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
Victor Sjodin was raised in the New York area, and got his start as a community organizer in Philadelphia, working campaigns such as: Book through Bars, Critical Mass bike rides, and Food Not Bombs; fundraising for political prisoners; Humane League’s foie gras ban (in which 52 out of 56 restaurants dropped foie gras); protests against the notorious animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences; and participating in the direct rescue or adoption of several hundred dogs, cats, laboratory rats, chickens, a pig and even a few humans.
For the last four years, Victor has dedicated his time to touring North America, visiting over 500 colleges and universities to promote an ethical vegan diet and lifestyle giving talks and handing out over 700,000 informative booklets to students. He has spent three summers on the annual Warped Tour, educating concertgoers on the horrors of factory farms, and helped coordinate state-based ballot initiatives. In 2011 he joined the national nonprofit Mercy For Animals for a 42-city, 12,000-mile, three-month tour on a specially outfitted video truck showing the documentary “Farm to Fridge” to the public. While on the road he has met and talked to millions, listening to their struggles and connecting the dots of economic injustice, racism, false values and media manipulation.
“We must change direction and walk out of the Saharan desert of materialism, ego, and base entertainment to realize our true purpose: the freedom of all. To this end the awake and courageous must rebel […]
I was born into an amazing family and life with little resources and constrained life opportunities that left me wanting. Safety, food, education: these have always been absent to me. It was in my studies of social problems in Kenya and my community that I began to realize that for many people in the world, no matter how hard they choose to work, they cannot achieve the same level of security and access to resources. They may always be hungry. They may never attend school. This may be their path not because of their choices, but because of the situation they were born into. Since realizing this I committed to using business solutions to tackle local problems.
My background is in water engineering, finance and entrepreneurship, and now I focus on community development. I learned these skills as an early founder of a community based organization known as Matungu Community Development Charity(MCDC) that works together with community members in solving some of the pressing problems such as food insecurity, hunger and severe malnutrition, effects of climate change, and issues of public health. I was awarded a TPP grant for my project to cultivate orange flesh sweet potatoes, and also to establish a community computer lab.
I love what I do because of all the cliche things, including traveling to new locations, meeting new people who are passionate about life, and visiting the vulnerable members of communities . […]
Yaminah Childress is the Founder and Executive Director of the DREAM It Forward Foundation, a nonprofit who’s mission is to help build a foundation of knowledge, life skills, and cultural awareness to youth in under-served communities through mentoring. Yaminah has always had the strong desire to mentor single mothers and young women, being a young single-mother herself. Now she mentors both male and female youth ages 5-18, and single-mothers ages 25 and younger.
Over the course of her life, Yaminah has earned an Associates Degree in Secondary Education; a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, where she received the highest honor of Summa Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctorate Degree. Yaminah is also a Social Entrepreneur who wears many hats. However, her greatest achievement is being the mother to her three daughters, and son, who she refers to as SC4.