The Pollination Project in the News
The email that changed everything, September 2016 "In 2014, this email from a grant applicant hit our inboxes: “Your organization is really not treating people with respect. This is the second time I was told that there would be a delay in your organization’s decision. There were so many excuses such as staff changes, your organization’s uncertainty about [...]
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 [...]
Alissa Hauser - The Pollination Project, June 2015 "Born and raised in New Jersey, Hauser grew up in a politically active household, and soon moved to San Francisco to study and later work for nonprofits. Seeing an opportunity to bring more of business and startup acumen to the philanthropic world, Hauser, completed her MBA, and spent over 15 years leading, building [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
From the Dallas Morning News, April 2, 2014 A year ago, high school student Michael Meng started the nonprofit Paint the World to spread the love of art to underprivileged children in the Dallas region. Challenged by a lack of funds, Meng turned to the Pollination Project, a nonprofit that gives away $1,000 a day to support grass-roots [...]
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 [...]
Thomas Ponce, Pollination Project grantee and founder of Lobby for Animals, was the subject of this inspiring video by our friends at Go Inspire Go.
Last January, I moved back to my hometown of Omaha, unemployed, and began volunteering at the Southern Sudan Community Association, a refugee resettlement nonprofit. My time was spent working on English with international refugees, and Akoy, at that time, was my student. She was one of the women I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with [...]
This 13-year-old entrepreneur is out to change the world: A Q&A with Maya Penn Maya Penn is a tiny, vibrant force of nature. She’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, animator, blogger, writer and illustrator. She runs a budding eco-friendly fashion business and a nonprofit for environmental awareness, and her mind churns constantly with new creative projects. And we should probably mention [...]
Laura Lavigne's project, the Happiness Sprinkling Project, has really gone viral! Check out this coverage at NBC Los Angeles: "If you've ever sat at a stoplight -- and let's assume that you have, at least once or twice, if you're in possession of a driver's license -- and seen a furry, balloon-holding mascot promoting a local business or [...]
Elle Morgan, founder of the Elements of New Life Scripts, was just featured in her local paper in State College PA. Elle also won a 2013 Impact Grant from the Pollination Project due to her outstanding use of her first seed grant. "Sometimes, a little bit goes a long way. For State College resident Elle Morgan, it only took a [...]
Grantees, Stephanie Salisbury & Andie Kingsbury and their project, Green Olive Ministries, just received local news coverage in South Bend, Indiana. "A group of women in Elkhart is trying to help new moms save money. Green Olive Ministries plans to teach moms struggling to make ends meet to make their own cloth diapers. Organizers Andie Kingsbury and Stephanie Salisbury [...]
Youths fight poverty with sweet potato venture Undeterred by unemployment and poverty, a Kakamega County youth group has ventured into the extraction of juice from yellow potatoes. The youths have been eking out a livelihood from unyielding soils, which can no longer support food production after being put under sugarcane farming for nearly three decades. Read More about Vincent [...]
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 [...]
13 year old grantee, Thomas Ponce, convinced Florida State Legislators to file a bill banning the cruel act of shark finning in that state. Read more from Orlando's WESH news.
Grantee, Maya Penn, was recently featured at Ted Youth in New Orleans. Maya Penn is an entrepreneur who makes eco-friendly fashion, and who had the chops to build and maintain her retail website. Did we mention that she is also 13 years old? Here at TEDYouth, Penn shares why she decided to open a shop in the first place [...]
Grantee, Shodo Spring and the Compassionate Earth Walk were the subject of a powerful interview at Between the Lines Radio. From July to early October, Shodo Spring, a 64-year-old Zen Buddhist priest, who is a mother of two and grandmother of four, led a walk from the tar sands oil extraction region of Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, [...]
The Mission Local News Blog posted this story about our grantee, Tree, and the Free Farm. The Mission Local News Blog posted this story about our grantee, Tree, and the Free Farm. A three-year-old community farm in the Western Addition that distributes free food in the Mission and elsewhere is being forced to dig up its roots to [...]
Meet a former tech entrepreneur who, thanks to a parental epiphany, has become obsessed with trash. And he's convinced that deep down many of us share his abhorrence of litter and want to do something about it. That's the driving force behind Kirschner's Litterati.org, a site that aims to leverage social networking as a means to help clean [...]
The 21-Day Kindness Challenge launched on September 11th. 98 countries. 6000 people. And a collective tidal wave of good that inspired many — including young rapper-activist “Nimo” Patel at the Gandhi Ashram in India. Nimo wasted no time channeling that inspiration into an infectious music video.
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 [...]
Grantee, DeJuana Golden was recently profiled in the Long Beach Press Telegram for her project, Special Shades of Color. Excerpt: "When DeJuana Golden had her first child, CJ, she was excited and nervous; like most mothers, she was looking forward to holding her new baby. Shortly after CJ was born, however, Golden was shocked when the doctors said her [...]
Grantee Robert Scappini, a social studies teacher in Central Falls, RI, used Pollination Project funds for this!