Kindness & Generosity Projects

Read about grantees who have received funding for their Kindness & Generosity project from a Pollination Project grant.

Susannah Blumenstock, Momentum



As a long-time fitness instructor, Susannah Blumenstock has always known how passionate and loving her community is, but she noticed that sometimes that passion didn't have an outlet. She founded Momentum to create a hub for information on studios who are doing charitable work, and to support and promote fitness [...]

Liz Buechele – The Smile Project



The Smile Project is a Happiness campaign based out of New York City that was founded in 2011 by Liz Buechele with one simple mission: share joy. The Smile Project operates random acts of kindness clubs in educational institutions. These “SPARK” clubs (Strengthening Positivity and Reinforcing Kindness) give young people [...]

Shania Childress, Open Closets For The Homeless



Shania's Open Closets for the Homeless is an innovative project to help homeless residents meet their basic and immediate needs. Open Closets are placed in local communities and allow people in need to take hygiene items such as toothpaste, sanitizer, feminine products, small blankets and similar items to make it [...]

Sidni Lamb, New Mexico Leaders in Mindfulness Conference



More than just an annual one-day gathering, the New Mexico Leaders in Mindfulness Conference represents a journey of established and emerging mindful leaders in the “Land of Enchantment”. Sidni Lamb, founder and visionary of Mindful New Mexico, organized the first conference in 2015, attracting a deliberately diverse collection of individuals. [...]

Thomas Gasser, The Uprising



"The Uprising" inspired by Italian Philosopher Franco Berardi, is a collaborative project in Tuscany, Italy, initiated by the Open Program, NGOs and many individuals that join to create an artwork, The Open Choir, that respects and embraces cultural variety and becomes a meeting through “living culture“. The Open Choir serves [...]

Malele Ngalu, Young Farm

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Malele Ngalu and George Omedo co-founded Young Farm to resource students - especially girls - from rural and semi-urban communities in Africa to sustainably farm grain, fruit, and vegetables for nutritious consumption and sale into local and export markets - pioneering the use of aquaponics technologies in schools. The farm [...]

Colette Chen, Project Lighthouse

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Project Lighthouse aims to take a step in breaking the cycle of homelessness in Los Angeles by providing underprivileged children with the basic resources, knowledge, and skills they need in order to make a change in their lives and in others' as well. Through this high school club, members work [...]

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