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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: *2900 small grants given to small, grassroots social change projects in 113 countries, as of October 2018. *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- 110+ countries as of July 2018

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

146 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jenna B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project has changed my life, along with many others. Because of TPP's initial seed grant, I was able to establish a team of people to coordinate small events that eventually led to reaching hundreds of thousands of people through festivals influencing communities to embrace healthy, compassionate, and environmentally regenerative lifestyles. The Pollination Project differs from other organizations in that the team truly cares about the grantees and their success, as well as the applicants through providing feedback to refine their work. I have continued to receive amazing support from The Pollination Project and their incredible staff. I am tremendously grateful for all the opportunities that The Pollination Project has opened up for me personally, and I am also grateful for the amazing network I have connected with through TPP's grantee community. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication to making the world a better place with every seed grant!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project Foundation gives funds to projects that no other funder would fund. They understand development scale quite differently and give priority to community-driven projects/solutions. They were the very first donor of Girls to lead Africa

Liz B.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project is one of my favorite nonprofits. I had followed their work for years before I decided to apply for my own project. After receiving a grant, the support I received from the community was unparalleled. I feel so blessed to be a part of the grantee network at TPP. I later started reviewing grants for the Education docket, which is a rewarding and eye-opening experience and one that I take very seriously. Last year, I had an amazing opportunity to work on the Global Kindness Program. Having the opportunity to find grantees was life-changing. I felt so much joy helping people receive money to change the world! Every single person who works at TPP is kind, patient, and dedicated. Being surrounded by such passionate and caring individuals is one of the greatest joys of my life. I am so grateful for all the ways that TPP has shaped me into the person I am and cannot say enough good things.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 2-time grantee and volunteer grant reviewer for TPP. Over the years The Pollination Project has provided so many deserving people with not only grants but resources to excel. I highly recommend this organization and what they offer to the world. This organization is creating a rippling effect of social change and I'm proud to be able to help in a small way.

Chiaga E.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is most dynamic foundation I have been opportune to came across. They do not only provide grants, they encourage, mentor and provide their grantees with exposure and networking opportunities for sustainable growth and expansion of their work.
Through The Pollination Project seed grant award for my project in 2015, 60 vulnerable unemployed women and youths were trained and support with improved seeds, inputs, basic farm tools and equipment's to enable these beneficiaries manage their established vegetables and fruits gardens. Again in February 2019, I received an additional support "impact grant" from TPP to scale up and expand my work, from this grant we are currently supporting 160 rural women and youth farmers in 3 remote communities in the North west region of Cameroon.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination project foundation did not only give us a seed grant, they promoted our project through all their social medias and news post. through their grant support we were able to empower 15 widows and 5 underprivileged youths in sustainable market gardening and agro-forestry in Cameroon. These beneficiaries are now able to conveniently meet up to with their basic necessities through their vegetable gardens . The TPP foundation is truly out give a chance to every positive idea around the world to have a stand, their team is just so amazing and nice to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project is an organization like no other, they look for and fund $1000 ( with the possibility for future grant access) to small grassroots people and organizations with big (or small) ideas that show potential to benefit the larger community, no matter where in the world the project may be. They have supported my program, Brush With the Law (ReEntry Arts) from the beginning, and without their support -not only financially, but with access to knowledgeable, friendly staff and stakeholders that are always willing and qualified to help answer any questions one may have in navigating their way to doing good out in the world responsibly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project helped me take a small art class I was doing at our local jail and turn it into its own 501c3 nonprofit organization titled, Brush With the Law. They believed in me and saw the vision I was going for in taking the art class to the next level - out to the community using the arts to help with reentry for socially marginalized groups of people - and for that I am forever grateful to TPP and the thoughtful, generous, kind, smart staff, who you too, will fall in love with.

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project serves to the grassroot individuals or organization that have never received any funding yet they are passionate in changing their community. I did not believe the first time i received my international grant and that was from The Pollination Project.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The organization serves with no border, its resources reach to the marginalized people or youth groups that are not sure that one day they will receive funds from an international organization.

JennyL

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project was our very first grant. We were small and they believed in us when nobody else did. Our $1,000 started a small garden which has since grown into a large free food production garden and outdoor classroom where we teach a variety of Life Skills workshops like gardening, nutrition, cooking and anxiety control thru being outside. This $1,000 turned into a sustainable way to continuing to feed and educate the at risk in my community. This $1,000 is still giving. That's Seeding a Change! Thank you Pollination Project! We love you and are honored to call ourselves one of your grantees!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do we even begin? The Pollination Project helped us with a seed grant and eventually even the coveted year end impact grant. I am the founder of From the Ground Up Farms, Inc and we install community gardens, donate all of the food we grow and teach educational workshops on nutrition, gardening, cooking and even stress relief through breathing. We have grown thanks to The Pollination Project and now have multiple gardens, even gardens at our areas largest homeless shelter, a mental illness apartment complex, 2 low income child care centers and growing again. ALL of the staff with The Pollination Project was very involved with every phase of our grant process. They were always available to answer questions too, although as thorough as they were, there were few questions. Even though we have moved on, they continue to follow our progress and still offer great advice, guidance and ideas. These folks are amazing! Definitely a 5 star program! Thank you Pollination Project!

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farquhara

Advisor

Rating: 5

I applied for a grant in order to help start a Canadian chapter of Go Baby Go. We modify battery operated ride of cars for children with limited mobility. TPP' S application process was pretty straightforward and the follow up was non intrusive. I am now part of their grant teams and as a team we confer to make sure that applications are vetted in a fair, nonjudgmental fashion. In many cases, a TPP grant is all one needs to start on a great idea. It is organizations such as this that show me that there are people out there doing great things.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I applied for a seed grant 5 years ago and found the process an easy one. The application is written in simple terms so that they can continue to have people around the globe apply.
I find their philosophy of trying to make the world a better place is not just a philosophy but a way of life as they recognize areas of need and do something about it. Their lastest "the Kindness project" recognizes that we need more hands helping each other out. This is a project that the students at my school will try to apply for as we are in serious need of more kindness.
I have the privilege of being one of their grant advisors for their Education hub. As a team we review applications and by reading these applications, I have come to realize the need for an agency such as this. There are many applications that do not make the cut but they are always given feedback and invited to reapply.

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Jude N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project is one of those organizations that have continued to support projects around the world with relative ease while respecting the diverse cultures where the projects are based. The grant review process allows for interaction with the project promoters to understand the context in which the project is to be implemented. TPP doesn't just fund project, it build a lifelong relationship with the grant recipient and that is very important

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TPP is one of those organizations that has changed funding for small organization and for individual change makers. It gives life support to both organizations and individuals and contributes to supporting the organization through grant implementation and thereafter. TPP is a great organization and it is seeding change across the world.

SOgonda

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I think of The Pollination Project Foundation, I think of a partner in transformation, a creative collaborator, a believer in the strong values that strengthen our collective humanity, and a strong supporter in taking risk on ideas, because the owners of those ideas asked them to. I was introduced to TPP during an information session by one of their East African Leaders. He told me that if I am looking for an organization that will take risks on behalf of my budding entrepreneurs, then that organization is TPP. A few months later I was asked to submit a resume for consideration as facilitator at the East African Leadership retreat in Kampala. It is at this point that I was introduced to TPP well. TPP was impressed by my work that they asked me to give a flow fund, and also made me an ambassador for the organization and tasked me with a responsibility of reviewing applications and spreading the word.

TPP's grant and pay-it-forward loan programs have immensely assisted startups that would otherwise lack the financial capital to begin their work. They have joined dreams when most people do not believe that they are worth the time. As a reviewer, I have participated, with excitement, to decisions in which our main driving factor was "This applicant is committed, passionate, self-driven,... and that's all we need to feel when making a decision to fund". This is a risk many would frown upon, but it is one in which the progress achieved and success rate realized, has been a unique experience of people.

TPP has an innovative and forward thinking mindset that permeates our world through positive thinking and value-driven progress that challenges the negativity that sometime affects our inner-spirit. I applaud them for this continued work and for the happiness they spread, not by funding alone, but by believing in these social entrepreneurs even when no one else can. They are my ideal partners in transformation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TPP has been a great foundation that has really been the catalyst for the foundation for SJSA!

El S.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I love TPP and how inclusive their grant reviewing process is. Each grant gets personalized comments and TPP is very keen to give advisors space to construct comments that are true to their visions of the world. The follow up with the advisors is always so detailed and kind!

Advisor

Rating: 5

As an Advisor and former grantee of the Pollination Project, I'd say they are an organisation that believes in people who have a passion and are looking for even the smallest of help to help them achieve their goals. The Pollination Project gives seed funding mostly to social entrepreneurs and non profits who are just starting out, which to me, makes them very unique because most times, what people need is just a little support to help them achieve their goals. Sometimes these are just individuals who just set out to do good and make a change in their communities. Funding like the one from The Pollination Project helps to shapen such dreams and give better focus to these groups of people. At least ,this was my experience because they were officially the first to believe in our cause and help us to set out with the seed grant we were given. Funders like The Pollination Project will always be relevant especially for the start-ups.
Also, I admire the fact that The Pollination Project Advisors who are willing ,can coach an applicant or assist them in any other way possible, if the applicant feels they need such. This is indeed very different and I am yet to see any other funders exhibit this quality.
GO TPP!!!

Turks Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the Pollination Project Foundation and all the sponsors, volunteers, staff, and board members – I would never have enhanced the access to health and water faciliies for many youths with disabilities in my community in Zimbabwe. The Pollination Project Foundation is assisting many individuals and small organisations around the world to make this place a better place and all inclusive through their unwavering support in sponsoring both charity and development work in the developing world like Zimbabwe. Through their support they made me feel good about myself, and I am 100 per cent certain that they changed the lives of most youths with disabilities in my area in a way that I can't even comprehend. Many of our youths with disabilities struggles from water related diseases like cholera, and other water borne diseases that are very much preventable due to a lack of proper health facilities and behavior. But through this Organisation, it helped to change this situation by availing support which has seen many youths with disabilities improving their health behavior through a project that I implemented with the support I got from the Pollination Project. The Pollination Project must continue the good work they are doing, out there , there are many individuals and small organisations that are doing amazing work that needs your support.

Aggrey A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best organization I have ever met in my life. I have been in this field for so many years but I found Pollination grant project listen and care for everyone who has a good vision with the community. I am one of those who benefited for the project and now our goal will continue to support the community as intended.

Donor

Rating: 5

As both an advisor and a donor, I treasure The Pollination Project Foundation for its support of social change worldwide, through seed grants to projects in fields as diverse as education, the environment, health, social justice and animal rights, among others. Every day, project leaders receive funds that enable them to launch their journey in the service of their community. The Foundation is also unique in providing hope to those who might not receive funds from other sources. I am deeply moved when I read so many projects that show that so many people care about critical issues.

Advisor

Rating: 5

In 2016, I never thought I would be as far with my project as I am, with the help of The Pollination Project. Being awarded a seed grant from The Pollination Project, has been a wonderful experience. First, it has allowed me to grow and expand my project into a non-for-profit organization. In 2017, I started with The My College Going Self Project, then this project merged into a 501(c)3 organization called MY Foundation Street Smarts to Great Starts. My organization serves African American teenage boys and girls in Chicago communities. Further, I have gained the confidence to write other grants to continue to build my organization. In 2018, I completed a PhD in Community Psychology, and currently use all my knowledge and skills to support my community. I can't wait to demonstrate how passionate I am about teenagers, and how I desire for them to succeed. I thank The Pollination Project for my grant, and for the opportunity to be a volunteer advisor to support other projects across the world!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project Foundation believes in supporting community organization to bring about change in their communities. I have seen several organization at the informal settlement get their first grant from TPP and they have done remarkable work in improving livelihood, health, education and sanitation levels.

jenniekay

Advisor

Rating: 5

Belief in what is possible.

I can put it no more simply than that. An organization, holding belief and investing money, in the possibility of change and people that are willing to try.

I speak as one of their first grantees and a longtime grant advisor, as well as one of my own. clients for several years. I invest in them, because they invest in the deep potential in everyone they engage.

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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.