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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Agricultural Programs, Food, Food Programs

Mission: SeedMoney helps people and communities grow their own good food by helping food garden projects grow their own funding.

Results: • 720 grants awarded • $585,000 in funds raised for food garden projects • 360,000 people reached • Over 300 tons of healthy food grown

Target demographics: vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities wishing to grow their own healthy food

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 food garden projects reaching 120,000 people and growing 200 tons of food for people in need

Geographic areas served: nationally and internationally

Programs: We partner with schools, churches, food pantries, retirement homes, homeless shelters, community gardens libraries, prisons and other nonprofit causes to help them start and sustain food garden projects serving people in need in their communities. We do this through a technologically-advanced funding portal whereby our partners can set up their own crowdfunding pages to raise funds for their work and compete for challenge grants from us.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michelle-K

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an organization, Grow Local South Texas has a mission to grow a healthy, local community by improving access to, education about and advocacy for affordable, nutrient-dense foods. SeedMoney has helped us over the past few years to further this mission by improving healthy, local food access in a low food access neighborhood by providing funds to expand our Food Forest area where the neighborhood has 24 hr access to fresh fruits on our fruit trees (when in season). SeedMoney has also helped us further our mission in both areas of access and education by helping us rebuild our hoophouse which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Our hoophouse allows us to start new plants and keep plant starts and young trees safe during adverse weather conditions. It is used in all of our educational programming, including our important youth education programs, and provides an easy and safe garden education area for our youngest garden visitors. It also furthers food access in our area by allowing us to increase our food-producing plant starts and keep them safe and healthy.

GShwachman

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney is a garden fundraising life saver! The site is easy to use, and Roger's email reminders with eye catching graphics and communication templates help you keep your campaign moving right along towards your goal. I've been using SeedMoney for the past several years, and I can't imagine a better way to crowdsource for school gardens. Keep up the amazing work!

HajaTalawallay

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with SeedMoney helped us empowered a group of 10 Ebola affected women who had no source of income and food security . The garden project has given the women some level of food security and source of income. They are now able to provide food for their children and other family members plus send their children to school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney has helped the Master Gardeners expand food gardening experiences for detained youths at our Juvenile Justice Center. This included developing an indoor grow area and an outdoor hoop house to help us teach them about a broad range of food gardening experiences. Further, SeedMoney helped us work with refugee homeowners at 7 Habitat for Humanity homes to allow them to grow some of their own food. This fundraising approach was easy and attracted many new donors to our efforts.

JDaku

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rural Community Action Ministry Community Garden provides fresh vegetables to 13 food pantries in the 14 rural towns in Central and Western Maine served by RCAM - The project's mission is to increase access to fresh and nutritious foods for the very low-income rural isolated residents experiencing financial crisis. SeedMoney was key this past year in helping RCAM strengthen its support with the food pantry network as it increased our ability to make weekly deliveries from the bounty of our Community Garden and coordinate resources. Although our SeedMoney crowdfunding goal fell short in financial terms, it surpassed expectations by increasing awareness and visibility of the food insecurity and daily hunger so many of our rural residents face. This resulted in a generous donation of a roadside stand now used to offer free veggies to anyone in need. Local gardeners frequently leave their extra veggies at the stand and it has become a "hub" for veggie distribution. Thanks to SeedMoney, RCAM's Community Garden project has new energy and capacity to increase its support for our food pantries.

ShannonCarr

Client Served

Rating: 5

Isaiah 55, Inc. grows food to offer healthy alternatives to the homeless and less fortunate. SeedMoney has helped us get needed tools, supplies and seeds for our mission. Because of seedmoney there are people who learned about fresh healthy foods and tasted fresh healthy foods.

TWucherer

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney has been a great way for us to bring awareness to our school garden and get our local community involved in raising funds to keep our garden growing for our students. The goal challenge has created excitement in our community to reach fundraising goals to win additional grants from SeedMoney. We have used the funds to maintain the garden purchase plants, items, and adaptive tools for our students that cannot use traditional gardening tools.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney's crowdfunding challenge was the perfect avenue for our program's first fundraiser. After seven years of serving foster and at-risk youth, our tool supply was greatly depleted. With the money raised through SeedMoney's crowdfunding challenge we were able to restock our garden shed just in time for the 2019 season. Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney allowed my students their first crack at attempting to raise funding for our garden in an accessible, fun way. It spurred good conversation amongst students and families and resulted in people beyond just our garden club students becoming interested and involved in the garden, including parents! This was a huge encouragement to students even though we didn't hit our funding goals. The money we did raise however, went to building new garden beds, which has led to a renewed sense of accomplishment and pride in the garden from all the students involved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fundraising for an all-volunteer group is always a challenge, being from a small town, we have limited options on who to approach and how often we can “hit up” someone for garden fundraising. The ease of working with SeedMoney not only expands our potential sponsor pool but reinforces our professionalism in fundraising activities. We have been sponsored from individuals who have no or little connections with the Deep South, but do understand the efforts to improve lives we striving for. We rely on the work SeedMoney does to keep our community service moving and growing.

1 Shannon C.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Isaiah 55, Inc. is a nonprofit that grows food for the less fortunate. We operate with donations from kind hearted people and committed volunteers. We have been honored to participate in the SEED MONEY fundraiser for two years now. We were so pleased to receive a $200 grant this year. $200 can go a very long way in gardening. Thank you Seed Money for the opportunity.

1 Circuit Pointe

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just when we thought we couldn't raise funds for our project..Voila! Seed money swooped in and supported us through their 30-day campaign! They were very supportive, motivated and inspired us! We think they do an amazing job.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Seed Money nonprofit has been the easiest grant to apply for and the emails and support excellent. I am a Master Gardener in California, San Joaquin County. I am so happy this organization is doing such a great job

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

SeedMoney has helped our community garden GROW!
We are thrilled to receive a Merit Grant this year.
We're using their garden planner for the 2nd year in a row and love it. We've printed the garden plan and sealed them in ziplock bags for the kids to have a "map" of the garden when they come help. Such a great organization. Keep it up SeedMoney!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

SeedMoney is a valuable organization, helping so many types of gardens raise necessary funds. As a small community garden, we know how hard it is to raise funds for the many expenses in maintaining and growing a productive garden. SeedMoney's website and grant process was easy to navigate, full of useful information, and is an inspiration to gardeners who view it. We encourage gardens of any size and type to take advantage what SeedMoney has to offer.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The WSU Master Gardeners have participated in the SeedMoney challenge for two years. It was a very easy and effective way to raise money online from our current supporters and people across the country who we didn't know. As a result, we built an indoor grow area and are building a hoop house for the incarcerated youths at the Juvenile Justice Center. These at-risk kids really appreciate the help you are providing to turn their lives around. Thanks and best wishes.

1 James S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was a great experience. Seedmoney was a wonderful organization to work with. The communication was great, answered all questions. We will use them again for future fund raising

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

SeedMoney is a great organization helping smaller gardens like ours where we might not have enough funding otherwise. We are a church-based garden that donates 40% to the local food pantry which feeds 2500 individuals on an annual basis. Due to the SeedMoney crowdfunding platform, we raised funds not only from church members and local community members, but others in our far-reaching social media world that felt strongly about our mission and ministry. Including the SeedMoney grant, we received over $1500 to purchase a shed to house tools on our toddler-aged garden. Thank you SeedMoney for helping us reach that goal and feed more community members in the future! We are grateful!

~ Jennifer Berlyoung, Harmony Springs Farm and Garden Coordinator

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an incredible platform to share our mission of cultivating healthy minds and bodies through organic schoolyard gardens! SeedMoney allowed us the opportunity to reach a wide variety of supporters, who donated money towards our goal of providing sheds and seating at our Elementary School gardens! We look forward to future opportunities to collaborate as we continue empowering our youth through fresh organic produce!

-The Edible Peace Patch Project

1 Georgetown G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Amazing opportunity to raise money for a project that other grantors don't look at due to our small school and low enrollment. Very thankful they give us the opportunity to participate and reward our work! Thank you so much!