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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- 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

129 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project has helped a lot individuals and organizations in my village so that they can help their communities in striving for better livelihood. We are more than happy as an organization. TPP be blessed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project is an incredible organization! By supporting dedicated and passionate individuals to jump-start their projects, The Pollination Project is helping people to solve problems and improve livelihoods across the globe. These grassroots efforts are desperately needed and The Pollination Project is there to make it happen.

Felipe S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the experience of both being a grantee, and to collaborate as a volunteer evaluating applications. I do think they are changing the world, one small grant at a time. I also think they are very well aligned with their purpose, with their mission, and with what they do, with an amazing and lean managing structure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having the opportunity of collaborating with the Pollination Project has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. It is an amazing organization, really effective on delivering transformation, enhancing compassion and generosity towards effective change!!! It is really an outstanding ortganization!!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Through The Pollination Project Foundation my work within my organisation has been moving very well since we received out first seed Grant in 2015. The small grant from TPP Foundation is change lives of thousands people from my organisation work in my community in Cameroon. Very grateful for being part of the TPP grantees network

AMONE JIMMY

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project (TPP) is one of the unique organizations I have ever known. From my experience, not only do you benefit from the grant but also gain numerous skills and knowledge that helps one to be a creative thinker. TPP grants challenges one to realize huge impacts out of small grants that enables a project kick start. I have been involved in hundreds of groups since my first grant with TPP in 2014 upto date helping to mentor them and now my community sees me as a potential leader with knowledge and experiences to help spur social transformation and development. Additionally, through the flow funds, TPP is even becoming more impactful by reaching to individuals and groups in the grassroot who barely have access to computer and internet and yet have high needs for the seed grants. Finally, The Pollination Project does not only give grants but teaches you to show love and compassion to all forms of life, how unique can that be!! Good job TPP!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I know for sure that It's quite unfair to The Pollination Project that it can not easily move top of the review because most of the beneficiaries come from areas that do not have access to Computers and Internet and even some of the few who have access to computers may not afford internet because it's very expensive, therefore, they can not participate in such reviews but otherwise, you would receive thousands of 5 star reviews for The Pollination Project. Being a client and The Pollination Project hub leader, it has only been one year that I have achieved milestones from The Pollination Project. Through The Pollination Project, I have been able to impact positively the lives through seed and impact grants that I have been giving to over 1,000 people in the different communities in Uganda as the hub leader. These grants do not discriminate people from their different status, that is ; Youths, Disabled persons, Widows, older persons, e.t.c. as long as the ideas are ready to transform and protect the lives of the people, animals, plants, environment, etc. I have personally gained leadership experience through my community involvement with the hub grant making program under The Pollination Project. Additionally, I have gained community respect through the grant making program because the communities look at it as a huge life changing opportunity to put their ideas into actions. Because of The Pollination Project, I have been able to find and know great connections including know you as Great Non Profits., I have also been able to polish my tech savviness including knowing how to write such reviews. For the first time I'm going to travel outside my country for an important retreat to share our experiences as hub leaders, an opportunity I have never thought I would have. I have been expressing my skills in life to very many organizations but because they mostly look at people who are on the spot light, I wondered how I would ever get into the spot light in order to be seen but thanks to The Pollination Project who looks at ideas regardless of whether they know you or not. So, all in all, I'm not just writing this because we have to write but I'm writing to let the world know how The Pollination Project is changing the lives of strangers like me into the nation's next generation of leaders. I have been discovered as a great leader in my community through the great projects and volunteer training that we offer to the communities. The Pollination Project has taught us how to be compassionate to all forms of life and it's through this compassion that the community sees us as great leaders who care for them.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project has a unique approach to issues of funding grass root projects. They directly engage with the applicant which helps them to develop a strong profile for their projects hence helping them qualify for funding from other funders.

They also reach direct to the beneficially through their leadership team members based locally in East Africa which enables them fund the true targeted grantee and ensure value for the money awarded.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TPP is a breath of fresh air in a world full of chaos. I love that they help fund the people on the ground doing the real work! This is by far on of the best nonprofits I have had the pleasure of encountering.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project (TPP) support Unlocking Silent Histories in its startup phase and later with an impact grant. With the support of TPP, we have been able to many Indigenous youth both providing them with leadership jobs and inspiring young people to tell their stories from their perspectives. See an example film created by the youth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2okE10yz1U

Paul206

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project deserves a lot more credit that what it is getting right now.For us as a grassroots organization operating in one of the dangerous places in the world ,there were times when I felt like just giving up.It is during times like this ,when the TPP always come through like a Knight in Shining Armour.They have such a ''feel ''for the grassroots guy ,empowering us ,sticking it through with us ,encouraging us ,so that one just has to come to terms ,that we are family and that we lift each other up.I just dig this TPP family ,and yes , me and my community have benefitted and grown hugely , by just being part of the TPP family.

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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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Kansiime Honest F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project has a unique model of giving a grant every day, 365 days a year! No deadlines! The organisation gives grants to grassroots startups which find it impossible to secure funding from other donors. You dont have audited books of accounts? No theory of change? No registration certificate? No funding history? Good news!! The Pollination Project is here for you! They will fund you! And after giving you the grant, they will train you through their webinars and mentors and help your organisation get all it requires to get more funding from bigger donors! I am very proud to be a TPP Grantee!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pollination Project represents everything that's right with a non-profit organization: professionalism, compassion, focus and skills. As a twice grantee, I can vouch for the solidity, integrity and transformative power of the The Pollination Project.

Writer

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Anna Farquhar and I live in Ontario. TPP funded our project, Go Baby Go ( Canadian version ) that brings mobility to young children. Their help has inspired about 30 of my grade 8 students to make a difference in another child's life. Many of these students have payed it forward by getting involved in Social change associations in the High Schools they now frequent.
This year we will be getting funding from our school council so that we can continue our work and help more children. Thank-you in believing in us and our project.

Jacqueline Inwood W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World changing, transparent and supportive to so many around the world doing so much good. They give people hope and belief in their dream to help make the world a better place every single day of the year plus.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I first learned about The Pollination Project when I was a grantee seeking funding for a project in the Peace Corps. The continuous and empathetic communication from TPP team allowed me to feel supported as I implemented this work halfway across the world. As I moved back to The States, TPP reached out to me to see if I'd like to support their work as a Grant Advisor. This role has not only been humbling and empowering but I have been able to work with a team of individuals that bring so much care and compassion to their role.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No other charity goes down to the grassroots giving grants to the very local people globally, every single day all year round and, working with and giving the local people the power in grant making decisions. Never seen any other, only The Pollination Project does this!