Grants Funded in 2013

We provide micro grants for social change projects worldwide. These are the projects we funded in 2013.

Brayan Cruz, Native Seed Bank

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2016-12-08T15:39:16+00:00

Two-thirds of students at the University of California, Riverside lackfood security and the whole city experiences some degree of food poverty. After observing this need to increase accessibility of healthy foods, Brayan Cruz has started the Native Seed Bank project to preserve and conserve seeds in the region to promote the [...]

Jamila Banks, Youth Earth Club (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-12-11T19:27:33+00:00

Jamila Banks founded the Youth Earth Club in Los Angeles, CA. To date, she's offered 20 weeks of dynamic, creative and hands-on environmental training to 60 "at risk" elementary school students- and has done it all for free! She will launch her next 20 week program in the spring, 2014. [...]

Vincent Atitwa, Fortified Staple Flours (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-12-11T19:27:33+00:00

Vincent Atitwa's project is to end chronic malnutrition in Western Kenya. In the past year, Atitwa has trained 25 families, providing them with potatoes vines, amaranth grain seeds, cassava cuttings and sorghum and teaching them how to grow and propagate the crops. Some of these families are now paying it [...]

Banga Sadrack, Save the Elephants (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-12-11T19:27:34+00:00

Banga Sadrack is an environmental and animal rights activist in Cameroon who has taken on the mass killing of elephants in the Bouba Njida Park in Cameroon. His story of how he spent Pollination Project funds is really a testament to what one person with a lot of passion and [...]

Amy Work, Geoporter (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-12-11T19:27:34+00:00

Geoporter received their first Pollination Project grant in March, 2013. Here is their inspiring year end impact report: "Humpback whales from northern and southern migrations in the Pacific Ocean travel every winter to the breeding grounds near the equator. These humpback whales now have a breeding environment off the coast [...]

Raghu Makwan, Tyaag Nu Tiffin (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-04-05T14:31:54+00:00

Raghu Makwan and the volunteers of the Tyaag Nu Tiffin project spent the last year bringing joy, food, companionship and love to a group of elders in the slums of Ahmedabad, India. His team wrote this wonderful story about Raghu and their collective practice to support the people of their [...]

Marilyn McHugh, The Hummingbird Project (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-02-29T10:31:27+00:00

The Hummingbird Project was inspired by the belief that a coalition of individuals, each working for positive change, can have a great impact on the world. Founded by Marilyn McHugh and Chris Kennedy, they focus on cultivating a living soil, growing healthy food and capturing renewable energy. In 2013, they [...]

Elle Morgan, The Elements of New Life Scripts (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-12-11T19:27:34+00:00

Elle Morgan spent her Pollination Project grant to turn a "wild and wooly" piece of land in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania (yes, in the photo, she is standing beside a composting toilet!) into a magical place where adjudicated teenage girls could come on retreat and "rewrite" the stories of [...]

Vasanthi Kumar, Compassionate Classrooms (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-04-05T14:31:31+00:00

Vasanthi Kumar's mission is to introduce humane education lessons into school textbooks and teachers’ manuals that are published by the Educational Boards across India. She explains, “Compassionate Classrooms” was a project that I from STRAW India (Stray Relief and Animal Welfare) embarked upon, on receiving a grant of $1000 from [...]

Dana Mahon, Child’s Pose Yoga (2013 Impact Grant)

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2016-12-11T19:27:34+00:00

Dana Mahon has a passion to support children and families through yoga and mindfulness. It is through this purpose and passion that Child's Pose Yoga was born. Dana began building a yoga and meditation program for kids across Quadra Island to help them calm their minds, strengthen their bodies, practice [...]

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