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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1 Janet P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a small, democratic school in Kennebunk, ME. on a shoestring budget. Thanks to Seed Money, we can purchase new supplies and seeds for our brand new greenhouse that our students and teacher built themselves (with the help of a few adult volunteers).

Our Organic Gardening/Greenhouse Curriculum is designed to introduce our students to the joy and satisfaction that comes from growing organic vegetables and herbs from seed – through 4 seasons. They’ll visit the growing number of CSA’s and Farmer’s Markets in our area to learn how farmers make their living. They will also learn about nutrition, soil and plant science, botany, biodiversity, permaculture, economics and history – and get to be outdoors exercising as they learn. But our most important goal is to create life-long gardeners.

Our class is currently constructing a permanent greenhouse where we can grow greens during the winter and start seedlings in early spring. Marylyn Wentworth, an organic gardener for 50 years, is leading the class from designing the greenhouse, to choosing what seeds to order and then learning how to plant, cultivate and harvest them both indoors and in the outdoor garden. We'll start by growing heirloom varieties that will withstand Maine's short growing season. Thank you SEED MONEY - you're helping to create a new generation of gardeners!

1 Bill R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2016, revenues from the sale of chile powder produced at The Crazy Chile Farm in Mesa AZ, funded 27,500 pounds of food for Hurricane Harvey relief. We also funded over 25,000 meals for food bank distribution agencies in Arizona. Thanks to the monies raised through SeedMoney, we are expanding the Farm and adding a greenhouse to better control seedling production! Many thanks!!

1 Linda471

Advisor

Rating: 5

SeedMoney makes it easy for our Giving Garden, Growing Food to Share project to raise funds to continue our work in growing fresh produce to donate to the food insecure in our area. Relevant communications, a website that is easy to navigate, and the ability to watch the donations 'grow' are excellent features of this nonprofit.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Kennebunk Community Garden's experience with SeedMoney.org is extremely positive.
Because of them: 1) We have been made more aware of the degree of food insecurity that exists in our country. 2) We have learned that we as a community garden, can in fact help to alleviate this situation at the local level. 3) Being the recipient of grant funds has allowed us to better maintain our garden, purchase more seeds, thus increasing our weekly yield of produce which enables us to donate more to our local food pantries.
SeedMoney.org MAKES A DIFFERENCE AND A VERY POSITIVE ONE.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The process of receiving donations and grant money through SeedMoney has been a breeze! Roger has worked with us through every step and has kept in great contact. Our Community Garden is flushing and with the help of the finds we have raised using SeedMoney the last two years we have been able to get a children's summer gardening program up off the ground!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a fantastic experience with SeedMoney. Their website is aesthetically appealing, with an intuitive design. Their crowdfunding model is simple and effective. We easily reached our fundraising goal and strengthened our ties with our members and our community in the process. We look forward to working with SeedMoney in the future.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a recently minted Grant Writer for The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank in Alaska, I was given the task of writing and creating a narrative for the SeedMoney garden challenge grant campaign in 2016. The process of setting up my campaign was simple and intuitive. Roger Dorian was always accessible and provided excellent insight and feedback. I would recommend SeedMoney to anyone who loves gardening and has a garden project that needs funding!

1 Alexis18

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney has been the easiest way for us to raise money from the community for our garden program every year. I feel confident telling funders that their donations are secure, and we get the most money back for the least amount of effort on our part. One of the best sustainable fundraising activities for small scale gardens. My program would have no funding without our SeedMoney Fundraiser! Thank You SeedMoney!

Client Served

Rating: 4

SeedMoney offers an easy user experience, and connected us to a broader network of farm and food champs. Thanks for helping us reach more people and engage them in our work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney is a terrific organization. We worked with them to raise funds for one of our garden projects. They have a very easy to use website and user portal, and have just terrific support. We really enjoyed working with them and will participate next year! Any organization that is considering raising funds for a garden project should check them out!