The Pollination Project has funded grantees in over 110 countries working on almost any kind of project you can imagine (that almost is important – there’s always room for your idea as well!). And with that broad scope comes the question – what do they have in common?
We think there are many answers to that question. But, for now, here’s a big one: community. The 14 projects below all represent efforts that are by community members, serve communities, and build community. They show us what can be achieved by people working on issues that they know, the power to effect change that is tapped when people come together to address issues that they see up close and personally, or the strength and resilience that emerges when someone provides the spark that ignites the flame of enduring community relationships.
We like to say that we believe in people. And that’s true. But perhaps even more than that we believe in the power of community; when we come together around shared ideas and dreams, when we pool our ideas and resources, and when we work together to turn those dreams, ideas, and resources into meaningful change, we don’t just change the world, we change ourselves too.