Earlier this year, Laura Lavigne awoke from a vivid dream about contagious red hearts. In the dream, anyone who received a red heart was filled with a deep sense of peace. The hearts were spreading quickly throughout the world. This vision of something that “went viral” happened before Laura had heard much about COVID-19.
After witnessing abuse of a person with disabilities, Racheal Inegbedion began working to build a more inclusive, compassionate Nigeria. “The need is so great, and sometimes people ask me if I want to give up,” says Racheal. “Of course not! I am resilient. I think about a world of inclusion and I focus on this goal. I am led by empathy. I don’t think about the barriers. Just this beautiful goal and vision for what the world could be.”
The Canary Fund brings the Pollination Project’s model of heartivism and pollination philanthropy to Northeast Wisconsin. Founded in memory of community leader Jim Rivett, The Canary Fund ensures that his heart for service lives on in the work of local activists, dreamers, visionaries, and doers. Canary Fund grantees are early-stage changemakers whose work likely wouldn’t qualify for other institutional funding; grant decisions are made by a participatory team of volunteer advisors who are close to the issues and communities the projects hail from.
For Chimwemwe Chitambala, a chance encounter as a student at the University of Zambia led to “Embrace Her,” a microfinance project that offers loans, financial literacy education, and business support to fruit and vegetable traders in her community.
From Darel Scott's desire to make both nature and the environmental movement more inclusive, Earth in Color was born. Earth in Color started as an art festival on a farm to celebrate people of color and their cultural connections to the natural world. That day under the spring sun—filled with art, food, music, and connection—highlighted the importance of people of color being able to see themselves through this lens of health and sustainability.