Our Grantees Are Awesome

From Atlanta to Nairobi, Bogota to Chennai, we fund startup projects in every corner of the globe. We are proud to offer Pollination Project seed grants to these individuals and grassroots groups who are making their communities and the world a better place for all.

Kelly Kwan reading a book to a little boy

As of
April 2019

Total Grants Made
Dollars Given
Countries Funded

Adekunle, Naomi, Gabriel, and Samson – Skrind

In 2019, infectious diseases continue to pose challenges to global health as they remain a leading cause of death, with the Sub-Saharan region accounting for most of a majority. Professionals agree that early detection through screening will not only prevent health problems but also help prevent the transmission of these [...]


Najee Amaranth, Jahniah Bahari – Oakland Mind

From Hip Hop to Tai Chi, Oakland Mind represents the people. Led by Jahniah Omi & Najee Amaranth they’ve hosted one of Oakland’s dopest freestyle cyphers, facilitated weekly Qi Gong sessions, held healing circles and acted as a platform for upcoming artists. Behind that are two talented artists, parents, social [...]


Social Shift

Social Shift invests in the social and creative development of teens who live in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Detroit Public School Community District has lost approximately $6.5 million under Public Act 8 and as a result, the budget for art classes, musical theater and stem programs have been underfunded or [...]



Transilient is a traveling photo and interview-based project. The team candidly documents transgender and gender non-conforming people in their day-to-day lived realities using only their voices. Over the past three years, they have traveled over 30,000 miles, interviewed over 120 trans and non-binary people, and shifted the trans narrative through [...]


Hired to Home, Inc.

Hired to Home is a social enterprise organization which promotes the intentional hiring of homeless individuals and seeks to combat nimbyism. Securing employment is a key factor in transitioning homeless individuals into stable housing, however this can be extremely challenging for those who have no permanent place to live. Even [...]


Good SamariTots – Tot-friendly Community Service Projects

Good SamariTots is a national nonprofit organization providing hands-on community service opportunities for children. Led by creator, Kelly Kwan, the founding chapter in South Pasadena provides two meetings a month during which families can complete service projects to help local nonprofits and families in need. Specifically, they make food and [...]

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