The Pollination Project in the News
The Pollination Project: An Interview with Ari Nessel, January 2016 "Deven: Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. My name is Deven and I'm your host for our global "Awakin Call". Welcome, and thank you for joining us today. Today, our special guest speaker is none other than Ari Nessel, and someone who really embodies to this theme of [...]
Youth leading the way in agroforestry, August 2015 "Youth around the globe are taking leadership in protecting their environments and advocating for ecosystem protection." "An article in the Huffington Post profiles 20 youth leaders that have received seed grants from the The Pollination Project in partnership with Levi Strauss & Co and the Earth Island Institute's New Leaders [...]
What a Donor Learned After Giving $1 Million, $1,000 a Day, featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, August 10th 2015 "On January 1, 2013, the real-estate developer Ariel Nessel started giving out $1,000 a day, mainly to individuals with big ideas for projects that wouldn’t qualify for grants from larger foundations. Since then, his foundation, called the Pollination [...]
The Pollination Project and LS&Co. Team Up on Environmental Grants, May 2015 “I’m always impressed with what young people can do before older people tell them that it is impossible,” said David Brower, the prominent environmentalist who spent the later years of his life mentoring youth. Driven by the desire to support youth who show innovation, vision and [...]
Grantmakers Strive to Strengthen Philanthropy in San Diego, featured in Times of San Diego, November 27th 2014. "On Nov. 14, nearly 160 representatives of foundations, corporate giving programs, and individual donors gathered in Balboa Park for the San Diego Grantmakers annual conference to learn from national experts and local leaders about how to improve the impact of philanthropy [...]
The Pollination Project: Gifting A $1000 A Day A 13-year-old collects items for animal shelters. An 88-year-old offers up land to community agriculture. A young man trains prisoners in nonviolence. For Ari Nessel, each story is just another day along his journey in giving. After making a fortune in Dallas real estate, Ari wanted to give back. Yet [...]
April 4, 2014 “We’re not really looking for the next Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi,” says Nessel. “America doesn’t become great when we have a better president or better politicians. It’s when every citizen is taking things into their own hands — that’s when our world changes. The Pollination Project is our attempt to encourage everyone to take [...]
CBS Sunday Morning- March 23, 2014 The 40-year-old Nessel created a foundation he calls the Pollination Project. Instead of writing a big check to an established charity, he chooses someone just getting started to receive his daily thousand-dollar donation. "One of the challenges with the way philanthropy is currently being done is there's such a disconnect between the givers [...]
Check out this great article about our work in Drive the District. The Pollination Project, a nonprofit founded by a Dallas-based businessman, is enabling activists to be the change they want to see. “We really want to get behind people and be their cheerleaders,” said executive director Alissa Hauser. Here’s how it works: Pollination Project awards $1,000 micro-grants [...]
DALLAS (KRLD) – How much of a difference can $1,000 make? For almost 400 organizations around the world, a thousand dollars has been the start of something big. Dallas-based developer and philanthropist Ari Nessel gave away $365,000 in 2013, a thousand dollars at a time as part of the Pollination Project. The grants were given to start-up non-profit [...]
Ari Nessel was interviewed on AR-Zone, a series of podcasts about animal rights and animal liberation. Listen Now.
Ari authored this inspiring Huffington Post piece about daily giving. About a year and a half ago I did something that some would say was outrageous. I made a pledge to give away $1K a day to an individual social change-maker, every day, for the rest of my life. This wasn't an easy thing to pledge -- it [...]
On the morning after Thanksgiving, I woke up to one email that erased all of the “Black Friday” messages that were bombarding my inbox. The profound words of truth and light from Ari Nessel, the founder of The Pollination Project embodied the authentic essence of our nation’s day of Giving Thanks. Ari’s message was written to his team of compassion activists [...]
Ari Nessel, Pollination Project founder and President, makes his living as a real estate redeveloper. Check out this article in Green Source DFW about his eco-friendly and mindful approach to his "day job." As a devoted yoga practitioner, Ariel Nessel understands the importance of balance. As a green developer, the Dallas-real estate mogul has found a way to [...]
Borgen Magazine posted an article about our approach to making micro grants. Also profiled in the article is grantee, Ayla Schlosser. "We’ve heard of the big dogs in global philanthropy, those monster pocketbooks that shell out millions and billions of dollars to worthy causes around the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Warren Buffet [...]
Permission To Dream: Taking the First Steps Towards Social Change - Alissa Hauser, Executive Director, The Pollination Project
Thank you Soul Secret Service for this plug about our work! Thank you everybody at The Pollination Project for being so good and helping spread Compassion and just plain ol good vibes throughout the world. You Rock!
"Pollination philanthropy focuses on seeding nascent social change projects and passionate and creative leadership. By dividing a large chunk of money into targeted micro-grants, more good work gets funded, and thus has a chance to grow and ultimately blossom in the world." "Pollination Philanthropy: More is More" in Philanthropy Journal's "Inside Philanthropy" Blog.
Alissa Hauser was a guest on LA Talk Radio's Broad Topics show with Laura Nickerson. Click on the June 18, 2013 show to hear the interview.
Alissa Hauser, our Executive Director, was recently a guest on the popular LA Talk Radio Show, the Hill & Dale Show. Listen to the recording (Alissa's part is about 32 minutes into the May 22, 2013 show).
This short interview also featured grantees Melody Moore, Oscar Medina and Hashem Abushama.
How can you not love the title? "This Dude Gives Away $1,000 a Day to Things He Believes In"
Post on The Pollination Project from Toronto's City LIfe Magazine. Click here to download a pdf of the print article.
A Dallas Real-Estate Developer Pledges to Give Away $1,000 a Day
Omahan could win $1,000 toward community project