Our Grant Advisors
We believe that the best people to review grant applications are those who have personal experience working on similar initiatives. Our grant review team includes Pollination Project grantees and other trusted individuals working on many different issues around the world. A minimum of 3 people on this team reviews each qualified application. Together, they use the breadth of their experience to make the funding decisions for our grants
Kunle is the co-founder of THE EDUCATE AFRICA PROJECT, a social enterprise that makes learning the STEM subjects’ fun in Nigeria and Africa. He recently launched a Mathematics fun club for more than 60 pupils in government underfunded and underserved communities in Ondo state. He is also the co-founder of Enterprise Innovation Laboratory, where he has trained over 1000 young people between the ages of 18-35 and placed about 5% of them in jobs. He is a fellow of the President Obama Young African leaders Initiative (YALI), The Tony Elumelu foundation and the Social and Inclusive Business Camp under the Agence Française de Développement AFD, France. He is a sought after conference speaker in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
Alisha Golden is the founder of Do Something Epic Agency. A lifestyle, brand strategy, marketing, and management firm for conscious people, brands, and organizations. Alisha’s passion for people, combined with her keen marketing sense and love for business, has catapulted her into a world of entrepreneurial service. She is aimed at creating lasting change by working to unify societal divisions, dis-connected business practices, and hearts and minds of people everywhere.
As the founder of Do Something Epic Agency she is bridging the gap by helping people and brands connect to purposeful action and introducing new platforms for socially conscious brands and professionals that reach wider audiences. Alisha is forging a global revolution that has the power to help the whole world heal by broadening awareness of the power of purposeful, conscious, and healthy living.
Check out Alisha’s blog at KIND.
Amy is a social justice advocate. She strives to be a locavore and delights in climbing coconut trees and sharing food from her garden. Amy is continually inspired by TPP applicants and is honored to collaborate with the Matungu Community Development Charity, in rural western Kenya, to plan public health and community empowerment programs.
Amy has a Master’s in Public Health, focusing on Health Policy and Management, a BA in Anthropology, a minor in Occupational Safety & Health and is a licensed massage therapist. She passionately teaches introductory massage therapy courses at Kalani Honua, in Puna and provides medical massage for Big Island residents and guests.
Anna Farquhar has worked as an Elementary teacher for the last 23 years. During this time she has taught a variety of subjects including French and Science. Five years ago, she moved to a new school named after Lt. General Roméo Dallaire and was fortunate enough to meet her hero. The school motto is “Making a difference in our school, our community and in our world”. This Social Justice motto became the force behind the community projects Anna and her students have undertaken.
In 2014 she was inspired by Cole Galloway, the founder of Go Baby Go, to have her students adapt motorized ride on cars for children with mobility issues. The Seed Grant from the Pollination Project made Go Baby Go Canadian version a reality. The difference this grant has made for her students as well as the recipients of the cars cannot be measured.
Ayla Schlosser is the founder and Executive Director of Resonate, an organization that empowers women and girls through storytelling, working with them to build confidence, agency, and leadership for change. Ayla is based in Kigali, Rwanda and leads Resonate’s strategy, builds partnerships, and oversees curriculum development and training. Ayla’s work draws on her expertise as a coach and trainer, as well as her deep understanding of creating lasting change through engendering local leadership.
Ayla has a background in community organizing and leadership development with staff, volunteers, and community members. Through her work at Groundswell, a grassroots non-profit based in Washington, DC, she designed and ran various campaigns, working closely with partner organizations, faith and community leaders, and government agencies. Her projects ranged from supporting local leaders in neighborhood clean energy initiatives, to planning and launching a citywide residential energy efficiency program. She has also worked on community development projects in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Ecuador. Prior to her work as a community organizer she was a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement, coaching, and facilitation. She was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language. Ayla was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate, and was a featured speaker at the 2014 SXSW Innovators + Social Good Summit.
Batale Fred graduated as a visual artist from university, where he acquired various knowledge, skills and experience in working with different creative methods. His artistic practices deals with themes of disability empowerment, rights, and advocacy. Given the challenges he faces in Uganda living as a person with disability, he knows that he is not the only individual with such
challenges. That is why he works to empower others like himself and educate the greater
community that any one person is capable of pursuing their dreams through Disability
Art Project Uganda.
Fred is the founder and director of Disability Art Project Uganda (DAPU) for which he received a Pollination Project grant. DAPU is a community of people with disabilities who come together with an aim of empowering other fellow with disabilities to develop practical skills, confidence and fulfill creative potential.
DAPU was established to offer art and design skills to people with disabilities living on streets and slums to create unique products which in turn provide economic stability and lift people with disabilities off the streets and to lobby and advocate for disability rights through art projects.
Beatrice Achieng Nas is the Founder and Director of the Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation (PCE Foundation), a grassroots NGO founded in 2011. Their work focuses on supporting the most vulnerable people (especially children, girls and women) and communities in rural Eastern Uganda.
PCE Foundation currently supports 301 students and children (girls and boys) in nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions (technical,colleges, and universities). Other projects they execute include farming, savings, advocacy, health support services, and library and school(s) construction projects.
Beatrice was also a Community Solutions Program Fellow (2013) through the International Research & Exchanges (IREX) Board and a Visiting Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women, USTTI Fellow (2010) and is also a global voice for grassroots women and girls at World Pulse (2010 to-date).
Beatrice believes that everybody has the potential to live a better life; given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation, anyone can become someone admirable. Nobody is a nobody, everybody is somebody.
I was born in Kiambu, Kirenga village in a family of 5 children: 3 brothers and 1 sister. Both of my parents were, and still are, farmers. Even if we didn’t have a lot, my parents believed that education is very important to everyone. After attending a local primary and secondary school, I received a government sponsorship to study community development at university. During my campus life i got to interact with many people, and I did a research in eastern Kenya on water borne diseases.
I learned that in Kenya 56% of the population do not have access to clean water, and that 80% of all diagnosed diseases are water borne. During my fourth year i started Aqua Klean Initiative, an organization that provides the undeserved communities in Kenya with affordable filters.
In 2014 I received a grant from the Pollination Project to support my work to provide water filters to communities who do not have access to clean water. Today we supplied filters to over 500 households.