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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

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney delivered a newly charged crowdfunding campaign specific to our mission. This saved us time in bringing our request to our network of supporter. SeedMoney's challenge grants offered additional leverage in bringing in more donors.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney provided Mayo Gardens with an easy and successful way to fundraise for a public elementary school garden. We appreciate the opportunity to work with SeedMoney. We are grateful to also be the recipients of a mini-grant from SeedMoney. This is a smart platform that allows more fundraising to occur for more organizations. Thank you, SeedMoney!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Wow!

SeedMoney made it so easy to raise the money, extremely easy. A reminder was always send when to post something to fb or any other social media. A statement was also written for you to post it to social media. All I had to do a few clicks and maybe a little personal reminder to friends.

When and if this is available to us again, I will take full advantage of it again. Maybe this time pay a little more attention and fire away more email and more social media, too.

Thank you SeedMoney for all your hard work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crowd-funded garden grant site was easy to use, and a fun way to see other garden projects around the country, and world. I hope to do this again next year.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the years SeedMoney has provided us with resources to increase the size and yield of our Community Garden. We are able to provide produce to community members through area food banks.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SeedMoney did a great job with communication and follow through. If I had a question, I got an immediate response. Building the fundraiser page was very easy and intuitive. We were selected for the $100 gift card bonuses, so we are thrilled to be able to get started on our raised beds for our seniors.

1 lynnem1112

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit with the world in mind! Raising funds to offer grants as well as the ability for the participants to raise funds for their nonprofit garden projects is a fantastic way to make the world a better place. We raised a little money as well as were awarded a $400 merit grant from SeedMoney. The process was easy and the support from SeedMoney was astounding! At this time we do not have photos of the garden as it is a beginning project, but will be more than happy to share as we progress! :)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeedMoney helped our project get funding to expand our program capacity and purchase much-needed resources. Their website interface and support made the crowdfunding process seamless!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seedmoney.org is a small organization with a big footprint!
The gardens who have applied for fundraising and challenge /merit grants spans the entire globe!
It has helped our community garden fundraise thru our members the past 2 years and we are honored to have received merit grants both years. Roger is so very helpful with those of us who are a bit "Tech challenged" get our message out and make the presentations look beautiful online.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SeedMoney is an excellent resource for raising funds for local garden projects. We are delighted to work with them and so grateful for the help they provide.