The Pollination Project, a new model of giving, gives away $1000 a day, every day, 365 days a year
The Pollination Project awards $1000 in seed money to individual changemakers and activists who are working to make the world – or just their own community – a better, more peaceful, just and more sustainable place. The group funds projects that benefit people, planet, animals in areas like environmental sustainability, social justice, community health and wellness.
Founded by Ariel Nessel, a real estate re-developer whose career involves sustainably renovating rundown apartment buildings into spaces where communities can thrive, and Stephanie Klempner, an executive who works in children’s education and literacy, The Pollination Project is a platform for investing directly in committed people who just need a little money to get their social change vision off the ground.
Recipients in 2013 so far include:
• Michael Meng, a 17-year old who co-founded a student-run group called Paint the World, biweekly pop-up art classes in shelters, foster homes, and underfunded elementary schools in the Dallas area.
• Emily Hime, a 20-year-old Canadian who started an afterschool program in Montrious, Haiti to teach children English and other basic life skills to fuel better futures.
• Oscar Medina, founder of the Southside Barrio Project, which trains underprivileged youth in South Tuscon, Arizona about urban agriculture, organic farming and permaculture.
• James Rodgers, who is addressing the problems faced by dogs in First Nations communities through services and resources to improve their health and welfare, and staunch overpopulation, beginning in British Columbia, Canada.
“It is unusual and even risky to give money directly to people, as opposed to giving it to tried-and-true organizations with proven track records and a fully baked strategy,” said Nessel. “However, the Pollination Project believes ordinary people can have extraordinary ideas with the potential to grow, blossom and truly change the world. We think that it is a risk worth taking.”
“The Pollination Project funds for purchasing supplies helped us launch the Teen Farming Cooperative – a response to the critical lack of access to healthy snacks and economic opportunities among teens in the DC Metro Area,” said Reverend Marjani Dele, founder of Nature’s Friends. “Training local youth in urban agriculture techniques will give them hands-on experience in owning and operating their own sunflower seed cooperative. We were also able to attract a local university partner thanks to The Pollination Project’s support.”
In addition to traditional grants, the Pollination Project also awards $1000 “Pay it Forward” loans for startup social change ventures that intend to generate a profit. Recipients are asked to repay the loan within 24 months in the form of funding another qualified Pollination Project grant application.
The Pollination Project maintains organizational partnerships and notable ambassadors help identify potential grantees. Partners include Green for All, Off the Mat Into the World, the Awesome Foundation, Youth for Environmental Sanity, World Peace Earth Foundation, the Institute for Humane Education, Waves for Water, Bread for the Journey, Mercy For Animals, The Pachamama Alliance, and Service Space.
For more information please see www.thepollinationproject.org.