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.
...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.
There are infinite issues and concerns in the world that seem crushingly overwhelming to tackle and transform. TPP grantees use this as an opportunity to implement local change and include others in the mission to solve global hardships without the burden or pressure. When someone has the opportunity to learn a new skill set, or is given the space to imagine, dream, and share their perspective freely, worldwide concerns begin to shift. Seed grants produce higher probabilities for advancement, and TPP grantees forge freedom and unshakable foundations. [...]
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.
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.
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 significant element for creating global change is building safe havens for people to gather. Whether it is a physical space or a digital platform, building an environment for communities to grow, learn and reclaim their well-being is essential for long term success and independence. TPP grantees are passionate about ensuring their communities are heard and have a welcoming platform to voice their needs, share their stories and cultivate meaningful relationships with those around them. Learn how TPP grantees face global issues and transform society through intimate [...]
Slowing to the Pace of Nature: Reflections from the November 2019 Animal Advocates Meditation Retreat
As I and other animal rights activists broke silence to share our personal experiences throughout the retreat, it was revealed just how many of us had or were currently suffering from anxiety, depression, insomnia, or incessant stress from working on such big issues with so few resources.
TPP grantees portray a version of all of us that we can’t give up on. They are able to vision hold for individuals and communities who have dreams, small or grand that move the needle forward. When life is uncertain, anything is possible. It takes courage, love and consistency to be able to see the sun through the clouds. This group of grantees see the possibilities and illuminate communities towards environmental conservation, youth leadership and healthy living. Their day to day efforts will lead to a loud [...]
Being a changemaker goes beyond the successful execution of a community based project. TPP grantees are visionaries because they can authentically spread their positive perception to others. In order to reimagine the future and leave strong legacies, TPP grantees do not accept societal norms or circumstances that limit someone's potential. From uplifting generations of women and shining light on taboos that no longer serve us, this group of grantees encourage us all. Sandra Ajaja – Digital Skills For Her By Fempower Initiative Africa [...]
Strengthening our connection to Earth has the ability to ignite our inner leadership, spirituality, and foster community. All around the world, TPP grantees utilize the richness of what nature has bestowed on us to transform food systems, build economic stability and save native plants from extinction. Creating solutions to uplevel the lives of others involves outside resources, but we can not forget the gifts that already exist around us. TPP grantees execute true sustainability by creating and restoring what is already provided and building systems from there. [...]
Building Resilience: Multi-Grant Award Recipient Susan Silber Believes in the Power of Community-Originated Solutions
Susan Silber is a force of nature—an apt comparison as she has been working as an environmental educator for the past 30 years. Stunned by the harsh reality of the climate change crisis as presented through Al Gore’s 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, Silber was forever changed...
Do you remember the first time you were inspired as a child? Did you have people in your life to advocate for your health, education and overall wellbeing? As children, our self confidence and life perspective is highly impressionable. TPP grantees understand the need and value to equip youth with the tools and emotional support they need to explore the world through curious eyes, high self esteem and community driven goals. These youth driven projects prove there is no limit to how we can engage our younger [...]
Whether you’re a TPP grantee or hope to be one in the future, it’s always helpful to get a little perspective from those that have “been there and done that.”