The Pollination Project seeks to unleash Goodness and expand Compassion all over the world. We make worldwide daily seed grants to inspiring social changemakers who are committed to a world that works for all.
Our daily grant making began on January 1, 2013 and since then, we have funded a different project every single day. We also make larger impact grants of up to $5000 to projects that have demonstrated impact and success.
Through a global network of grantees and community partners, we identify extraordinary grassroots leaders who would not likely qualify for funding from other foundations or institutions. Once they have the backing of The Pollination Project, grantees often leverage their grant into more funding, building their team, media attention and more.
Our grantees have gone on to win prestigious international awards, secure large government and foundation grants, and secure national and international media attention.
As part of our funding platform, we welcome like-minded and values-aligned institutional and individual donors to join us either as
daily givers themselves, or as sponsors for unique seed grant programs of mutual interest (such as youth environmental grants,
education grants or targeted regional grants).
The Pollination Project seeks to unleash the goodness in every person.
Through a daily practice of generosity and giving, we make seed grants – 365 days a year – to social change agents anywhere in the world, who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world for the benefit of all.
The Pollination Project values “compassion consciousness.”
Compassion consciousness means we think through and acknowledge the impact of our choices and our work: from the food we eat, to the questions we ask, to the office supplies we use, to the projects we fund and, ultimately, to the institutions and systems we challenge.
As we are deeply interconnected to all life, we play an integral role in supporting or obstructing its ability to thrive, through our thoughts, words, and deeds. Every person has the potential and power to transform our world, and that change starts with ourselves. How we show up is like the soil in which we plant our intentions, vision and hope for the world. If we are fearful, anxious, angry and resentful, what we plant will reflect this. If our soil is rich with love, compassion, beauty and joy, what we plant will be loving, compassionate, beautiful and joyful. As we are, so our work is.
As Dr. Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” Compassion consciousness includes lifting up the oppressed, the unseen and the voiceless. Expanding compassion towards ALL life: human and non-human, is our highest intention.
Therefore, we do not fund projects that support the consumption, distribution, farming, eating of animals or animal products. We do not fund projects that attempt to colonize or otherwise oppress people through aligning with systemic or institutionalized racism, speciesism, classism, ableism or homophobia.
We seek to fund at the very grassroots. We are interested in projects that are created by and with those who are most impacted. We look to fund people and teams who have considered the many ways their project impacts life, directly and indirectly, all over the world and who have made thoughtful choices about how to achieve their goals.