can break the cycle of
generational-poverty by asserting one's vision and future. We also understand that for too long,
charity has contributed to this cycle, as those outside the culture colonize. Though the effort is noble,
colonial charity can often perpetuate poverty. We provide the resources to communities, but do not
dictate the path forward. Rather, we collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan. With the
Red Cloud School, this included a Lakota language program and the boosting of resources directed
towards promoting Lakota culture.

Our Team

Christopher Kilner
Founder & Chairman

Christopher has been on the board since 2011. He is a proud graduate of Gonzaga College High School, The University of Scranton, and Trinity College Dublin.

Joan Lynch
Director of Marketing

Joan has been a member of the board since 2013. She serves to coordinate all marketing campaigns and advises on communication strategy.

Mark Kilner

Mark has been on the board since 2011. He is a proud graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, The University of Maryland, and Mount St. Marys.

Michael Ledecky
Director of PR

Michael has been a member of the board since 2013. He is a proud graduate of Gonzaga College High School and Harvard University.

Maura Kilner

Maura has been a member of the board since 2011. She is a graduate of the Academy of the Holy Angels and The American University.

Ryan Matney

Ryan has been a member of the board since 2011. He attended Gonzaga College High School and James Madison University.

Sr. Seton Cuneen
Director of Service

Sr. Seton Cunneen is a legendary advocate of Social Justice in Washington, DC. She serves as the advisor and expert on all charity activities for the Foundation.

Our Values


A core value of both our organization and many indigenous communities is care for the environment. All our marketing materials are online, in an effort to reduce paper waste. All of our programs seek to promote this value.


The Woape Foundation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, tribe, education, genetic information, or age.


We guarantee that 100% of your donations go towards our programs. Private donors cover the cost of marketing, website maintenance, and other administrative fees. We are proudly registered on GuideStar.

A Grassroots Organization

At The Woape Foundation, we believe that the most important change agent is you. Through volunteering,
fundraising, and advocacy you become the key to unlocking a more just world for many children.
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