Seeds: Our Blog
Welcome to our blog! We use it to tell our grantees’ stories and to share more about what we are learning here at The Pollination Project.
Changemaker Warren Campbell Responds Swiftly to COVID-19; Offers Vital Funds to Those Under COVID-19 Treatment
As the founder of AFFORDABLE, a software-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing barriers to healthcare access, Warren Campbell, a TPP changemaker, realized COVID-19 could be a potential health hazard in the US as early as February. Then, something unexpected happened that hit close to home: the grandparents of one of his developers were on the Queen Diamond cruise ship when COVID-19 was identified.
TPP grantees are attached to the fundamentals that will grow their communities and nourish the qualities that need to emerge within every individual. They implement social sustainability by honoring the planet, expanding access to technical resources, promoting authentic expression and preserving peoples livelihoods. Every project below helps remove suppressed emotion and sheds light on what there is to gain and the infinite paths to explore. Marisa Rafal – The New Hampshire Toy Library Network Adapted play material for children with disabilities can be [...]
Our community of changemakers means everything to us–we exist to support it, to support you. Our goals have been and always will be the same: to uplift and empower individuals to create change for a more compassionate world. So when our community undergoes hardship, we take it very seriously, and we want to make sure that no member of our community feels alone. Our team is here to listen, provide guidance, and encourage you as our world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.
TPP grantees demonstrate and capture the beauty of placing matters into the hands of the community and how to reconfigure present and future moments with the resources and opportunities that currently exist. Taking charge of the current moment is how to create future possibilities. No action, word or emotion is lost. TPP grantees understand this sentiment and apply intentionality and mindfulness in the experiences they create, the ideas they foster and the people they interact with. They have a desire to consciously commune and an appetite for [...]
The TPP Grant was a seed for me to start my journey; it turned my dreams into a real sense of work that I was passionate about. It changed my life because I have created a large network of people I work with and the society I serve.”
Art has its own unique and special way of spreading self expression and magnifying the voices of communities around the world. TPP grantees incorporate all forms of art and encourage individuals to create with their mind, body and spirit. Whether it is a workshop to empower youth or a training system to amplify the skill set of hopeful adults, art is always present. The grantee projects below beautifully demonstrate how art can be perceived, and that fostering communities and uplifting individuals is an art form in and [...]
...the real problem lies somewhere else: how to make sure that people who care about social change do not retreat because they fear failure and do not quit because they are convinced that they are not good enough...
Change begins with having a dream or an idea. It is accomplished with leadership, determination and a loyal community that is eager to join the movement. The grantee projects below demonstrate what occurs when someone becomes proactive about their curiosity and follows their impulse to create rather than being halted by the possibility of failure. Vision holding for others and growing into something more grand begins the moment the seed is planted. Read the projects below to discover the progress that has bloomed. [...]
The TPP grantees featured below are dedicated to helping women and children explore and succeed on a path towards economic and emotional stability, and detach from the perception of displacement. There is never only one individual who is experiencing a life challenge or a desire to learn, grow and take care of their families. These projects demonstrate that no one stands alone, and real change is created when communities unite and have selfless leaders to light the way. Laura Omolara Williams – WADSSWOMEN [...]
The Canary Fund, in partnership with The Pollination Project, has awarded its first grants, and we at TPP are so thrilled by the heart and intention that went into choosing these remarkable grantees.
TPP provided a grant to NCCASP in publishing a groundbreaking article that brings light to this gap in the U.S. criminal code. NCCASP was able to document the gap within state criminal codes and publish a groundbreaking article in Journel of Child and Youth Review in 2019. This report educates legislatures on the issue for the purpose of updating state criminal codes to close loopholes in child torture cases.
This video is the latest in The Pollination Project’s “Profiles in Compassion” video series and beautifully illustrates how a small initial seed grant from TPP provided Mulo the belief he needed to launch an organization that has since reached more than 4,000 children in Kenya.
Before being introduced by TPP’s Grantee Community and Special Program Developer, Selene Gonzalez-Carrillo, TPP grantees Nina Magpili-Smith and Becky Suzik, both working in North Carolina, didn’t know about their mutual connection to TPP. Later, after meeting in person at a TPP grantee gathering, Magpili-Smith and Suzik decided to join forces to plan an upcoming event that captured both their hearts: the Valentine’s Day Climate March.
Great Strides for Children on the Move: Danielle De La Fuente’s Work with Refugee Children through the Amal Alliance
When you’re at the United Nations and a Minister of Education requests your advice, you know you must be doing something right. But it took Danielle De La Fuente, founder of the Amal Alliance, a lot of hard work and dedication to get to that moment.
TPP grantees are masters at rekindling the spark that lives inside each and every one of us. They allow their communities to approach life with confidence, and challenge limiting societal views of what can and can not be achieved. Through imagination and solid project execution, TPP grantees heal the world through environmental education, lending a hand to underserved groups and instilling youth with unwavering inner strength and creative drive. Regardless of what has or has not been done, TPP grantees carve their own paths and welcome everyone [...]
The TPP Family has created a book to inspire, uplift, and support you--the 2019 TPP retrospective, Impact in Action.
With such sensational stories bombarding our hearts and minds, it is easy to succumb to fear—or, worse, apathy. But at The Pollination Project, we strive to provide an antidote to apathy by uplifting the voices of those changemakers who are making a positive difference in the world—changemakers like Mr. Dickson Oketch
We are thrilled to announce that TPP has received funding to provide $1,000 seed grants, plus trainings and networking opportunities, to groups who are working on behalf of animals. Are you or someone you know working in animal advocacy? Apply today! We are especially interested in funding groups who are directly working to reduce the consumption of conventionally farmed meat or groups who are focused on farmed animal advocacy. Apply Here To give you an idea of some [...]
In our day to day lives we do not always recognize the realities that many people face around the world. At TPP, we are honored to stand beside grantees who remind the world of the challenges and beauty that we are unable to perceive. We all have the ability to choose which lens we want to view the world, and TPP grantees choose to step into life with passion and ruthless ambition. We hope the stories below open your eyes and hearts to what the communities around [...]
A Voice for the Voiceless: Sameeksha Bhattarai Advocates for Compassion Toward All Animals in Kathmandu, Nepal
Sameeksha Bhattarai, founder of Project Compassionate Nepal, says that veganism—and her quest to help others in her community of Kathmandu choose a plant-based lifestyle--has been one of the biggest battles of her life. Despite the hardship, however, she refuses to shy away from the effort.