Humility is a wise teacher

by | Oct 6, 2020 | ShiftHappens

Humility is a wise teacher.

To be humble is to admit when we may not know everything, which is a prerequisite to learning and growth. It allows us to listen, which is a state of openness that assumes something new and valuable is being shared.

A structural challenge for the field of philanthropy is the cultivation of humility. For one thing, financial wealth can create a power imbalance, which makes it hard for the transparent sharing of information between funders and those they support. The lessons of failure can often help ground us in humility, but unlike the business world, there aren’t many feedback mechanisms that tell a philanthropic organization when they aren’t measuring up.

One way that we at The Pollination Project have tried to build humility within our theory of change is to do away with prescriptive rules around seed funding.

We minimise our guidelines for grantmaking to the essentials. Our advisor team funds in every issue area and in every country; they fund youth-led projects, proposals from people who have never before done any non-profit work, and ideas that are uncommon or outside of the mainstream. Our funding is lightly held, focusing on lessons learned rather than quantitative outcomes or evidence-based practices. This invites a colorful diversity of ideas; a bounty of unexpected and creatively courageous efforts.

We have no pre-existing ideas about the β€œbest way” for someone to carry out a project; in fact, we are quite comfortable not knowing the best way, and learning along with the changemakers we trust.

We strive to listen to those closest to an issue about their thoughts on how to serve their neighbors and community.

As it is said, if you want to go quick go alone, but if you want to go far go together. We know we all have a long way to go and the most meaningful journeys are the ones in which we learn and grow together. Join us in the journey towards a more connected, compassionate and courageous world.


🌟 Empowering Through Play! 🌟

Nature Trust (Tamilnadu, India) launched the project, "Enhance the Skills of Children with Disabilities through Play," supported by one of our seed grants πŸŽ‰βœ¨ Timed with World Autism Awareness Day 2024, this initiative resonates with the theme of "Empowering the Autistic Voices."

In particular, the grant allowed Nature Trust to provide specially curated play materials to 20 remarkable children with diverse disabilities. These tools were thoughtfully selected to ignite their development and unlock their potential. 🧩🎨

At the distribution event held on March 31st, the atmosphere was filled with joy as children and parents expressed gratitude for the newfound importance of play in their lives. πŸ’–πŸ‘¦πŸ‘§ The presence of local leaders underscored the significance of inclusive initiatives like this one.

Beyond distribution, Nature Trust volunteers engaged with the children, creating lasting connections and memories. 🀝 

Through the power of play, Nature Trust is fostering a more inclusive world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. 🌈 

Let's continue spreading joy and empowerment through play! 

#EmpowerThroughPlay #InclusiveCommunities 🌟 
#childrenwithdisabilities #autism #supportchildren #kindness #heartivism #India
It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideasβ€”they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

πŸ”Έ Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
πŸ”Έ Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
πŸ”Έ Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
πŸ”Έ Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
πŸ”Έ Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
πŸ”Έ Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
πŸ”Έ Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
πŸ”Έ Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
πŸ”Έ Samuel Litunya (Kenya)


#volunteermonth #volunteer #heartivism #economicdevelopment #change #empoweringcommunities
The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

#environmentprotection #seedgrant #heartivism #environmentaleducation