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We use the money we raise to invest in grassroots projects by people who seek to create a more compassionate world. Every day of the year, our network selects a new project that will receive $1,000 in seed funding. As that project blossoms, leaders can access capacity-building support, encouragement, and connectivity with others. Through these efforts, we seed a vibrant community of global changemakers who seek to spread compassion in the world for the benefit of all.

At TPP, we believe in people, so we invest in people. 


of the week:

Location: Tajikistan

Sohibjamol Rakamova is an unlikely chess champion.

In her native Tajikistan, chess is a game of status and nobility. Many children are enrolled in chess training at the same time they go to nursery school, but this wasn’t the case for Sohibjamol. She grew up in the remote Pamir Mountains, where her father gave her chess lessons at home.

As she entered competitions, she was often teased and discounted for not having a formal chess pedigree. Yet she won and continued to win, becoming an international champion.

During one competition, she looked up to witness a boy in a wheelchair being forced out of the venue. After the match was over, she found the boy and learned he was made to leave only because he was disabled.

From this experience, the Vilka Chess Club was born.

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Friends and Enemies

“Every year, we receive many more applications than we can fund. While we value your work, we regret to inform you that we are unable to fund your application at this time, but wish you the very best in the future.”  Anyone who has experience in seeking grant funding...

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“We’re very grateful for the Pollination Project’s support. This organization was
the first (outside of our first supporters) to believe in our mission.

As a result of this grant, we have gained credibility in the refugee community and will be able to continue to grow and work towards achieving our mission.”

Linnie Pawlek, Financial Literacy For Refugees
Colorado, USA

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Find out how a small donation of $1000 helped launch a successful national model for homeless services. The Pollination Project makes small startup grants every single day of the year- all over the world.

Every $1,000 we raise is another #changemaker we fund.