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We believe that everyone deserves a chance to succeed.

Our mission is to leverage innovation to make things better.

 
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Our Founding Story

 

In 2007, our founder Kenton Lee traveled to Nairobi, Kenya after graduating college. He lived and worked at a small orphanage with some incredible kids. One day, he was walking down a dusty road with all the kids when he noticed a little girl in a white dress walking next to him. As he looked down at her feet, he was shocked to see how small her shoes were. They were so small that she had to cut open the front of her shoes to let her toes stick out. That was the day that Kenton thought:

What if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand its size?
What if there was a shoe that could grow?

And the idea for The Shoe That Grows™ was born.

It took Kenton and a group of friends back in their hometown in Idaho more than six years to take this idea and turn it into a reality. But they finally did it; they made The Shoe That Grows—a shoe that grows five sizes and lasts for years.

They started the nonprofit organization Because International™ to serve as the structure to get The Shoe That Grows to as many kids as possible who are in desperate need of footwear to protect their feet. This was always meant to be a small hobby for Kenton and his friends. It was something they were passionate about, but they never dreamed it would be the worldwide cause and movement that it is today.

 
 
 

Our Team

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Andrew Kroes

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Luke Goodman

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Nathan Roskam

 
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Kayla Hetherington

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Emily Allen

Special Projects Manager

emily@becauseinternational.org

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Linnea Hanson

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Alice Baldazo

Development Program Manager

alice@becauseinternational.org

 
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Logan Freiburghaus

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Oscar Diaz

Fundraising Coordinator

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Lauren Diaz

Financial Control Coordinator

lauren@becauseinternational.org

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Brandon Spiller

 
 

Our Board

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Audie Mcrae

Board Chair

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Rodger Fisher

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Katherine Neebe

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Eric Fredriksen

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Gary Howlett

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Heath Gamboa

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Kendra Witt-Doyle

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Annual Reports + 990s

 
 
 

Contact Us

Because International

120 9th Avenue S. Suite #110
Nampa, Idaho 83651

+1-208-697-4417
info@becauseinternational.org