About Us

The Kerstner Foundation was formed in early 2006 when successful young entrepreneur Chris Kerstner had an epiphany:

Why did the nonprofits that often needed a great website and or great marketing – always get the short end of the stick due to budget limitations?

Chris realized this was because complex high quality interactive websites can often cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to build; and it would be unethical for these nonprofits to spend that type of money on marketing and website rebuilds when it met capital was being redirected from saving and improving lives to writing computer code.

Chris decided to provide FREE: Web hosting, web design, marketing, PR and grants to nonprofit organizations that needed it.

Chris Kerstner, Founder

Chris Kerstner, Founder

Chris then began to approach colleagues through EO to help him spread the word that his newly formed foundation was ready to help! Three years later The Kerstner Foundation continues to push the boundary of what a “free website” is perceived as.

Starting in mid 2007 The Kerstner Foundation started to also give cash donations on top of its already donated time and expertise. We now give hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities across the globe every year.

To date we have donated close to $3.7 Million U.S. Dollars in time and cash, have built/hosted over 2,000+ websites at no charge and helped many less fortunate individuals across the world. Why? Why Not!

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Jay Kopelman June 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Would like to speak with someone about hosting our site/email. Please contact me at 858.847.9999 or 858.405.5386. Thank you.

Jay Kopelman
LtCol USMC (Ret)
Executive Director, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

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Kristen Annastasia July 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Hello! I found you on twitter, and had to drop a note about my project, in the hopes that you might offer a word or two of direction. I am a grad student (returning adult) here in CA, working toward a master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy and Art Therapy. For my thesis project, I am designing a flexible, sustainable, and replicable framework for a collaborative, community-based empowerment program serving survivors of family and/or partner abuse, focusing first on young adult women BEFORE they have children. As innovative as I hope to be, however, I know that this program can dramatically increase its positive impact with some guidance from experts in other fields. As a social entrepreneur, would you be interested at all in hearing more about this idea? I would love to have your feedback on the overview I am currently putting together.

Either way, I love what you are doing! BRAVO!

Kristen Annastasia
artist / writer / educator / counselor / muse

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Edmund July 30, 2009 at 6:57 am

You are doing a great job for nonprofits organization. It is really expensive to have a website for small charity organizations in most especially in developing countries. We will inform other colleagues operating without website to get in touch.

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admin July 30, 2009 at 6:59 am

glad we can help

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John Piermont Montilla October 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Dear Sir,

Just today, i have troubles with our youth-led non profit in southern Philippines.

I am John Piermont Montilla and Founder and President of Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay., a youth-led non-government enterprise of young people. Translation of our name comes near “peers for a positive way of life”.

After hearing a news of the withdrawal of a big fund donor from our principal recipient, we were currently in a state of shock. All fund disbursements ceased immediately and waiting for developments. I pondered on my feelings and the feelings moving around.

I realised as I deeply ponder, our work should not end when contracts end. As a development organization, we have to fulfil our mission and mandates and purpose of being. “Are we running for our goals? or some one else goals?” I ask.

The interest and development of the communities we serve is not dependent on external funding but on the commitments we laid down when we formed ourselves. In conclusion, we continue as much as we could our accountability toward the communities we serve and with or without external support. I take this responsibility.

As I am sitting in front of my PC, I googled “free website development for non-profits” and I found your site. I browsed all pages and without further ado, I parked an application.

Anyway sir, please continue helping others out there who do tremendous jobs that are unheard but gives life.

Thank you

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admin October 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm

what is a good number to reach you at?

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roy December 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

do you have a budget, also how is the money give out,and what is the income and expense reported

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Chris Kerstner March 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

Yes we have a budget, but that information is confidential.

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julie July 26, 2013 at 1:26 am

Chris, I just read the story about you. I admire your big Heart to help people. There are not many people like you in this world anymore! PS. I saw your website on the “Dogs on Deployment” page on Facebook. You inspired & motivated me to help others also :) Thank you, Julie Macias in California

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brendan October 14, 2013 at 3:40 am

I am in 7 grade my geography hook has your story the book is called my world geography : question how did you become so succdful

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Chris Kerstner October 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

That’s so nice of you to say about Chris. What textbook is it?

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Lamina Feika December 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Having a web site is every organization dream.But we in Africa are really facing difficulty in the are of ICT as it is too expensive and totally out of reach for most meaningful organizations.We thank you for this project and hope that you would Be of help to more organizations from developing countries.

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Giovanna January 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

Chris, Thank you for your generosity of time, money and services. The board members of The Romeo Milio Lynchb Syndrome Foundation are so grateful to you and the Kerstner Foundation!

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Jyoti Kapoor August 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Hello Chris,

Is there anyway I can join? I can help people create websites or I can do some content writing. I am an amazing counselor and I can provide technical help on the phone or so!

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Chris Kerstner August 7, 2014 at 6:15 am

Sure Jyoti! We can always use help!

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