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Program Overview

At The Pollination Project, we believe in the power of passionate, committed individuals to change the world. Every day, we invest in people and projects around the globe because we see the potential to create long-lasting and real change.

That’s why we are honored to partner with our friends at The Canary Fund, who share with us both the desire to uplift the world’s changemakers and the belief that communities have the power build a better world. By combining The Canary Fund’s deep, loving motivations for this work, rooted in the loss of a dear friend and their strong connections to the communities of Northeast Wisconsin, with the small grantmaking abilities of The Pollination Project, together we will recognize and resource changemakers throughout the region by providing individuals with seed grants of between $1,500 and $5,000.

About The Canary Fund
Jim Rivett

James Rivett of Green Bay, Wisconsin (1958-2018)

The Canary Fund began in 2019 as a way to honor the life and lifelong generosity of James Rivett of Green Bay, Wisconsin (1958-2018). The organization’s name is inspired by the canaries brought into coal mines to sense and respond to the environment.

A consummate giver, Jim, like the canaries, had an ability to “see” in our communities what many could not see. Through his vision and generous acts of kindness, he intervened on behalf of those living in the margins of society. His compassion continues to unite people for just and right purposes, and his spirit will always inspire us.

We believe in change at the local level. We recognize the activists, visionaries and changemakers of Northeast Wisconsin who see and work to address unmet needs in our communities. The main goal of The Canary Fund is to support early stage projects that create a more compassionate, just, and sustainable Northeast Wisconsin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because the primary goal of The Canary Fund is to support early-stage projects that create a more compassionate, just, and sustainable Northeast Wisconsin, funding is not limited to specific project types or issue areas. Some priority areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Human Services and Basic Needs
  • Youth Leadership and Development
  • Support for Indigenous and Emerging Populations
  • Human Rights, especially LGBTQ+ Communities
  • Innovative Programs for Seniors and the Elderly
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship
  • Animal Rights and Welfare
  • Health and Wellness, especially in the areas of Trauma, Depression, and Suicide Prevention

We are currently in the fundraising and program design phase of the partnership. We expect that applications for grants will open in the Fall/Winter of 2019. If you would like to register your interest and sign up to be notified when applications open, you can do so here.

The Canary Fund team welcomes you contacting them directly via their website to find out more about events, ways to get involved, or to learn more about what they do.

Visit the Canary Fund Website

We also welcome donations to The Canary Fund via our online donations portal. Every dollar donated goes directly into the hands of changemakers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Donate To The Canary Fund

The Canary Fund will be making grants to individuals or community groups unaffiliated with larger organizations in these Wisconsin Counties:

  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Manitowoc
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Sheboygan
  • Winnebago