Grants Awarded 2014

We provide micro grants for social change projects worldwide. These are the projects we funded in 2014.

Mary-Justine Todd, Women’s Crisis Care International, Impact Grant 2014


(WCCI) was founded by Mary-Justine Todd in an attempt to bring violence crisis response programming to a part of the world where these services are non existent.  Although violence against women is a global problem, the World Health Organization estimates that in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 37% of women experience intimate partner [...]

Anita Krajnc, The Save Movement, Impact Grant 2014


Paul McCartney said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everybody would be vegetarian.”  The Save Movement, co-founded by Anita Krajnc, is a growing network of grassroots animal advocacy groups that use the idea of "bearing witness" to advocate for animals.  Three years ago, Anita and the team of Toronto Pig Save pioneered [...]

Aneri Patel, ENVenture, Impact Grant 2014


ENVen­ture creates sus­tain­able enter­prises in devel­op­ing coun­tries in order to increase access to low cost light­ing, safe water, and cook­ing tech­nolo­gies that advance the health and san­i­ta­tion of cur­rent liv­ing stan­dards while improv­ing the envi­ron­ment. Founded by Aneri Patel, ENVenture works with Community Based Organizations in selected countries to help them [...]

Hayu Patria – Our Seeds, Our Future: A Journey of Food Sovereignty, Impact Grant 2014


Hayu Patria is the founder of the small nonprofit, Mantasa, which works on food sovereignty issues in Indonesia. Hayu launched a national speaking tour called Our Seeds, Our Future in three of Indonesia's cities in August, 2014. The tour featured Dr. Vandana Shiva and focused on issues around food sovereignty, biodiversity and [...]

Doxie Kaltz, Burners Without Borders Detroit: Homeless Backpack Project, Impact Grant 2014


One of our Grant Advisors, and grantee, Jennie Kay, originally identified Danielle “Doxie” Kaltz for a Pollination Project grant in early 2014.  Jennie Kay explains Doxie's effort like this:  "This was never an initially organized program, Doxie just had some extra things and put them in the back of her car [...]

Mark Strandquist, Windows From Prison: New Monuments, Impact Grant 2014


Mark Strandquist is an artist, activist and educator who facilitates unique participatory public art projects. Based in Richmond, Virginia,  Mark's project, Windows from Prison // Youth to Youth facilitates dialogue and exchange between incarcerated and non-incarcerated youth, creating a peer-to-peer support structure as well as provide space and the tools for teens to [...]

Adriana Bueno, The BiblioVan, Impact Grant 2014


After working for a decade on Human Rights as part of the Colombian government, Adriana Bueno is bringing her skills and passion back to the Colombian Amazon where she grew up. Her project, The BiblioVan, is a library on wheels that makes rounds among rural indigenous villages. There are few fun activities for kids and adults [...]

Christopher Zambira, Promoting Animal Kindness Clubs in Schools, Impact Grant 2014


Christopher Zambira is an educator and animal advocate in Malawi. He gave an inspiring talk at the secondary school where he teaches, which led to 50 of his students wanting to start an Animal Kindness Club.  Using this success to replicate more clubs, Christopher created a curriculum and teacher training to inspire and educate teachers to host [...]

Anne Pollack, Crossing Point Arts, Impact Grant 2014


"It’s pain that makes you strong!" said a 14 year old survivor of sex trafficking in Anne Pollack's program, Crossing Point Arts.  Anne and a team of Teaching Artists bring dance, music, spoken word, visual and recording arts to children in New York and New Jersey who have been sexually exploited and [...]

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