An Invitation to Dream Big Opens the Door to Lasting Change

by | Jan 7, 2022 | Heartivist Of The Week

When the Napalese Lounge and Grille in Green Bay, Wisconsin decided to install a public art mural to foster pride and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people and host a modest celebration in its honor, they had hoped it would encourage cooperation and collaboration among businesses, the arts, city government and community groups to find additional ways to support the LGBTQ+ community as well. For grantee, Martha Mogilka, what happened exceeded all expectations.

Upon receiving the Pollination Project grant, the planning committee was inspired to dream bigger and open to greater possibilities in an effort to engage more people than they’d originally imagined. The grant opened the door to additional funding and what began as the unveiling of a mural followed by a modest celebration became a full “Weekend of Pride” with entertainment, programs, and activities.

With Gay Pride flags flying high on light posts along Main Street, artist Loschue Lo unveiled the gorgeous mural with the help of the Mayor of the City of Green Bay to over 600 delighted people. There were many activities to participate in from a “Starlight Pride Ride” sponsored by a local Bike Collective to a special meet and greet opportunity for trans youth and their parents, families, and allies, among many more which were extensively covered by local TV stations and newspapers including, the New York Times.

One of the most moving moments was when the front door of the Napalese Lounge and Grille was opened. As the second oldest gay bar in the state of Wisconsin, the door had been sealed for 20 years due to harassment of the gay community. It was a powerful moment that spoke to the positive changes brought about with this new, inspiring mural and the willingness of people to come together to bring about compassionate change.

The tremendous success of this event has led to the planning of another LGBTQ celebration and media event in the Summer of 2022 where there will be more opportunities for trans youth and their families to gather together and receive support and encouragement. In addition, they will be helping the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Archives Department to gather historic materials and record stories from the LGBTQ+ community as well as having conversations with the County Health department on how to improve health care services in the area for LGBTQ+ community and trans community.

“A big thanks to The Pollination Project and the Canary Fund for giving me (us) the support and encouragement to think bigger thoughts and dream of loftier possibilities. We went from what was going to be a simple LGBTQ+ mural and party to a full weekend of Pride Activities that engaged 26 different Green Bay community organizations. The project continues to foster additional ways that the broader Green Bay community is affirming and providing support for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Martha.

With belief, support and the ability to dream big there is no limit to how many lives may be supported and transformed in the most dynamic ways.


More info at


It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideas—they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

🔸 Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
🔸 Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
🔸 Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
🔸 Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
🔸 Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
🔸 Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
🔸 Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
🔸 Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
🔸 Samuel Litunya (Kenya)


#volunteermonth #volunteer #heartivism #economicdevelopment #change #empoweringcommunities
The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

#environmentprotection #seedgrant #heartivism #environmentaleducation
It's Volunteer's Month!!! 🌟 Celebrating our family of Grant Advisors 🌟

With 80 grant advisors, all experts in their respective fields and many of them former grantees, The Pollination Project is powered by a wealth of knowledge and experience. Their service is not only precious but also essential, as they bring unique insights and understanding to the application process, ensuring that resources are allocated where they can have the greatest impact. 

🎉 Today we celebrate our incredible grant advisors in the HEALTH & WHOLENESS focus area! 

🔸 Ben Kilama (Uganda) 
🔸 Kosa Jimmy (Uganda) 
🔸 Marina Haque (USA) 
🔸 John Ebong (Nigeria) 
🔸 Nzayisenga Emmanuel (Canada)
🔸 Rodger Mwanza (Zambia) 
🔸 Emmanuel Dushimimana (Rwanda) 
🔸 Nelly Hellen Onditi (Kenya) 
🔸 Daniel Ayodele Femi (Nigeria) 
🔸 Christopher Nwafor (South Africa)

Our heartfelt gratitude to these dedicated individuals for their invaluable contributions 🙏

@jim.kosa.5 @manud05 @duemmanuel @nelly.hellen1 @daniel_ayodele_femi 

#health #wholeness #grantmaking #grantadvisor #volunteermonth #volunteers #grants #heartivism #volunteersweek #nigeria #southafrica #uganda #rwanda #zambia #canada