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The Pollination Project Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Foundations, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: The Pollination Project is a foundation that makes seed grants, 365 days a year, to individual social change agents who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world for the benefit of all.

Results: *2400 small grants given to small, grassroots social change projects in 108 countries, as of October 2017. *90% of all grants we make meet or exceed the expectations set forth in the grant application *See more results on our website at: https://thepollinationproject.org/a-sample-of-grantee-recognition/

Target demographics: individual social change makers and projects that promote compassion around the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The Pollination Project awards grants to 500+ individuals and grass-roots organizations each year.

Geographic areas served: Globally- 108 countries as of October 2017

Programs: We provide grants to Animal Rights & Welfare Projects, Arts & Culture Projects, Economic Empowerment Projects, Environmental Sustainability Projects, Health & Wellness Projects, Human Rights & Dignity Projects, Kindness & Generosity Projects, Leadership and Development Projects, Schools & Education Projects and various Youth Projects.

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our first ever funding for my organisation was a seed fund from TPP of $1000 for our Share The Love project to seed the change. This $1000 did not only seed the change but took us to winning over 4 awards in the same year, got us to become a beneficiary of a fully funded exchange program by the U.S. Department of State and this has been a great leap for us and added a lot of value to our work in the communities with so much impacting success stories recorded.

Charles Orgbon I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When other traditional foundations rejected my organization's youth-inspired ideas, The Pollination Project stood by us and gave us an opportunity exactly three years ago. TPP recognizes that anyone can be an activist and that everyone deserves the opportunity to lead. Solutions don’t have to come from bureaucratic systems, but instead solutions can come from everyday people. I was refreshed by this perspective on philanthropy, and drew myself closer into the organization. I raised my hand for every opportunity that I could, therein seeing many aspects of our internal operations. I came to quickly realize that I don’t know of any other funding platform that operates with such an intentionality about justice, democracy, equity, and diversity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found them to be extremely professional kind but firm in their approach of vetting and granting and have a very good structure for reporting ,monitoring and evaluation-they have very good rapport with their grantees without being overbearing-l love my whole pollination grant experience and look forward to sharing more platforms and resources with this great seeder of dreams that bring significant social change!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project (TPP) has been there for our emerging organization when we've needed it! As a TPP grantee, we feel seen and supported. This foundation meets you in the field when you're most vulnerable, and provides seed funding without taxing small, upstart organizations to have bells and whistles. TPP helps startups put stakes in the ground through the guidance of its bright, skilled staff. TPP is a well oiled engine. The staff is communicative, thorough and professional while equally kind. It is an honor to be a grantee of this foundation.
Thank you TPP for being a gentle wind beneath Harlem Wellness Center's wings. You have helped us build our infrastructure and provided amazing technical assistance. Thank you also for your continued engagement and community building. Partnering with TPP makes all the difference in the world. Kudos TPP dream team!

Photo: Seniors age 70+ exercising for life from chair yoga to the wall yoga...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project shaped the future of our mission and organization through providing the support and encouragement we needed. TPP is an incredible organization that continues to offer support to people passionate about making the world a better place. Thank you, Pollination Project!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Puts in the effort to reach far and find unusual candidates... the uncelebrated people doing great work who could do a lot more with a bit of financial support... THEN listens and tries to support them in ways they need it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Well...so you're a lone ranger but you want to help the planet? This is the place for you..Especially if you love animals and want to see biodiversity thrive! When I started Wild DaZe (aka Elephant DaZe) all I had was enthusiasm but a website is necessary in this social media world. So with the help of The Pollination Project I launced the website and created five projects that galvanized others to save Africa wildlife, especially the critically endangered elephant. My film (now three years later) is also finally finished...Wild DaZe is about YOU and YOUR planet...and this group helps you get your healthy goals fulfilled for the good of all. THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 2 times grantee of The Pollination Project and a grant advisor. The Pollination project is one of the few foundations in the world who fund real startups. The foundation gives seed grants to organisations that find hard time getting funding from other organisations due to unfair requirements like audited books of accounts which are actually ironical for some project called a startup to own. For TPP, there is no small Idea. TPP stands with the least and the despised and transforms them into great ventures.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TPP recently provided Tomorrow's Stars with a grant to provide literacy classes to struggling readers. We were able to provide training in Jolly Phonics and purchase books and phonics materials. The children involved are now learning how to read and gaining confidence at school. The teachers are thrilled to have had training and materials to use. I really appreciate how TPP supports local, grassroots organizations who may not have access to other types of funding. I feel like I am part of a wonderful new community through TPP!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started my Childhood passion and dream organization, Mucho Mangoes Ltd, to empower rural smallholder farmers in Africa, starting with Kenya, but I really did not have any resources apart from the ones used to pay for legal fees and register the organization, and it is the Pollination Project Grant funding that came to my rescue.

The Pollination Project seeded my program with a USD 1000 Grant that we used to train farmers, and that track record and impact recorded with the implementation of that small grant has now opened doors for our Company and we are now growing and impacting farmers.

Based on our track record with Pollination, we received some support from AFRINIC, to now integrate rural smallholder farmers in Kenya into ICT. We are now using a mobile ICT Centre to train farmers on Computers, Internet enabled phones, and Internet skills, as well as Horticultural crops pre and post harvest handling skills, crop pests and diseases control, crop husbandry, among others, and we are providing the farmers with a ready and reliable market for their produce, thus helping them to reduce farm produce wastage, losses, and increase their yields and incomes.

So far, we have trained 292 farmers, and we intend to reach and impact at least 5000 farmers by December 2020.

Our eldest participants in the Computer and Internet Training were 84 and 71 years old small scale farmers, eager to learn and use the skills to optimize their production, and improve their livelihoods. We are really grateful to the Pollination Project Foundation. They are doing a great job!

2 Paul206

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since getting involved with the Pollination Project ,my vision to make my neck of the woods ,a better place for all to live in and enjoy has become a distinct reality for neighbours and friends.My organization has grown and so have I as a human being.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project was most gracious in giving us a grant which not only enabled us to get much needed reading corners,filled with books and teaching aids, out to 20 desperately poor Early Learning Centres in Africa ,but also allowed us to create a few jobs at local Social Enterprise ,Hands of Honour ,who produce the Angel Book Nooks /Angel Classroom on Wheels .We are hoping to reach another 150 Early learning Centres before the end of the year.With partners like TPP ,this is very possible

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project recently gave out Planet Earthlings project a $1,000 grant which has already started helping us tremendously. Our "Acting Kindly" game/app which is out on Android will be coming soon to iOS because of that money. It is also helping us to make better/faster progress with our Educational virtual world.

They also had a wonderful article in Huffington Post which feature our project: https://goo.gl/jusDuK

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project stood by my side when I mostly needed some grant to start a project for conflict affect community at Nambazia Boma, South Sudan, and it was because the Seed Grant they gave to my Individual project that enabled us to carry on the project! As a result of that Seed Grant from TPP, the conflict affected community of Nambazia is able to sustain their lives through this small project that The Pollination Project funded. You hardly finds an nonprofit organizations giving grants all over the world and also funds individual projects, that's incredible. Thank you TPP for changing lives of community all over the world through your Seed Grant

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such warm and caring staff. Responsive, interested, and intent and on making your work grow. True champions.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project gave us a boost just when we needed it. We had just changed our name to Texas Kids Read and the grant helped us get the word out. We were also able to switch from cardboard boxes for class room book distribution to longer lasting heavy duty plastic totes.
The webinars provided by The Pollination Project have been helpful on many points. I appreciate the fact that the webinars are posted so we can refer back to them.
Being able to network with other Grantees via Facebook has been a great experience. Seeing what they are doing to change their part of the world is inspiring.
I'm very glad that Texas Kids Read is a grantee of The Pollination Project.

1 Hayu D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TPP is different from other funding organizations as they put forward universal values on compassion and respect, and apply it in their communication and attitude with their grantees so they feel appreciated. They are inclusive and embrace people with different ideas, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation and show people that it doesn't matter your identity is you can still make positive change in your community. They were the first one who believe on my initiative and now my initiative have grown bigger than I could imagined.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pollination Project helped ASAP(Americans Serving Abroad Projects) get started and has continued to be supportive as we grow. They have been instrumental in helping us to connect with other people doing projects in the same areas so we are able to help each other out and grow our networks. They have also been a source of information regarding other grants and opportunities available to grassroots organizations like ASAP. TPP is changing the world.

1 flelixi

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I must say the Pollination Project Foundation is doing great by supporting up coming projects, to help move to the next level, their support has been helpful so far, hearing the testimonies of other projects and as a grantee, I rate the foundation more than five stars if there are more stars.. Thanks TPP.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best intentions, good people, conscientious through every step of the process. The Pollination Project is accessible, open, and the real deal for supporting small projects and hearing the heart in each application.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cofounded a nonprofit this year using art for social change in my community. Our first official grant as a new nonprofit is the one we are receiving through The Pollination Project. It has not only enabled us to financially achieve our project goals, but reassures us that the work that we are doing is purposeful and worth supporting. This is a great kickstart for us and I am so glad I found The Pollination Project.